Non Led Zeppelin Rock and Metal Songs that Were Ripped Off from Another Artist

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The song we know - Artist we know (The source song - Artist)

Led Zeppelin are excluded because:
1) I made two lists about their plagiarism (Top 10 Songs That Led Zeppelin Ripped Off, Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs That Were Ripped Off From Another Artist)

2) if I include Led Zeppelin, they will take the Top 10 spots because nobody else ripped off whole songs with lyrics and song titles (multiple times). The guys on this list are more modest - they stole mostly riffs and did it only once (hopefully).

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1Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys (Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry)

Brian Wilson openly and knowingly used Chuck Berry's big hit. It's basically the same song with different lyrics.
Sorry, Petsounds but maybe you already knew this. - Metal_Treasure

Absolutely! It's even credited to Chuck Berry, thanks to a lawsuit. - PetSounds

2Come As You Are - Nirvana (Eighties - Killing Joke)V1 Comment
3Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve (The Last Time - The Rolling Stones)

The Verve biggest song is bittersweet to the band and singer Richard Ashcroft after a lawsuit awarded all songwriting credit and royalties to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. - Metal_Treasure

4Panic Attack - Dream Theater (Spotlight Kid - Rainbow)

Ritchie Blackmore is a riff master and you can hear clearly his riff in the intro to "Panic Attack" and many times throughout the entire song. "Spotlight Kid" is a very obscure song that only die hard Rainbow fans know. - Metal_Treasure

Eh. I don't know. You can kind of hear Spotlight Kid in Panic Attack, but I think that a song such as Ritual is a more obvious "ripoff" of Symphony of Destruction. - IronSabbathPriest

Also the Dream Theater song "This Dying Soul" has a riff part that sounds a lot like Sevendust's "Praise"; this is coming from a Dream Theater fan by the way.

5Warning - Green Day (Picture Book - The Kinks)

The riff. Yes, the Kinks have incredible riffs. - Metal_Treasure

6We Got It Going On - Bon Jovi (Surrender - Savatage)

Bon Jovi liked the awesome riff to this metal song. Savatage is a great but lesser known metal band. - Metal_Treasure

7Set Me Free - The Sweet (Flight of The Rat - Deep Purple)

Yep, Ritchie Blackmore is very good. - Metal_Treasure

8Ritual - Ghost (Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth)

The symphony of destruction riff is awesome. But ghost really just built off of it. It's a very common technique in rock/metal - ryanrimmel

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9Dawn of Victory - Rhapsody (Breaking The Law - Judas Priest)

It's the riff. Dawn of Victory is at #2 on the list "Best Rhapsody (of Fire) Songs". I will never understand if people who vote are deaf or don't know the metal legacy (Judas Piest), or just don't care if the band/song is original or generic. - Metal_Treasure

10Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice (Under Pressure - Queen)

The Contenders

11Sad but True - Metallica (This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold)

Actually, it's the other way around.

12Tyranny of Steel - Iron Savior (Spotlight Kid - Rainbow)
13Am I Evil? - Diamond Head (Child in Time - Deep Purple)

To rip it off even more, Metallica did a cover of Am I Evil! - NikBrusk

I can't be very hard on Diamond Head because when several bands started the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in the late 70s, they didn't have many examples of how to make metal music. - Metal_Treasure

14Monster - Skillet (Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace)
15Into the Now - Tesla (Doesn't Matter Anyway - Savatage)

It's the main riff (in the intro and later). Tesla song came out in 2004, Savatage song - in 1995. - Metal_Treasure

They're similar but I wouldn't say Tesla ripped it off

16Never Got the Chance - The Other Garden (Picture Book - The Kinks)

The Kinks are riff masters and Green Day wasn't the only band that "borrowed" this Kinks' riff. - Metal_Treasure

17Hammer and Tongs - Budgie (Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused)

To whoever added this - haha, Led Zeppelin's Dazed and Confused itself is one of their most blatant rip offs (check out Dazed and Confused by Jake Holmes, and my lists: Top 10 Songs That Led Zeppelin Ripped Off, Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs That Were Ripped Off From Another Artist). - Metal_Treasure

18Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
19Talk - Coldplay (Computer Love - Kraftwerk)

While not technically a ripoff (Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, did write a letter to Kraftwerk asking for permission to use the riff and was granted it), it still uses the very same riff present in the Kraftwerk song. - Aaronardo

20Shepherd of Fire - Avenged Sevenfold (Enter Sandman - Metallica)

Not only Shepherd of Fire, Hail to the King has some similarity to Enter Sandman, though This Means War is worse.

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1. Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys (Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry)
2. Come As You Are - Nirvana (Eighties - Killing Joke)
3. Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve (The Last Time - The Rolling Stones)
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