The Best Song Rip-Off Compilation Ever (Part 1/2)

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Are these blatant rip-offs, coincidences, homages, or do they sound nothing alike?

Chuck Berry – “Sweet Little Sixteen”
The Beach Boys – “Surfin’ USA”
T-Rex – “Get It On (Bang a Gong)”
Oasis – “Cigarettes & Alcohol”
[Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, guitarist for Oasis from 1991-99, talking about Noel Gallagher copying T. Rex]
The Kinks – “Picture Book”
Green Day – “Warning”
Led Zeppelin – “Going to California”
Pearl Jam – “Given to Fly”
Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him?”
The Raconteurs – “Steady, As She Goes”
Huey Lewis and the News – “I Want a New Drug”
Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters”
Gob – “Give Up The Grudge”
Marinas Trench – “Shake Tramp”
MC5 – “Kick Out The Jams”
The Datsuns – “In Love”
The Marble Index – “I Believe”
Madonna – “Express Yourself”
Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
The Cars – “Just What I Needed”
Fountains of Wayne – “Stacey’s Mom”
The Jayhawks – “Waiting for the Sun”
Tom Petty – “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dani California”
Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
See Spot Run – “Weightless”
Kelly Clarkson – “Behind These Hazel Eyes”
Fefe Dobson – “Stuttering”
Nirvana – “Stay Away”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Between the Lines”
R. Kelly – “Ignition (Remix)”
Akon – “Don’t Matter”
The Rolling Stones – “Get Off of My Cloud”
The Rubinoos – “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”
Avril Lavigne – “Girlfriend”
Chicago – “25 or 6 to 4”
Green Day – “Brain Stew”
The Jam – “In the City”
The Sex Pistols – “Holidays in the Sun”
The Damned – “Life Goes On”
Killing Joke – “Eighties”
Nirvana – “Come As You Are”
Bert Jansch – “Blackwaterside”
Led Zeppelin – “Black Mountain Side”
J.J. Fad – “Supersonic”
Fergie – “Fergalicious”
Stereophonics – “Same Size Feet”
Oasis – “The Hindu Times”
The Beatles – “Norwegian Wood”
Bob Dylan – “4th Time Around”
The Beatles – “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
The Offspring – “Why Don’t You Get a Job?”
The Smashing Pumpkins – “Today”
Bif Naked – “Daddy’s Getting Married”
The Smashing Pumpkins – “Mayonaise”
Feeder – “High”
Hoobastank – “The Reason”
Sum 41 – “Best of Me”
Yellowcard – “Only One”
Sum 41 – “With Me”
Coldplay – “The Scientist”
Sum 41 – “Pieces”
Coldplay – “Clocks”
Seo In-young – “Anymore”
Neil Diamond – “Cherry Cherry”
The Romantics – “What I Like About You”
Minor Threat – “Good Guys (Don’t Wear White)”
The Standells – “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White”
John Lee Hooker – “Boogie Chillen”
Slim Harpo – “Shake Your Hips”
The Rolling Stones – “Shake Your Hips (Slim Harpo cover)”
ZZ Top – “La Grange”
Chris Isaak – “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing”
The Supremes – “You Can’t Hurry Love”
Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life”
Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?”
Rush “By-Tor & the Snow Dog”
The Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
[Billy Corgan talking about Rush]
Spirit – “Taurus”
Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”



  1. Some of these are a bit My Sweet Lord… I mean descending notes are not copyrighted 3:53. You could put Led Zeppelin Babe I’m gonna leave you and loads of others in there…

    Some are obvious rip offs. Then there’s the grey area, rip off or influence.

  2. Damn some of these are crazy insane, but I’m pretty sure some weren’t actually meant to be ripped off and they just sound a lot the same

  3. There’s a difference between “rip-off” and “influenced” and i’m sure many of these songs were a result of listening too much to someone else!

  4. You can’t really have Madonna’s “Express Yourself” here without having “Respect Yourself.” They are pretty much the same song and Madonna complains about Lady Gaga redoing “her” song…

  5. Chord progressions and key’s people, they’re the big factors of making songs sound similar, hell listen to 4 chords by the axis of awesome

  6. Here are a few more…

    Los Brujos – Kanishka (1991) / Nirvana – Very Ape (1993)

    Mad Season – I Don’t Know Anything (1995) / Silverchair – Slave (1997)

    Nirvana – tourette’s (1993) / Silverchair – Lie To Me (1997)

  7. stairway to heaven is not a rip off, they’re similar yes. because they’re in the A minor key. But that doesn’t make it the same.

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