Do you ever notice lyrical similarities in songs? Uncommon phrases that pop up in songs by dissimilar (or at the very least unconnected) artists? How do they come up with the same phrase? Is it a fad phrase that has a clear origin, like “mo’ money, mo’ problems”, (thanks Puff Daddy!) or does it just sound so good that musicians slowly begin to adopt it? But what makes a song sound good? Presumably it’s a combination of both melody and lyric that creates a hit song. So it’s not just the phrase itself, but how you use it.
This ran through my head yesterday on my way to work in the morning. And I also wondered, who does it better? So it came to me that I should ask my meager little blog audience to answer that for me. I’ll strive to post an occasional Tunesday “challenge”. Today’s happens to be the very one that inspired the endeavor. Listen to the two songs below and, if you so feel inclined, comment. Who do you think took that phrase and used it better?
Adele – Set Fire to the Rain
Snow Patrol – Set Fire to the Third Bar