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  • stacey

    May I ask why the “despite being Canadian, she has stayed relevant?”

    • Cole

      It’s a joke. About people being Canadian. IDK what nationality the author is, but as a citizen of the US we make A LOT of jokes about Canada. Don’t take it personally…

      • ParusMajor

        MAN, n.
        An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.

        -Ambrose Bierce: “The Devil’s Dictionary”-

      • Hey

        Despite being a fat nation, the US can still fit in army uniforms and start wars all over the world. It’s a joke. Don’t take personally…

        • Blue In TEXAS

          Despite being that fatest we are also the BEST. Who do the other nations come for help?

          • You are going to love the list we are working on now. It deals with America….that is all I can say for now.

            Update: Here is the list I was referring to:

          • UnrulyCanuck

            The USA may be the best right now, but all empires fall eventually. Just ask the Brits, The Greeks, the Persians, etc….

          • name

            Why are we obligated to help?!?! People live in America. If all the tax money is being spent on someone else’s war the country can’t survive. Just look at the downhill slope I’m the last 8 years.

          • Isthatgirlagain

            China dude. Nobody likes American help from my part of the world cos they come with too many strings attached to it.

          • winston smith

            The best at what? Being internet trolls? The best haters? the best wasters? the best debters? the best liars? the best killers? all of the above? do tell, American is waiting for an answer of some sort.

        • name

          Whoever you are for president! That was insanely hilarious. I’m American and I took no offense because it’s true.

    • Jon

      Apparently some people think it’s still hilarious to rip on Canadians, when it got old nearly thirty years ago already.

      • Roy

        We’ll have the last laugh when they finally elect a Canadian to the white house.

        Why else would we study your music and television shows so closely? It is so that we can slip in amongst you all unnoticed and ursurp your leadership.

        Tents his fingers MUHAHAHA!

    • Tom

      “despite being Canadian, she has stayed relevant?”
      Sounds pretty racist to me, not like this article was judgemental at anyone being racist at all…
      “Quick! What do Rihanna and Michael Jackson have in common? If you answered, “they’re both black,” then congratulations! You’re really racist!”
      Oh Wait!
      Pot calling the kettle black there.
      Hypocritical author we’ve got here.

      • FormerlyFromTokyo

        You need to learn the definition of racist. 2012 and some people still don’t know. A-mazing.

      • America ehh

        Canadians are not a race! They are a nationality! Wow some people

      • Jay

        congratulations on being a freakin moron and not understanding what racism is. canadian is not a race. neither is american.

    • Marco Polo

      congrats! The person who wrote this article is extremely racist!

  • ParusMajor

    #9: None of these (male) artists pressed charges against Shakira, but settled out of court. May we please have the video? How did they settle? In what position was each party while they settled? (sorry about my dirty mind) 😀

    Oh, and I guess you better not mess with Chuck Berry.

  • ParusMajor

    I’m sorry that I comment again, but I just remembered a famous case that wasn’t mentioned: George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord vs. The Chiffons’ He’s So Fine. I think Harrison’s lawyer bought the rights to the other song finally… I think.

  • Ryan

    What about Kid Rock? The man that takes classic rock songs and takes a big **** all over them.

  • PJ

    I’ve heard that Johnny Cash was influenced by a song of the times when he wrote Folsom Prison Blues. Perhaps I should have said “wrote”. Regardless, there’s no one who sang it like the man in black.

    • ParusMajor

      Johnny Cash was the man. Do you know what Trent Reznor (the composer of “Hurt”, Nine Inch Nails) said after hearing Cash’s version? “OK, I wrote it, but it’s his song now.” (or something like that) 😀

  • lawn

    You missed what’s probably the biggest of all: My Sweet Lord / He’s So Fine.

  • Barry Brien

    Whoever writes about the Beatles for this site really needs to do their homework. Last week they got it wrong saying that Let It Be was the final album they recorded, now it’s Come Together being about the 70s hippy movement. It’s common knowledge that the hippy movement happened in the 60s and Come Together was released in 1969.

    • Joseph Furguson

      No, we do not have to do more research because we were quoting our information accurately. Sorry if that offends you somehow.

      • Barry Brien

        So you maintain that the hippy movement happened in the 70s and that’s when Come Together was released? I’m not offended at all, just pointing out your errors, as I’m sure many other Beatles fans would. As a matter of interest, what sources are you quoting here? Because I’d stop if I were you. Try Wikipedia or in future.

