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Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) | Sounds Like | Love Don't Cost a Thing (Jennifer Lopez)

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift Love Don't Cost a Thing by Jennifer Lopez

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Jennifer Lopez - Love Don't Cost a Thing

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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)

Shake It Off (:05) VS Helplessly Hoping (:13)
Shake It Off (:05) VS Don't Let Me Down (:27)
Shake It Off (:05) VS Happy (:07)
Shake It Off (:05) VS Modern Love (2:31)
Shake It Off (:05) VS Keeping The Faith (1:17)


Honorable Mention:
Turning Japanese - The Vapors (1:13) - chorus (released 1980)
These Eyes - The Guess Who (1:03) ii-I in C major (released 1969)



All I Want to Do (Sugarland) | Sounds Like | Tumbling Dice (The Rolling Stones)

All I Want to Do by Sugarland Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones

Sugarland - All I Want To Do

Tumbling Dice ~ The Rolling Stones

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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)



All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor) | Sounds Like | Snowbird (Anne Murray)

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor Snowbird by Anne Murray

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Snowbird - Lyrics - Anne Murray

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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."

All About That Bass (:45) VS Snowbird (:11)

All About That Bass (:45) VS Please Mister Please (:13)
All About That Bass (:45) VS Happy Mode (:07)
All About That Bass (:45) VS Contact (:36)



Heartache Tonight (The Eagles) | Sounds Like | Never Let Her Slip Away (Andrew Gold)

Heartache Tonight by The Eagles Never Let Her Slip Away by Andrew Gold

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Never Let Her Slip Away | Andrew Gold

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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)



Apologize (One Republic) | Sounds Like | Don't you worry child (Swedish House Mafia)

Apologize by One Republic Don't You Worry Child by Swedish

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"It's too late to apologize" is the same melody as "Don't you worry, don't you worry child"



Break Free (Ariana Grande) | Sounds Like | Release Me (Agnus)

Break Free by Ariana Grande Release me by Agnus

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In both songs, the last phrase of each chorus line is very similiar. In Break Free: "I can't resist it no more" is the same as "I'm better off without you" in Release me.

[Break Free (1:13) VS Release Me (:26) - ed. furtherlane]

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