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Budapest (George Ezra) | Sounds Like | Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley)

Budapest by George Ezra Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley

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British singer-songwriter George Ezra’s Budapest (released December 13, 2013) is reminiscent of several songs including the verse chord progression and production/arrangement to Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds (released 1968), the bridge vocal melody to Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night (released 1966), the intro keyboard melody to Mariah Carey's Dreamlover (released July 27, 1993), and the chorus vocal melody to Cornelius Bros and Sister Rose’s Too Late to Turn Back Now (released 1972).

Budapest (:25) VS Suspicious Minds (:00)

Budapest
Key: F major
Chord Progression (Verse):
F, Bb, F, C, Bb, F (I-IV-I-V-IV-I)

Suspicious Minds
Key: G major
Chord Progression (Verse):
G, C, D, C, G (I-IV-V-IV-I)


Budapest (:12) verse vocal melody VS Freddie Mercury's intro vocal melody (scatting) from Queen's Under Pressure (:22)

Budapest (:49) bridge vocal melody VS bridge vocal melody from Strangers in the Night (1:10)

Budapest (:11) verse vocal melody VS intro keyboard melody from Dreamlover (:01)

Budapest (:12) verse vocal melody VS guitar melody from XTC’s Generals and Majors



Stay (Rihanna) | Sounds Like | Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)

Stay by Rihanna Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland

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The bridge vocal melody to Rihanna's hit Stay featuring Mikky Ekko (released January 7, 2013) bears some structural resemblance to the bridge vocal melody to Over the Rainbow, the Oscar-winning Arlen and Harburg ballad from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. While in different keys (Stay: C/Amin, OtR: Ab), both melodies follow the same rhythmic four-measure pattern: a bar of alternating diatonic eight-notes (OtR: 5-3, Stay: 1-2), followed by a second bar in which the melody ascends, followed by two sustained notes in the third bar, and essentially a whole-note rest for the fourth. Compare the melody for the lines, OtR: "Some-day I'll wish upon a star and wake-up where the clouds are far be-hind me", and Stay: "Fun-ny you're the bro-ken one, but I'm the on-ly one who needed sa-ving.

Stay (2:51) VS Over the Rainbow (:44)

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