        • jobert

          im gonna have to side with berry on this one

    • brian

      And it says that the Beach Boy embodied post war freedom in the ’60s…the war didnt end until 1975

      • Barry Brien

        I assumed that he was referring to World War II as youth culture really began to take off in the post war years particularly the 50s with the advent of Rock N Roll etc.

        • Maria

          Don’t forget the Korean War in the 50s.

  • xrisss

    You forgot “ICE ICE BABY” by Vanilla Ice copied from the song “UNDER PRESSURE” By the Queen

    • iamnotmad

      That was acknowledged and announced. These are the ones which weren’t and which most of us didn’t know about.

      • Yolo

        THAT’S why they didn’t include Lady Gaga!

        • Maishi

          or Led Zepplin….

  • skywatcher

    Another opportunity lost to finally explain the difference between plagiarism and sampling. Most people get these two confused.

    But it’s utterly ridiculous to have a list about plagiarism and not include Led Zeppelin or the Black-Eyed Peas. True, Zep didn’t release many singles, but the ones they did put out as singles were all partially plagiarized.

  • ParusMajor

    I’ve got a story. Bo Diddley was at the Chess studios in 1955 recording his first session, while Muddy Waters walked by. Muddy was already an established artist and he thought some kid was doing a demo for his next single, and commented on that (I guess something like “that sounds good for my next hit, boy, keep it up”). Diddley said, “No, I’m not gonna give this tune to you *add some insults here*”. A song with an exactly similar guitar riff was released by both artists in due time, as “I’m A Man” by Bo Diddley and as “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters (with somewhat angry lyrics at some boy who thinks he’s a man).

  • Lvothread

    Avril Lavigne Ripped off KISS too.
    First time I heard “complicated” I immediately thought of “I love it loud”. Apparently so does sombody else. you tube KISS vs Avril Lavigne or the link below

  • HBG

    Coldplay v Satriani v cat stevens.

  • Butch

    The chili peppers should get a mention. I’m sure they’ve sneakily borrowed a riff or two in their time. 2 that spring to mind are tom petty’s mary jane’s last dance (dani california) & the eagles one of these nights (s*ck my kiss)

    • Apparently you didn’t know that RHCP caught the “Dani California” thing pretty quickly after the single was released, and before the album came out, they apologized publicly to Tom Petty and offered him some of the royalties which he turned down.

  • You’re gonna bust on “Are You Going to Be My Girl” for ripping off “Lust for Life” & “You Can’t Hurry Love” but totally failed to notice that the chorus vocal line is an EXACT note-for-note recreation of Keith Richards’ guitar solo in “Sympathy for the Devil”?

    For shame!

    • Sue

      Agreed. Plus I thought Lust for Life was most often compared to The Doors “Touch Me”.

  • Whatevs

    I can’t believe this list didn’t include Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” ripping off Madonna’s “Express Yourself”

  • Alex

    What about Crazy Town’s song “Butterfly” ripping off Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s “Pretty Little Ditty”? The riff is exactly the same. But Idk whether that was legal or not, but still.

    Ah just looked it up, apparently they were good friends so gave them the riff or something.

    • Jim

      They sampled that guitar part..legally. I never, EVER in my life thought I would defend a band as bad as CT….I am shame :*(

  • Dave

    Why isn’t there anything written about Elvis Presley and how he ‘resang’ a bunch of african-american songs? He just made them a little more appealing to the ‘white’ public and made a fortune

    • al

      THANK YOU!!!! ELVIS ripped off REAL songwriters and MUSICIANS for his own gain….I hate how this man CONSTANTLY gets credit when he doesn’t DESERVE IT!

      • Roy

        I agree with you wholeheartedly but I’m not resentful in fact I’m glad he did for all of our sakes. His impact on popular music helped get the ball rolling to start a virtual revolution (which in time actually) helped to spawn actual ones.

        Far be it from long live the king but I see him as one of many key players that have helped music develop into what it is today.

  • Edward

    J.Lo followed the leader song it is also a rip off from an 80’s dominican merengue singer by the name of Monchi Capricho. The song name is Colegiala. Listen to the rythm and the way the lyrics go and you will see.

