“Thinking Out Loud” is a very nice ballad, one whose seductive groove, sentimental lyric, and full-hearted vocal has taken it all the way to No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart. It is also an incredibly obvious successor to Marvin Gaye’s 1973 superlative slow jam “Let’s Get It On” — the gently loping four-note bass pattern and crisp ’70s soul drums absolutely smack of the Gaye classic, as do the embrace-insistent lyrics and general candlelit-bedroom feel.
One more thing, listen and compare the guitar track of both Ed's Thinking Out Loud and Marvin Gaye's Lets Get It On.— Hazwan Daniel (@HazwanDaniel) June 9, 2016
Isn't it funny how Thinking Out Loud has the same chord progression as Lets Get It On by Marvin Gaye as well. Coincidence? I think not.— queen hummus (@EbonyFrampton) June 9, 2016