The Strangest Feuds in Music History

Wherever there is success and fame, expect there to be jealousy, rivalry and entitlement. This is certainly the case in the music industry. Artists and musicians have been known to have long standing feuds which involve throwing shade at each other, lots of tweets and even lawsuits. While some feuds may seem justified, others have just been bizarre. Let’s look at some weird feuds in music history. These are just so pointless.

1. Queen and Vanilla Ice

The feud between Queen, a rocker, and Vanilla Ice, a rapper and actor, seemed senseless and the court’s conclusion was what most persons with an ear already knew. Queen and David Bowie recorded a song “Under Pressure” which quickly became a hit song. One part of the song that is well known is “Ding-Ding-Ding Diddle Ing-Ding.” So when Vanilla Ice came with that riff, everyone knew it was stolen. He included that riff in his song “Ice Ice Baby ” and lied saying that it wasn’t the same as Queen’s. This was his effort not to pay royalties. After being sued by Queen and Bowie, Vanilla Ice had no choice but to pay.

2. Elton John and Madonna

The feud between Elton John and Madonna was a silly one. It started over nothing significant and continued for several decades. Madonna released “Die Another Day,” the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name. According to reports, Elton John voiced his disapproval of this song. In 2004, when John accepted his award at the Q Awards, he heavily criticized Madonna and her work. There were several comments made by John thereafter regarding Madonna’s success. While Madonna’s public comments have been tactful, the same can’t be said about her in more private settings.

3. Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor

Although Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor came close to supporting each other a few times, it seemed that they just couldn’t get past that beef between them. After Cyrus confessed that O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U ” inspired her “Wrecking Ball” song, it didn’t seem like O’Connor took that too lightly. In an open letter to Cyrus, O’Connor offered advice and support to Cyrus but in a manner that was quite critical and condescending. Cyrus responded with insults on twitter about O’Connor’s mental state. Then came another open letter followed by more tweets.

4. Dave Grohl and Courtney Love

The feud between Dave Grohl and Courtney Love began in 1999 when in an interview, Grohl questioned Love’s songwriting abilities. He suggested that Love didn’t write most of her songs. A few years later, Love compelled the dissolution of the partnership between herself, Grohl, and Novoselic known as Nirvana L.L.C.  Love filed a lawsuit against Grohl and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic to obtain the rights to unreleased Nirvana songs and any associated royalties. Of course there was a countersuit. This was eventually settled but the beef continued.

5. John Fogerty and Himself

This feud involving John Fogerty and his former record label was a strange one. The record label sued Fogerty for copying himself. Fantasy Inc., the record label, kept the rights to Fogerty’s early catalog even after he left the record company and got a new label. Fantasy Inc. sued Fogerty for copyright infringement after he recorded new music with the new label. Fantasy Inc. claimed that the music was too similar to the old music that he recorded with them. Well it was up to a judge to decide and after Fogerty played his guitar in the courtroom, it was obvious that Forgerty’s songs were different. 

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