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Style (Taylor Swift) | Sounds Like | My Kind of Love (Emeli Sande)

Style by Taylor Swift My Kind of Love by Emeli Sande

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The verse vocal melody to Taylor Swift's chart-topping single Style (released January 27, 2015) from her 1989 album, closely resembles the chorus vocal melody to Emeli Sande's top-40 single My Kind of Love (released June 8, 2012).

Style (:40) VS My Kind of Love (:46)



Can't Sleep Love (Pentatonix) | Sounds Like | Love Will Conquer All (Lionel Richie)

Can't Sleep Love by Pentatonix Love Will Conquer All by Lionel Ritchie

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Pentatonix's Can't Sleep Love (released September 4, 2015, as the lead single from their fourth studio album), seems to borrow it groove, tempo, and progression from Lionel Richie's Pop/Soul classic Love Will Conquer All (released July 15, 1986). While the songs are in keys a whole step apart (CSL in G, and LWCA in F), Can't Sleep Love hews closely to Love Will Conquer All's progression (CSL simply substitutes a two minor seventh chord for Richie's four major seventh). In addition, the vocal melody to Can't Sleep Love's later verses (around 1:35, beginning with the line "Kissing in the moonlight") echo Shaggy's Boombastic (:23) (released June 5, 1995).

Can't Sleep Love (:25) VS Love Will Conquer All (:59)

Can't Sleep Love
Key: G
Chord Progression:
Amin7, D7, Gmaj7 (ii7-V7-IM7)

Love Will Conquer All
Key: F
Chord Progression:
Bbmaj7, C7, Fmaj7 (IVM7-V7-IM7)
A7sus4, A7, Dmaj7 (V7sus4/vi, V7/vi, VIM7)



When We Were Young (Adele) | Sounds Like | Bad Day (Daniel Powter)

When We Were Young by Adele Bad Day by Daniel Powter

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Adele's When We Were Young (released January 22, 2016) from her record-breaking third studio album, 25, echoes several earlier pop hits including Bad Day by Daniel Powter (released 2005), Mary's Prayer by Danny Wilson (released April 6, 1987), Harmony by Elton John (released 1973), I Made It Through the Rain by Barry Manilow (released 1980) and more (SEE Below). In particular, When We Were Young and Bad Day share keys (Eb) and verse chord progressions. Compare the changes starting with WWWY's "'Cause I've been by myself all night long/Hoping you're someone I used to know" with Bad Day's line "You tell me your life's been way off line/You're falling to pieces every time/And I don't need no carrying on."

When We Were Young (1:02) VS Bad Day (:48)

When We Were Young
Key: Eb
Verse Chord Progression:
C min, G min, Ab, Eb/Gb (vi-iii-IV-I)
F min, Eb (ii-I) [first, second, and third ending]
F min, Bb (ii-V) [fourth ending]
Chorus Chord Progression:
Ab, Bb, G minor, Ab (IV-V-iii-IV)
Ab, Bb, G minor, Eb (IV-V-iii-V)
Eb, Eb/G, Ab, Bb (I-I-IV-V) [2x]
C min, G min, Ab, Ab min (vi-iii-IV-iv)
F min, Bb (ii-V)

Bad Day
Key: Eb
Verse Chord Progression:
Eb, Absus2, Bbsus (I-IV-V)
C min, G min/Eb, Ab, Eb/Gb (vi-iii-IV-I)
F min, Bb (ii-V)
Chorus Chord Progression:
Eb, Ab, F min, Bb (I-IV-ii-V)

When We Were Young (1:16) VS Mary's Prayer (Danny Wilson) (:00)

When We Were Young (1:11) VS Harmony (Elton John) (:00)

When We Were Young (1:16) VS Into The Night (Benny Mardones) (:27)

When We Were Young (1:16) VS I Made It Through The Rain (Barry Manilow) (1:08)

When We Were Young (1:28) VS Stuck On You (Lionel Richie) (:18)

When We Were Young (1:28) VS Too Much Heaven (The BeeGees) (:18)

When We Were Young (1:16) VS Bizarre Love Triangle (New Order) (1:20)

When We Were Young (:23) VS Never Surrender (Corey Hart) (:20)

When We Were Young (1:16) VS It's Raining Men (The Weather Girls) (:58)

When We Were Young (1:03) VS Taking You Home (Don Henley) (1:05)

When We Were Young (:23) VS Young Girl (Gary Puckett and the Union Gap) (:00)

When We Were Young (:23) VS We Are The World (Michael Jackson et al) (:27)



My House (Flo Rida) | Sounds Like | It's the Same Old Song (Four Tops)

My House by Flo Rida It's the Same Old Song by Four Tops

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The intro/chorus piano melody to Flo Rida's My House (released October 15, 2015) owes a musical debt to the intro/bass melody to the Four Tops chestnut It's the Same Old Song (released July 9, 1965), while My House's chord changes are similar to those found in Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions' People Get Ready (also released in 1965). Allegedly, writer Lamont Dozier created Same Old Song's progression by reversing the changes to his preceding Tops' hit, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).

