Posted on 3/14/2021
Tags: Music
I like listening to music. I like it even more when I discover connections between songs.

It's cool to find out that a song is a cover of another song or that it contains samples of other songs.

WhoSampled.com is a useful resource to find these connections. Rap songs in particular often contain a bunch of samples! Try searching for your favorites.

Update 12/26/21: See also my follow-up post about another resource for finding similar songs. See my complete up-to-date list of similar songs here.

Here are some of my favorite connections:

- My Name Is by Eminem
  - Samples I Got The... by Labi Siffre

- Old Town Road by Lil Nas X
  - Samples Ghosts IV - 34 by NIN

- Toxic by Britney Spears
  - Samples Tere Mere Beech Mein by Lata Mangeshkar & S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

- Sugar by Robin Schulz feat. Francesco Yates
  - Samples Suga Suga by Baby Bash feat. Frankie J

- Seth Everman combining Moonlight Sonata and Still D.R.E.

Separate from direct samples, I started noting down songs that remind me of each other. Maybe the songs share a similar palette, a similar bassline, or similar instruments.

- Shared characteristic: eerie robotic beeps and boops
  - Pure Imagination by Fiona Apple
    - See also Chipotle's Scarecrow video that features the same song
    - Note that this song is a cover of Gene Wilder's original rendition in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  - Terry Time from Pixar's Soul by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  - Dr. Ford from Westworld Season 1 Soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi

- Shared characteristic: late 90s alt rock
  - Sunday Morning by No Doubt
  - Having An Average Weekend (aka the theme song to Kids in the Hall) by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

- Similar chord progression
  - Dear Prudence by The Beatles
  - Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

- Similar cadence, lyrics, and Paul McCartney sound
  - Dear Prudence by The Beatles
  - Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney

- Similar vocalization of "oooOOoohhh"
  - Oh by Ciara
  - Do It to It by Cherish, later remade by Acraze ft. Cherish. And there's a really cool mash-up with an eerie song from Squid Game by Zedd.