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Shape of You (Ed Sheeran) | Sounds Like | Cheap Thrills (Sia)

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran Cheap Thrills by Sia

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The intro to Ed Sheeran's Shape of You (released January 6, 2017) is very similar to the intro to Sia's Cheap Thrills (released February 11, 2016). Both feature a marimba-sounding synth playing staccato quarter note triplets for each chord. In terms of chord structure, Shape of You (in the key of E) follows a vi-ii-IV-V (or minor 6, minor 2, 4, 5) progression, while Cheap Thrills (in the key of A) follows a vi-IV-I-V (or minor 6, 4, 1, 5) progression. Shape of You is also slightly reminiscent of TLC's No Scrubs (released January 23, 1999), which is in the key of B (really G# harmonic minor), and follows a ii-vi-V/vi-vi (or minor 2, minor 6, dominant chord of the 6, minor 6). In particular, the scansion of the verse vocal melody is similar. [h/t to A. Zucker for suggesting this one!]

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Shape of You (:10) VS No Scrubs (TLC) (:18)



Little Wanderer (Death Cab for Cutie) | Sounds Like | Strangelove (Depeche Mode)

Little Wanderer by Death Cab for Cutie Strangelove by Depeche Mode

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The melody to Death Cab for Cutie's Little Wanderer (released March 16, 2015) is reminiscent of Depeche Mode's Strangelove (released April 13, 1987).

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