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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Very close – but maybe not *quite* close enough to nail her…
Cee-Lo Green’s “Bright Lights, Bigger City” sounds a lot like Billie Jean too.
And in turn, your Francois’s song sounds like Sade “Hang on to Your Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INsKE1DSrfQ
And, of course, Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgggawsdiGg
Sade – ‘Hang On To Your Love”
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.
Considering how similar some songs can sound, it’s a wonder the app doesn’t get confused. Does it ever return multiple results?
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.