User:Eighty5cacao/Manual of Style (songs that sound alike)

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The Songs that sound alike pages are for documenting similarities among well-known songs.


Songs that sound alike
This article is for examples where both are from standalone music or film soundtracks.
Songs that sound alike (video games)
This article is for examples where at least one song is from a video game. As of 2011, video games and their music are not as well known as mainstream music.
Public-domain music in video games
This article is for examples of video games using music whose copyright had expired. Many of these will be standard snippets.

Sandboxes (active)

User:Eighty5cacao/misc/Songs that sound alike (investigation needed)
This page is used (regardless of whether video games are involved) to make notes of similarities that are of dubious merit, that need a more thorough explanation, or that have serious sourcing issues. This includes cases where artist names and/or release dates can't be determined accurately.
User:Tepples/Musical self-plagiarism
This page lists songs that sound suspiciously similar to other songs by the same recording artist.
User:Tepples/Songs that sound alike (weak)

Sandboxes (inactive)

User:Eighty5cacao/Songs that sound alike (video games)/sandbox
This page was used to develop content for Songs that sound alike (video games) prior to the adoption of a table-based layout like that of Songs that sound alike. It is no longer being maintained. It exists primarily for attribution reasons and should no longer be used for scratch work.


The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119. (what's this?)

In the following guidelines, a "song" means any piece of music, whether vocal or instrumental, and an "album" means any work incorporating more than one song, such as the soundtrack of a film or video game.

  • Each entry SHOULD link to a relevant English Wikipedia article, using mark-up such as [[wikipedia:La Bamba (song)|La Bamba]]. Prefer an article about the song if it exists; otherwise, one about the album if that exists; otherwise, one about the artist if that exists. In any case, entries SHOULD NOT link to articles likely to be deleted soon for not meeting Wikipedia's notability guideline, such as articles tagged with the {{notability}} template or the notable parameter of {{multiple issues}}. If an article about an artist or album has a section about the song, you MAY link to that section using # mark-up, and you SHOULD if the section is below the fold or if its title is not obvious to a casual reader. If no Wikipedia link is possible for the title, artist, or album, entries SHOULD use the form Artist - Title (Year) (from Name of album), and they MAY link to the official website of the artist or album.
  • If an artist or song is mentioned more than once within the page or within a major section of the page, only the first occurrence SHOULD be given a Wikipedia link.
  • For comparisons involving more obscure music, try to provide audio or video links for the individual songs if and only if no demo of the similarity is available. On Songs that sound alike (video games), video-game music is usually obscure enough for individual links; in general, fewer such links are needed on Songs that sound alike because the fair-use argument would be weaker in the "effect upon work's value" factor.
  • Months SHOULD be listed in release dates if and only if the songs in the relevant comparison were released within a year of each other.
  • If the year of publication is not known precisely, an entry MAY use the "less than or equal to" (≤) symbol with the year. It can be typed as ≤. TODO: expand
  • If an individual recording artist (not a band) is known to have recorded under several pseudonyms, such as Naoki Maeda or Kyle Ward, and these pseudonyms can be verifiably connected to the same person without unreasonable invasion of privacy, entries SHOULD cite the artist like this: Common Name (as Pseudonym). The common name is either the artist's real name or the stage name associated with the majority of an artist's work. For example, Lady Gaga's common name is Lady Gaga.
  • Guidelines for sorting have yet to be developed. As of 2012, the common practice was to add newly discovered entries at the bottom unless a pair has a work in common with another pair, but this will eventually be changed to be more chronological. (MediaWiki client-side sortable tables are not enabled on this wiki.)

TODO: Rowspan (see diff)