The Top 10 Rip-Offs In Music History

by (@unclegrambo)

Did The Red Hot Chili Peppers Rip-Off Tom Petty?

8. The Accused: Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Dani California”

The Original: Tom Petty, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”

The Case: The Chili Peppers are lucky that Tom Petty is one of the mellowest dudes in all of rock music. Their 2006 track shares the same chord progression (not to mention key!) as Petty’s 1993 song, but Petty refused to try and cash in on the similarities by taking Anthony, Flea and the guys to court. “I seriously doubt that there is any negative intent there,” Petty told Rolling Stone at the time. “And a lot of rock & roll songs sound alike.”