Anyone who has ever worked as a songwriter will tell you how hard it is to nail down the hook. While you can flex your musical prowess across a track's runtime, you have to have that one element that sticks in the listener's head and keeps them coming back for more. Even though many bands have come up with original melodic phrases, it's sometimes just as easy to knick someone else's idea and put it in your own tune.
Across rock's storied history, many bands have come out with songs that bear more than just a passing resemblance to old rock classics. This had led to much fan speculation about whether it was intentional, while some artists have full blown admitted to ripping off their heroes. Sometimes these tracks have even gotten the band into hot water with record companies, who demanded royalties for what they saw as being "their song."
It may not necessarily be the right thing to crib your ideas from an already-existing song, but as the age-old saying goes, "Talent Borrows, but Genius Steals." With that in mind, let's take a look at some of these tunes and see if they are taking too much inspiration from the rock and roll of old.
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