All Time Worst Cover Songs

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1Smells Like Teen Spirit - Miley Cyrus (Nirvana)

Can't describe the anger and disgust I felt when I saw that crazy stupid bitch sing, IN MY COUNTRY, one of the best rock grunge songs of all time. I mean, who does she think she is, and she did it SO TERRIBLE! She thinks she can one day be stupid pop hanna montana and the other, try to be cool and perform this masterpiece. If Kurt were alive, he'd shoot himself again and I wont blame him. I hate that bitch, no talent at all.

Shes a Butcher! REALLY! She ruined a classical song. Possibly one of the
Best. Nirvana fans shot group together and shoot her

She sounds like at dying cat trying to sing at Kurt cobains great level tell your kids DON'T COVER SMELLS LKE TEEN SPIRIT! And some wonder what happened to her popularity

Why would she do this to us?

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2I Love Rock n' Roll - Britney Spears (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)

Everything britney spears sings becomes terrible at that moment - davee

It made me hate the original version, can't listen to this song any more because of you Britney

Remember the original's powerful, commanding vocals? Why on earth would anyone think that Britney's utterly weak voice would be a good fit for this song?

The Original Is Actually By The Arrows, But Joan Jett's Version Is Most definitely The Best - BeatlesFan1964

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3Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit (The Who)

The acoustic part at the beginning of the song wasn't bad (it definitely wasn't as good as the original, but I still liked it), but when they started going "Discover L I M P, " I actually felt sick to my stomach. And that third verse was completely unnecessary.

they murdered this wonderful song. the who is the best band ever. - alppa

Awful. They butchered a classic beautiful song with this disgusting cover. The guy can't even get the high notes. Just when you think it couldn't get any worse, they ruin the best part of the song with some silly electronic bit. Limp Bizkit suck and I hate them so much. I'm going to listen to the original to get this piece of crap out of my head.

I Love the original version by the who

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4Hello Goodbye - Jonas Brothers (The Beatles)

In some countries it is legal to shoot a singer who tries to cover a Beatle song and fails like this.

I actually liked this version surprisingly.

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5Chop Suey! - Avril Lavigne (System of a Down)

She screwed up that song to the max. Couldn't get a single lyric right, she shames System. I bet they're all regretting this moment now.

Chop suey! Is one of my favorite songs of all time and she just ruins it! Really what was she thinking ruining a classic

I never thought I would hear a cover song that was worse than Miley Cyrus Smells Like Teen Spirit but this was just awful. She is trying to be something she isn't. She's pop not punk - Danielsun182

I went over this whole list and found bad covers and bad artists but this is a bad song by a bad band made into an even worse song by an even worse artist. The so called princess of punk is just a crappy MTV pop singer. This is a combination of all elements

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6One Way or Another - One Direction (Blondie)

Why can't they make up there own songs? I used to love that song but they ruined it so much!

They do, and they did this for starving people in Africa. So you can just shut up.

One direction ruins everything. Including life.

The only reason I'm not hating on this one is because they did it for charity. Pretty bad cover though

So it doesn't matter if they do it for charity, if it's One Direction it's awful. I hate rock fans. - WonkeyDude98

Just because it's a charity song, doesn't mean it's good. We Are a The World anyone? - djpenquin999

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7My Generation - Hilary Duff (The Who)

First time I heard the song was covered by Green Day, I don't listen to The Who but I've heard this song and I love Hilary Duff but her version of this this song sucks regardless if a cover or not it sounds horrible.

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8You Shook Me All Night Long - Celine Dion & Anastacia (AC/DC)

She really made a meal of this song, Celine failed in doing Angus' duck walk. I really don't have enough time to explain every fault in their cover of one of AC/DC's finest songs! - Dickey96

I completely agree about slayers born to be wild cover... Pure torture to the ears and this is a slayer fan saying this.

I voted for this one cause I can't find the worst cover ever on this list.
Just listen to "Born to be wild" by Slayer (Steppenwolf cover) and you'll know what I'm talking about.

The moment when the original is more popular.

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9Let It Be - Justin Bieber (The Beatles)

Someone get me a firecracker so I can stuff the cracker in his stupid mouth and watch him blow to pieces. Of course, I don't wish for him to die, but for his head to come off.

Justin totally ruined a Beatles classic! Screw him! Anybody that thinks JB's version is better, go to hell! The Beatles rule!

What? No way! How could he/she cover this masterpiece!

