Top Ten Songs Inspired by Other Songs

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The Top Ten

1 The Day that Never Comes - Metallica (New Born - Muse)
2 Icky Thump - The White Stripes (Black Dog - Led Zeppelin)

Led Zeppelin gave the White Stripes the idea that you could have plain lyrics and then have your riff follow, and they used that to make one of their best songs ever. - Songsta41

3 Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam (Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix)
4 Panic Attack - Dream Theater (Spotlight Kid - Rainbow)

Ritchie Blackmore wrote a killer riff to 'Spotlight Kid'. You can hear clearly this same riff in the 'Panic Attack' intro and many times throughout the entire song. It's one of the coolest elements in 'Panic Attack', if not the coolest.
And yes, 'Panic Attack' is a very famous and critically acclaimed song by Dream Theater. - Metal_Treasure

5 Am I Evil? - Diamond Head (Child In Time - Deep Purple)
6 Given to Fly - Pearl Jam (Going to California - Led Zeppelin)
7 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (Taurus - Spirit)
8 When - Megadeth (Am I Evil? - Diamond Head)
9 American Idiot - Green Day (That's How I Like It - Lynyrd Skynyrd)
10 Never Enough - Dream Theater (Stockholm Syndrome - Muse)

The Contenders

11 Jet - Paul McCartney (Suffragette City - David Bowie)
12 One - Metallica (Fade to Black - Metallica)

That’s interesting! - Userguy44

13 The Unforgiven 2 - Metallica (The Unforgiven - Metallica)
14 The Unforgiven 3 - Metallica (The Unforgiven - Metallica)
15 The Looking Glass - Dream Theater (Limelight - Rush)

Both songs have very similar build up and very reflective lyrics. As well as great guitar solos by John Petrucci/Alex Lifeson! - IronSabbathPriest

16 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC (You Shook Me - Muddy Waters)
17 Life on Mars? - David Bowie (My Way - Frank Sinatra)

In 1968, the publishers of a French song called "Comme d'habitude" were looking for an English songwriter to write new lyrics and make it an international hit. Bowie, a struggling singer and songwriter at the time, submitted a set of lyrics and called it "Even a Fool Learns to Love". It got rejected, and the songwriters chose Paul Anka, who used it to write "My Way". When Bowie was upset, he decided to write his own, more eccentric version. That became "Life on Mars". The two songs start with the same progression, but by the end of the second set of words in the verse, Bowie took it in a completely different direction. When life takes your lemons, make your own juice. - Gg2000

18 Star Me Kitten - R.E.M. (I'm Not in Love - 10cc)

The two songs don't share the same melody or chord progression, but the way the backing vocals were recorded was inspired by 10cc. A series of notes were sung on the word "ah", and these notes were turned into tape loops, meaning that the word "ah" can be played ad infinitum. A bunch of these notes were fed into the mixing console, and the engineer would raise up or bring down certain notes to match the chords of the song. Essentially, they used the console as a musical instrument! - Gg2000

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1. Icky Thump - The White Stripes (Black Dog - Led Zeppelin)
2. The Day that Never Comes - Metallica (New Born - Muse)
3. Given to Fly - Pearl Jam (Going to California - Led Zeppelin)
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1. Panic Attack - Dream Theater (Spotlight Kid - Rainbow)
2. Am I Evil? - Diamond Head (Child In Time - Deep Purple)
3. When - Megadeth (Am I Evil? - Diamond Head)
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