Top Ten Songs You Didn't Know Were Rip-Offs

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1 Revolution - The Beatles

They also stole You Really got a hold on me from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. - RobertWisdom

The Beatles also stole off Chuck Berry with Come Together which was Berry's "You Can't Catch Me" - BrianScott01

"Top 10 Rip Off Songs" Copied the whole list.

Really? Wow, I never knew. - Catacorn

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2 Set Me Free - The Sweet

Original is Deep Purple's Flight of the Rat (thanks Metal_Treasure)

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3 This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold

Obviously the original is Metallica's Sad But True. - Metal_Treasure

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4 Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

Original: The Last Time by The Rolling Stones. A lawsuit awarded all songwriting credit and royalties to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. - Metal_Treasure

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6 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

Original: Dazed and Confused - Jake Holmes. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I think Jimmy is a big fool.He has talent.He played the solo greatly.And it was original.Then why he had to plagiarize another riff which is easier than his original solo? - zxm

It was established as not plagiarism in the court. They might be similar, but one is ascending, the other is descending.

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8 In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin

Original: In My Time of Dying - traditional gospel song. - Metal_Treasure

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9 Warning - Green Day

The riff is from Picture Book by The Kinks - Metal_Treasure

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10 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio

I loved this song...

Original is Stevie Wonder's Pasttime Paradise

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11 Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin

Geez, how many songs did this band plagiarize? - Swellow

@Swellow - RE "Geez, how many songs did this band plagiarize? ". I know about more than 20 songs. - Metal_Treasure

The riff or the lyrics.cause honestly I only hear this song for the riffs - zxm

Original: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - The Plebs.
But Led Zeppelin probably ripped off the Joan Baez cover version. - Metal_Treasure

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12 Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys

Sweet Little Sixteen by Chuck Berry. It's the same song with different lyrics - Metal_Treasure

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14 Feel This Moment - Pitbull

A-ha did NOT rip off Pitbull.
Pitbull rip-offed THEM. - Spicygarlic

I don't know what idiot thought Take On Me ripped off this, but I will gladly have their head.

The instrumental is from Aha's 1985 released song "Take On Me"

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15 On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez

Similar to Kaoma's "Lambada"

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16 Crazy In Love - Beyoncé

Not a rip off. It's a sample. - RobertWisdom

Instrumental is from Chi-Lites' "Are You my Woman"

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17 Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Shakira

She also plagiarized Hips Don't Lie and copied a music video from another artist. - Martinglez

Original song is Zangalewa

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18 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet

Full copy of Iggy Pop's Lust for Life

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19 Fireball - Deep Purple

Vocal Style is from Warpig's Rockstar

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20 Tear in My Heart - Twenty One Pilots

As soon as I heard the guitar play that first verse I knew it was plagiarized. A total rip-off. Although it is still a good song. Really Twenty One Pilots Really

Similar riff to Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash.

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21 Come as You Are - Nirvana

Original - Eighties by Killing Joke. - Metal_Treasure

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22 Down in It - Nine Inch Nails

Ripoff of Skinny Puppy's Dig It.

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23 Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen

Straight rip-off of "Papa Oom Mow Mow" by the Rivingtons, though no lawsuits were ever filed.

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24 All Summer Long - Kid Rock

Original: Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. - Metal_Treasure

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26 Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

It's a sample not plaigiarism. - RobertWisdom

Ripped off Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie - reed99

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27 Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

Ripped off "Got To Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye - RobertWisdom

Who cares? I love it anyway but I STILL can't get past those "blurred lines" on YouTube

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28 Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne

Yeah, right. - I80

More reasons to hate it! - ProPanda

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29 Take on Me - A-Ha

Whoever added this is stupid. - RobertWisdom

Other way round.

Sorry it's not a sample

Original: Feel This Moment - Pitbull

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30 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses

Okay this sample is easily the worst Guns N' Roses cover I've ever heard. Don't think this is a ripoff though. - Nickelstickman

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31 Live While We're Young - One Direction

Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash

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32 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath

They rip form a brazilian singer Vanusa's "What to Do"

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33 Ritual - Ghost

The riff is from Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth. - Metal_Treasure

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34 I Can't Quit You Baby - Led Zeppelin

Original: I Can't Quit You, Baby by Willie Dixon. It's the same song, with same lyrics and title. - Metal_Treasure

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35 You Shook Me - Led Zeppelin

Original: You Shook Me by Willie Dixon. - Metal_Treasure

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36 The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin

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

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37 Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
38 Sorry - Justin Bieber UListen to Sample
39 Do Ya Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart UListen to Sample
40 My Sweet Lord - George Harrison

Definitely BS, the songs are not alike at all.

This is a false rip-off suit, I never think he rip-off the "He's so Fine" just because the "ha-lle-lu-jah" is similar to "doo-lang doo-lang doo-lang"

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41 Viva la Vida - Coldplay

@propanda yeah they ripped off snatch boogie himself. How dare they

Really? - ProPanda

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42 Come Together - The Beatles UListen to Sample
43 Steal My Girl - One Direction UListen to Sample
44 Midnight Memories - One Direction
45 Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran UListen to Sample
46 Photograph - Ed Sheeran UListen to Sample
47 Stay with Me - Sam Smith UListen to Sample
48 I Want a New Drug - Huey Lewis and the News UListen to Sample
49 Roar - Katy Perry UListen to Sample
50 Step Out - Oasis UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes

1. This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
3. Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
1. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
2. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
3. In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin


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