No I didn't see this and I voted for something else

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10Satisfaction - Britney Spears (The Rolling Stones)

It's (I can't get no) Satisfaction! But yes, Blondie ruined one of my favorite songs of all time! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

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?Heaven - DJ Sammy (Bryan Adams)
?Axel F - Crazy Frog (Harold Faltermeyer)

The Contenders

11Comfortably Numb - Scissors Sisters (Pink Floyd)

Seriously, why would they even bother covering it with absolutely no relation to the original song other than the lyrics?

This takes everything that made this song special and throws it out of the window and gives it a horrible techno beat.

We shouldn't be too hard on the Scissors Sisters. They are big fans of Pink Floyd. What pisses me off is that people say this song was better than the original. What are the thinking? I would say they're on crack but not even then would you say such a thing.

12We Are the World - Artists for Haiti (USA for Africa)

How to make an already bad charity song that SOMEHOW MANAGED TO BECOME A HUGE HIT IN 1985 BECAUSE EVERYONE DID RIDICULOUSLY WEIRD THINGS BACK THEN even worse? Have Justin Bieber open the song, Autotune Barbara Streisand, throw in a deranged Wyclef JeAAAn, pull off the Michael/Janet Jackson duet in the video, add a rap verse, and forget to cut Wyclef Jean from the song. Boom, instant Todd in the Shadows review fodder. (His opinion isn't wrong, by the way.)

I could stand lil Wayne in this song, but after I heard Miley Cyrus, I was like "I give up. I seriously give up on music."

It was already horrible, and this... - WonkeyDude98

13Free Fallin' - John Mayer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

John Mayer made this song normal boring and forgettable

14Angels - Jessica Simpson (Robbie Williams)

Nobody has ever been able to sing this song like Robbie Williams - It's meant to be sung only by him

This song should NEVER be touched by anyone other than Robbie!

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15Working Class Hero - Green Day (John Lennon)

Dude, this was an awesome cover, I don't know who things this is such a bad cover, but they gotta be insane. How on earth is this a bad cover? Is it the voice?

I never heard the original, but it sounds like Green Day's song. Instead of this, vote for Avril Lavigne's cover of Chop Suey!

Pretty Good Cover, But The John Lennon Original Makes The Cover Seem Terrible - BeatlesFan1964

That's an okay cover

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16American Pie - Madonna (Don McLean)

One of the worst things ever The original Is one of the Greatest songs of all time, hell I'm listening to it as I type this

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17Don't Go Breaking My Heart - ODB feat. Macy Gray (Elton John)

I can't really explain this one to you. Just look it up. It speaks for itself. - Johannes9

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18Lose Yourself - Justin Bieber (Eminem)

The worst, makes a cover of the best, and doesn't even have the audacity to print out the the lyrics. And then, he performs the song in Detroit. I'm suprized the audience didn't run out, with their ears on fire.

Let's just hope Justin Bieber doesn't make a cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" (which would be "Stairway to Hell" in that case)

What! No. This sucks. I just don't understand why doesn't Justin leave this solar system, and man cover of my favourite song, he should have committed suicide by now.

No, actually the cover was pretty good. It's just Justin Bieber did it, so everyone has to hate it. Again, I hate rock fans. - WonkeyDude98

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19Fuel - Avril Lavigne (Metallica)

this really sucks. But why Working Class Hero is up there? I think it's pretty good cover. - GreenDay95

I saw her cover this on the metallica tribute thing. Horrible. Avril sucks!

20Bohemian Rhapsody - Kanye West (Queen)

Kanye West has no right to touch one of Queen's masterpieces, let alone butcher it by FORGETTING THE LYRICS AT A CONCERT. Wow, Kanye. - pandagirl

I'm not voting for him to be president in 2020 because of this.

The horror! The atrocity! Why Kanye why?

Should be higher, like number 1

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Top Remixes (14)

1. Chop Suey! - Avril Lavigne (System of a Down)
2. One Way or Another - One Direction (Blondie)
3. Faith - Limp Bizkit (George Michael)
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1. Extreme Ways - The Sidelines (Moby)
2. Let It Be - Justin Bieber (The Beatles)
3. I Remember - Haley (Deadmau5 & Kaskade)
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1. You Know You're Right - Hole (Nirvana)
2. Hello Goodbye - Jonas Brothers (The Beatles)
3. A Hard Day's Night - Big Time Rush (The Beatles)
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