His World Acoustic - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=MZmiCvmAoCs
Wait till about halfway through, and the similarity becomes more apparent when the piano melody comes in. Coincidence probably.
Sweet Love - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=zcU5pnooak8
Resort Island - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ioLPFCVojx0
Maybe... Sweet Sweet Sweet (stylistically, but, even if that is the case it isn't much because that WAS the style back then) - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=A1hB8jFRpDc
I kept getting the nagging feeling when I listened to this song that it sounded Sonicy. We've narrowed it down to Resort Island and the DCT song Sweet Sweet Sweet. I don't know if there is anything here, just check it out.
Rick Astley's Together Forever is also similar to Resort Island (Possibly way more so than Sweet Love...)- http://www.youtube.c...h?v=B62p-dEfUZM
Enigma: Sadeness Pt. 1 - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=_tK-u7fCK8M
Rusty Ruins (Stylistic Similarities) - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=qZ_qheNzIm4
Ok, this song basically IS the SOR2 theme song, but at the same token, it shares a couple stylistic elements with Rusty Ruins, enough in my opinion to warrant asking Jacques if it was a possible inspiration.
EDIT: YES, Sadeness Pt.1 was without a doubt a huge inspiration on the sound and style of Rusty Ruins. We confirmed this in the Richard Jacques interview at SAGE.
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=4_hz2am90Hk
Wanna Be Startin Something Sped Up (The bassline will sound very similar if the tracks are tempo and key-synced) - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=dPTsmswQVwg
Mystic Caves 2 Player - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=KhZzANSpUNk
Michael Jackson wasn't involved in Sonic 2, but this song is more stylistically similar to MJ than anything we have on him for Sonic 3. I wonder if maybe Nakamura didn't compose this song though, as it was shafted to a 2P theme and replaced with what Sound Test 10 is now. It's possible someone there was a Jackson nut, and if we can find a bit more evidence, we might be able to confirm whoevers theory that Nakamura didn't write ALL the music in Sonic 2, or at the very least that Mystic Caves 2P was a placeholder track.
Stranger Things Have Happened - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=CEIeb85DkCs
Live and Learn - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=u9zZus_1_ag
Haha, this is the most retarded comparison of them all. Basically the rhythmical figures are similar. Different keys, different chords, etc. Only reason I even came up with this is because I was learning Live and Learn on my acoustic and was playing through it about the tempo Stranger Things Have Happened is at, and I noticed the rhythm figure for the main extremely similar.
Stardust Speedway Present JP - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Iu-f_H1Me6A
Just about any New Jack Swing song
Ex: Poison: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=N6blgjF6UkU
There is a specific song that would better demonstrate the similarity, however I don't know the name of said song. :E
New Jack Swing would also be the more accurate source of the style sound bytes in Launch Base Zone.
see: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ZZZADbubu0Y (Ironically the lyrics of this song also reference SEGA)
Launch Base Source: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=GZH1o8N9PXU
Note: These are all bullshit and baseless and here for reference and entertainment purposes only. They are, however, still cool songs to listen to and would make good mixing materials.