CatrianiPlay: The Most Used Melody in Pop Music

January 30th, 2012 by

I now dub this “CatrianiPlay: The Most Used Melody in Pop Music“. Aside from “Pachelbel’s Canon” which is commonly referenced as one of the most re-used progressions in modern music the following songs all resemble a similar melodic structure. They are not necessarily note-for-note duplicates but they sound alike.

In my first post for this soundalike we saw Reuters reporting that Joe Satriani filed a copyright infringement suit against Coldplay claiming that the, “song ‘Viva La Vida’ incorporated ‘substantial original portions’ of his 2004 instrumental ‘If I Could Fly.'” Then just a few months later Cat Stevens publicly stated that “Viva La Vida” has some similarities to his epic 1973 track “Foreigner Suite” stating , ” [Viva La Vida] definitely sounds like it…It has such logical chords and the melody has to be what it is…” In addition Creaky Boards, a local Brooklyn band posted a clip on YouTube of their ironically titled track “The Songs I Didn’t Write” pointing out the similarities of “Viva La Vida” (apparently released long after Creaky Boards had been performing their song live).

Just when I thought I had all of the examples of this melody in modern pop music I was thrown two more by Paradojan followed by one more from Travis (who has recently submitted a whole slew of great songs). We can now add Mireille Mathieu & Patrick Duffy‘s “Together We’re Strong” (1983),  Reamonn‘s “Tonight” (2006) AND Enanitos Verdes – “Frances Limon” (2004) (2002).

And now, in chronological order:

Cat Stevens - "Foreigner Suite" (1973)
Mireille Mathieu & Patrick Duffy - "Together We're Strong" (1983)
Survivor - "I Can't Hold Back" (1984)
Enanitos Verdes - "Frances Limon" (2002)
Joe Satriani - "If I Could Fly" (2004)
Reamonn - "Tonight" (2006)
Coldplay - "Viva la Vida" (2008)
Creaky Boards - "The Songs I Didn't Write" (2008)

I made a video too:

Corrections in video
“Frances Limon” was released in 2002, not 2004.
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amores_lejanos

“Raemonn” is actually spelled “Reamonn

UPDATE 5/31/2012: I made a post on buzzfeed that illustrates 12 Songs

UPDATE 9/3/2013: Check out this Polish video of this. 

Some Ads here...Conversation about this post below..

125 Responses to “CatrianiPlay: The Most Used Melody in Pop Music”

  1. avatar Travis says:

    its bad when coldplay is rip offed

    coldplay:square one

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6upHmbVIF0

    ashlee simpson:eyes wide open

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gye7wRqvX84

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Also New York sounds like The Scientist in the lines “Concrete jungle where dreams are made” and the verse of Demons by Imagine Dragons also sounds like The Scientist. Hey Jacinta by Thirsty Merc (2007) sounds like a different part of The Scientist in the line “Hey Jacinta, don’t you want to spend the ni-i-ight”.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Brick by Brick by Train (2009). Speaking of Train, I also think You Already Know (2009) sounds like I’m Yours and Hey, Soul Sister (2009) sounds kind of like All Star by Smashmouth, and probably like other songs.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Denmark’s entry in this year’s Eurovision contest, Cliché Love Song, sounds like the verse of Drops of Jupiter (2001), Drift Away by Dobie Gray (1973) and You to Me Are Everything by Real Thing (1976).

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    This is a good one. Will post soon.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Save Me, San Francisco (2009) sounds like (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson (1963).

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Tattoo, written by Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench and Norwegian production team Stargate and performed by Jordin Sparks, also sounds like Drops of Jupiter and the rest.

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Mark, you’re a music listening machine. Wait, ARE YOU A MACHINE????

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And parts of I Got You by Train (2009) sound like Shortnin’ Bread.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    This may be a stretch, but Last of the American Girls by Green Day (2009) sounds kind of like All American Girl by Train (2003). Of course these are both bands based in San Francisco, in fact they are both Alternative bands based in San Fran who released their debut albums in the ’90s (obviously many did, or at least the followers, rather than the leaders, did) and released a classic album in more of a pop direction in 2009 (that is neglecting the fact that Green Day’s Warning and American Idiot were also in more of a pop direction than their early albums).

