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17 Songs That Blatantly Rip Off Other Songs

Imitation is flattery, or something like that. Or influence? That's the nice word for it.

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Green Day, "Warning"


The Kinks, "Picture Book"

LCD Soundsystem, "North American Scum"

Pete Shelley, "Homosapien"


Elastica, "Connection"

Wire, "Three Girl Rhumba"

Blur, "M.O.R."

David Bowie, "Boys Keep Swinging"


Coldplay, "Talk"

Kraftwerk, "Computer Love"

Pavement, "Conduit for Sale!"


The Fall, "New Face in Hell"

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"

Cat Stevens, "Father and Son"


Sublime, "What I Got"

The Beatles, "Lady Madonna"

Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"

Madonna, "Express Yourself"

Oasis, "Shakermaker"

The New Seekers, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"

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"

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, "On the Dark Side"

Pearl Jam, "Given to Fly"

Led Zeppelin, "Going to California"

The Offspring, "Why Don't You Get a Job?"

The Beatles, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

Nirvana, "Come As You Are"

Killing Joke, "Eighties"

Jarvis Cocker, "Black Magic"

Tommy James and the Shondells, "Crimson and Clover"

Wilco, "Spiders (Kidsmoke)"

Stereolab, "Exploding Head Movie"

Neu!, "Hallogallo"


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