My House (:00) VS It's the Same Old Song (:00)

My House (:00) VS People Get Ready (:00)



Like I'm Gonna Lose You (Meghan Trainor) | Sounds Like | To Know Him Is to Love Him (Amy Winehouse)

Like I'm Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor To Know Him Is to Love Him by Amy Winehouse

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Meghan Trainor's soulful duet with John Legend, Like I'm Gonna Lose You (released June 23, 2015) has already been compared to Sam Cooke's Bring It on Home to Me here. However, Like I'm Gonna Lose You is also reminiscent of Amy Winehouse's cover of the Phil Spector standard To Know Him Is to Love Him (released 2007). Similarities include: key (C), chorus chord progression: LIGLY substitues the relative minor for the second chord, but otherwise has the same progression as TKHItLH (LIGLY: I-iii-vi-IV or C, E min, A min, F; TKHItLH: I-V-vi-IV or C, G, A min, F), and meter: 12/8 for both.

Like I'm Gonna Lose You (:00) VS To Know Him Is to Love Him (:00)



Like I'm Gonna Lose You (Meghan Trainor) | Sounds Like | Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)

Like I'm Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor Bring It on Home to Me by Sam Cooke

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Like I'm Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend (released June 23, 2015) owes a debt of gratitude to numerous 60s Soul/R&B records (including Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Your Precious Love). However, Sam Cooke's Bring It on Home to Me (released May 8, 1962) seems the most likely template for Trainor's hit (BIoHtM is actually Cooke's re-working of Charles Brown's 1959 single I Want to Go Home). While the chord changes differ significantly, similarities between LIGLY and BIoHtM include: key (both songs are in C major), meter (both songs are in 12/8 time signature), melody (LIGLY's verse vocal melody is very close to BIoHtM's intro piano melody).

Like I'm Gonna Lose You (:05) VS Bring It on Home to Me (:00)

Honorable mention:
Elvin Bishop's Fooled Around and Fell In Love

Huey Lewis and the News' If This Is It



Nothing but Trouble (Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth) | Sounds Like | All This Love (DeBarge)

Nothing but Trouble by Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth All This Love by DeBarge

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The verse vocal melody to Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth's Nothing but Trouble (released June 29, 2015) is similar to the verse vocal melody to DeBarge's All This Love (released January 7, 1983). While in different keys (NbT: E; ATL C#), both melodies share the same relative contour, and are sung in the same falsetto vocal style. Thematically and lyrically, the songs are also similar (NbT: "For all of these problems" VS ATL: "I had some problems"). Interestingly, El DeBarge wrote All This Love "in hopes then-label mate and longtime idol Marvin Gaye would record it" [source: Wikipedia]. Puth is also a huge Marvin Gaye fan, as evidenced by his song of the same name.

Nothing but Trouble (:00) VS All This Love (:10)

Nothing but Trouble
Key: E
Chord Progression:
C#min, C#min/B, Bbmin7b5, Amaj7
Verse Vocal Melody:
1-3-4-3-2-3 ("I'm facing the bottle")
1-3-4-3-2-1 ("For all of my problems")
6-3-4-3-2-3 ("These Instagram models")
5-3-4-3-2-1-6 ("Are nothing but trouble")

All This Love
Key: C#
Chord Progression
Bmin, F7, Bmin, F7, Bmin, F7, Bmin, F7/C
Verse Vocal Melody:
3-2-6-1-2 ("I had some problems")
6-3-4-3-2-3-1-2 ("And no one could seem to solve them")



Hold My Hand (Jess Glynne) | Sounds Like | Super Bass (Nicki Minaj)

Hold My Hand by Jess Glynne Super Bass by Nicki Minaj

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The chorus vocal melody to English artist Jess Glynne's Hold My Hand (released March 20, 2015) is similar to the chorus vocal melody to Nicki Minaj's hit Super Bass (released April 5, 2011), which in turn, is similar to the chorus vocal melody to Glenn Frye's The One You Love (released 1982).

Hold My Hand (:55) VS Super Bass (:45)

Hold My Hand
Key: C
Super Bass
Key: B
The One You Love
Key: G

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