You listen to “Taurus” by Spirit and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” back to back and you think like Stephen Colbert, “They’re screwed”
Springsteen said it at the 2012 SXSW keynote. He played the Animals “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” and admitted it’s every song he’s every written. At 5:24 he says “youngsters, watch this one. I’m going to tell how it’s done right now” and launches into The Animals “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and segues into “Badlands” as he says, “It’s the same fuckin’ riff, man!” “This is how successful theft is accomplished”.
A defense expert testified at the copyright trial that the main similarity was a common descending chord sequence used as a musical building block for 300 years. It’s also been determined that Chim-Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins, The Beatles “Michelle” and the aria Dido’s Lament by Henry Purcell composed in 1688 share similar musical DNA as “Stairway”
Eric Burden does not have a writing credit for “Badlands”. The band, Spirit should not have a credit for “Stairway to Heaven”.
Stairway to Heaven has garnered over $550 million dollars since its release.
Here’s one more song that’s in the public domain that shares music DNA with Stairway to Heaven and “Taurus”