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) - somekindofaguy

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) - somekindofaguy

rip-off - UnpopularOpinion

3 Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

Marvin Gaye-Go to Give it Up (1977) - somekindofaguy

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 - SteelCity99

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) - somekindofaguy

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... - somekindofaguy

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 Newcomers

? Lambada - Kaoma

You may be whining about Jennifer Lopez's sample of this song, but this one is actually a rip-off of the Bolivian folk song "Llorando se fue." - 445956

The Contenders

11 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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12 Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
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... - somekindofaguy

Huey Lewis-I Want a New Drug (1983) - somekindofaguy

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 - SteelCity99

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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) - somekindofaguy

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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
1. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
2. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
3. Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys
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