3. George Harrison - 'My Sweet Lord'
"My Sweet Lord" was a huge blessing for George Harrison, but also a huge curse. It was a huge radio hit that helped propel the triple LP All Things Must Pass up the charts, but it also caused a plagiarism lawsuit that led to years of expensive and embarrassing litigation. The song is very similar to the 1963 Chiffons song "He's So Fine," and a court ultimately found that he "subconsciously" plagiarized the song. (The Chiffons later cut their own version of "My Sweet Lord.")
"He must have known, you know," John Lennon told Playboy in 1980. "He's smarter than that. It's irrelevant, actually. . . only on a monetary level does it matter. He could have changed a couple of bars in that song and nobody could ever have touched him, but he just let it go and paid the price. Maybe he thought God would just sort of let him off."