Top Ten Popular Songs that are Rip-Offs

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1Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys

Yes, it's the same song start to finish, just with different lyrics. After a lawsuit it was credited to Chuck Berry. - Metal_Treasure

Chuck Berry-Sweet Little Sixteen (1958) - somekindofaguy

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2Blurred Lines - Robin ThickeV1 Comment
3Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

Half the songs on this list are from Led Zeppelin - Mcgillacuddy

This should be higher cause I heard both lyrics and music are ripped off. - zxm

Saw the theremin solo now. Is it was ripped off too? - zxm

Is asking a question wrong thing. Cause I asked a question here - zxm

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4Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Established in court that it was not plagiarism. Both songs use similar chords in the intros, but one uses the notes in ascending sequence, the other in descending sequence. Affirmed by a panel of expert witnesses. - BobG

Adding things from internet hoaxes. "What is Reality" Your Favourite Band Do Not Rip Off. Your Disliked Bands Only Rip Off This is Reality

Hmm, the verdict isn't final yet and the story isn't over - in July 2016 this dispute was returned to Court but it is unlikely to start again before 2017. - Metal_Treasure

Only the starting intro was ripped not the entire song... - LightningBlade

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5Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

Original: Dazed and Confused by Jake Holmes. - Metal_Treasure

6I Can't Quit You Baby - Led Zeppelin

Original: I Can't Quit You, Baby - Willie Dixon. Led Zeppelin song was an uncredited cover that was credited back to Willie Dixon. Unlike several items on this list that probably aren't ripoffs, Led Zeppelin songs are. Led Zeppelin stole entire songs with music, lyrics and song titles. - Metal_Treasure

7Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

Ripped off of Under Pressure and he didn't credit Queen or David Bowie until years later for using the beat. - Anonymousxcxc

A rip off of under pressure by bowie and queen. and that's not even the worst thing about this song - RecklessGreed

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8Come as You Are - NirvanaV1 Comment
9You Shook Me - Led Zeppelin

Original: You Shook Me - Willie Dixon. Led Zeppelin song was an uncredited cover that was credited back to Willie Dixon and J. B. Lenoir. - Metal_Treasure

10Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin

Original: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You by Anne Bredon recorded with The Plebs. This is another uncredited cover and a lawsuit credited the song back to Anne Bredon. However, I personally think that Led Zeppelin probably ripped off the Joan Baez cover version because there are more similarities. - Metal_Treasure

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11Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

This is not "ripped off." It's boogie-woogie in 4/4 time. Jordan's tune is boogie-woogie (3/4 time). Jordan didn't invent boogie-woogie. Blues progressions go too far back for anyone to claim ownership.

Louis Jordan-Ain't That Just Like a Woman (1946) - somekindofaguy

12The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin

Original: Killing Floor by Howlin' Wolf. Howlin' Wolf's publisher sued Led Zeppelin but Led Zeppelin preferred to settle this out of court. - Metal_Treasure

13Revolution - The Beatles

This is so foolish. While the licks at the beginning are quite similar, no one owns them. They've been around since Elmore James, Robert Johnson, and before that, too. Otherwise, both songs are boogie-woogie. No one owns those chord progressions.

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14Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

In fairness, they sampled the original song, so you might as well put sing for the moment by eminem on the list, if you are gonna put bittersweet symphony on - VaticanCameos

No. They sampled an orchestral version, and they used way too much of it. - djpenquin999

The Last Time by The Rolling Stones.
@VaticanCameos - it is a ripoff because Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were added to the songwriting credits after a lawsuit. Eminem case is different - he did it correctly. - Metal_Treasure

I never got the deal about this song. it has good lryics, but outside of that it's nothing specail, espeacily because it's a ripoff - RecklessGreed

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15Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
16Feel This Moment - PitbullV1 Comment
17In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin

"In My Time of Dying" is a well-known traditional gospel song but Led Zeppelin didn't say their song is a cover - they credited the song to all 4 band members. The original song has been covered many times, including by Bob Dylan in 1962 and other artists before Led Zeppelin. - Metal_Treasure

When a song is "traditional," which is to say, when it is legally in the public domain and authorship cannot be unquestionably attributed, there is no requirement to label it a "cover." It is traditional, however, to acknowledge the work as "traditional."

18Stay with Me - Sam Smith

Rip-off of "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty (1989)

19Viva la Vida - Coldplay

Creaky boards - the songs I didn't write

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20Black Night - Deep Purple

All right I heard it. Yes, it has some similarities. But deep purple isn't alone for it. There are other songs too.Then why only deep purple's song is here? - zxm

No doubt. But the Blues Magoos ripped it off four years earlier with "We Ain't Got nothing' Yet."

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1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys
3. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
somekindofaguy
1. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
2. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
3. Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys
Metal_Treasure
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
3. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
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