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And the clear influence for This’ll Be My Year (2012) is We Didn’t Start the Fire (1989?).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfT17egn1SM

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    There is something else Green Day and Train have in common: being based in San Fran seems to give people a similar sense of humour.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    F*** You, or Forget You, as the clean version is called, written by Bruno Mars and performed by Cee Lo Green also sounds like (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher. Maybe that’s why the song is perfect for a soul singer like Cee Lo Green.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And a riff from Save Me, San Francisco sounds like that of It Came Out of the Sky by Creedence (1969). Considering what Save Me, San Francisco is about, it makes sense to through in a reference to another San Francisco Bay band, but It Came Out of the Sky wasn’t one of Creedence’s biggest hits and I think Train may have been trying to reference a standard Creedence riff. For example, there is a similar riff in the guitar solo from Proud Mary (1969). There is even a similar riff in the intro to John Fogerty’s rare solo single Coming Down the Road (1973), which has a melody which bridges the gap between Up Around the Bend (1970) and Rockin’ All Over the World (1975), the latter of which, come to think of it, has a similar riff.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuPtOtGF4TY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zftcZYdOl3Y#t=45s

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Part of Who’s That Girl by Guy Sebastian (2010) sounds like Homeward Bound (1966), followed by a part which sounds like The Scientist (2002). And Part of Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by P!nk, off of The Truth About Love in Sep 2012 (but the single pre-empted the album by more than two months) sounds like Mermaid by Train (Apr 2012), but someone stated, I think in a comment for that Buzzfeed article, that it also sounds like Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand (2003). P!nk’s song peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #1 on the Adult Top 40, Hot Dance Club Songs and US Mainstream Top 40 and debuted at #1 on the ARIA singles chart. It was also certified double platinum in the US and triple platinum in Australia, according to Wikipedia, but with many references.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip2mwfG83KE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jNlIGDRkvQ#t=25s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nilUlU6fM0s#t=1m05s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=los6obvBbqU

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And The Scientist sounds kind of like Muineira das Zocas (Muineira from Zocas).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6AdHgWlIQI

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Battle by Colbie Caillat (2007) also sounds like part of The Scientist, but I realise it also sounds like Bubbly.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF85xOb6xcQ

  2. avatar berg says:

    both great bands

    cafe tacvba . metamorfosis : 1996
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQznZ8231tI

    radiohead . there there : 2003
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AQSLozK7aA&ob=av2e

    [Reply]

  3. avatar Lalu says:

    And this one (which is in Romanian) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaUwrIyKiNk . Awesome post, I must say!

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Great contribution! Thanks!

    [Reply]

  4. avatar LeoZ says:

    I came here to see what the song “Razzamataz” by Pulp sounds like. Well, it sounds like this. The song came out in 1993 so that’s another one for the list.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=NZQJeY2bVws

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Nice! Chord progression is very similar.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    It reminds me of (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight and Viva La Vida, but it also reminds me of the verse of A-ha’s biggest hit, Take On Me (1985).

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    The pre-chorus of Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, the part that goes Oh-o-o-o call it bad romance, sounds like Hello by Lionel Ritchie (1984) and Take On Me by A-Ha (1985) etc. Maybe you could count Feel this Moment by Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera as well. This isn’t the Catrianiplay melody though, there are just so many songs to bridge the gap that we start thinking of them all as having the same melody. The CatrianiPlay melody is roughly 112334212 22123171 in scale degree numbers, while Hello (1984), Take On Me, etc use 2344432 1233321. Are they still stolen from the previous songs, though, I’m not sure because we’ve found similar songs from all over the world, some from countries where the songwriters may not have heard the earlier songs, but maybe they did.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    For Hello, etc. the instrumentals of Hand on Your Heart by Kylie (1989) also sound similar.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VOFXVtOmbk

  5. avatar Jean R says:

    Don’t forget those : http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2011/08/06/britney-spears-vs-jermaine-jackson-vs-cutting-crew-vs-survivor/
    (Britney Spears, Jermaine Jackson, Cutting Crew)

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Oh boy. How did I leave those out???!

