The 5 Most Famous Musicians Who Are Thieving Bastards

By: Rohan Ramakrishnan May 06, 2010

Every artist "steals" a little, whether they realize it or not. For instance, we talk about how some musician was "influenced" by music they grew up with, even if sometimes that influence consists of outright stealing and/or barely remixing a classic. That's just the way it works.

But sometimes, it's even more blatant than that. In fact, some of the most successful musical acts in history based huge chunks of their careers entirely on plagiarism. Like...

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There's lots more. Led Zep stole "The Lemon Song" from Howlin' Wolf. There was a court case and the estate of HW won - for a while. My vinyl verson of Led Zep II gives credits to "Chester Burnett" but the CD gives the song back to Zep. The there's" Wimhuway - the Lion Sleeps Tonight", "Freight Train, Freight Train".........the list goes on and on with songs stolen mostly from poor, black songwriters with justice rarely being done.


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