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


The Top Ten

1 Revolution - The Beatles

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

Original is Pee Wee Crayton's Do Unto Others (1954) - somekindofaguy

2 Set Me Free - The Sweet

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

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3 This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold

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

4 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio

Original is Stevie Wonder's Pasttime Paradise - somekindofaguy

5 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

6 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
7 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 - somekindofaguy

8 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. - naFrovivuS

9 Crazy In Love - Beyoncé

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

10 In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin

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

The Newcomers

? Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

Original: Dazed and Confused - Jake Holmes. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

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

Yeah, but some of them are false rip off sues...
for example, Communication Breakdown is absolutely not similar to EC's Nervous Breakdown (just because both of them are Breakdown) or STH not that similar to Taurus' song... but unfortunately my favorite, the Dazed and Confused is a rip off :/ - somekindofaguy

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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

13 Warning - Green Day

The riff is from Picture Book by The Kinks - Metal_Treasure

14 Feel This Moment - Pitbull

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

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

15 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet

Full copy of Iggy Pop's Lust for Life - somekindofaguy

16 Prrrum - Cosculluela
17 Fireball - Deep Purple

Vocal Style is from Warpig's Rockstar - somekindofaguy

18 On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez

Similar to Kaoma's "Lambada" - somekindofaguy

19 Come as You Are - Nirvana

Original - Eighties by Killing Joke. - Metal_Treasure

20 Tear in My Heart - Twenty One Pilots

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

21 All Summer Long - Kid Rock

Original: Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. - Metal_Treasure

22 Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

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

23 Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne

More reasons to hate it! - ProPanda

24 Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen

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

25 Take on Me - A-Ha

Other way round. - naFrovivuS

Sorry it's not a sample

Original: Feel This Moment - Pitbull

26 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

27 Live While We're Young - One Direction

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

28 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath

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

29 Down in It - Nine Inch Nails

Ripoff of Skinny Puppy's Dig It.

30 Ritual - Ghost

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

31 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

32 You Shook Me - Led Zeppelin

Original: You Shook Me by Willie Dixon. - Metal_Treasure

33 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

34 Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
35 Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
36 Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
37 Sorry - Justin Bieber
38 Do Ya Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart
39 My Sweet Lord - George Harrison

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" - somekindofaguy

40 Viva la Vida - Coldplay

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

Really? - ProPanda

41 Come Together - The Beatles
42 Steal My Girl - One Direction
43 Midnight Memories - One Direction
44 Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
45 Photograph - Ed Sheeran
46 Stay with Me - Sam Smith
47 I Want a New Drug - Huey Lewis and the News
48 Roar - Katy Perry
49 Step Out - Oasis
50 Born This Way - Lady Gaga
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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. Revolution - The Beatles
2. Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
3. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Shakira
1. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
2. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
3. In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin


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