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. avatarAlex Cockell says:

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


  2. avatarKristina says:

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


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


  4. avatarMike says:

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


  5. avatarcynicroute says:

    Sade – ‘Hang On To Your Love”


  6. avatarRon 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.


  7. avatarMark 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?



    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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