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History (One Direction) | Sounds Like | If This Is It (Huey Lewis and the news)

History by One Direction If This Is It by Huey Lewis and the news



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One Direction's single History (released November 6, 2015) is reminiscent of Huey Lewis and the News' top-ten 80s hit If This Is It (released July 10, 1984), as well as John Sebastian's Welcome Back (released March 1976), which served as the theme song to the U.S. television series Welcome Back, Kotter. OneD seems to have grafted Welcome Back's handclaps, acoustic guitar strumming, and nostalgic theme onto If This Is It's vocal harmonies, progression, and groove. While History is in the key of Gb, it's only a half-step lower than both Welcome Back and If This Is It (both in the key of G). Likewise, History is in 12/8 time, but the feel is similar to the groove of Welcome Back, and If This Is It (both of which have 4/4 time). History also features a dominant 9sus4 chord (sustained for a whole note) just before the chorus a la If This Is It. Seems an unlikely coincidence.

History (:43) VS If This Is It (1:34)

History (:43) VS Welcome Back (:08)

Honorable Mention:
History (1:34) VS You've Really Got A Hold On Me (:00) (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)

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