The intro/chorus piano melody to Flo Rida's My House (released October 15, 2015) owes a musical debt to the intro/bass melody to the Four Tops chestnut It's the Same Old Song (released July 9, 1965), while My House's chord changes are similar to those found in Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions' People Get Ready (also released in 1965). Allegedly, writer Lamont Dozier created Same Old Song's progression by reversing the changes to his preceding Tops' hit, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).
Hurts my brain to think about all of the songs referenced by Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars (released November 10, 2014). I think this excerpt from Wikipedia, says it best:
According to Billboard 's author, Sean Ross, the song is widely influenced by funk artists and their songs, including James Brown's "Living in America", Stevie Wonder 's "Superstition", Zapp's "More Bounce to the Ounce", One Way's "Cutie Pie", The Gap Band's "Oops Up Side Your Head", Earth, Wind & Fire's "Getaway", The Sequence's "Funk You Up", The Sugarhill Gang's "Apache", George Kranz's "Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa)" and The Time's "Cool" though more likely this comes from The Time's hit "Jungle Love". The only song on "Uptown Funk" specifically credited is the 2012 top 10 R&B and rap hit Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything" (which gives the song its "don't believe me, just watch" chant).
Nicely done Mr. Ross.
To the aforementioned list, I would add:
Kool and The Gang's Ladies Night and Hollywood Swinging
Duran Duran's Notorious
Ryan Adams' 2015 Grammy-nominated song Gimme Something Good (released July 1, 2014) from his eponymous 14th album, bears resemblance to several past rock/pop hits, including Couldn't Get It Right (Climax Blues Band), Twilight Zone (Golden Earring), Lunatic Fringe (Red Rider), My Favorite Mistake (Sheryl Crow), I Got A Line On You (Spirit), and more (noted below). While in a different key, GSG's verse vocal melody, rhythm, and bass part also resembles Aretha Franklin's R&B classic Chain of Fools (released November 1967; and written by Don Covay). Finally, the vocal melody to GSG's chorus is similar to the vocal line in Eddie Money's Take Me Home Tonight, when Money sings "Just like Ronnie Sang," as well as to the chorus of Poco's Heart of the Night.
Gimme Something Good (:19) VS Chain of Fools (:21)
The Police's first chart-breaker Can't Stand Losing You (released August 14 1978) was released less than a year after Santana's cover of the 1964 Zombie's classic She's Not There (released October 1977). Sting's bass line is similar to the intro vibes in She's Not There.
Can't Stand Losing You (:02) VS She's Not There (:04)
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 Baby (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).
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.
The chorus for The Killers' Shot at the Night (released September 16, 2013) is very similar to the chorus for Steve Winwood's Grammy Award-winning, chart-topper Higher Love (released June 20, 1986), which features Nile Rodgers on rhythm guitar and Chaka Kahn on backing vocals. While the melodies and tempos (99bpm vs 93bpm) differ, similarities include: lyrics (SATN: "Give me a shot at the night" vs HL: "Give me a higher love"), key (both in F major), drum and bass parts (and snare sounds), and chord progressions (SATN: IV-I-vi-V or 4-1-minor6-5 vs HL: IV-I-V-vi or 4-1-5-minor6). Check out: Higher Love (:56) vs Shot at the Night (:50). [Thanks to Alphabet Omnimedia Group for suggesting this one.]
REM's track Belong from their March 1991 album, Out of Time, bears more than a passing resemblance to Robert Plant's In The Mood, from his 1983 album The Principle of Moments. Similarities include the same key (G major), close tempos (ITM: 100 bpm, B: 103 bpm), melodies that emphasize movement between the major third and fourth degrees of the root scale, progressions that cycle between I-IV or I-Isus4 (two bars each), and fade-in intros that feature comparable bass parts and 16th note patterns on a closed hi-hat (In The Mood's drums were played by Phil Collins). [Thanks to Justin Schack for suggesting this comparison.]
Other examples of the I-IV or I-Isus4 progression over a root pedal-tone can be found in the following songs:
Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith (key: A)
40 by U2 (key: A)
One Thing by Finger Eleven (key: Ab)
Take A Picture by filter (key A)
Dizz Knee Lane by Dada (key: D)