The verse vocal melody to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off (released August 18, 2014) is reminiscent of the chorus vocal melody to Jennifer Lopez's Love Don't Cost a Thing (released January 8, 2001). Shake It Off's verse vocal melody also bears some resemblance to the vocal verse melodies to CSN's Helplessly Hoping (released May 29, 1969) and the Beatles' Don't Let Me Down (released April 11, 1969), while SIO's rhythm and horn arrangements echo those found in Pharrell Williams' Happy (released June 18, 2013), David Bowie's Modern Love (2:37), and Billy Joel's Keeping The Faith (1:17).
Shake It Off (:05) VS Love Don't Cost A Thing (:45)
The chorus vocal melody to American country duo Sugarland's song All I Want to Do (released May 19, 2008) strongly resembles the verse vocal melody to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. classic Tumbling Dice (released April 4, 1972). Compare the melody for the lines "[All I want to] do ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh" with TD's "Women think I'm tasty, but they're always tryin' to waste me/And make me burn the candle right down." Mick and Keith's song also seems to have inspired the chorus to Tony! Toni! Tone!'s June 1, 1993 single If I Had No Loot (1:03): "You ca-all me your friend, but you only want my gifts/And I'll never see you if I had no loot". Finally, the Eagles echoed Tumbling Dice's end guitar riff (around the line "You've got to roll me") for the post-guitar-solo breakdown to Life in the Fast Lane (2:38) (released May 3, 1977).
All I Want to Do (:34) VS Tumbling Dice (:11)
If I Had No Loot (1:03) VS Tumbling Dice (:11)
Life In The Fast Lane (2:38) VS Tumbling Dice (2:39)
The pre-chorus to Meghan Trainor's self-acceptance chart-topper All About That Bass (released June 2, 2014) echoes melodies and chord progressions found in several earlier songs including Snowbird by Anne Murray (whose version was released in June 1970, the song was also recorded by Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby), Please Mister Please (released 1975) by Olivia Newton John, Contact (released August 26, 1992) by Phish, and Happy Mode (released 2006) by South Korean artists Koyote. All of the aforementioned songs follow some variation of a I-IM7-ii-V7-IM7 chord progression (the classic ii-V-I turnaround can be found in almost every genre of music), and they also all contain descending diatonic melodies that begin on the root note. AATB, Snowbird, and Koyote are all in A major, while Contact is in C major and Please Mister Please is in F major. Compare lines from AATB "Yeah my momma she told me 'Don't worry about your size/She says 'Boys like a little more booty to hold at night'," with Snowbird's "Beneath it's snowy mantle cold and clean/The unborn grass lies waiting for it's coat to turn to green," and Please Mister Please's "In the corner of the bar there stands a jukebox/With the best of country music old and new."
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)
As a musician and composer, I’m often struck by similarities between pop songs. If you’ve ever listened to a tune on the radio and thought to yourself, “this sounds really familiar,” or “what does this melody remind me of,” (or more bluntly, “this song is a rip-off of …”) then you have shared in the experience.