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How Can You Really (Foxygen) | Sounds Like | I Saw the Light (Todd Rundgren)

How Can You Really by Foxygen I Saw the Light by Todd Rundgren

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Foyxgen's retro-sounding song How Can You Really is reminiscent of Todd Rundgren's classic '70's hit I Saw The Light, as well as Peter Frampton's I'm In You.

How Can You Really (:00) VS I Saw The Light (:00)



Blank Space (Taylor Swift) | Sounds Like | Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis)

Blank Space by Taylor Swift Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis

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Taylor Swift's Blank Space (released November 10, 2014, and written by Swift, Max Martin, and Shellback) echoes several songs including: Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love (released October 19, 2007), Lorde's Team (released September 13, 2013), Stevie Nicks' Leather and Lace (released October 6, 1981), Jefferson Starship's Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (released January 30, 1987), fun's We Are Young (released September 20, 2011), and even ABBA's The Winner Takes It All (July 21, 1980).

Blank Space (:47) VS Bleeding Love (:55)

CHORD STRUCTURE/SIMILARITIES/KEYS:
Blank Space
key: F major
I, vi, ii, IV (F, Dm, Gm, Bb)


Bleeding Love (BS has the same key, similar chord structure, and rhythm/production)
key: F major
I, vi, IV, V (F, Dm, Bb, C)


We Are Young (BS has the same key, similar chord structure, and rhythm/production)
key: F major
I, vi, IV, V (F, Dm, Bb, C)


Team (BS has a similar production/drum sound, and especially Taylor's affected vocal lines "Boys only want love when it's torture" compared with Lorde's "I'm kinda tired of being told to put my hands up in the air, so there")
key: Gb major
I, I, vi, V (Gb, Gb, Ebm, Db)


Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (BS has a slightly similar progression)
key: Gb major
I, vi, IV, V (Gb, Ebm, B, Db)


Leather and Lace (BS has a similar chorus vocal melody, which uses the same whole step intervals, though in different keys and over different progressions. Compare the BS lines: "So it's gonna be forever, or it's gonna go down in flames" to LaL's: "Lover's forever, face to face" -- :48 VS 1:15)
key: Eb major
IV, V, IV, V (Ab, Bb, Ab, Bb)


The Winner Takes It All (BS has a similar progression)
key: Gb major
I, vi, ii, V (Gb, Ebm, Abm, Db)



Heartache Tonight (The Eagles) | Sounds Like | Never Let Her Slip Away (Andrew Gold)

Heartache Tonight by The Eagles Never Let Her Slip Away by Andrew Gold

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Never Let Her Slip Away | Andrew Gold

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The Eagles' chart-topping and Grammy-winning single Heartache Tonight (released September 18, 1979) was co-written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger and J.D. Souther. A year before Heartache's release, Souther--and an uncredited Freddie Mercury--sang background vocals on Andrew Gold's Never Let Her Slip Away (released 1978). Heartache has the same exact beat/rhythm as Gold's song, and a similar tempo (HT: 113 bpm, NLHSA: 115 bpm). Gold and the Eagles were also label mates on Asylum Records. The verse vocal melody to Never Let Her Slip Away also seems to have inspired Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy.

Heartache Tonight (:02) VS Never Let Her Slip Away (:00)



Cool Kids (Echosmith) | Sounds Like | Pumped Up Kicks (Foster The People)

Cool Kids by Echosmith Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People

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American indie pop band Echosmith's song Cool Kids (released October 8, 2013) seems to bear more than a passing resemblance to American indie pop band Foster the People's Pumped Up Kicks (released September 14, 2010). While technically in different keys with varied structures (Cool Kids is in Ab major, and follows a vi-IV-I-V; while PUK is in Eb major and follows a ii-IV-I-V), the songs' progressions share three of the four same chords (Cool Kids: Fmin-Db-Ab-Eb; PUK: Fmin-Ab-Eb-Bb). They also share close tempos (CK: 130bpm; PUK: 131 bpm) and production values/arrangements (same drum beat, ethereal synth pad, and bass rhythm). Ironically, Pumped Up Kicks itself resembles another tune--King Harvest's Dancing in the Moonlight.

Cool Kids (:48) VS Pumped Up Kicks (1:03)



Team (Lorde) | Sounds Like | Young Blood (The Naked and Famous)

Team by Lorde Young Blood by The Naked and Famous

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The chorus to Lorde's Team (released September 13 2013) has the same chord progression (IV-vi-V or four-minor6-five), drum beat, and key (F#) as the verse to Young Blood (released June 7, 2010) by fellow New Zealanders The Naked and Famous. Lorde has also garnered comparisons to Lana Del Rey for this song, mostly due to the production values--reverb-drenched vocals against a stark electronic beat and synth pad.
Team (1:10) VS Young Blood (:19)



Your Decision (Alice in Chains) | Sounds Like | Feel Me (Wiretree)

Your Decision by Alice in Chains Feel Me by Wiretree

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Wiretree's "Feel Me" came out on their debut album in 2007 and Alice in Chain's released "Your Decision in 2009 and charted very high in the US



L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. (Noah and the Whale) | Sounds Like | Don't Come Around Here No More (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

L I F E G O E S O N by Noah and the Whale Don't Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' hit Don't Come Around Here No More (released February 28, 1985, and co-written with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics), appears to be the likely inspiration for English folk band Noah and the Whale's L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. (released January, 21, 2011). Similarities include: tempo (both at 80 bpm), chord changes/progression (both share a major I-IV-V-I or 1-4-5-1 progression a half-step apart--DCAHNM: F major vs LGO: E major), drum beat (especially the sixteenth note fill), sitar-like guitar riffs (which emphasize the fifth, sixth, and root degrees of the scale). Check it out--DCAHNM (:24) vs LGO (:00). [Thanks to Justin Schack for suggesting this one!]

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