The Top 10 Rip-Offs In Music History

by (@unclegrambo)

Did Oasis Rip-Off The New Seekers?

9. The Accused: Oasis, “Shakermaker”

The Original: New Seekers, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”

The Case: Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, is one of the most notorious, um, borrowers of famous melodies in the history of pop music. For this song off the band’s massive debut album Definitely Maybe, Gallagher was accused of lifting the verse of the 1971 song “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing,” which became world famous when it was used in a Coca-Cola commercial later that decade. That band, The New Seekers, sued Oasis for damages and were ultimately awarded $500,000. Gallagher’s response? “Now we all drink Pepsi.”

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