Top 10 Rip-off Songs

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  • Good composers borrow; great composers steal. Some composers get caught. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 rip-off songs. Special thanks to our users Juan David Orduz, Al Bebak and Jakob Silcox for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.com/suggest!
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Comments • 80

  • Angel 7
    Angel 7 3 days ago

    crazytown 'butterfly'rip off of Red hot chili peppers 'pretty little ditty'(from the Mother's Milk album)

  • neonwired
    neonwired 8 days ago

    you claim standard blues and rock n roll riffs are rip offs.

  • Will Rintzler
    Will Rintzler 9 days ago

    I’ll be missing you and every breath you take?

  • Hannah Churchill
    Hannah Churchill 12 days ago

    Under Pressure and Ice Ice Baby. Team Queen.

  • Alex Zemancik
    Alex Zemancik 12 days ago +1

    WatchMojo: Knows that Whole Lotta Love is a rip off. Also WatchMojo: Whole Lotta Love is the best Led Zeppelin song.

  • Bobby Worrest
    Bobby Worrest 13 days ago

    cat stevens is trippin

  • Wallrath
    Wallrath 13 days ago

    What about under pressure by queen and ice ice baby by vanilla ice??? Vanilla ice ripped off under pressure

  • Andrew
    Andrew 13 days ago

    I always thought Cannibal Corpse's Devoured by Vermin sounded a little too suspiciously like the theme song from The Greatest American Hero. It sounds almost like a cover, but if not, I hope someone got their pants sued off for that one!

  • Lego Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Lego Obi-Wan Kenobi 14 days ago

    You can't own chords.
    None of these make sense.

  • Sweet Cyanide
    Sweet Cyanide 14 days ago

    Rolling Stones gave The Verve back there right to the song in 2019.

  • Adrian
    Adrian 15 days ago

    How about ABC song,Baa baa black sheep, and Twinkle twinkle little star?? It's basically the same tune

  • Gimp Man
    Gimp Man 16 days ago

    Everything today is a rip-off of something from before. There are only a limited number of notes and every combination possible has been tried.

  • Maxim Ilushenkov
    Maxim Ilushenkov 16 days ago

    On the controversy surrounding "Bittersweet Symphony" and its authorship rights!

    The joke is, "The Last Time" sounds nothing like "Bittersweet Symphony."

    The Verve used a bit from a symphonic recording written and arranged by David Whitaker that was inspired by the Rolling Stones song, and he actually gave them permission, but that bit itself was not included in the Rolling Stones song.

    It was the former Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein who stirred it and claimed that The Verve used too much. I don't think it should've been Jagger And Richards who were added to the credits, but David Whitaker, if anything.

    "We were told it was going to be a 50/50 split, and then they saw how well the record was doing. They rung up and said we want 100 percent or take it out of the shops, you don't have much choice." - Simon Jones from The Verve.

    To be fair, I've never liked the Stones. I've always found them to be overrated. With this part, I also lost respect for the Stones. I think any album by The Verve has more quality material than any Greatest Hits released by the Stones.

  • Schmidty’s Kettle Corn

    What about Rick James Superfreak and Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer?

  • Win Dows
    Win Dows 18 days ago +1

    Artists influence other artists. It is called evolution of art!!
    Some really push it I find!!!

  • Phantom Shaddow
    Phantom Shaddow 19 days ago

    White people always RIPOFF black people. That's a fact.. The Kinks must be black too!

  • Mike Hileman
    Mike Hileman 20 days ago

    Huey Lewis was a dark time in music.Mindless pop that sucked

  • Arriaga Two
    Arriaga Two 22 days ago

    Led Zeppelin is always involved in plagiarism cases, just think about it 😒

  • MRT BBET
    MRT BBET 23 days ago

    what about twinkle twinkle little star and the abcs?

  • Thomthetank
    Thomthetank 26 days ago +1

    I’m surprized Queen v. Vanilla ice isn’t on this list

  • Freddie Ellis
    Freddie Ellis 27 days ago

    Surely these musicians/lawyers MUST realise there is only a finite number of chords and chord progressions?

  • Liam Farrell
    Liam Farrell 27 days ago

    I'm surprised Under Pressure v Ice Ice Baby wasn't on the list. Vanilla Ice fully ripped off the entire guitar track of Under Pressure

  • minneolamatt1
    minneolamatt1 29 days ago

    Listen to Mr Soul from Buffalo Springfield. It's Satisfaction from the Rolling Stones

  • S K
    S K Month ago

    Everyone rippin off the kinks wtf

  • JAndJ Entertainment

    They don't feature queen

  • Mikhaila Hampel
    Mikhaila Hampel Month ago

    You could have a whole video on Led Zeppelin plagiarism lol.

