ThatSongSoundsLike.com was created by Keith Hopkin in 2007 and is fueled by awesome submissions by you. There are a few other folks on the team that do a bit of work to put your submissions up here in a nice readable and listenable way.So what is ThatSongSoundsLike???
"I know I've heard that song before""That riff is totally from that song""Isn't that the melody from ___ ?""They don't even credit the original!"Remember Vanilla Ice's 1990 hit "Ice Ice Baby" ?
[mini_player audio="/music/vanicebaby.mp3" artist="Vanilla Ice" track="Ice Ice Baby" year="1990"]Sound Familiar?
[mini_player audio="/music/bowiepressure.mp3" artist="David Bowie & Queen" track="Under Pressure" year="1981"]Here's a great piece that aired on MTV in the 90s where Vanilla Ice famously denies the similarity.[youtube width="400"]1s0hEi8zhmg[/youtube]Do you have 2 songs that you are convinced sound the same?
Email Artists and Song Titles to music at thatsongsoundslike dot com and I will listen!
Kirby Ferguson made a brilliant video documentary called "Everything is a Remix". It examines music, film and literature through the years. Here's part 1. It contains a large chunk about Led Zeppelin.See the other parts here: http://vimeo.com/kirbyferguson/videosMore at www.everythingisaremix.info
These guys do a great job of demonstrating the ubiquity of the "I V vi iV" chord progression in modern pop music.[youtube width="400"]oOlDewpCfZQ[/youtube]
For an extensive site that catalogs credited samples, go to www.whosampled.com.
Some more reading and things:Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt by Butch Walker"Allergy to Originality" By DREW CHRISTIE, NY TimesHow many songs are there?I analyzed the chords of 1300 popular songs for patterns. This is what I found.12 Songs That Sound The Same by Keith Hopkin [buzzfeed.com]13 Songs That Sound Just Like Green Day Songs by Keith Hopkin [diffuser.fm]7 Famous Musicians Who Stole Some of Their Biggest Hits [Cracked.com]
NOTE: This site is for "sound-a-likes", not samples.