UPDATE: Survivor vs. Coldplay vs. Joe Satriani vs. Cat Stevens vs. Creaky Boards


Update 1/30/2010: Check out “CatrianiPlay: The Most Used Melody In Pop Music”


This is an update to this post

Submitted by Jim

Any more of these out there??

Jim points out the hook in Survivor‘s 1984 hit “I Can’t Hold Back”.  I included the beginning of the guitar solo at the end of the sample because it also incorporates the melody. Here’s all of them again!

Survivor - "I Can't Hold Back" (1984)

Cat Stevens - "Foreigner Suite" (1973)

Joe Satriani - "If I Could Fly" (2004)

Coldplay - "Viva la Vida" (2008)

Creaky Boards - "The Songs I Didn't Write" (2008)

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33 Replies to “UPDATE: Survivor vs. Coldplay vs. Joe Satriani vs. Cat Stevens vs. Creaky Boards”

  1. sodapop

    I first time I heard Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ it totally reminded me of The Alan Parsons’ Project and ‘Eyes in the Sky’.

      1. sodapop

        Keith, love the site and thanks for posting. I’ll send some musically inclined friends by to see if we can come up with some others. Glad to see you have Matthew and Son and Mad World listed. As much as I love Cat Stevens, Tear for Fears took the best part of the song and made something great.

  2. Kiai

    I think those who point the finger at these guys are so damn stupid…do you have any idea about how much you have to work as an artist?..just shut the f*** up f***!you are just couch potatoes that only drive your car to the nearest fastfood and criticise people that really work!!!

  3. Benjy

    How about Britney Spears’s “Hold It Against Me” – its chorus sounds totally similar to the melody in these songs, particularly the first two.

    1. Keith Post author

      Thanks Benjy! A few other users pointed this similarity out as well. I’ve been meaning to post that. It also reminds me of Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight”):

      . Of course this is all no surprise considering the Spears track is yet another Dr. Luke creation. Look for my upcoming Dr. Luke post.

    1. Keith Post author

      Wow. I am actually working on another update to this post. I have two other other songs to add to this.. and now THIS!!

  4. Arthur Delgado

    Heya! When I heard Dido’s “Thank You” in your post on buzzfeed (about the ‘Most used melody in music’), I instantly thought of Orishas’s ‘El Kilo’ (2004) .. check it out if you have time. 🙂

    Also.. did you got my e-mail?



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