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For a Boy (RaeLynn) | Sounds Like | Stop and Stare (OneRepublic)

For a Boy by RaeLynn Stop and Stare by OneRepublic

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The verse vocal melody to country artist RaeLynn's For a Boy (released March 23, 2015) bears a strong resemblance to the chorus vocal melody to OneRepublic's Stop and Stare (released March 29, 2007) from the latter group's debut album. Also, the intro arrangements are very similar (solo vocals and staccato eighth notes on acoustic guitar). American Idol season seven winner David Cook's Come Back to Me (released March 23, 2009) also owes a debt to Stop and Stare's chorus chord progression/melody

For a Boy (:05) VS Stop and Stare (2:02)



Good Thing (Sage The Gemini) | Sounds Like | Style (Taylor Swift)

Good Thing by Sage The Gemini Style by Taylor Swift

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The synth bass line and drum beat in the chorus to Sage the Gemini's Good Thing featuring Nick Jonas (released May 18, 2015) is very similar to the synth bass line and drum beat in the verse to Taylor Swift's Style (released February 9, 2015). Both bass parts are in the same key (B minor/D major), play nearly identical sixteenth note melodies that move from the B to the G, while the drum beat has the same tempo and pattern. Ironically, Style echos Jonas' song Jealous.

Good Thing (:55) VS Style (:20)



Style (Taylor Swift) | Sounds Like | Jealous (Nick Jonas)

Style by Taylor Swift Jealous by Nick Jonas

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Taylor Swift’s Style (released February 9, 2015) is reminiscent of several songs including:

Jealous by Nick Jonas (released September 8, 2014, which itself emulates Prince's Little Red Corvette and Miguel’s Adorn; nevermind that Adorn, released August 7, 2012, emulates Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing). Style has the same key (B minor/D), similar chord progression, tempo (95 bpm vs 93 bpm), and production as Jealous.
Style (:19) VS Jealous (:10)
Style
Key: B minor/D major
Chord Progression (Verse): B minor, G (i, VI OR vi, IV)
Jealous
Key: B minor/D major
Chord Progression (Verse): A, B minor, G (VII, i, VI ORV, vi, IV)


Forever in Blue Jeans (:21) by Neil Diamond. Style has a similar verse vocal melody/rhythm.


So Into You (:47) by the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Style has a similar verse chord progression.


Stand Back (:19) by Stevie Nicks (penned by Prince). Similar chorus production and progression. SEE Gold Digger note as well.


Madonna’s Get Into The Groove (:08). Similar chorus chord progression.


Shame (:05) by Evelyn “Champagne” King. Similar verse chord progression.


Stylo (1:16) by Gorillaz


Eminence Front (:48) by the Who


Grease Is The Word by Frankie Valli (:53)


Gold Digger by Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx - Taylor’s “take me home” line (3:11) has a melody similar to Gold Digger’s Ray Charles sample from I Got A Woman: “She gives me money, when I’m in need.” Taylor's line may have also been inspired by Stevie Nick’s own “take me home” tag line in Stand Back (4:03).


Love Me Harder (:31) by Ariana Grande

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Miami Vice Theme Song (Jan Hammer)



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)



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)



We Can't Stop (Miley Cyrus) | Sounds Like | Have You Seen Her (MC Hammer)

We Can't Stop by Miley Cyrus Have You Seen Her by MC Hammer

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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.

We Can't Stop (:02) VS Have You Seen Her (:07)



Really Don't Care (Demi Lovato) | Sounds Like | I Love It (Icona Pop)

Really Don't Care by Demi Lovato I Love It by Icona Pop

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Demi Lovato's Dance-Pop single Really Don't Care (released May 20, 2014) seems closely modeled after Swedish duo Icona Pop's breakthrough hit I Love It (released May 9, 2012). Similarities include: verse vocal melody/rhythm (RDC starts on a G note, ILI starts on an Ab--only a half-step apart), theme (defiance to a former lover), lyrics ("I don't care" VS "I really don't care," "stars and moon collide" VS "down on earth, but I am up in space"), and production elements (drum beat/synth). Both song's verse vocal melodies start on the "and" or second eighth note of the first beat, and stay on the same note--emphasizing the upbeat--for the rest of the measure and most of the following measure. The final four notes of both melodies have the same exact rhythm (RDC: "[...] have it a-all"; ILI: "[..] you were g-one"). Finally, the pre-chorus vocal melody of Really Don't Care (which starts with the line "But even if the stars and moon collide") is tonally/rhythmically similar to the intro/chorus vocal melody to Pat Benatar's 80s smash Shadows of the Night (released September 30, 1982) i.e. "We're running with the shadows of the night [...]."

Really Don't Care (:04) VS I Love It (:25)



Counting Stars (OneRepublic) | Sounds Like | Hung Up (Madonna)

Counting Stars by OneRepublic Hung Up by Madonna

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OneRepublic's Counting Stars (released June 14, 2013) earned the band it's second No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart (and frontman Ryan Tedder's third No. 1 in the format). Stars shares slight similarities with Madonna's disco throwback Hung Up (released October 18, 2005), including tempo (CS: 122 bpm VS HU: 125 bpm), chord progression (both move from i-III or minor root chords to thirds), basic structure (both use four-chord whole-note patterns), key (only a half-step apart, CS: C#minor VS HU: Dminor), and production (CS's synth lead melody/sound is reminiscent of HU's sample of the ABBA song Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight). Hung Up (:48) VS Counting Stars (:30)



Here Comes The Night Time (Arcade Fire) | Sounds Like | Every Kinda People (Robert Palmer)

Here Comes The Night Time by Arcade Fire Every Kinda People by Robert Palmer

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Canadian indie-rock darlings Arcade Fire's latest single Here Comes The Night Time (released September 2013) seems to be channeling late English soul/pop singer Robert Palmer's 1978 hit Every Kinda People (which itself was patterned after Marvin Gaye's Mercy Mercy Me). Similarities between EKP and HCTN include tempo (EKP: 93bpm, HCTN 95bpm), production (steel drums, congas, guitar, bass, drum parts), and the rhythm of the melody for the steel drum part from EKP's chorus is very close to the rhythm of the vocal melody for HCTN's verse ("When you look at the sky, just try looking inside"). Every Kinda People (:43) and Here Comes The Night Time (6:08).

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