Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

5 Seconds of Summer vs. Plain White T’s vs. Derek and the Dominos

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Eleanor just submitted 5 Seconds of Summer and this Plain White T’s track which followed a note by Mark that pointed out “Thorn Tree in the Garden” by Derek and the Dominos (which featured Eric Clapton and the original “Layla” recording). I think the Dominos track is a bit of a stretch so I edited two phrases in the verse together to emphasize the melody. It seems that if you’re writing a sad acoustic ballad this is a good go-to melody.

5 Seconds of Summer - "Amnesia" (2014)

Plain White T's - "Hey There Delilah" (2005)

Derek and the Dominos - "Thorn Tree in the Garden" (1972)


Nick & Simon vs. Green Day

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Thanks to William for this one

There is a Dutch singer-songwriter duo called Nick & Simon and they wrote a song called Julia. Then they made 154 versions of the song. I don’t have time to listen to any more than the one that William sent my way but it sounds just like Green Day‘s “When I Come Around”. Do the other 153 versions sound like other songs as well??

Nick & Simon - "Julia" (2013)

Green Day - "When I Come Around" (1994)

“Nick & Simon released many different versions of the song, each with another female given name as title. Eight versions were released on CD, but on iTunes 154 versions were released (see different versions). Nick & Simon established a record in the Guinness Book of Records with this song, because they released 155 singles on one day. This has never been done before.

The single debuted at the peak position in both the Dutch Top 40 and the Mega Single Top 100.The song became the first number-one single for Nick & Simon in the Dutch Top 40 and the first number-one debut in that chart since Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” in 2011. “Julia” was the tenth number-one single for the duo in the Mega Single Top 100.” – Wikipedia


Check out some other Green Day posts on this site:

Green Day vs. Night Ranger

Green Day vs. ELO vs. Scott McKenzie

Green Day vs. Blink-182



Pitbull vs. Aerosmith and Run DMC

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Pitbull "Fireball" sounds like Aerosmith "Walk this Way"
Left: Pitbull, Right: There are a lot of great random photos of Steven Tyler (Aerosmith). This is one of them.

I don’t have a lot of info on this new Pitbull track but the vocal is very similar to Aerosmith‘s 1975 hit “Walk This Way” (later covered by/with Run D.M.C.). I’m sure it’s some sort of homage, but to Aerosmith or Run D.M.C.?

Pitbull - "Fireball (clip 1)" (2014)

Pitbull - "Fireball (clip 2)" (2014)

Aerosmith - "Walk This Way" (1975)

Aerosmith w/Run D.M.C. - "Walk This Way" (1986)

After hearing the Pitbull track I couldn’t help hearing a bit of Michael Jackson‘s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” Mama-say mama-sah ma-ma-coo-sah chant in the guitar riff. I also just found out this tidbit from Wikipedia:

“The coda is “Mama-say mama-sah ma-ma-coo-sah”. Makossa is a Cameroonian music genre and dance. Dibango sued Jackson and settled out of court for one million French francs, agreeing thereby to waive future rights to this recording but not future use of the material.” from wikipedia

Michael Jackson - "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (1983)

Pitbull - "Fireball (clip 3)" (2014)

Demi Lovato vs. Pat Benatar

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Demi Lovato "Really Don't Care" sounds like Pat Benatar "Shadows of the Night"

I was just on a road trip listening to an XM radio station when Demi Lovato‘s “Really Don’t Care” (2014) came on. As soon as the chorus kicked in all I could think of was Pat Benatar‘s “Shadows of the Night” from 1982. Amiright????!!

Demi Lovato - "Really Don't Care" (2014)

Pat Benatar - "Shadows of the Night" (1982)

Of course today’s pop songs are not complete without a couple of  strategically placed “oh oh oh’s”. After listening to “Really Don’t Care” check out this short clip in Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”.

Katy Perry - "California Gurls" (2010)

Check out more “California Gurls” in these two posts:

Flo Rida vs. Katy Perry vs. Kesha

Katy Perry vs. Kesha

See ya!

HIM vs. Clouseau

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

HIM vs. Closeau on

Another gem submitted by Travis

Check out the similarity in the choruses of Finnish band HIM’s “Wings of a Butterfly” and Belgian outfit Closeau‘s “En Dans”.

HIM - "Wings of A Butterfly" (2005)

Clouseau - "En Dans" (2001)

Avicii vs. Emeli Sandé vs.Toto

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Submitted by Denna

Avicii vs. Sane vs. Toto

I was curious about this one because Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” is such a huge hit. I definitely hear the similarity in Sandé‘s vocal line. Then I noticed a YouTube comment that pointed to Toto‘s 1979 track. Check ‘em out!

Avicii - "Wake Me Up" (2013)

Emeli Sandé - "Next To Me" (2012)

Toto - "St. George and the Dragon" (1979)

Back in 2011 Avicii took X Factor star Leona Lewis to court. Anyone know what happened with this?

Leona Lewis vs. Avicii