  • MrJon76
    MrJon76 Month ago

    What about "Sunglasses at Night" ripping off "Sweet Dreams are Made of This"?

  • Mr. Black
    Mr. Black Month ago

    The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources

  • Ron Cherry
    Ron Cherry Month ago

    Wow 🤩 😳

  • Caine Alexander-McCord

    Queen v Vanilla Ice. Sued his tiny balls off.

  • Japji Kular
    Japji Kular Month ago

    i'm under- Ice Ice Baby

  • JetBlackBerry
    JetBlackBerry Month ago

    I was searching for ice ice baby vs under pressure and it lead me here. See, Even the search engine thought it would be on this list.

  • Anthony Monteverde
    Anthony Monteverde Month ago +1

    There is an update 2 the "Rolling Stones v The Verve" situation.

  • Simisa kizic
    Simisa kizic Month ago

    Check out Yanni live at the acropolis “Santorini” vs Opening theme from “The Jetsons” cartoon!!!!!

  • Sharifa A.
    Sharifa A. Month ago

    Holly valance ripped off Tarkan's song "kiss kiss"?
    I think. Maybe she got permission to do an English version?

  • Bobbi Holmes
    Bobbi Holmes Month ago

    The doors did it better anyway 😒

  • LolaCrazy2221
    LolaCrazy2221 Month ago

    Why does both "The Love You Save" and "ABC" by the Jackson 5 almost sound the same?

  • Jawa 2
    Jawa 2 Month ago

    Mojo wasting my data

  • Daniel Raphael
    Daniel Raphael Month ago

    Don’t forget Andrew Lloyd Webber , several songs from Phantom, JCSuperstar etc.

  • Isagani Gabriel F. QUINSAAT

    Hmm wheres treasure and baby im yours

  • Matthew Dykstra
    Matthew Dykstra Month ago

    You should look at ECW/WCW/WWF/WWE/TNA/Impact Wrestling Entrance Themes the same way you did this and see how much is stolen.

  • i like frogs
    i like frogs Month ago

    Stones were greedy why do they need morè money . All worth 300 million plus each easy .

  • i like frogs
    i like frogs Month ago

    Blurred lines sounded nothing like it àt all .

  • INNERCORES
    INNERCORES Month ago

    I heard an album from the seventies that was the entire violent femmes song that they stole, and I can't remember who it was. I thought for sure it was blues image, but it wasn't. Can you look into it?

  • Goughy
    Goughy Month ago

    Blurred lines is hardly a song, it's a one dimensional beat.

  • The hoosher
    The hoosher Month ago

    *Bruno mars treasure ripping lf baby im yours*

  • Wolfsokaya
    Wolfsokaya Month ago

    The Ghostbuster song vs idontknowwhothefck is almost like the Witcher game vs Witcher books.
    Without the 1st i dont know the 2nd one even existed. :]

  • Victor Hernandez
    Victor Hernandez Month ago

    I was expecting queen's "under pressure" vs vanilla ice's "ice ice baby",or eminem' "berzerk" vs billy squier's "the stroke" to b in this video

  • Nelson Binda
    Nelson Binda 2 months ago

    How many unknown bands/songwriters were plagiarized and never got the chance to sue these vultures?

  • Brad Bootsma
    Brad Bootsma 2 months ago

    Everything is a rip-off of something else so I hate the concept of plagiarism with music unless you were doing the exact and I mean exact sound then you can't claim it to be the same

  • Fired Up Pranks
    Fired Up Pranks 2 months ago

    Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight Tonight" and Blink 182 "What's My Age Again" should be on the list.

  • theresa webb
    theresa webb 2 months ago

    Little r o
    ichard should've sued those who sampled him rick james too.

  • e m
    e m 2 months ago

    Where is Vanilla Ice vs Queen??

  • E Fox
    E Fox 2 months ago

    Starts at 0:45
    You’re welcome.

  • theresa webb
    theresa webb 2 months ago

    Glad led zeppelin got caught rapping off muddy waters happy it happened.

  • Feline Minne
    Feline Minne 2 months ago

    The beginning of Crazy Town - Butterfly sounds exactly like a guitar riff 33 seconds into Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Pretty Little Ditty

  • Chris Thickson
    Chris Thickson 2 months ago

    Just as I thought. The Rolling Stones didn't own their pre 1970's songs, their manager who did. Also, last year Jagger and Richards signed over all rights.

