Many songs undeniably sound alike for various reasons, from chords to tempo or a familiar riff. The latest hit from British singer-songwriter “Stay With Me” follows the same four-chord progression as Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” from ’89.

Modern day songs can often follow a similar trajectory to one another, but here are 10 recent songs that sound like other songs that precede them.

“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith … sounds like … “I Won’t Back Down” – Tom Petty

“Semi Charmed Life” – Third Eye Blind … sounds like … “Two Princes” – Spin Doctors

“Weight of Love” – Black Keys … sounds like … “Comfortably Numb” – Pink Floyd

The Black Keys – Weight Of Love from Ron Penton on Vimeo.

“Karma Police” – Radiohead … sounds like … “Sexy Sadie” – Beatles

“Lazaretto” – Jack White … sounds like … “Darlene” – Led Zeppelin

“Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” – Cage the Elephant … sounds like … “Loser” – Beck

“Don’t Matter” – Kings of Leon … sounds like … “Go With the Flow” – Queens of the Stone Age

“Rouse Yourself” – JC Brooks & the Uptown … sounds like … Sound “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye

“Arabella” – Arctic Monkeys … sounds like … “War Pigs” – Black Sabbath

“Let Her Go” – Passenger … sounds like… “Losing My Religion” – R.E.M

For a complete mash-up of songs that sound alike, watch “4 Chord Song,” by comedy rock band Axis of Awesome. The video received over 30 million views on YouTube, because it’s pretty impressive. The group runs through dozens of songs that all use the same four chords in an entertaining manner.


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