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

The Top Ten

1 Revolution - The Beatles Revolution - The Beatles Cover Art

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

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

WHAT - Misfire

2 Set Me Free - The Sweet Set Me Free - The Sweet Cover Art

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

3 This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold This Means War - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

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

4 Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve Cover Art

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

5 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Cover Art
6 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

Original: Dazed and Confused - Jake Holmes. - Metal_Treasure

7 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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.

8 In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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

9 Warning - Green Day Warning - Green Day Cover Art

The riff is from Picture Book by The Kinks - Metal_Treasure

10 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio Cover Art

I loved this song...

Original is Stevie Wonder's Pasttime Paradise

The Contenders

11 Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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

12 Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys Cover Art

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

13 Prrrum - Cosculluela Prrrum - Cosculluela Cover Art
14 Feel This Moment - Pitbull Feel This Moment - Pitbull Cover Art

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

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

They just sampled this one. It isn’t really a rip-off. - Misfire

15 On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez Cover Art

Similar to Kaoma's "Lambada"

16 Crazy In Love - Beyoncé Crazy In Love - Beyoncé Cover Art

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

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

17 Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Shakira Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Shakira Cover Art

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

Original song is Zangalewa

18 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet Cover Art

Full copy of Iggy Pop's Lust for Life

19 Fireball - Deep Purple Fireball - Deep Purple Cover Art

Vocal Style is from Warpig's Rockstar

20 Tear in My Heart - Twenty One Pilots Tear in My Heart - Twenty One Pilots Cover Art

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.

21 Come as You Are - Nirvana Come as You Are - Nirvana Cover Art

HUH?! But I wuv this song. :( - Misfire

Original - Eighties by Killing Joke. - Metal_Treasure

22 Down in It - Nine Inch Nails Down in It - Nine Inch Nails Cover Art

Ripoff of Skinny Puppy's Dig It.

23 Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen Cover Art

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

24 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses Cover Art

This is a rip off? - Userguy44

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

25 Never Really Over - Katy Perry Never Really Over - Katy Perry Cover Art

Rip off of I Love You Like That and the Macarena. Just like she did with Roar which ripped off Brave by Sara Bareilles.

I can’t believe it ripped off Love You Like That by Dagny (and sounds like an obvious 90’s dance song - if you know what I mean).

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