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 – “Billie Jean” (1982)
François Valéry – “Elle danse Marie” (1983)
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7 Responses to “Michael Jackson vs. François Valéry”

  1. avatar Alex Cockell says:

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


  2. avatar Kristina says:

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


  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


  4. avatar Mike says:

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


  5. avatar cynicroute says:

    Sade – ‘Hang On To Your Love”


  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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