    [Reply]

  6. avatar Valerie says:

    I actually think the Coldplay song sounds the least like the others.

    [Reply]

  7. avatar Clay St. Thomas says:

    As I was listening to your mashup, it occured that Marty Balin’s hit “Hearts” definitely shares the same main melody. Check it out: http://youtu.be/kSZITC4tEes

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this!

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Moses Reply:

    Man, I’ve had this song in my head for days and have been trying to find it. Turns out it was in the comments all along. Thanks!

    [Reply]

  8. avatar Marko says:

    Mika’s “Blame It on the Girls” has a very similar melody in the chorus.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Yes! I remember hearing this and totally forgot about it. Thanks!

    [Reply]

  9. avatar Travis says:

    lol…try this mika comparison

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdrMJn4jtPM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFPajU-d-Ek

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Wow. I didn’t even have to the Carlisle track to hear this.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Travis Reply:

    oops i forgot 1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhjd__NtHo4

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    I noticed that one of the recommended Mika songs on Youtube from your link; Relax, Take it Easy; has a chorus not unlike (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight by Cutting Crew or You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC.

  10. avatar LeoZ says:

    Heh, found another one. From 1976:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv8opL8e0zk

    Or maybe I’m just hearing it weirdly?

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Hm. I’m not hearing it right away but there is a small similarity.

    [Reply]

  11. avatar Mike says:

    “Hello” by Lionel Ritchie (1984) also feels similar.

    [Reply]

  12. avatar Dagny says:

    A-Ha’s followup to their only hit, start listening at 1:28

    http://youtu.be/a3ir9HC9vYg

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    It’s slightly there but not as close as the ones here.

    [Reply]

  13. avatar Travis says:

    here’s one

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

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Nice! Yeah, I got about 7 or 8 more from comments on the buzzfeed article :) Might need to do one more final update on this.

    [Reply]

  14. avatar AR says:

    Another CatrianiPlay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5HOS-DbK6E

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Thanks!A few people have sent me Alexia – “The summer is crazy” as well. I’ll have to make a final follow up with this and the others people have sent in!

    [Reply]

  15. avatar jonathan says:

    it s in the phantom of the opera. angel of music
    http://youtu.be/jsI0xg3Ky8o

    [Reply]

  16. avatar Peter Lynn says:

    The third song I remember being mentioned around the time of the Coldplay/Satriani controversy was Alizée’s “J’en ai marre!” from 2003, the video of which is well worth watching for completely separate reasons:

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

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Thanks Peter! A few folks mentioned this on the Buzzfeed post. I’ll definitely be doing an update soon enough.

    [Reply]

  17. avatar rudi says:

    another one.. especially on the chorus

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw9wE1nutc4

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Thanks! I can’t see this link in the US though. What is the artist and track name?

    [Reply]

  18. avatar Lalu says:

    rudi is referring to Lily Allen – Littlest Things. How could have I missed it :)). It was so obvious…

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Great!

    [Reply]

  19. avatar liteNOTSObrite says:

    Britney Spears Hold it Against Me chorus has the same melody

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Ah, yes. I covered that one over here: http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2011/08/06/britney-spears-vs-jermaine-jackson-vs-cutting-crew-vs-survivor

    I’ll have to do an update on this. There are about 4 or 5 others that people have pointed out as well.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Shattered Glass off of her album Circus is closer, down to the instrumentals sounding a little like When the Rain Begins to Fall.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Yet, the melody still sounds more like Left Outside Alone by Anastacia.

    [Reply]

  20. avatar Arthur Delgado says:

    I noticed that in yours channel there’s a video about Dolly Parton stealing the “Starway to Heaven main riff” (and House of the Rising Sun.. xD )

    But… You guys know Led Zeppelin “borrowed” that riff from Spirit’s ‘Taurus’, right?

