The verse vocal melody in Katy Perry's reggae-flavored dance song Chained To The Rhythm is reminiscent of the chorus vocal melody to Stevie Wonder's Love Light in Flight ("Living our lives through a lens" VS "Make me feel like paradise"). Rhythmically, Chained is also similar to Luther Vandross' Don't You Know That, Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody, and Lionel Ritchie's Running With The Night.
Chained To The Rhythm (:09) VS Love Light in Flight (:35)
As a musician and composer, I’m often struck by similarities between pop songs. If you’ve ever listened to a tune on the radio and thought to yourself, “this sounds really familiar,” or “what does this melody remind me of,” (or more bluntly, “this song is a rip-off of …”) then you have shared in the experience.