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22 Classical Pieces That'll Remind Your Of Your Modern Faves

You know you're all about that bass concerto.

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1. "Style" by Taylor Swift → Eight Lines by Steve Reich

Why it's a match: Eight Lines and "Style" both have a sort of suspenseful drama and catchy rhythm about them. They also both play with using a whole step as the prominent melodic interval. Maybe Taylor should collab with him on her next track!

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2. "Geronimo" by Sheppard → "Stomp Your Foot" from The Tender Land by Aaron Copland

Why it's a match: These songs both feature a play between male and female voices and have rousing beats that will definitely make you stomp your feet.

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3. "Take Me To Church" by Hozier → "Alleluia" by Randall Thompson

Why it's a match: Both of these tunes feature a slow build that bursts into something glorious, and if you like the "amen" interjections in "Take Me To Church," you'll love the repeated "alleluia's" in Thompson's piece.

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4. "Lips Are Movin" by Meghan Trainor → "Meine lippen, sie küssen so heiss" from Giuditta by Lehár.

Why it's a match: If you're into confident women singing about lips, "Meine lippen" is for you. Although Meghan is singing about a lover's lies whereas Giuditta is singing about her hot bod and dance moves, both of these songs have amazingly saccharine melodies.

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5. "FourFiveSeconds" by Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney → "Nous avons en tete une affaire" from Carmen by Bizet

Why it's a match: This quintet from Carmen will definitely pique the interest of those who love the amazing collaboration in "FourFiveSeconds." With five people, they're able to achieve similar delicious harmonies, and the agitated beat keeps things energized, just like in "FourFiveSeconds."

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6. "Chandelier" by Sia → "Quando m'en vo" from La bohème by Puccini

Why it's a match: Sia fans will definitely appreciate the soaring melody and glorious high notes in this aria by Puccini. Though the themes are different, "Quando m'en vo" still feels anthemic and will definitely get your blood flowing.

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7. "2 On" by Tinashe → "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" from La Traviata by Verdi.

Why it's a match: Both of these songs are about the joys of embracing your vices, specifically drinking. Verdi's is a little more melodic than Tinashe's, but both are great songs to play at the bar.

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8. "Chains" by Nick Jonas → American Quartet, movement 2 by Dvořák

Why it's a match: While the string quartet doesn't have any text, this movement really captures the dark, tortured feeling of "Chains." Though Dvořák is a little more forlorn, you can totally picture Nick Jonas running around in slow motion to this piece.

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9. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars → Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams

Why it's a match: Both of these songs feature a toe-tapping beat and use blaring horns to get your attention. Adams doesn't quite match the funk level, but his piece is exhilarating in a different way.

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10. "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding → "Cemetery of Kisses" from The Lovers by Samuel Barber

Why it's a match: "Cemetery of Kisses" is definitely a darker tune than Goulding's, but it also manages to capture the sweeping, romantic nature of "Love Me Like You Do." Though it's on the opposite side of the emotional spectrum, Barber's song has all the drama and theatrical violins you could ask for.

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11. "Sugar" by Maroon 5 → "Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta" by Fritz Kreisler

Why it's a match: Just like "Sugar," Kreisler's piece is a happy little number that's guaranteed to put you in a good mood. Kreisler starts a little gentler than Maroon 5's, but that just makes its build to a delightful beat more fun.

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12. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams → "Clapping Music" by Steve Reich

Why it's a match: If "Happy" literally made you want to clap along, then you should definitely check out "Clapping Music." It's just rhythmic clapping. Honestly what's happier than that?

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13. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran → "Romance" from The Gadfly Suite by Shostakovich

Why it's a match: "Romance" doesn't need any lyrics to replicate the mood of "Thinking Out Loud." Its sweet and sentimental melody is very reminiscent of Sheeran's tune. Maybe he can ballroom dance to this next.

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14. "Riptide" by Vance Joy → Scottish Fantasy, fourth movement by Bruch

Why it's a match: "Riptide" and Scottish Fantasy will both get your head bobbin' with their bouncy beats. A touch of folk inspiration in Bruch's piece means it's the perfect companion song for Vance Joy lovers.

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15. "Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith → "Ideale" by Francesco Paolo Tosti

Why it's a match: Both of these songs are about missing a lover, and both sublime melodies are sure to leave you in tears by the end. Have your tissues ready.

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16. "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor → Concerto No. 2 in B minor by Bottesini

Why it's a match: If you're really "all about that bass," you should definitely familiarize yourself with this gorgeous double bass concerto by Bottesini. Say "no treble" and give a little love to the often under-appreciated double bass.

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17. "Earned It" by The Weeknd → "Montagues and Capulets" from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev

Why it's a match: The slightly stilted rhythm of the violins gives both of these pieces a captivating edginess. However, "Montagues and Capulets" starts with more of a bang, so you might want to turn your volume down for this one.

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18. "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift → "Je veux vivre" from Roméo et Juliette by Gounod

Why it's a match: This little aria shares its poppy feel with "Blank Space," and though it's a little more sparkly than Taylor's tune, that buoyant beat keeps it feeling happy even though there are some dark undertones.

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19. "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera → "O soave fanciulla from La Boheme by Puccini

Why it's a match: "O soave fanciulla" depicts the beginning of a relationship, while "Say Something" describes the end, but you'll love the quiet, contemplative moments that eventually swell with emotion in both of these duets.

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20. "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz → "Danza ritual del fuego" from El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla

Why it's a match: If you dig the funky sample in "Talk Dirty," you'll definitely appreciate the jazzy lines in "Danza ritual del fuego." De Falla's rhythm, much like Derulo, will definitely make you want to dance.

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21. "I'm Not The Only One" by Sam Smith → "Tu lo sai" by Giuseppe Torelli

Why it's a match: "Tu lo sai" makes lamenting your cruel love sound just as schmaltzy and passionate as "I'm Not The Only One." You don't need to understand Italian to feel the emotions on this one.

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22. "Truffle Butter" by Nicki Minaj and Drake → "Sonata V" from Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage

Why it's a match: If "Truffle Butter" is your jam you're probably into some weird shit. So why not go full-blown weird and check out one of Cage's works for prepared piano? There are literally screws and bolts in the piano.

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