Michael Jackson vs. François Valéry

May 19th, 2011 by

I was in a French restaurant the other day and heard a beat and bass line  that really sounded like Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”.  Even the synth string part was similar. It was in French and sounded disco-era. I pulled out Shazam on my iPhone and bingo -  ”Elle danse Marie” by François Valéry.  I am still blown away how well this app works.   Thanks to Candice in France for helping me track down the correct release date.

Michael Jackon - "Billy Jean" (1982)

François Valéry - "Elle danse Marie" (1983)

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9 Responses to “Michael Jackson vs. François Valéry”

  1. avatar Alex Cockell says:

    Very close – but maybe not *quite* close enough to nail her…

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  2. avatar Kristina says:

    Cee-Lo Green’s “Bright Lights, Bigger City” sounds a lot like Billie Jean too.

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  3. avatar John Higgins says:

    And in turn, your Francois’s song sounds like Sade “Hang on to Your Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INsKE1DSrfQ

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  4. avatar Mike says:

    And, of course, Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgggawsdiGg

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  5. avatar cynicroute says:

    Sade – ‘Hang On To Your Love”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxNJV83EMJw

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  6. avatar Ron Galloway says:

    Listen to the bassline of “State Of Independence” by Jon and Vangelis, which was produced by Quincy Jones. Then “Billie Jean.” Sounds like Quincy just reused it.

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  7. avatar Mark Adams says:

    Considering how similar some songs can sound, it’s a wonder the app doesn’t get confused. Does it ever return multiple results?

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    Keith Reply:

    Hasn’t happened yet, but I wouldn’t doubt if they introduce that in the future. Speaking of “Billy Jean” I was just listening to this the other day on a nice stereo. The production quality and performances on this (and most Michael Jackson songs) are SO TIGHT.

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