Top Ten Popular Songs that are Rip-Offs

The Top Ten

1 Whole 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

Muddy Waters-You Need Love (1963)
Small Faces-You Need Loving (1967)

2 Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys

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

Chuck Berry-Sweet Little Sixteen (1958)

rip-off - UnpopularOpinion

3 Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

Marvin Gaye-Go to Give it Up (1977)

Robin Thicke is a creep

4 Best Song Ever - One Direction

They let this slide because, "There are only so many chords out there." - naFrovivuS

Rips off Baba O'Reily by The Who

5 Ice 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

I'm shocked how low this is - jrodz

He just sampled it

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

6 Come as You Are - Nirvana

Killing Joke-'80s (1984)

7 Come Together - The Beatles

Rip-off of "You Can't Catch Me? " Don't know what you think you're hearing, but it sure ain't there. You could as easily say Chuck Berry ripped-off Bo Diddley''s hambone style, but even that's arguable.

"You Can't Catch Me, just played it slower" Maria Quiet, Deep Purple Just Played it faster

@Commenter It seems you are a Beatles fan, but I'm sorry, even John Lennon admit he took this song from the You Can't Catch Me, just played it slower...

You're missing the point. Lennon may have been inspired, motivated, whatever by the Berry tune (though musically there is none but the most passing relationship), but this common progression was not original to Chuck Berry. There seems to be little understanding among commentators here regarding the history and evolution of blues, and therefore, of rock 'n' roll.

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8 This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold

Sad but True by Metallica. - Metal_Treasure

9 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

Original: Dazed and Confused by Jake Holmes. - Metal_Treasure

10 I 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

The Contenders

11 Funkytown - Lipps Inc.

What song did it sample

12 Stairway 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

Nowadays rip off has been a simple thing. Just because two songs sound same and you don't like an artist they ripped off a song. - zxm

Alright, just because it uses a similar riff, doesn't mean it should be immediately a "ripoff." If that were so, then pretty much every mainstream song would be considered a rip off. - naFrovivuS

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

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13 Babe 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

14 Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.

Alright, I saw someone really likes to dislike the truth... do you know that this song is not even similar to Huey Lewis's song? REALLY? Man, you can sing very well the Ghostbusters for the instrumental of I Want a New Drug...

Huey Lewis-I Want a New Drug (1983)

15 Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
16 Viva la Vida - Coldplay

Creaky boards - the songs I didn't write

What I like this

Again, don't care - zxm

Viva la vida actually rips "If I could fly" by Joe Satraini

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17 You 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

18 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
19 Bitter 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

Not to mention how this song is only its chorus for around 5 minutes.

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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20 Johnny 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)

21 The 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

22 Rock Me - One Direction

We Will Rock You - Queen - christangrant

23 Revolution - 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.

Pee Wee Crayton-Do Unto Others (1954)

24 Stay with Me - Sam Smith

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

25 Tear in My Heart - Twenty One Pilots

Uses similar riff from Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash. - naFrovivuS

26 Feel This Moment - Pitbull

A Ha-Take on Me (1984)

Not a rip off. It does use the riff from "Take on Me", but Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket, and Pål Waaktaar (the writers of Take On Me) approved the use of the riff and were given writing credits for "Feel This Moment".

27 Black Night - Deep Purple

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

Ricky Nelson-Summertime

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

Deep Purple Plagiarisms=Inspirations
Other Artist Plagiarisms=Rip-Offs
Nelson’s riff isn’t original
Deep Purple's is

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28 In 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."

29 On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez

Kaoma-Lambada (1989)

30 Me Too - Meghan Trainor

Don't forget Trouble For Me by Britney Spears. - WonkeyDude98

31 Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
32 American Bad A** - Kid Rock

Samples Sad but True by Metallica. - Skullkid755

A sample is not a rip off unless the original artist doesn't get credit. James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich got credited for Sad but True. - Gg2000

33 Ghostbusters Theme
34 Cake by the Ocean - Dnce

Stolen from Uptown Funk and This Summer - Hotheart123

35 Watch Me - Silento

Crank That - Soulja Boy (He even steals the dance move) - christangrant

36 Knives and Pens - Black Veil Brides

The riff of this song sounds just like a weaker version of Unholy Confessions by Avenged Sevenfold which that song I'm that big of a fan of to begin with but its miles ahead of this song because this song is one of the worst rock songs ever written. - christangrant

37 Warning - Green Day

I loved the riff. But then I realized its just a heavy version of Picture Book by Kinks. I wish it wasn't ripped off - zxm

Wait wha...? - ProPanda

38 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

Eddie Cochran-Nervous Breakdown

Not. Even. Close.

39 The End of the Line - Metallica

This song is gay, and Metallica is gay. Metallica ripped off Lil Uzi Vert in this one.

Pearl Jam- Why Go

40 The Four Horsemen - Metallica

Mechanix was the original song that became The Four Horsemen, despite it being released in 1985 due to the issues surrounding Dave Mustaine and Metallica.

Not even close.

Lynyrd Skynyrd-Sweet Home Alabama

"Not even close" Rejecting the truth

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41 Yesterday - Beatles

This isn't a ripoff. paul thought it was one for the longest time, becuase he got one of the best medolys ever out of nowhere(in a dream). but he couldn't find a song that was similar - RecklessGreed

42 Born This Way - Lady Gaga

Express Yourself - Madonna

43 Photograph - Nickelback

Oops I meant Ed Sheeran

44 Heretic - Avenged Sevenfold

Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth - christangrant

45 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

Deep Purple song/riff is not related to the song you mentioned. R. Blackmore demonstrated in an interview how he used part of Beethoven's 5th but played it... backwards. Youtube this (3:45): "1116) The Most Famous Riff in the Rock and Roll History" - Metal_Treasure

@whoever added this - get your facts straight before spreading lies. Smoke On the Water, esp. the riff, was inspired by Beethoven's 5th and not by the song you mention - Ritchie Blackmore himself admitted it. And it was an inspiration and not a ripoff - if Mr. Blackmore feels guilty, he would never volunteer this information. - Metal_Treasure

Don't care. All I know that this is a good song. And I will listen it - zxm

Just a classic! :-)

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46 Child in Time - Deep Purple

This one's a tough call. While the riffs and progressions are essentially identical, both were recorded in 1969, although "Child In Time" wasn't released until 1970. Haven't researched any backstory, so can't argue pro or con.

Not clear whether this was "ripped off" or shared by agreement. - BobG

It's a Beautiful Day-Bombay Calling

"This one's a tough call" Rip-Off cases are tough calls

47 The Wicker Man - Iron Maiden

Judas Priest - Running Wild

48 Last Nite - The Strokes

Rip off of American Girl by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. I don't really like the strokes anyway - RecklessGreed

49 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

A ripoff of Crescent City Blues by bervely mather - RecklessGreed

50 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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1. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
2. I Can't Quit You Baby - Led Zeppelin
3. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
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1. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
2. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
3. Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys
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1. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
2. This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold
3. Come as You Are - Nirvana
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