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2008 X Factor contestant and semi-finalist Diana Vickers caused a stir with her smash hit single My Wicked Heart, released in 2010. The chorus finds the snarling Brit completely borrowing the melody from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Under the Bridge, which was a hit in 1992. To make things even more obvious, Vickers admitted the similarity to Digital Spy, saying… “That happened without even knowing! We had the song and it didn’t have the ‘My Wicked Heart‘ bit in it and then we put the vocal in and we were like, ‘Why does it sound so familiar?’… Then we…

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Green Day hasn’t ever been considered the most “original” of bands…they’ve already appeared in our Ripped-Off Riffs category, for example. The title track to the band’s 2000 album, Warning, features almost the exact same intro riff, rhythm, and chord progressions as the Kinks’ tune, from their 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. The similarity helps support the ideas that “nothing is original anymore” or “every riff has already been written”, but regardless of your stance on the issue of songwriting integrity, it certainly does seem more like Green Day’s tip of the cap to the Kinks…

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Britpop brats Oasis scored an international smash hit with their album (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory in 1995, but it could have been an ugly mess. Right before its release, the song Step Out was clipped from the record, because of its mimicry of Stevie Wonder’s Uptight (Everything’s Alright). It’s pretty darn close: you can basically sing Uptight over the chorus of Step Out. Even Noel Gallagher’s vocals follow a similar pattern to Wonder’s in the original song. There weren’t any lawsuits over the song, which became an obscure Oasis b-side, and the British lads were lucky that was the…

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A first for “Ripped Off Riffs” category: An artist is accused of ripping himself off? John Hiatt just released his brand new album Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns with a grungy new track called “Damn This Town.” With its minor chords, chopping guitar and biting lyrics it furthers Hiatt’s reputation as a down-and-dirty story-teller. Only thing is… haven’t we heard this riff before? In 1993? Damn This Town Perfectly Good Guitar [poll id=”6″]

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One of Nirvana’s huge hits from Nevermind, Come As You Are features a down-tuned riff that bears a heavy resemblance to Killing Joke’s song Eighties. Killing Joke never did the lawsuit thing over the song, but everyone pretty much knew it was the same riff. Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter founder Dave Grohl actually played drums on the band’s 2003 album, which some believe was a penance for knowing that Come As You Are lifted the riff from Eighties. To make things even more complicated, The Damned’s Life Goes On, which came out in 1982, well before Eighties, includes practically…

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George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” may have been one of the most successful songs of his post-Beatles career, but it wasn’t entirely his song. The chord progression, background vocals and overall melody bore a striking resemblance to The Chiffons’ 1963 hit “He’s So Fine,” so much so that a judge found Harrison guilty of “subconsciously” copying the Chiffons’ tune in 1976 after a ten-year legal battle. Despite the bad publicity, Harrison maintained that he never knowingly lifted the tune. John Lennon himself noted the similarity and told Playboy in 1980 that Harrison “must have known” that he was being a…

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