Listen to "Something to Do" at 1:45 marker, and compare with main refrain of "You've Got Time"... you'll hear what I'm referring to. Bb, C, and Db are only notes in lead melody for both songs, different sequence though. Also, though trivial, "Something to Do" is about going crazy with boredom, feeling depression all around, and "You've Got Time" was written for a show about being in prison.
The chorus vocal melody and chord progression to One Direction's Night Changes (released November 17, 2014) is reminiscent of Yazoo's synth ballad Only You (released March 15, 1982), though the key of Night Changes is a half-step lower.
Night Changes (:44) VS Only You (1:35)
Key: Ab major
Relevant Chords (chorus): Db maj, Eb maj, Db maj, Eb maj (IV-V-IV-V-I-V-vi-V)
Melody: Diatonic, 4-4-4-4-3-2-b7-1-2/4-4-4-4-3-2-b7-1-2/3-3-5-5-1-3-2-1
Lines: "And I’ve been thinking about you lately/Does it ever drive you crazy?/Just how fast the night changes"
Key: A major
Relevant Chords (chorus): Dmaj, E maj, A maj, D maj (IV-V-I- IV)
Melody: Diatonic, 4-4-4-3-3-3-3-2-2-3/3-3-3-2-2-2-2-1-1-6/1-4-3-2-1-2-3-1-1
Lines: "All I needed was the love you gave/All I needed for another day/And all I ever knew, only you"
The pre-chorus vocal melody to Demi Lovato's Dance Pop single Really Don't Care (released May 20, 2014) is tonally/rhythmically similar to the intro/chorus vocal melody to Pat Benatar's 80s smash Shadows of the Night (released September 30, 1982). Compare melodies starting with the lyrics: "But even if the stars and moon collide" (RDC) VS "We're running with the shadows of the night" (SotN). Both diatonic melodies--only a half-step apart--feature a descending run followed by a single ascending note, then doubled ascending notes of the same scale (RDC in G: 1-4-3-2-1-1-2-2-3-3; and SotN in F#: 4-4-3-2-1-2-3-3-4-4).
Really Don't Care (:34) VS Shadows of the Night (:00).
The chorus for The Killers' Shot at the Night (released September 16, 2013) is very similar to the chorus for Steve Winwood's Grammy Award-winning, chart-topper Higher Love (released June 20, 1986), which features Nile Rodgers on rhythm guitar and Chaka Kahn on backing vocals. While the melodies and tempos (99bpm vs 93bpm) differ, similarities include: lyrics (SATN: "Give me a shot at the night" vs HL: "Give me a higher love"), key (both in F major), drum and bass parts (and snare sounds), and chord progressions (SATN: IV-I-vi-V or 4-1-minor6-5 vs HL: IV-I-V-vi or 4-1-5-minor6). Check out: Higher Love (:56) vs Shot at the Night (:50). [Thanks to Alphabet Omnimedia Group for suggesting this one.]
Jimmy Pop (lead singer of The Bloodhound Gang) was previously in a Depeche Mode cover band, so this might be a subconscious lift, or it could be a tribute. The similarities occur in the beginning of every verse (0:35 for Sea of Sin, 0:12 for The Ballad of Chasey Lain)
I don't know how to describe the similarities, but they are there, at least I think so. I know the song "Just Like Heaven" in and out, but Another Girl Another Planet is new to me, and every time I hear it, I can't help but hear the similarities.