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History (One Direction) | Sounds Like | If This Is It (Huey Lewis and the news)

History by One Direction If This Is It by Huey Lewis and the news

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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.

History (:43) VS If This Is It (1:34)

History (:43) VS Welcome Back (:08)

Honorable Mention:
History (1:34) VS You've Really Got A Hold On Me (:00) (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)



Feel Again (OneRepublic) | Sounds Like | Dog Days Are Over (Florence and the Machine)

Feel Again by OneRepublic Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine

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Colorado/LA pop band OneRepublic (known for their hits Apologize, Good Life, Secrets, and Stop and Stare) released their single Feel Again in August 2012. The uptempo track features gospel-inspired vocals and handclaps, but also bears a strong resemblance to several songs including Florence and the Machine's Dog Days Are Over (released in December 2008). Compare Feel Again's production with Dog Days' (e.g. handclaps, drums, piano, tambourine). Likewise, the main melody in Feel Again's chorus (the lines "I'm feeling better ever since you know me, I was a lonely soul but that's the old me") is reminiscent of the melody from both the verses in the Killers "All The Things That I've Done" (released in August 2004), and the pre-chorus in the Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star" (released in 1979) i.e. "I met your children, what did you tell them?"

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