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

Metal_Treasure
Format:
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).

The Top Ten

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

I love the fact that since Led Zeppelin ripped-off a lot of songs, you had to exclude them from the list. Lol! - Misfire

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

2 Paranoid - Black Sabbath (Get Down - The Half Life)

The riff is very similiar. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

3 Cirice - Ghost (Skeletons of Society, Raining Blood - Slayer)

Plus this song isn't even close to being one of their best ones because its like a boring poppier version of Skeletons of Soceity. - christangrant

Cirice won the Metal Grammy for 2016. Wow!
But Cirice riffs are versions of the riffs to these 2 Slayer songs. LOL. - Metal_Treasure

4 Come As You Are - Nirvana (Eighties - Killing Joke)

Just give a listen to the songs and compare.
But is it fair? Nirvana song has 144 091 038 YouTube views, the original - only 2 176 851. - Metal_Treasure

WHAT NO
I LOVE THIS SONG. NUU! 😭 - Misfire

5 Ritual - 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

Well they made it better - SoldierOfFortune

IronSabbathPriest, I know they won a Grammy for another song (Cirice). But their Grammy winning song isn't free of plagiarism either - the riffs to Cirice are composed of 2 well known riffs by Slayer: Skeletons of Society and a close variation of the intro to Raining Blood.
So I added Cirice to this list. It's good to have a Grammy winner on this list you know - Metal_Treasure

It's the riff - of course the riff to Symphony Of Destruction is awesome.
Ghost won the metal Grammy of 2016 whereas Megadeth never won a Grammy - even when the album with the mentioned song on it was nominated back in the 1993 (Countdown to Extinction album).
N.I.C.E. - Metal_Treasure

Just a little thing to pick out here, Ghost won the Grammy for a different song. - IronSabbathPriest

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

Actually, it's the other way around.

Avenged Sevenfold ripped off Metallica and the correct item title should be:
This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold (Sad but True - Metallica) - Metal_Treasure

7 Bitter 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

8 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Venom - Countless Bathory)

Hm, both Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are were rip offs? - Userguy44

Wow! You are right! I know that Kurt C. liked the early extreme metal bands of the early 80s. His fave was Celtic Frost but if he listened to Celtic Frost, most probably he listened to Venom, too. - Metal_Treasure

It's the riff again. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

9 Panic 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.

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

Yep, Ritchie Blackmore is very good. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

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

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

12 Dawn 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

13 We 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

14 Tyranny of Steel - Iron Savior (Spotlight Kid - Rainbow)
15 Monster - Skillet (Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace)

They sound too similar with both lyrics and sound. Plus Animal I Have Become was released in 2006 Monster was released in 2009. It's pretty obvious which one is the ripoff.

16 Around the World - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Breadfan - Budgie)

And again,it's the riff. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

17 Am I Evil? - Diamond Head (Child in Time - Deep Purple)

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

Well,that riff was written originally by the classical composer Gustav Holst on his piece Mars,(4:17).Many bands and artists sampled that riff,Deep Purple did too,because we all know how much Ritchie Blackmore and John Lord loved and were inspired by classical music.There is a chance that Diamond Head probably heard that from Gustav Holst too.I don't know if you can call this a ripp off. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

18 Shepherd 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.

19 All Summer Long - Kid Rock (Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon)
20 Papa Roach - Between Angels and Insects (Prowler-Iron Maiden)
21 Am I Demon - Danzig (Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath, Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest)

Also,the way he sings 'Am I Demon',sounds very similar to 'Am I Evil' by Diamond Head.I think I even hear similarities to the Lucifer's Friend Song 'Ride the Sky'. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

22 Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Vanusa - What to Do)

I was shocked when I discovered this. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

23 Into 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

24 Never 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

25 The Mechanix - Megadeth (The Four Horsemen - Metallica)

What? - Userguy44

I didn't add this. It's not a rip off. Dave Mustaine wrote the music to The Four Horsemen (or a big part of it) when he was in Metallica. Dave Mustaine was even credited for The Four Horsemen on the Metallica album.
Dave Mustaine also wrote some lyrics but James Hetfield didn't like them and said they were silly. So James wrote new lyrics - the lyrics to The Four Horsemen as we know it. Later Dave Mustaine recorded with Megadeth the song with his original lyrics as The Mechanix. Lyrics are about a sexual intercourse in a gas station - OK, I agree with Hetfield. - Metal_Treasure

26 Hammer 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

27 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
28 Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice (Under Pressure - Queen)

That's a very well known case. But is this song rock or metal? I don't think so. - Metal_Treasure

29 Talk - 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

30 She's Kinda Hot - 5 Seconds of Summer (She's Got Issues - The Offspring)
31 Devils Child - Judas Priest (Problem Child - AC/DC)
32 Doce Vampiro - Rita Lee (Pink Floyd - Breathe)
33 Nichts Mehr - Silbermond (Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana)

Silbermond made a very powerful and well crafted rock song about how the dirty break up of two people poisons all the wonderful times they spent before. While the verses are unique, one cannot do different than be reminded of Nirvana's "Hey! Wait! " shouts in the chorus. - Martin_Canine

34 Du Und Ich - Silbermond (Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne)
35 Deep Purple - Black Night (Ricky Nelson- Summertime)
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