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    I’ve come across that one a few times in various Zeppelin articles. I suppose I got a little lazy with posting that one.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Part of Ramble Tamble by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970) also sounds like Stairway to Heaven, which I probably should say the other way around. It’s probably just an arpeggiated sequence, though.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-zM6PE42Tw#t=1m55s

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Not quite similar enough. But that’s a pretty cool part. I don’t think I’ve heard this CCR track before.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    While I’m on the subject, Lookin’ Out My Back Door (1970) sounds like Hello Mary Lou, written by Gene Pitney and first performed by Johnny Duncan (1960), covered by Creedence in 1972.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3lBILDDF3I#t=24s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aae_RHRptRg

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And the riff from Keep On Chooglin’ (1969) sounds like Smokestack Lightning by Howlin’ Wolf (1952?), sampled in the cover of Susie Q (1968), also Call it Pretending (1968) sounds like a combination of I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by the Four Tops and It’s the Same Old Song, but it’s meant to have the sound of a Motown song.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And how about the Johnny Cash version of Hurt (2002), which is a Nine Inch Nails song?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Losing You by Jimmy Barnes (2007).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqblae9YAwk

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Speaking of Barnesy, Forgiveness (2007) sounds kind of like I Can See Clearly Now and something else which I haven’t worked out yet.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG3aS6lnkjE

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    The melody of Ramble Tamble is kind of like My Baby Left Me by Arthur ‘Big boy’ Crudup, which they covered on the same album.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And The Shake by Neal McCoy (1997) sounds like Who’ll Stop the Rain by Creedence. Neal McCoy reached #5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart according to Wikipedia, but there are references.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtSLbiukXEE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIPan-rEQJA

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Last Train to Clarksville by The Monkees (1967) also sounds like My Baby Left Me (1950), and I guess That’s All Right (1946), because the last two were written by the same person.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9SxexpDVvQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUUSdvwEC_Y
    Be sure to check my comments on Bon Jovi vs The Beatles, Pitbull vs Aerosmith, Nick & Simon vs Green Day and Jawbreaker vs Green Day.

  21. avatar Moses says:

    A good explanation for these particular similarities is a common musical phenomenon called sequencing. Basically, a melodic phrase is repeated on a different note to match the changing chords. The old jazz standard Autumn Leaves is a good example of this (although the melody here doesn’t recall Catrianiplay).

    http://youtu.be/sgn7VfXH2GY

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Thanks for the example Moses!

    [Reply]

  22. avatar Jordan says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyly3JtXoy4 sounds like another one.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Thanks! That link seems to be blocked in the U.S.Here’s another
    Ace of Base – “Beautiful Life” (1995)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9hdMSr6Duc

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Haasey Reply:

    Noticed that when I first heard When The Rain Begins To Fall.

    Maybe this list will go from 12 to about 20.

    [Reply]

  23. avatar Katti says:

    This one as well… Petra Marklund (a.k.a September)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4fB9EXpMTI

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Woah! Good find!
    I might have to give this one its own post. Thanks!
    Petra Marklund – Händerna mot himlen (2012)

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Katti Reply:

    Allegedly an original composition by Joakim “Jocke” Berg, the singer and mastermind behind Sweden’s most successful rock band ever; Kent. And yet no one has even suggested that this song is a total rip-off. :O

    [Reply]

  24. avatar Mark Adams says:

    I heard another one today, I think it’s called Freedom (I’m sorry, there are a few songs with that name).

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Awesome! If you figure out the artist lemme know. I plan on making another updated post at some point.

    [Reply]

  25. avatar Mark Adams says:

    It may be the Akon song. I also heard a kind of dance/techno song which I think is called music of your life.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Sorry, the electronic song is Give Life Back to Music by Daft Punk (2013) and the other song isn’t the Akon song, but his does kind of sound like Photograph by Nickelback.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBV-kg70P8Y
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRICIV-juts#t=40s

    [Reply]

  26. avatar thesiu says:

    Check out these songs:

    U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgyVvoODWGA

    Jula – Za kazdym razem
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxo4D3K4988

    Jula is polish artist and she poorly became famous thanks to that song :/

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Wow, great find. I’ll be sure to post.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Speaking of U2, When Love Comes to Town (1988), recorded with BB King sounds like Close to You, written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Muddy Waters, before being covered by Stevie Ray Vaughn (no, it’s not the Carpenters’ song).