  • MrFrankqu58
    MrFrankqu58 2 months ago

    Include the Rolling Stones "Shake Your Hips" on the Exile to Main Street album 1972. They also copied John Lee Hooker "Boogie Chillen" as well as ZZ Top's Lagrange!

  • MrFrankqu58
    MrFrankqu58 2 months ago +2

    "I Want a New Drug" and that "Ghost Buster" song sounds like Michael Jackson's "Shake your body down to the Ground", which I believed was released 1978!

  • Dixon 8956
    Dixon 8956 2 months ago

    U forgot under presher ice ice baby

  • Preston Siegler
    Preston Siegler 2 months ago

    Took even the lyrics damn. Led zeppelin, not cool bruh.

  • Daniel Wilson
    Daniel Wilson 2 months ago

    ELO , 10538 overture - Paul Weller , changing man The Beatles , taxman - start , the jam ????

  • MoFackle
    MoFackle 2 months ago

    Shouldn’t it be bottom 10?

  • Alejandro Fuentes
    Alejandro Fuentes 2 months ago

    What all this songs have in common? Theyre not the exact same copie of another, and thats exactly what a "rip off" is. All I see is a bunch of songs that sound alike and nothing else. Exept for Led Zeppelin songs (not Stairway) where is just too obvious and the Beach Boys one. The case of Coldplay is a perfect example of how fucked up all this shit is. I mean who the fuck wrote the song? Satriani? Cat Stevens? Or that other band? None, it was Chris Martin period. And The Verve case is just wrong and ridiculous.

  • mariama barry
    mariama barry 2 months ago

    Hollywood ab6ix sound like Hard carry got7 and victory song stray kids

  • Denise Christie
    Denise Christie 2 months ago

    Damn near everything that Led Zeppelin did they stole, but don't you dare steal from them. LOL

  • Random Person
    Random Person 2 months ago

    Okay if Born this Way is a “rip off” song it’s a lot better then Express Yourself for many reasons for one the song is saying be proud no matter who you are, Express Yourself is only talking to women next Born this Way has a better tone to it and music video just saying

  • Queli Kingz
    Queli Kingz 2 months ago

    Elvis stole hound dog

  • JF RUNNER
    JF RUNNER 2 months ago

    Rip off? Similar parts between songs?
    Here are 3 songs with similar... very similar parts... I cannot explain but they sound very similar!
    What do you think? Can you explain it?
    1) America (Simon and Garfunkel) from 2m56sec up to the end
    2) Don’t dream (Crowded House) between 1m46sec and 2m08sec
    3) Wider shade of pale (Procol Harum) 25 first seconds of the song

  • Giorno Gyro Giovanna UwU

    Wait are they just gonna ignore the fact that the ice ice baby is totally rip off of under pressure by Queen?

  • 419 Buckeye
    419 Buckeye 2 months ago

    Yeah sue Marvin Gaye's family they have not been through enough what a cunt

  • 419 Buckeye
    419 Buckeye 2 months ago

    The John fogerty thing is funny

  • 419 Buckeye
    419 Buckeye 2 months ago

    Huey Lewis and the news every psychopaths favorite band

  • 419 Buckeye
    419 Buckeye 2 months ago

    Led Zeppelin stole so much shit

  • Lydia Smith
    Lydia Smith 2 months ago

    what about that MGMT hit vs "broken"? MGMT was clearly ripped off

  • HappyGilmore
    HappyGilmore 2 months ago +12

    Verve were so cheated out of Bittersweet Symphony, the stones just wanted more money when they saw it was getting successful

  • Elle McNamara
    Elle McNamara 2 months ago

    Fuck them, Green Day’s “warning” is an absolute bop

  • MaybeFilmz
    MaybeFilmz 2 months ago

    #3 is BS when the stones song isn't there's. They stole it from a black artist and the didn't want to sue, but some metal had refused to stop and now the verve has no royalties and probably suffering for depression. I hate the stones and refuses to by their music.

  • Free iPhone Giveaway
    Free iPhone Giveaway 2 months ago

    So we ignoring kid rocks American bad ass, Metallicas sad but true, and avenged sevenfolds this means war?

  • BigPoppaPumpthc
    BigPoppaPumpthc 2 months ago

    Green day again with Jesus of surbia and Bryan Adams summer of 69