Top Ten Popular Songs that are Rip-Offs
The Top Ten
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)
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
Marvin Gaye-Go to Give it Up (1977)
Robin Thicke is a creep
They let this slide because, "There are only so many chords out there." - naFrovivuS
Rips off Baba O'Reily by The Who
First there was the Damned-Life Goes On, then Killing Joke ripped them off with Eighties and then Nirvana did Come As You Are. - galaxyfox
Killing Joke-'80s (1984)
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
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.V 2 Comments
Sad but True by Metallica. - Metal_Treasure
Original: Dazed and Confused by Jake Holmes. - Metal_Treasure
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
Rip off of American Girl by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. I don't really like the strokes anyway - RecklessGreed
What song did it sample
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_TreasureV 4 Comments
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
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)
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 SatrainiV 1 Comment
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
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 - RecklessGreedV 1 Comment
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)
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
We Will Rock You - Queen - christangrant
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)
Rip-off of "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty (1989)
Uses similar riff from Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash. - naFrovivuS
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".
No doubt. But the Blues Magoos ripped it off four years earlier with "We Ain't Got nothing' Yet."
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
"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."
Don't forget Trouble For Me by Britney Spears. - WonkeyDude98
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
Stolen from Uptown Funk and This Summer - Hotheart123
Crank That - Soulja Boy (He even steals the dance move) - christangrant
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
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
Eddie Cochran-Nervous Breakdown
Not. Even. Close.
This song is gay, and Metallica is gay. Metallica ripped off Lil Uzi Vert in this one.
Pearl Jam- Why Go
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 truthV 2 Comments
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
Express Yourself - Madonna
Oops I meant Ed Sheeran
Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth - christangrant
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! :-)V 3 Comments
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
Judas Priest - Running Wild
A ripoff of Crescent City Blues by bervely mather - RecklessGreed
David Bowie-Andy Warhol
Kick Out the Jams-mc5
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Top Remixes (5)
2. I Can't Quit You Baby - Led Zeppelin
3. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
2. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
3. Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys
2. This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold
3. Come as You Are - Nirvana
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