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We also could have gone with "Robbin' Thicke."


Or even Gaye Robbin'. Like "grave robbing." That might be a stretch. (Getty)

Imitation has always been a part of the music industry, and the difference between inspiration and plagiarism often exists in a gray area. Most musicians draw the line at outright theft of intellectual property. In Robin Thicke's case, however, it would seem that line has been… smudged.

Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" was one of the biggest hits of 2013. What was the secret to its success? Was it the irresistible beat, the combined songwriting talents of Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I., or the uncomfortably high-pressure sexualized lyrics? Maybe it was the fact that it was also one of the biggest hits of 1977.

Sources: BBC | Rolling Stone