  • Ed

    Then there’s Men At Work’s “Down Under”, which got them in trouble for grabbing the “Kookaburra” riff.

  • Juan

    This is stupid in most of these cases, the record company not the artist owns the music. They need permission from the record artist to sample the music and the money goes to the original owners of the music not the artist that perform the song.

  • Bobby

    Suprised that Britney spears – Oops i did it again isn’t on this list, it was originally by Louis Armstrong

  • Joe

    How about this?

    Lost Trailers- American Beauty

    stolen from

    Jason Mraz- I’m Yours

  • Jim

    One of Hans Zimmers FIRST scores was Galdiator? Man….you really do not do research, do you?

    • Okay, so it was really about his 70th movie he composed on. Was that so bad? Okay, yes. To appease your lust for justice I have fired the writer, burned his house down, salted the earth and, oh yes, I corrected the mistake. Thanks for letting us know. Anyone want to more about Hans Zimmer’s composing career:

  • Amín González

    In the section about Shakira’s song, you write that Luis Dias is spanish, he’s really dominican.

  • Maksi

    This is wrong Shakiras song had a sample, the guy that wrote the original song Alfanno was involved in the production of Shakiras album and let them use their old song. The old song was just performed by Jerry RIvera and another guy. Alfanno the writer even said that if they wanted to sue they should give it a shot because the song didnt even belong to them in the first place.

  • Kiko Jones

    re: Shakira

    Luis Dias was–he passed away in Dec. 2009–a Dominican singer/songwriter who wrote the song he claimed Shakira plagiarized, “Carnaval (Baila en la Calle)”, which was made popular by fellow Dominican Fernando Villalona.

  • Tom

    Don’t forget “Do ya think I’m sexy” by some old dude was ripped of from a Brazilian song called “Taj Mahal.” The dude settled out of court and all profits from the song went to a charity in Brazil.

  • Jessica

    How is it racist to notice two people are black?

    • Maishi

      It’s a joke

  • PC

    So the author of this article calls racist those who note descriptive similarity between MJ and Rihanna (I’m one of them by the way: they are both of African heritage, among other things). Yet the same author calls a well known Swahili verse, “gibberish?”


    • Anonymous

      Rhianna is not of African american heritage. She is from Barbados.

  • Charlie

    fair enough the song girlfriend has its similarities but its very unlikely for avril to publish a song she knows she’s ripped off. before the case was taken to court avril wasnt shy to deny that she was drunk while writing the song. the whole thing is very cruel, avril is sweet natured girl and has continued to survive in the music industry without ‘ripping off’ any other songs? i think its just one big misunderstanding.

  • Matt

    You forgot to mention just about every song Led Zeppelin and Dream Theater have ever “written”. I’m an enormous Zeppelin fan, but their first album completely ripped off everyone. It was horrid.

    Dream Theater is the most unoriginal band on the planet. They may as well rename themselves “The Official Tool Cover Band”.

    “Home” is the same song as “FortySix&2”. Literally, note for note. They just came up from a Drop D tune. They also have ripped off King Crimson, Metallica, Rush, Faith No More, etc.

    Worst band ever.

  • Brawny71

    I remember about 1990 the two-hit-wonder Pebbles (“Girlfriend”, “Mercedes Boy”) released a second album with an R&B lead single called “Giving You the Benefit” which sounds like the music was lifted directly from Bobby Brown’s “Ghostbusters II” theme, “On Our Own”. Funny thing is, her song improved on it.

  • Maishi

    I thought Beyonce’s If I were a Boy would be here
    SINCE it was STOLEN from BC Jean with only minor word changes here and there.

  • Jeff Foster

    Everybody ripped off Chuck Berry…everybody!!! Chuck Berry was, is, and always will be the TRUE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL, PERIOD!!!

    • al

      YES!!! YOU read my mind!!

  • Mila

    The one I know is the song “On the Floor”, from Jennifer Lopez, that was stolen from Lambada, of the group Kaoma. The song Lambada is quite famous in Brazil.

    • kel

      yea ok…wa stolen from a peruvian band, which legally took the rights from the original bolivian authors…go fys

  • Sara

    What about the verses of America’s “Daisy Jane” & Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait a While”?

