Top Ten Popular Songs that are Rip-Offs


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41 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

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

@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

" Beethoven Inspired Thief " Steals the crap *

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42 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

43 The Wicker Man - Iron Maiden V 1 Comment
44 Last Nite - The Strokes

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

45 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash V 1 Comment
46 Master of Puppets - Metallica V 1 Comment
47 Yesterday - Beatles V 1 Comment
48 Loose - The Stooges V 1 Comment
49 Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett V 1 Comment
50 Hello - Adele
51 Hello I Love You - The Doors

@Toucan nope. It's not true. Ray Manzarek admit that he took Ray Charles' What'd I Say organ intro to Break on Through's organ intro, but all the way he denied that he would took this from Kinks. Even he told that the atmosphere of this song from Cream's Sunshine of Your Love, not from ADAAOTN. And even Ray & Dave Davies didn't want to sue the Doors... - somekindofaguy

They copied all day and all of the night by the kinks - Toucan

52 What I Got - Sublime V 1 Comment
53 Penis Song - Macklemore
54 My Humps - The Black Eyed Peas
55 When Love Takes Over - David Guetta
56 Live While We're Young - One Direction

Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash - naFrovivuS

57 Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, in turn an alleged ripoff of Let's Get It On. - WonkeyDude98

58 Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus

An already terrible song made worse by the chorus which rips off "I could have been a dreamer" by Dio - SteelCity99

59 Devil's Child - Judas Priest V 1 Comment
60 Creep - Radiohead
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