soundalikes

You ever notice how two very unrelated songs sound alike? I'm not referring to songs that "sample" other songs (like "Stronger" by Kanye West sampling "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" by Daft Punk) because that's the purpose of sampling. I'm referring to that moment when you hear a song and it reminds you of some other song, it's almost like you can interchange their parts and it still sounds OK.

Similar sounding songs are the reason mashups exist, which give comedians like Ate Gay a career. It takes skill to really come up with good mashups, and sometimes all it takes is coincidence and a good memory.

So I'll try to list down some songs which I notice sound a like a lot, but I'll be excluding cases like "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice and Queen's "Under Pressure" because there are existing legal complaints pertaining to plagiarism. I'll also exclude novelty songs like "Sha La La La" (Venga Boys) which sounds like "Whoops Kirri" (Fruitcake) because novelty music tend to sound alike since they follow a certain formula.

I'll also steer clear of songs that they say sound alike but I just don't hear it, like "Express Yourself" (Madonna) and "Born This Way" (Lady Gaga).

Enough disclaimers.

#1 All I Want, Runaway Train, Lost in Love

Let's start with these three easy listening songs. The similarities are subtle and I'm not sure if I'm the only one who hears it. Take a listen, and if you don't hear it, at least you spent your time listening to good chillout music, which is time well spent.







Moving on from the really subtle to kinda blatant:

#2 When Love Takes Over, Clocks





You have to be deaf, or can hear but in denial, to not acknowledge that these two songs sound alike. To point out the obvious: it's the piano. These are both great songs that I like. Maybe a mashup is in order.

#3 Shadow of the Day, With or Without You, If Life Is So Short







This is weird right? I wish you already know these songs so I won't have to explain, you'll probably just hear it for yourself if you listen to them in a row. I actually don't know how to explain it. It's like these songs can overlay on each other and still jive. I know they are on different keys and tempos but still.

Or you'll probably disagree, but before you do, here's a little experiment: Play one song, and at the chorus, switch to the either of the other two songs. And then tell me that I'm just imagining things :)

#4 Beat It, Whip It, My Sharona







Wanna work out endlessly? Play these three songs in a loop. At some point I guarantee, you'll lose track of which is which.

#5 Story of my Life, Now I Can Dance





Another weird pair. What's weirder is that these songs are like decades apart. I really like Story of my Life, but the first time I heard it, I found myself humming this really old Tina Arena song which I last heard ages ago. Funny how the brain works sometimes. Do you agree with this or am I just weird?

#6 Just The Way You Are, Doesn't Mean Anything





Test yourself: play the lesser known Alicia Keys track first and see if you hear the resemblance with the widely gasgas Bruno Mars hit. I know for sure I'm not the only one, because a Youtube mashup already exists.

#7 Where Are You, Water Runs Dry





Have you ever tried hearing a song playing faintly on the radio and you start singing along to it, only to realize it's an entirely different song? I was in a taxi the other night and heard Where Are You, and I really thought it was Boyz II Men. Nevertheless these are two great easy listening songs. There's never a bad time to listen to these. How I miss old music.

#8 E.T, Bad Blood



Sorry, no embedded track for Bad Blood, because Taylor Swift seems to be in a feud with everyone including Spotify. But If you are familiar with the songs, you might agree that Bad Blood's verses sound very very similar to the whole E.T. song, sung by another Taylor Swift enemy, Katy Perry.

#9 Without You, Wildest Dreams



While we're on Taylor Swift: you probably need to be a fan of these two ladies to catch the similarity. The only difference probably is, Taylor Swift sounds awake and self-aware, while Lana del Rey sounds bored and would rather cut herself. I like both songs. Again, no embed for Swiftie.

#10 One, Walking Away





My favorite soundalikes, mainly because separately, these are still my favorite songs, and because Craig David acknowledges the similarity, he even performed an epic mashup.

#11 It Was Always You, Crazy





Another pair of songs separated by decades. What's weird is, if you try to listen very closely and analyze, they don't really sound the same. But if you don't listen too much, they remind you of each other. Must be the general atmosphere, the same way "Pure Shores" (All Saints) reminds me of "Frozen" (Madonna).

#12 And lastly, the craziest pair yet:



God I hope you know this Sia song, just so I can ask you if the intro also reminds you of...



So, do you agree with my list, or am I just hallucinating and should really do something productive?
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