  • Sara

    Not to mention Wham’s “Last Christmas” sounding like Barry Manilow’s “Can’t Smile Without You”. And Britney Spears’s “I’ve Just Begun (Having my Fun)” sounding like No Doubt’s “Hella Good”.

  • Dark Knight

    Hall and Oates I Can’t Go For That; beat was sampled/copied by Michael Jackson in Billie Jean and also by Madonna’s Like a Virgin.

    Also Hall and Oates’ Maneater’s beat is copied by Stevie Wonder in his song Part Time Lover.

  • voiceful

    I’ve got more…

    Beyonce “Countdown” vs Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

    Beyonce Billboard Awards 2011 VS Lorella Cuccarini 2010

  • What about 50 cents hit “Go shorty, its your birthday” rap? No one remembers that a British rapper performed the song b4 50 cents did. I forgot who the artist that sued 50 was.

    • Roy

      you are WAY off….

      In January 2006, 50 Cent was sued for copyright infringement by former 2 Live Crew manager Joseph Weinberger, who owns the rights to the rap group’s catalog. He claimed that 50 Cent plagiarized the lines “it’s your birthday” from former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell on his 1994 album Still a Freak for Life.[30] The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Paul Huck, who ruled that the phrase was a “common, unoriginal and noncopyrightable element of the song”.

      Taken from wikipedia.

      The Beatles could have sued 2 Live Crew and 50 cent for the same reason…. pretty frivolous.

      • Roy

        – Pause – then berate you more for saying

        “No one remembers that a British rapper performed the song b4 50 cents did.”

        This is so true, except that there is one person who “remembers” that.

        Is this like saying “No one remembers that the earth is flat.” or more like “No one remembers the guy who posted stupid S#!T on the internet” ? Cause I gotta say you’ve got me really confused with that statement.

  • Bracury

    Muse – Survival rips off Innuendo by Queen.
    Muse – United States of Eurasia also rips off Innuendo by Queen
    Muse – Madness rips off I want to break free by Queen and Faith by George Michael

  • clay

    So making the observation that Michael Jackson and Rihanna are black makes me a racist? Are black people ever racist? Or do they always get to be the victims?

    • Roy

      Nope they aren’t but you are for asking that question.

      BIGOT! (points finger)

      • clay

        I think you missed my sarcasm. You’re comments are typical of all the overzealous PC admonishing and racist witch hunts we’ve been subjected to. It’s affecting our freedom of speech and obviously, from your post, our critical thinking skills. The unspoken rules are: Black people can’t be racist because they are given the role of “repressed”. Even if they do act out in a racist manner it’s ok because they’ve been repressed. White people have been cast in the role of racist oppressor, so they are always in the wrong. All of this is racist in itself. It’s wrong. Think past your conditioning.

  • Jodie

    What about Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby being a rip-off of a song by Queen and David Bowie? That went to court.

  • Speekr

    You forgot Vanilla Ice stealing the bassline from Queens Under Pressure for his only song, Ice Ice Baby

  • jay

    What about nirvana? There song “come as you are” is completely ripped off from killing jokes “eighties”

  • Roy

    So what if the author ripped on Canadians. Sticks and stones may break our bones right?

    I think the important thing here is that the rest of the article is horrible too, it is obvious to me that whoever put this article together knows ALMOST absolutely nothing about about music and /or songwriting.

    For a little self education you can visit There you can pass a little time and find more than passing similarities, samples, and downright plagiarism. There you might discover that nothing in art is original and all is recycled and reinvented. This is the only way it can be as each generation learns from the previous and then puts their own spin on it. Its not as if art just materializes out of thin air. But so what of it, sampling has changed music and made so much more possible.

    Sadly nowadays lawyers have more say than artists. Or perhaps it is more that too many songwriters have lawyers. I for one feel current copyright legislation is out of hand and mourn the death of public domain.

    Stricter Laws Don’t Make Better music. Richer Musicians Don’t Make Better music. So Frankly who gives a S#$T if there is a passing resemblance between a rocking Jet song and some old almost forgotten Motown tune. That’s the essence of music reusing and readapting melodies.

  • Garrett Goulet

    How Ricki Martin’s “La Vida La Voca”? That song ripped off the rhythm from Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”?

    • tom

      That one’s a bit of a stretch.

  • Phat Sam

    all of you are srsly deluded. there is, nor has there ever been any such thing as an original idea.

