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C'mon C'mon (Sheryl Crow) | Sounds Like | Guitar Man (Bread)

C'mon C'mon by Sheryl Crow Guitar Man by Bread

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The title song from Sheryl Crow's fourth studio album, C'mon C'mon borrows its chorus vocal melody from the verse vocal melody to Bread's Guitar Man.

C'mon C'mon (1:07) VS Guitar Man (:16)



Work from Home (Fifth Harmony) | Sounds Like | Love Will Never Do (Janet Jackson)

Work from Home by Fifth Harmony Love Will Never Do (Without You) by Janet Jackson

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Work from Home (:02) VS Love Will Never Do (Without You) (2:35)

Honorable mention:
Rugrats Theme Song



Whatever Gets You thru the Night (John Lennon) | Sounds Like | Shame Shame Shame (Shirley and Company)

Whatever Gets You thru the Night by John Lennon Shame Shame Shame by Shirley and Company

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Both songs were released in 1974, and likely owe a debt to George McCrae's preceding disco hit Rock Your Baby (released in May 1974, and written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band), which in turn owes a debt to Betty Wright's Clean Up Woman (released November 1971). Billy Joel's Keeping The Faith (released 1984) also strongly echoes Clean Up Woman.

Whatever Gets You thru the Night (:00) VS Shame Shame Shame (2:00)

Honorable mention:
George McCrae's Rock Your Baby (2:20)

Betty Wright's Clean Up Woman (:00)

Billy Joel's Keeping The Faith (1:16)



Heart Hotels (Dan Fogelberg) | Sounds Like | Daisy Jane (America)

Heart Hotels by Dan Fogelberg Daisy Jane by America

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Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg's hit Heart Hotels (released 1980) seems to borrow it's verse vocal melody and piano intro/arrangement from America's hit Daisy Jane (released July, 1975). Oh, and Daisy Jane was from America's album Hearts.

Heart Hotels (:00) VS Daisy Jane (:00)



Centuries (Fall Out Boy) | Sounds Like | Too Close (Alex Clare)

Centuries by Fall Out Boy by Alex Clare

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Fall Out Boy's song Centuries (released September 9, 2014), which legitimately utilizes a sample from Suzanne Vega's song Tom's Diner (released April 1, 1987), resembles Alex Clare's dubstep track Too Close (released April 5, 2011), as well as Journey's Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (released January 5, 1983), the Rolling Stones' Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (released December 1973), and Maroon 5’s Animals (released August 25, 2014).

Centuries (:40) VS Too Close (:19)

Centuries
Key: E minor
Chord Progression (chorus):
E min, G, C, A min, D (i, III, VI, iv, VII)

Too Close
Key: B minor
Chord Progression (chorus):
B min, D, E min, G (i, III, iv, VI)

Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (:00)
Key: E minor
Chord Progression (chorus)
E min, G, C, E min (i, III, VI, i)

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (1:07)
Key: E minor
Chord Progression (chorus):
E min, D/E, C/E, A min, D (i, VII, VI, iv, VII)

Animals (:41)
Key: E minor
Chord Progression (chorus):
E min, D, C, A min (i, VII, VI, iv)

Honorable Mention:

Shout (Tears For Fears)
Key: G minor
Chord Progression (chorus):
G min, Eb, C min, G min (i, VI, iv, i)

Gilligan's Island Theme Song (:34)
Key: E minor (at section noted)
Verse Melody:
"The ship set ground [on the shore of this] unchartered desert isle"
7-1-5-5-5 [4-2-7]
7-1-5-5-5-4
"remember me for centuries" (:23)
7-1-5-5



Let's Hear It for the Boy (Deniece Williams) | Sounds Like | Reggae Night (Jimmy Cliff)

Let's Hear It for the Boy by Deniece Williams Reggae Night by Jimmy Cliff

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[Let's Hear It for the Boy (:55) VS Reggae Night (:44) - ed. furtherlane.]



Fancy (Iggy Azalea) | Sounds Like | I Can't Wait (Nu Shooz)

Fancy by Iggy Azalea I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz

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The synth bass line/arrangement for rapper Iggy Azalea's Fancy (released February 17, 2014) bears some resemblance to the synth bass line/arrangement for Nu Shooz's 1986 hit I Can't Wait. Both songs are in the same key (Bb/Gminor), and ICW's riff begins with the notes C-C-D-D-Eb, while Fancy's riff plays the same notes, but in reverse order: Eb-D-C. The chorus production is reminiscent of Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl and Natasha Bedingfield's These Words.

Fancy (:03) VS I Can't Wait (:05)



Say (John Mayer) | Sounds Like | Back in the High Life Again (Steve Winwood)

Say by John Mayer Back in the High Life Again by Steve Winwood

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Written for the film The Bucket List, John Mayer's song Say (released November 20, 2007) bears mild resemblance to Steve Winwood's number one Adult Contemporary hit Back in the High Life Again (released June 1986). Similarities include: Say's ukulele part played at the opening and throughout, which sets the tone for the song in much the same way as BitHLA's mandolin part, tempo (168 bpm vs 169 bpm) drums (both songs feature a staggered beat with a military/march snare pattern). Likewise, the chords for Say (key: Bb) follow a I-IV-vi-V (or 1 - 4 - minor 6 - 5) progression, while BitHLA's (key: D) chords follow a I-IV-I-V (or 1 - 4 - 1 - 5) progression. Have a listen: Say (1:08) vs BitHLA (1:26).

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