UPDATE: Survivor vs. Coldplay vs. Joe Satriani vs. Cat Stevens vs. Creaky Boards

November 18th, 2009 by
Update 1/30/2010: Check out "CatrianiPlay: The Most Used Melody In Pop Music" http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2012/01/30/the-most-used-melody-in-pop-music/ This is an update to this post Submitted by Jim Any more of these out there?? Jim points out the hook in Survivor's 1984 hit "I Can't Hold Back".  I included the beginning of the guitar solo at the end of the sample because it also incorporates the melody. Here's all of them again!
Survivor - "I Can't Hold Back" (1984)
Cat Stevens - "Foreigner Suite" (1973)
Joe Satriani - "If I Could Fly" (2004)
Coldplay - "Viva la Vida" (2008)
Creaky Boards - "The Songs I Didn't Write" (2008)
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33 Responses to “UPDATE: Survivor vs. Coldplay vs. Joe Satriani vs. Cat Stevens vs. Creaky Boards”

  1. avatar Bee says:

    lets add weezers the good life too please and i believe that came before both

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  2. avatar Sanglyon says:

    You can also add Alizée’s “I’m fed up / j’en ai marre” to the list
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSwsEiFoRtE&feature=related

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    Keith Reply:

    Great find Sanglyon!

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  3. avatar J says:

    I posted about this recently elsewhere, but the Coldplay song seems to me like a pretty direct rip of The Tear Garden’s “Romulus and Venus”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ8IUl8lVms

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    Keith Reply:

    Great find J!

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  4. avatar esteban says:

    And add “Frances Limon” by Los Enanitos Verdes, they actually came out before Satriania’s song…

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    Keith Reply:

    Great find! Ill be sure to add ANOTHER update!

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  5. avatar Polarbear says:

    I cant believe Joe Satriani lost the law suit ! its exactly the same melody !

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  6. The survivor sample u have sounds like britney spears hold it against me chorus.

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    Keith Reply:

    Excellent! AND it also sounds like Cutting Crew – “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight”

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  7. The survivor sample also sounds like rihanna unfaithful chorus.

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    Keith Reply:

    Another great one. I’ll be sure to post as an update.

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  8. avatar Polarbear says:

    Cat Stevens should get money from everybody !!

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  9. avatar sodapop says:

    I first time I heard Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ it totally reminded me of The Alan Parsons’ Project and ‘Eyes in the Sky’.

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    Keith Reply:

    Great! I will definitely add this.

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    Keith Reply:

    Here it is!
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2011/02/16/lady-antebellum-vs-the-alan-parsons-project/

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    sodapop Reply:

    Keith, love the site and thanks for posting. I’ll send some musically inclined friends by to see if we can come up with some others. Glad to see you have Matthew and Son and Mad World listed. As much as I love Cat Stevens, Tear for Fears took the best part of the song and made something great.

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks!

  10. avatar Kiai says:

    I think those who point the finger at these guys are so damn stupid…do you have any idea about how much you have to work as an artist?..just shut the f*** up f***!you are just couch potatoes that only drive your car to the nearest fastfood and criticise people that really work!!!

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  11. avatar Benjy says:

    How about Britney Spears’s “Hold It Against Me” – its chorus sounds totally similar to the melody in these songs, particularly the first two.

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks Benjy! A few other users pointed this similarity out as well. I’ve been meaning to post that. It also reminds me of Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight”): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua26qTEK25U. Of course this is all no surprise considering the Spears track is yet another Dr. Luke creation. Look for my upcoming Dr. Luke post.

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  12. avatar Travis says:

    how about this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgshGIOtvVI

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    Keith Reply:

    Wow. I am actually working on another update to this post. I have two other other songs to add to this.. and now THIS!!

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  13. avatar Travis says:

    dont agree with this one??

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=240S04eCCC0

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    Keith Reply:

    Another one?!! The backing track is pretty close! Hey Travis, I just made a new updated to this post containing your other suggestion. I’m calling it “CatrianiPlay”
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2012/01/30/the-most-used-melody-in-pop-music

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    Travis Reply:

    saw that…comments closed on it???

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    Keith Reply:

    Oops! Try now!

  14. avatar RedRad says:

    5 songs, 27 responses – that’s an UBER TUNE XD

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  15. avatar Arthur Delgado says:

    Heya! When I heard Dido’s “Thank You” in your post on buzzfeed (about the ‘Most used melody in music’), I instantly thought of Orishas’s ‘El Kilo’ (2004) .. check it out if you have time. :)

    Also.. did you got my e-mail?

    Thanks.

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    Keith Reply:

    Great find! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uEttBMAwEs
    Sorry. Been backed up on emails for weeks… months!

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  16. avatar Xavier says:

    Uh! This one from Pia Zadora & Germaine Jackson sounds pretty much the same (at the chorus, 2:28):
    http://youtu.be/r0QKyhgSqBw

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks! Yeah, I updated this one over here!
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2011/08/06/britney-spears-vs-jermaine-jackson-vs-cutting-crew-vs-survivor/

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