Why reinvent the wheel? New ideas are often hard to come by as it seems many of the good ideas have already been taken. This proves to be no exception in the music industry as artists are challenged to create entirely unique lyrics and melodies out of only 12 notes. Seems impossible, doesn’t it?
While artists and songwriters around the world prove their talents in arranging unique notes and lyrics, others struggle to find their own voice, to make their own music. In fact, over the years there have been countless songs that have sampled older hits because of a deep appreciation for the original artist’s talent. Just consider all of the remixes of Elvis or Michael Jackson songs!
Unfortunately, however, not all artists are willing to admit when they’ve used someone else’s work. In fact, some artists release their “hits” without so much as a “thank you” to the original artists, which only makes enemies in an already competitive industry.
Between lawsuits and allegations of copyrighting and plagiarism, it’s no surprise then that many artists face controversy for their music. Who are these artists and what songs did they rip off? We found 10 of the biggest hit songs that were total rip offs. Don’t believe us? Take a listen and you be the judge!