10 Classic Songs Oasis Ripped Off

Nothing in the music industry can really be called original anymore. The phrase has always been that it takes a professional to borrow, but a genius to steal something from the rock industry. And since Noel Gallagher likes to be in the company of geniuses, he’s done his fair share of lifting now and then.

Throughout Oasis’ tenure, Noel didn’t shy away from drawing too much inspiration from his influences, whether it’s picking up lyrics from a Beatles track or referencing them by name. These are a little more serious this time around though, as Noel ended up taking bits of songs and just slotting them into an Oasis track without a care in the world.

Compared to the occasional increase here and there though, there’s practically a gold mine of songs that Noel has taken piecemeal over the years, whether it’s just lifting the title or just rewriting the someone else’s song from scratch and claim it as his own. As much as you’d call that lazy of him, there’s a strange sense of arrogance that comes with these songs that only someone like the Gallagher Brothers could pull off. Yeah, maybe that’s plagiarizing a bit, but that’s where the punk rock side of their attitude comes in.

Not all of these stolen songs are created equal. Every once in a while you see Noel take little bits of a song and put it in a place where it could have fit in an Oasis hit. In the case of this first one, however, the lawyers may want to discuss with him the first guitar stroke in Supersonic.

For the most part, Supersonic sounds pretty original, considering most of the song was written on the fly by Noel when the band was recording. He seemed to slack off when it came time to do that guitar part, being taken almost verbatim from the opening of George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord. From Noel’s perspective, it was completely unintentional, saying that this riff just came to him when he was playing rather than being premeditated.

If you move these two songs into the same key, the guitar parts are virtually identical, with Harrison’s version just having a different guitar harmony added to the mix. While it would be easy to say that Noel is in trouble with one of his biggest influences, there could be a reason there hasn’t been a lawsuit. Since Harrison was called out for plagiarism for My Sweet Lord by the writers of He’s So Fine by the Shiffons, it’s still a bit of a gray area when it comes to who can sue Noel for plagiarism.


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Grace D. Erickson