American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor's track Dear Future Husband (released September 9, 2014) is patterned directly after Dion DiMucci's doo-wop classic Runaround Sue (released September 1961). Similarities include: spoken intro over whole note strummed chords, tempo (80 bpm), background vocal parts (same male group vocal "ahh" glissando at the breaks and "hey" accents during the verses), production/arrangement (e.g. handclaps, saxophone part, bass line, drum beat, etc.), and same classic 50s chord progression (I-vi-IV-V or 1-minor 6-4-5), keys (half step apart--Runaround Sue in D major, Dear Future Husband in C# major).
Miley Cyrus' controversial party-all-night hit We Can't Stop (June 3, 2013) bears a strong resemblance to MC Hammer's cover (released March 16, 1990) of the Chi-Lites 1971 soul classic, Have You Seen Her. Both songs are in the key of E major, have similar background vocal harmonies, and WCS follows a I-iii-vi-IV progression, while HYSH follows a I-iii-IV-V progression.
While Ed Sheeran readily acknowledges the influence of Justin Timberlake on his sophomore album, x, the lead single Sing (released April 7, 2014) references several classic songs including Mick Jones' guitar rhythm from The Clash's This Is Radio Clash (released November 20, 1981), the bass/groove from Rick James' Give It to Me (February 20, 1981), falsetto harmony from the Rolling Stones' Miss You (released May 10, 1978), chorus melody from Rod Stewart's Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (released November 10, 1978), and verse melody from Sisqo's Thong Song (January 4, 2000). Compare the vocal harmonies from Sing for the lines: "I need you darlin'/Come on set the tone/If you feel you're falling/Won't you let me know", with those of the background "oohs" from Miss You.
Probably best known as the theme to "Dawson's Creek," Paula Cole's hit I Don't Want To Wait was released in October, 1997 (the second single from her album, This Fire). Howie Day's track Collide was released in July, 2004, and was the second single from his album, Stop All The World Now. Between Collide's stuttered drum beat, folksy acoustic guitar strumming, and background "doo doo doo doo doos" (starting around :41), Day's song seems to owe a debt of gratitude to Cole (as well as to U2's One).