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Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day) | Sounds Like | Wonderwall (Oasis)

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day Wonderwall by Oasis

Green Day: "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" - [Official Video]

Oasis - Wonderwall - Official Video

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The verse to Green Day's single Boulevard of Broken Dreams (released November 29, 2004) has the same chord progression (relative to its key) as the verse to Oasis' Wonderwall (released October 30, 1995). Commenting on Boulevard's similarity to his song , Oasis' Noel Gallagher reportedly snarked, "They should have the decency to wait until I am dead [before stealing my songs]. I, at least, pay the people I steal from that courtesy." Wonderwall is in the key of A major (F#minor-A-E-B or minor 6-1-5-2--though they've mixed modes by making the B a major chord instead of the expected minor), while Boulevard is only a half-step lower in the key of Ab major (Fminor-Ab-Eb-Db or minor 6-1-5-2). [Thanks to Justin Schack for suggesting this one!]

Boulevard of Broken Dreams (:37) VS Wonderwall (:16)



21 Guns (Green Day) | Sounds Like | What About Love (Heart)

21 Guns by Green Day What About Love by Heart

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The verse to Green Day's Grammy-nominated song 21 Guns (released May 25, 2009) bears a strong resemblance to the verse to Heart's power ballad What About Love (released June 1, 1985). Similarities include: same key (Dminor/F), same chord progression (Dminor-Bb-F-C or vi-IV-I-V), close melodies (compare lines 21 Guns: "what's worth fighting for?" with WAL: "ain't makin' it through to your heart." The chorus to 21 Guns also bears some resemblance to the chorus to Mott the Hoople's classic All the Young Dudes (released July 1972 and written by David Bowie).

21 Guns (:17) VS What About Love (:24)



Rock n Roll (Avril Lavigne) | Sounds Like | Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)

Rock n Roll by Avril Lavigne Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana

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Avril Lavigne's single Rock n Roll (released August 27, 2013) echos elements from Nirvana's Heart-Shaped Box (released August 30, 1993), as well as Joan Jett's version of I Love Rock 'n' Roll (released 1981) and Weezer's Beverly Hills (released March 29, 2005). Avril's track utilizes a classic rock rhythm that emphasizes eighth notes on the first and third beats of the measure (songs featuring this rhythm include: Jett's and Weezer's aforementioned tracks, Steve Miller's The Joker, Bad Company's Feel Like Making Love, Queen's We Will Rock You, the chorus to Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me, just to name a few). Avril's track emulates the production of I Love Rock 'n' Roll and Beverly Hills e.g. distorted guitar chord eighth notes on first and third beats, handclaps and big snare hits on two and four, punk glee club vocals. Likewise, in the chorus of Rock n Roll, Avril's "hey" shouts fall on the second and fourth beats of the measure, and glissando from an F to a G, just like Kurt Cobain's "hey"/"wait" shouts during the chorus of Heart-Shaped Box, which also gliss a whole step (from an F# to a G#). Listen to HSB (:49) vs RnR (1:42).

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