Top 10 Songs That Led Zeppelin Ripped Off

All musicians are influenced by somebody else and it's normal to trace some slight influences but beyond certain extent it's already too much - it's called plagiarism.

Many music artists were sued but Led Zeppelin are the Olympic champions - they did it many times and their plagiarism is the most brutal one because they stole entire songs with music and lyrics, and often with the song titles. Too many Led Zeppelin songs are actually uncredited covers.

Led Zeppelin were sued over all songs on this list, except one because it's a traditional song and no one is able to claim ownership (In My Time of Dying).

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1Dazed and Confused - Jake Holmes

My mother was very surprised when I told her this ages ago. Just shows, doesn't it? - IronSabbathPriest

It's essentially the same song - music, lyrics and absolutely the same song title! It's an uncredited cover. Jake Holmes released this song in 1967. - Metal_Treasure

Led Zeppelin is my favorite cover band. - Brobusky

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2You Need Loving' - The Small Faces

Whole Lotta Rip Off... Almost everything is the same - music, lyrics and the keyword in the title (love).

It’s known that Page and Plant used to see The Small Faces live and Robert Plant even sounds like the singer of The Small Faces (Steve Marriott). - Metal_Treasure

3You Need Love - Muddy Waters

Whole Lotta Rip Off - 2.

This Muddy Waters song was actually ripped off twice - ’You Need Loving’ by The Small Faces is also a blatant rip off. The original is by Muddy Waters - You Need Love. That’s why in the most sources you will read that Led Zeppelin stole the song from Muddy Waters - it’s true but it’s not the whole truth.

Led Zeppelin stole the song from The Small Faces - there are more similarities between Led Zeppelin and The Small Faces but there are still lots of similarities between Led Zeppelin and the original by Muddy Waters. It's just because both illegal versions were quite verbatim. - Metal_Treasure

4Taurus - Spirit

But then again, it isn't official if they did or didn't. Yes, it sounds almost exactly like it, but Page claims to have gotten permission from one of the members to use the riff and was also a huge fan of their work. But the man who supposedly gave him permission later died when trying to save his child, so there can't be any official proof. - MontyPython

Wiki: "In 2014, Mark Andes, and a trust acting on behalf of Randy California, filed a copyright infringement suit against Led Zeppelin in an attempt to obtain a writing credit for "Stairway to Heaven". Page denies copying "Taurus".

Oh come on, he obviously did. Nobody knows if Page got this permission from Randy California because the guy died. Let's suppose Page got the permission - again, the problem is that Led Zeppelin didn't mention Spirit and Randy California as co-writers. - Metal_Treasure

Conclusion: I'm gonna have to agree with you. Page probably did, knowing all of the songs he plagiarized before, I wouldn't be surprised if he did it once again. - MontyPython

In Stairway To Heaven there are verbatim and direct "quotes" from this song but Led Zeppelin missed to mention the source... - Metal_Treasure

Clear ripoff the judges decision to disallow playing of the recording of Taurus in court prejudiced the trial

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5Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Joan Baez

This Joan Baez song is a cover that became more popular than the original - a folk song by Anne Bredon recorded with The Plebs. Led Zeppelin ripped off the Joan Baez cover version and that's why there are more similarities. - Metal_Treasure

6In My Time of Dying - Bob Dylan

"In My Time of Dying" is a well-known traditional gospel song that has been covered by many people, including Bob Dylan (1962).
Physical Graffiti's epic "In My Time of Dying" is one instance of blatant plagiarism that the members of Led Zeppelin were never sued over. The song was credited to all four Led Zeppelin members, instead of saying it's a cover, but because it's traditional, no one is able to claim ownership and sue Led Zeppelin over its supposed authorship. - Metal_Treasure

7I Can't Quit You, Baby - Willie DixonV1 Comment
8You Shook Me - Willie DixonV1 Comment
9Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf

"The Lemon Song" does sound like "Killing Floor" by Howlin' Wolf, with a similar riff and lyrics. Some other parts, including the song's titular "lemon", are taken from another old blues song: Robert Johnson's "Travelling Riverside Blues."
Howlin' Wolf's publisher sued Led Zeppelin but Led Zeppelin preferred to settle this out of court.
Howlin' Wolf is Chester Burnett's stage name. - Metal_Treasure

10How Many More Years - Howlin’ Wolf

Led Zeppelin used this song in the first part of “How Many More Times” and obviously the title where Led Zeppelin bothered to change only one word (replaced “years” with “times”). - Metal_Treasure

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11The Hunter - Albert King

Led Zeppelin used this song for the second part of “How Many More Times”. - Metal_Treasure

12Never Again (Sweet Ride) - Moby Grape

The blues ballad "Since I've Been Loving You" was credited to Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. However, Led Zeppelin song "shares" lots of lyrics with this song and the song's mellow atmosphere is very reminiscent of Moby Grape's "Never". - Metal_Treasure

The song sample is wrong - I hope it's gonna be fixed soon. - Metal_Treasure

13Nervous Breakdown - Eddie Cochran

Led Zeppelin were a bit more creative here - replaced the word 'Nervous' in the title with 'Communication'. - Metal_Treasure

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Top Remixes

1. Dazed and Confused - Jake Holmes
2. You Need Loving' - The Small Faces
3. You Need Love - Muddy Waters



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