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Shape of You (Ed Sheeran) | Sounds Like | Cheap Thrills (Sia)

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran Cheap Thrills by Sia

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The intro to Ed Sheeran's Shape of You (released January 6, 2017) is very similar to the intro to Sia's Cheap Thrills (released February 11, 2016). Both feature a marimba-sounding synth playing staccato quarter note triplets for each chord. In terms of chord structure, Shape of You (in the key of E) follows a vi-ii-IV-V (or minor 6, minor 2, 4, 5) progression, while Cheap Thrills (in the key of A) follows a vi-IV-I-V (or minor 6, 4, 1, 5) progression. Shape of You is also slightly reminiscent of TLC's No Scrubs (released January 23, 1999), which is in the key of B (really G# harmonic minor), and follows a ii-vi-V/vi-vi (or minor 2, minor 6, dominant chord of the 6, minor 6). In particular, the scansion of the verse vocal melody is similar. [h/t to A. Zucker for suggesting this one!]

Shape of You (:00) VS Cheap Thrills (:00)


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Shape of You (:10) VS No Scrubs (TLC) (:18)



Out of the Woods (Taylor Swift) | Sounds Like | Inside Out (Eve 6)

Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift Inside Out by Eve 6

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The chorus vocal melodies to Taylor Swift's Out of the Woods (released February 5, 2016, and co-written by Jack Antonoff) and Eve 6's alt-rock chart-topper Inside Out (released May 26, 1998) are very similar. While in different keys (OotW: C; Inside Out: B), both melodies share the same the same rhythmic pattern or scansion, emphasizing syncopated sixteenth notes. Compare the chorus lines, OotW's: "Are we out of the woods?", with Inside Out's "I would swallow my doubt." Similar scansion can be found in The Killers' Mr. Brightside (released September 29, 2003), Jack Johnson's Mudfootball (released February 1, 2001), and Kid Rock's Bawitdaba (released April 8, 1999)

Out of the Woods (1:00) VS Inside Out (1:00)

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Out of the Woods (1:00) VS Kid Rock's Bawitdaba (:39)

Out of the Woods (1:00) VS The Killer's Mr. Brightside (:09)

Out of the Woods (1:00) VS Jack Johnson's Mudfootball (:10)

Out of the Woods (:18) VS Kenny Roger's She Believes in Me (1:08)

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