Ed Sheeran's single Thinking Out Loud (released August 14, 2014) resembles several songs, in terms of chord progression/rhythm guitar part, and melody, including John Mayer's Waiting on the World to Change (released August 1, 2006), John Hiatt's Have a Little Faith in Me (released May 29, 1987), All-4-One's I Can Love You Like That (released 1995), Marvin Gaye's soul/funk classic Let's Get It On (released June 15, 1973), Van Morrison's romantic ballad Crazy Love (released 1970), and Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions gospel/soul classic People Get Ready (released 1965) to which Waiting on the World also owes a debt. Also, the vocal melody to TOL's pre-chorus is similar to a vocal melody in the chorus of Avril Lavigne's My Happy Ending (released July 7, 2004). Compare: TOL's "people fall in love in mysterious ways maybe it's all part of a plan" with MHE's "all this time you were pretending, so much for my happy ending"). Honorable mention to Gregory Abbott's Shake You Down (released September 29, 1986), Extreme's More Than Words (released March 23, 1991), Steely Dan's Hey Nineteen (November 1980) and Paul McCartney and Wings' With a Little Luck (March 20, 1978) .
Thinking Out Loud
Key: D major
Chord Progression (Verse/Chorus):
D, D/F#, G, A (or I, I/III, IV, V)
Waiting on the World to Change
Key: D major
Chord Progression (Verse/Chorus - rhythm/guitar part):
D, B minor, G, D (or I, vi, IV, I)
A, B minor, G, D (or V, vi, IV, I)
Kamijos Rose Croix Opens with style(The Empire,Slaute the Flag and Onfall of Roses) and not long before Take that used the melody in 2014 Song These Days That goes(When you dream of a dream
And you live in the world,And you're calling me now I will see you all the time and What a day to believe To believe in the night and And the moment begin And you're working it out)
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.