Forensic Musicologist Prof Joe Bennett (Berklee College of Music) spoke to Channel 4 News (UK) on October 1st 2022 about the ongoing copyright lawsuit against Ed Sheeran relating to the basslines of “Thinking Out Loud” and “Let’s Get It On”. Interviewer: Jackie Long.

Ed Sheeran

Other songs that use the same half-bar 1-3-4-5 bassline include:

  • Pages Of Life: Desert Rose Band, 1990
  • Wolves: Garth Brooks, 1990
  • Unanswered Prayers: Garth Brooks, 1991
  • You Know My Name (Look Up the Number): The Beatles, 1970
  • Stuck On You: Lionel Richie, 1984
  • You’re Still The One: Shania Twain, 1998

(and here’s an extra one that didn’t make the edit)

  • Man In The Mirror: Michael Jackson, 1988