Kungs vs Cookin' on 3 Burners song This Girl (released February 19, 2016, which is a remix of the latter's original version) resembles several earlier soul/pop tracks including The Style Council's My Ever Changing Moods (released 1984), Classics IV's songs Spooky (released October 1967, and covered by related group Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1979) and Stormy (released 1968), and even Electric Light Orchestra's Evil Woman (released October 1975).
Coldplay's Hymn for the Weekend (released January 25, 2016) has a similar groove, verse vocal melody, and verse chord progression (relatively speaking) as Groove Theory's mid-90's chart-topper Tell Me (released September 5, 1995). Hymn for the Weekend's chorus vocal melody is also reminiscent of the intro vocal melody to fun's We Are Young, and Fabolous' Throw It In The Bag. Compare the melodies for the lines "[So if by the] time the bar closes and you feel like falling down" with "I-Oh-I-Oh/Got me feeling drunk and high."
Hymn for the Weekend (:44) VS Tell Me (:21) [verse vocal melody and groove]
Meghan Trainor's hit "No" (released March 4, 2016) is reminiscent of several 90's tracks including TLC's "No Scrubs" (released January 23, 1999), and Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" (released June 22, 1999).
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.
You'll Be Back from Lin-Manual Miranda's musical Hamilton (released October 16, 2015) is heavily influenced by several Sixties' pop songs including The Beach Boys' God Only Knows (released July 11, 1966), The Beatles' Penny Lane (released February 13, 1967), and the Turtles' Happy Together (released February 14, 1967). You'll Be Back borrows the staccato quarter note keyboard (harpsichord) part from God Only Knows, as well as the Wrecking Crew's muted bass line and bouncy drum groove (present in the Beach Boys' California Girls as well). You'll Be Back's glee club "da da da" vocals in the chorus are also similar to God Only Know's middle section vocals, and Happy Together's "ba ba ba" vocals, while YBB's guitar part (around 3:00) and pizzicato strings are similar to Penny Lane.
Pentatonix's Can't Sleep Love (released September 4, 2015, as the lead single from their fourth studio album), seems to borrow it groove, tempo, and progression from Lionel Richie's Pop/Soul classic Love Will Conquer All (released July 15, 1986). While the songs are in keys a whole step apart (CSL in G, and LWCA in F), Can't Sleep Love hews closely to Love Will Conquer All's progression (CSL simply substitutes a two minor seventh chord for Richie's four major seventh). In addition, the vocal melody to Can't Sleep Love's later verses (around 1:35, beginning with the line "Kissing in the moonlight") echo Shaggy's Boombastic (:23) (released June 5, 1995).
Can't Sleep Love (:25) VS Love Will Conquer All (:59)
Can't Sleep Love
Amin7, D7, Gmaj7 (ii7-V7-IM7)
Love Will Conquer All
Bbmaj7, C7, Fmaj7 (IVM7-V7-IM7)
A7sus4, A7, Dmaj7 (V7sus4/vi, V7/vi, VIM7)
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)