fun vs. Thompson Twins? vs. Queen? vs. Erasure? vs. ??

“We Are Young” by fun. has been driving me and a lot of people crazy. I’m still not able to put my finger on it but I am offering up these bits. Let me know if you have any others. I’m dying to know. Am I nuts?

Fun - We are Young sounds like...

fun. - "We Are Young (Chorus)" (2011)
Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now" (1983)
Erasure - "A Little Respect" (1988)

This part is so similar to a Queen song. Bohemian Rhapsody? Is it a different song?? Let’s get to the bottom of this!

fun. - "We Are Young (Pre-Chorus)" (2011)
Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975)

Tell me what you think in the comments


UPDATE 7/26/2012: I added a post for Paul Simon “Cecilia” (1970) vs fun. “Some Nights” since there have been few comments and submissions for it.

New Order vs. John Denver

I need some help with this one.

Ever since Patrick mentioned this to me it’s been driving me nuts. According to Wikipedia John Denver sued New Order claiming that, “its wordless guitar break was based on his ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane'”. And later an out-of-court settlement, “ensured that the song would never be re-released in its original form”. I’ve listened to a few different versions of Run2 and all I can find is what I grabbed in this post. I either don’t have the correct original version or John Denver was smoking some really strong pot.

John Denver - "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (1967)

New Order - "Run2" (1989)