17 Songs That Blatantly Rip Off Other Songs

1. Green Day basically copied The Kinks’ “Picture Book” for their song “Warning.”

Green Day, “Warning”

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The Kinks, “Picture Book”

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2. James Murphy jacked the main hook in LCD Soundsystem’s “North American Scum” from Pete Shelley’s “Homosapien.”

LCD Soundsystem, “North American Scum”

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Pete Shelley, “Homosapien”

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3. Elastica borrowed liberally from at least four Wire songs in their career, but they’re most famous for using the riff from “Three Girl Rhumba” for their hit “Connection.”

Elastica, “Connection”

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Wire, “Three Girl Rhumba”

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4. Blur’s Damon Albarn was forced to give David Bowie a cowriter credit on “M.O.R.” because it so closely resembled “Boys Keep Swinging.”

Blur, “M.O.R.”

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David Bowie, “Boys Keep Swinging”

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5. Same goes for Chris Martin, who had to give Kraftwerk credit for cowriting Coldplay’s “Talk,” which straight-up steals the keyboard hook from “Computer Love.”

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Kraftwerk, “Computer Love”

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6. Pavement borrowed a lot from The Fall on their debut album, but it’s impossible not to notice how much “Conduit for Sale!” sounds like “New Face in Hell.”

Pavement, “Conduit for Sale!”

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The Fall, “New Face in Hell”

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7. The melody of The Flaming Lips’ “Fight Test” is pretty much exactly the same as Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son.” Stevens won a settlement and now receives 75% of all royalties on the song.

The Flaming Lips, “Fight Test”

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Cat Stevens, “Father and Son”

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8. Sublime’s Bradley Nowell basically rewrote The Beatles’ “Lady Madonna” as “What I Got.”

Sublime, “What I Got”

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The Beatles, “Lady Madonna”

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9. Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” closely resembles Madonna’s “Express Yourself.”

Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”

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Madonna, “Express Yourself”

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10. The New Seekers successfully sued Oasis for using the melody of their biggest hit in “Shakermaker.”

Oasis, “Shakermaker”

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The New Seekers, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”

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11. Arcade Fire’s “Keep the Car Running” sounds suspiciously similar to John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band’s “On the Dark Side,” but in fairness, that song was kind of a Bruce Springsteen rip to begin with.

Arcade Fire, “Keep the Car Running”

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John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, “On the Dark Side”

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12. How did no one in Pearl Jam notice how much the melody of “Given to Fly” sounds like Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California”?

Pearl Jam, “Given to Fly”

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Led Zeppelin, “Going to California”

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13. This song by The Offspring is like a bad Weird Al version of The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.”

The Offspring, “Why Don’t You Get a Job?”

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The Beatles, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”

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14. Nirvana almost didn’t release “Come As You Are” as a single because it so closely resembled Killing Joke’s “Eighties.”

Nirvana, “Come As You Are”

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Killing Joke, “Eighties”

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15. The guitar hook of Jarvis Cocker’s “Black Magic” is a shameless lift from “Crimson and Clover.”

Jarvis Cocker, “Black Magic”

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Tommy James and the Shondells, “Crimson and Clover”

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16. Both Wilco and Stereolab have based songs on the “motorik” rhythm of Neu!’s classic krautrock song “Hallogallo.”

Wilco, “Spiders (Kidsmoke)”

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Stereolab, “Exploding Head Movie”

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Neu!, “Hallogallo”

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