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Vertigo (1969) sounds like Victoria by The Kinks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3D76jm2vKs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc_HtMDP-XQ

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    The bridge of Victoria is the part Vertigo sounds like and sorry, I’ve attached the date for Victoria to Vertigo.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Staring at the Sun (1997) sounds like Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks (1966), I Was Made for Loving You by Kiss (1979) and Call Me by Blondie (1980) and Feel Good Inc. by The Gorillas (2005) also sounds like these.

    [Reply]

  27. avatar Cream says:

    Britney Spears’ Till The World Ends has a portion similar to these songs!!!

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Katti Reply:

    Like where?

    [Reply]

  28. avatar Katyoshka says:

    There’s this French song where the beginning sounds just like parts of Foreigner Suite : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXUEszokHU8

    [Reply]

  29. avatar Mark Adams says:

    The melody can also be found in the recorder line of A Strange Way to Save the World.

    [Reply]

  30. avatar Mark Adams says:

    You can also add I’m Glad by J-Lo.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And You’re My Yoko off of Ziggy Marley’s new album.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpaZ1Dbb8uI

    [Reply]

  31. avatar Mark Adams says:

    This may be the most used melody in pop music, but rock ‘n’ roll has its own much used melody, or similar melodies anyway. There may be a few repeated notes, but compare Good Golly Miss Molly (1956), written by John Marascalco and Robert ‘Bumps’ Blackwell and performed originally by Little Richard, then others, including Creedence (1968); Jailhouse Rock (1957), written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and performed by Elvis; Shake a Tail Feather (1963), written by Otha Hayes, Verlie Rice and Andre Williams and originally performed by The Five Du-Tones and Travelling Band by CCR (1970), which caused legal problems for John Fogerty due to the similarity to Good Golly Miss Molly, until Fantasy Records bought the rights. I don’t think it was intentional, after all, you wouldn’t rip off a song you performed a cover of, that would be too obvious to listeners.
    http://www.last.fm/music/Little+Richard/_/Good+Golly+Miss+Molly#t=34s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpzV_0l5ILI#t=24s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaKVs5mJ4Bg&feature=kp#t=07s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a97FMPrvA-g#t=06s

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    You can also add Old Time Rock and Roll (1978), written by George Jackson and recorded by Bob Seger before famously appearing in Risky Business, and Blame it On the Love of Rock & Roll by Bon Jovi (1992), which also reminds me of Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer (1988) and the riff reminds me of Black or White by Michael Jackson (1991). I could suggest Ace of Spades by Motorhead (1980), but that’s all on one note. I guess one of the simplest ways to reference older music is by using a similar melody.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqmz2JkUK4Y

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    It also appears in Country music, just have a listen to Get Rhythm by Johnny Cash (1956).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBMhsH8xlMs#t=21s

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Keep a Knocking, possibly written by Percy Bradford (c1928) and performed by many artists. Here is the Little Richard version.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYr7I4gOSXk&feature=kp

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Sea Cruise, written by Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and recorded by Frankie Ford (1959), covered by John Fogerty in 1975. The following year he recorded the unreleased Hoodoo Man, which has a similar melody.

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Stop Lookin’ Back by Grand Funk Railroad (1973). It even has a line about the county jail. I can now explain why Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu (1957) and Sea Cruise sound similar, because they were both written by Huey ‘Piano’ Smith
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZSy8swyuY#t=1m03s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QR5s1aqE5k
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u38F2D945cY

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Man With A Mission by Don Henley (1984). Unfortunately I can’t find the original. As I haven’t included a link to Hoodoo Man (1976), I’ll do that now.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeLvVDa5VME
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ6Gcfx-0vU#t=19s

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Don Henley also has Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed (1984).
    http://vimeo.com/75138530#t=45s

