Most famous songs sound like something prior. The influence is often very obvious. Sometimes, it seems like out and out thievery. But some songs seem to come out of nowhere, either musically or production and arrangement-wise, or both. I will throw out 2... I Am The Walrus Bennie And The Jets Are there any prior songs that are anything like these 2? Not that I know of...except in the case of Bennie And The Jets, Elton himself did a song called I'm Going To Be A Teenage Idol which is sort of similar...the feel and the subject matter. I believe that Elton was influenced by R&B in some manner, but what, exactly? The slow staccatto major7 chords seems very distinct and unlike anything that I'm aware of. So the idea is songs that seemingly have no precedent, and maybe some people have the answers.