Songs Involved in Lawsuits

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The Top Ten

1 Hello I Love You - The Doors
2 I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper
3 Heroes End - Judas Priest
4 American Idiot - Green Day
5 Drunk In Love - Beyoncé
6 Come Together - The Beatles
7 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
8 Dark Horse - Katy Perry
9 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
10 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

The Contenders

11 Better by You, Better Than Me - Judas Priest

@Visitor, The Judge ruled that Judas Priest were not liable for death of the 2 boys.
And by the way, the two boys spent 6 hours drinking, and smoking marijuana...while listening to the album, Many people have committed suicide on drugs.
The music has absolutely nothing to do with it. - Ananya

Judas Priest was sued by the parents of two boys who made a suicide pact while listening to the song. They alleged the song “had subliminal backtrack messages that encouraged the kids to commit suicide”

12 Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
13 Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
14 If I Could Fly - Joe Satriani vs Viva la Vida - Coldplay

Joe Satriani sued Coldplay, alleging their song ‘Viva la Vida’ ripped off his song ‘If I could Fly’, citing similar chords and progression. His lawsuit was dropped in 2009 after Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Car Stevens, claimed that both songs sounded like his ‘Foreigner Suite’.

15 The Damned - Life Goes on vs Killing Joke - Eighties vs Come as You Are - Nirvana

Nirvana was unsure about adding ‘Come As You Are’ to Nevermind, citing the similarities between it and ‘Eighties’ by Killing Joke. However, they wound up adding it to their massively successful 1991 album.

Killing Joke quickly filed a lawsuit against the Grunge icons.

The suit was dropped after Kurt Cobain’s 1994 suicide by Killing Joke to relieve Dave Grohl and Krist Noveselic of further grief.

Dave would later collaborate with Killing Joke on their 2003 self titled album.

Later on, both songs would go on to be compared to ‘Life Goes on’, a 1981 song by post-punk group the Damned, though no suit was ever brought up.

16 The Old Man Down the Road - John Fogerty

This song is famous for a lawsuit where John Fogerty was sued for sounding too much like... himself. Fogerty was sued by Fantasy Records (his former label) because the song sounded too much like CCR's Run Through The Jungle (they acquired the rights to the CCR catalogue as part of John Fogerty's deal for getting out of his record contract). Luckily, John proved to the court that the two songs were not identical (if anyone would know, it would be him! ) and he successfully countersued for attorney fees. - Gg2000

17 Come Together - The Beatles

Chuck Berry's publisher sued after John Lennon lifted the opening phrase "Here come old flat top" from Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me". Part of the deal was that Lennon would record three of their songs, including "You Can't Catch Me" on his next album, which he eventually did on the album Rock 'n' Roll. - Gg2000

18 Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart

Apparently, he unconsciously plagiarized the chorus from the song "Taj Mahal" by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor after hearing it while in Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval. He got sued for it, and Jorge Ben Jor won. - Gg2000

19 Thunderbird - ZZ Top

This song, although credited to the members of ZZ Top, was originally written and performed by a Texas band called The Nightcaps. The Nightcaps themselves attempted to sue, but since they never registered the original recording for copyright, the suit was dropped, and ZZ Top got off scot free. - Gg2000

20 Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Sued for using the same main chord progression as Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On". I'm not sure how this one turned out. - Gg2000

21 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

The melody and the opening line "I hear that train a-comin'/It's rollin' round the bend" were taken from a song called Crescent City Blues by Gordon Jenkins. Jenkins received a $75,000 settlement after he sued. - Gg2000

22 Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys

Similar to the Come Together incident, they were sued by Arc Music for ripping off Chuck Berry's Sweet Little Sixteen. They gave the copyright (lyrics and all) to Arc Music. - Gg2000

23 Shakermaker - Oasis

They were sued by the writers of I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (the Coca-Cola song); when asked about it afterwards, Noel Gallagher allegedly joked, "Now we all drink Pepsi". - Gg2000

24 Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr.

Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker, Jr. for ripping off his song "I Want a New Drug". They confidentially settled it out of court, but Ray Parker sued Huey after Huey broke the confidentiality agreement by talking about the lawsuit on VH1's Behind the Music. - Gg2000

25 My Sweet Lord - George Harrison

George Harrison was sued for allegedly ripping off the song "He's so Fine" by the girl group The Chiffons. The end result was that he bought the publishing company, Bright Tunes, from Allen Klein (his former manager) for the same amount that Klein bought it for during the lawsuit. One of George's tunes, "This Song", was written about his frustration over the lawsuit. - Gg2000

26 How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
27 Love is a Wonderful Thing - Michael Bolton
28 My Life - Billy Joel
29 Standing Outside the Fire - Garth Brooks
30 Gaucho - Steely Dan
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