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And (Let’s Have a) Party by Elvis (1957).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E65lagwYkN0

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And I guess Hippy Hippy Shake by Chan Romero (1959).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlkKB1JlbFg#t=34s

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    For another Elvis similarity, Return to Sender (1962) sounds kind of like Teenager in Love (1959), written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, performed by Dion and the Belmonts, but part of that in turn sounds like (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe and performed by Elvis, but this part is mainly on two notes and Bad by Michael Jackson (1987) also sounds like these.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z54-QHEZN6E&feature=kp
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmOiAwtvFxk&feature=kp
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CnTS39cL50

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Elvis also recorded Love Me Tender, which has the same tune as Aura Lea and The Eyes Of Texas (written 1903), set to the tune of I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, but he didn’t claim to have written either of them.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    That two note melody in (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Teenager in Love and Return to Sender is similar to one found in the stop verses or whatever of old blues songs such as Sweet Home Chicago by Robert Johnson (1936). I do prefer the Blues Brothers version, though.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8hqGu-leFc#t=1m05s

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Bon Jovi’s I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, off of the same album as Blame it On the Love of Rock ‘n’ Roll, sounds very similar.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts-e0uZfooQ

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Carmine’s song from Laverne and Shirley Season 8, Episode 20, Do the Carmine (1983).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt1ZEfIe314

    [Reply]

  32. avatar E J says:

    These?
    Hearts by Marty Balin (Jefferson Starship)
    http://youtu.be/O0xufWPxX3I
    Honesty by Billy Joel
    http://youtu.be/SuFScoO4tb0

    [Reply]

  33. avatar Bronze Wolf says:

    Also the verse of “Wild world” by Cat Stevens… He ripped himself off…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHXpnZi9Hzs&feature=kp

    [Reply]

  34. avatar Mark Adams says:

    I saw the new South Australian tourism ad, and the Catrianiplay melody is also in this. I guess I’ve just heard too much music not to notice these things.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Do you have a link to it online somewhere?

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Sorry, I left it too long and so it’s not as current or easy to find. I have an interesting story though: Once at TAFE we came up with a chord progression at random and improvised over it and the Catrianiplay melody came up in one of our solos and no, it wasn’t recorded. But it does show that there is something natural about the Catrianiplay melody.

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Ha. That’s pretty interesting!

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Hang on, I’ve just found it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE5XEamkc1w&list=PLamG0bx2wOPavuoltLMfFIqjvm5ffeE93&index=5#t=39s
    Also, be sure to see my comment on Guns ‘n’ Roses vs Ulrich Schnauss.

  35. avatar Mark Adams says:

    And The Reason Why by John Farnham (1993).

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    Speaking of John Farnham, She Says to Me (1980) sounds very ABBA-like, with a riff that sounds like that of Ring Ring (1973), but his song, like most of his songs from this stage, was written by Graham Goble.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrdlX4685Ik

    [Reply]

  36. avatar Mark Adams says:

    The guitar solo of Suzanne by Journey (1986) also has the CatrianiPlay melody. While I’m on the subject, Jesus of Suburbia (2004) and On with the Show (1983) also sound kind of like Don’t Stop Believing by Journey (1981).

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Mark Adams Reply:

    How Can I Go On by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe (1988) also has the CatrianiPlay melody.

    [Reply]

  37. avatar Mark Adams says:

    And Joanie and Chachi’s song from Happy Days Season 9 Episode 18 Great Expectations (1982), not to be confused with Great Expectations from Season 1. Unfortunately I can’t find the episode online. You can do another update, but I think it would be an idea to just include a few examples of the melody and have users of this website hear if they’ve heard it anywhere else.

    [Reply]

  38. avatar Mark Adams says:

    Plus the instrumentals from It’s the Same Old Song by The Four Tops (1965).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS2nWLz-AbE#t=07s

    [Reply]

  39. avatar Mika says:

    You have this one too! :D

    (the part similar to these is at 0:55

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjBsQ9SygnE

    [Reply]

    avatar

    Keith Reply:

    Oooo. Thanks!

    [Reply]

Leave a Reply