  • You know, you don’t actually “press charges” for plagiarism, it’s not a criminal offense. You sue in civil court for damages. Although I do wish Queen could have had Vanilla Ice’s arse put in prison.

    • Perplexio

      Vanilla Ice could then have done a Renovation on his cell and ended up with a show on HGTV….

      Oh wait… he did end up with a show on HGTV.

  • Jack 25

    They forgot the biggest one of all. My sweet Lord by George Harrison and He’s so fine by the Chiffons. In 1978 George settled out of court with them,

    • docweasel

      Actually no, he took it to a judgment, and the copyright owner for the song got $7mil.

  • amandasolimar

    They forgot Vanilla Ice copied David Bowie w/ Queen’s Under Pressure. This one really gets under my skin, because people only remember Vanilla Ice’s version.

  • Melissa

    How is saying Rihanna and Michael Jackson are both black even remotely close to being racist?..

  • Gary

    Everybody in the rock music business should send 10% of their earnings to Chuck Berry.

  • Anthony LaScala

    Ghostbusters sounds nothing like I wanna new drug. You people are deaf. A drum beat? Really? If we are going by beats just about every song is the same. The vocal melodies are completely diffrent and that is legally 99% of the song.

    • OmnyRa

      I’m pretty late here, but 2 things- Ghostbusters didn’t launch Ray Parker Jr’s career. He’d already had a succesful R&B band called Raydio and been solo for years – See The Other Woman-,

      and you forgot Billy Ocean’s Carribean Queen ripping off Michael Jackon’s Billy Jean.

  • It’s not just pop/rock songs that get ripped off. Al jolson’s hit “Avalon” stole its melody from “E Lucevan le Stelle”, the beautiful aria from Puccini’s “Tosca”.

  • marc

    What? Where is Coldplay’s entry on this list? Not satisfied with riffs they take entire melodies from other songs. In their song “Talk” they take most of Kraftwerk’s 1981 song “Computer Love”. In an interview they basically said (and I’m paraphrasing here), “The breadth of music is so wide and our fans are so stupid and ignorant they will never notice we took most of the instrumentation from this song to write Talk.”

    Well, up yours Coldplay. I noticed and I hate you for it.

  • Jessie@ coffee recipes

    There was never any legal action about the Jett/Iggy Pop song similarities because, like the song by The Supremes, the only similarity was the beat. Beats can’t be copyrighted. Only melody, harmony and lyrics can.

  • Jesse Spade

    We shouldn’t make any statements about the similarities in these songs, if we are not going to say anything about the hiphop hits where music is taken from a rock song and the “artist” makes vulgar statements over the track instead of, you know, singing the song.

  • Mo

    A couple more:
    Free’s It’s All Right Now vs AC/DC’s Highway to Hell
    Fastball’s The Way vs Beseme Mucho

    • Mo

      * Bèsame

  • Evelyn Poe

    The Avril Lavigne one is ballocks. The court voted in her FAVOUR. She didn’t have to settle out of court. Both tracks were analysed by professionals and their case was thrown out.

    You guys really need to do your research, so much of the info on this site is totally wrong. What is this, Fox news?

  • docweasel

    Just because it couldn’t be proved in court doesn’t make it not true. Do you have any idea how many old black blues musicians got ripped off for their songs and could never get a penny because they couldn’t afford to continue to fight against big companies? That doesn’t make it right.

    Besides which, Laveen’s music is for morons, she’s a talentless hack and deserves all the flack she gets. And if you are talking about accuracy, Fox is considered the most trusted by a vast majority of the public. You are probably thinking of MSNBC, which is trust by less than 10% of the people who bother to watch, the kind of people who still think obama is jesus jr. and will save the world. The rest of us tried to tell you in 2008. Like Mike Moore said, besides being totally incompetent, the only thing obama will ever be remembered for is being black.

  • Andrew Napier

    If somebody listens to a lot of one artist’s music, it would only seem to make sense that what they write will be similar to what they grew up listening to. If you move to England, you will start to sound British. Intentional or not, it will happen. If Jay-Z would listen to the Beatles for 2 hours a day, I bet his songs would start to sound like the Beatles next year. Just don’t try it with Chuck Berry songs.

  • Norway

    What about Tell him by Colbie Caillat and Die in your arms by Justin Bieber – original from We’ve got a good thing going by Michael Jackson …