Original Artist: The Crickets
There many versions of the song I Fought the Law in existence. It's been performed by Grateful Dead, Green Day, Dead Kennedys, Social Distortion and Johnny Cash to name but a fraction of the artists who have covered it.
However, the rendition of this track that is undeniably the most popular is the one by The Clash, as this version seems to have withstood the test of time better than all the others. This has led some to believe that the English punk rock group were the original artists. However, this is not the case.
The original version of I Fought the Law was actually released by rockabilly group The Crickets in 1960, a whole nineteen years before The Clash's version would be released, and just one year after the group's former guitarist, the great Buddy Holly, met his end in a plane crash.
As a side note, some also believe that the original version of the song was by The Bobby Fuller Four, when in reality, The Crickets still had them beat by five years.