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When I Need You (Leo Sayer) | Sounds Like | Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)

When I Need You by Leo Sayer Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen

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The verse vocal melody to Leo Sayer's signature 70s soft rock ballad, When I Need Love (released February 1977) bears a strong resemblance to the chorus vocal melody to Leonard Cohen's folk song Famous Blue Raincoat (released 1971). The intro/outro vocal melody to Elton John and Gary Osborne's pop hit Little Jeannie (released May 1,1980) also seems to take inspiration from Famous Blue Raincoat (i.e "You stepped into my life from a bad dream [...]"). Thanks to Ian R. (@77BlueJays) for suggesting this comparison!

When I Need Someone (:14) VS Famous Blue Raincoat (1:01)

Little Jeannie (:01) VS Famous Blue Raincoat (1:01)



This Girl (Kungs vs Cookin' On 3 Burners) | Sounds Like | My Ever Changing Moods (The Style Council)

This Girl by This Girl (Kungs vs Cookin' On 3 Burners) My Ever Changing Moods by The Style Council

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Kungs vs Cookin' on 3 Burners song This Girl (released February 19, 2016, which is a remix of the latter's original version) resembles several earlier soul/pop tracks including The Style Council's My Ever Changing Moods (released 1984), Classics IV's songs Spooky (released October 1967, and covered by related group Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1979) and Stormy (released 1968), and even Electric Light Orchestra's Evil Woman (released October 1975).

This Girl (:00) VS My Ever Changing Moods (:21)

This Girl (:00) VS Spooky (Atlanta Rhythm Section) (:11)
This Girl (:00) VS Stormy (Classics IV) (:00)
This Girl (:00) VS Evil Woman (ELO) (1:05)



Thinking of You (The Colour Field) | Sounds Like | Cracklin' Rosie (Neil Diamond)

Thinking of You by The Colour Field Cracklin' Rosie by Neil Diamond

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Thinking of You (:41) VS Cracklin' Rosie (:00)



I'm Still Standing (Elton John) | Sounds Like | Hot Summer Nights (Night)

I'm still standing by Elton John Hot Summer Nights by Night

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While tempos and keys certainly differ, Elton John's I'm Still Standing (released July 3, 1983) seems to owe a debt to Night's top 40 US hit Hot Summer Nights (released 1979).

I'm Still Standing (:00) VS Hot Summer Nights (:00)



Lifesaver (Sunrise Avenue) | Sounds Like | Sukiyaki (4pm)

Lifesaver by Sunrise Avenue Sukiyaki by 4pm

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Also sounds like I Found A Girl by The Vamps.



Heart Hotels (Dan Fogelberg) | Sounds Like | Daisy Jane (America)

Heart Hotels by Dan Fogelberg Daisy Jane by America

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Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg's hit Heart Hotels (released 1980) seems to borrow it's verse vocal melody and piano intro/arrangement from America's hit Daisy Jane (released July, 1975). Oh, and Daisy Jane was from America's album Hearts.

Heart Hotels (:00) VS Daisy Jane (:00)



Renegades (X Ambassadors) | Sounds Like | Driver's Seat (Sniff 'n' the Tears)

Renegades by X Ambassadors Driver's Seat by Sniff 'n' the Tears

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While X Ambassadors' hit Renegades (released March 3, 2015) mines the same folksy/jamboree territory as the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons, it's chord changes are reminiscent of British rock group Sniff 'n' the Tears' Driver's Seat (released 1979).
Renegades (:00) VS Driver's Seat (:00)



Worse Things than Love (Timeflies) | Sounds Like | Africa (Toto)

Worse Things than Love by Timeflies Africa by Toto

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The chorus vocal melody to American duo Timeflies' song Worse Things than Love featuring Natalie La Rose (to be released: September 18, 2015) echoes the verse vocal melody from Toto's 80s chart-topper Africa (released May 10, 1982) from the Grammy-winning album Toto IV. Compare the lines, Worse Things than Love: "Take a chance with me tonight, I know you feel it so do I", and Africa: "I hear the drums echoing tonight, but she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation."

Worse Things than Love (:35) VS Africa (:24)

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