Top 10 Most Overhated Cover Songs

Covers of song that get more hate than needed, and half of the time the covers themselves aren't that terrible. If I missed one feel free to add it.

The Top Ten

1 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

This site really seems to enjoy this cover, and so does everyone on YouTube, but I just can't take this seriously. At least Simon and Garfunkel's song acknowledged the title and lyrics by making the song very quiet and gentle, whereas this is just overblown and trying way too hard to connect with me emotionally. It almost reminds me of how Whitney Houston ruined the Dolly Parton song by turning it into melodramatic pap. 4/10 - DCfnaf

I don't think the music video helped much either. It was trying so hard to be powerful but it just felt unbelievably generic (destroying musical instruments as imagery? Haven't seen that done before) and snarly. - nerffan8000

Even Simon from Simon & Garfunkel liked the cover, the hate it gets is so damn ridiculous. Sure it might be a bit "melodramatic" but at least, it does something different from the original for it to stand out more. - CaptainMowzker

People hate this? I wouldn't know, even my dad, who I can't convince to listen to any other modern style rock, still says this is better than the original by a mile.

This cover is HORRENDOUS!

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2 Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1, 2, & 3) - Korn

Not better than the original, but still a decent cover by it's own merit. - CaptainMowzker

Nobody hates this

3 Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit

I thought I was the only one who loves this cover more. Personally, The Who is one of my favorite bands and apart from some 90's hits I kinda despise Limp Bizkit but still I'd choose this cover over the original one. - Undistinguished

I actually like this one more than the original, and this is coming from someone who really loathes Limp Bizkit and this album. - DCfnaf

This is exactly why I hate Limp Bizkit. Don't even get me started on that live cover of Welcome Home (Sanitarium) by Metallica that they preformed on MTV.

The song was a big hit over here, even more than in the US, and it's often played on the radio. My father, who listens mostly to 60s and 70s music (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Kraftwerk, Deep Purple, Supertramp, Queen,...) said that while he usually has a negative bias towards covers, he genuinely loves this cover, and that he can't decide whether he likes this or the original better. He also really adores the electronic break in between.

PS: I pretty much share his views - Martin_Canine

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4 Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm

I love this cover. - JCHOW

It's pretty good in my opinion. - Userguy44

It's nowhere near as good as the original, but I had no idea people even hated it. It's pretty solid. - truckturner

I actually like this cover, not that bad as people say it is. - htoutlaws2012

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5 Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch

It's not that terrible to be honest. - CaptainMowzker

This cover actually is bad. If anything, it's not hated enough.

I actually really liked this cover. - ShugaRoy

6 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

This cover deserves all the hate it gets. It is a disrespect to Leonard Cohen's classic.

7 Thoughtless - Evanescence

Not as great as the original, but still decent in it's own right. - CaptainMowzker

8 Sad But True - Nickelback

People barely know this cover, moreover it's a live cover that I think was never released officially, so it's pretty underground. Now listen: it's a great cover (this is coming from a Metallica fan). But most people would hate the cover by default, without even giving a listen to it just because it's Nickelback. Oh well... - Metal_Treasure

Not as great as the original, but Chad Kroeger did a damn good job. - CaptainMowzker

What's sad but true is that this cover is by Nickelback, thus was doomed from the start to be overhated.

Metal_Treasure and I were actually talking about this on one of his lists. It's a suprisingly solid cover. You'd think, "Nickelback covering Metallica? This must be a travesty". But Chad's voice actually sounds great on that cover. - Gg2000

Actually, I think the fact that it was a live cover lends it some more credibility, since it would be a more realistic depiction of what it would sound like than a studio cover (where they have a stronger ability to overproduce it). - Gg2000

9 Zombie - Bad Wolves

Fun fact: Dolores O'Riordan was actually originally scheduled to record the vocals with Bad Wolves for this cover, but due to her unfortunate death, this version got released as a tribute, so I at least respect it on principle, even if the cover itself is pretty average. - NiktheWiz

Why do you think this cover is overhated? Any facts? - Metal_Treasure

I think this was a great tribute to Dolores... in all honesty. - CaptainMowzker

They did this song out of respect for Delores and I think they did very well in honoring her song honestly

10 Land of Confusion - Disturbed

Again another Disturbed cover that honestly isn't that terrible. - CaptainMowzker

This is actually really cool.

The Contenders

11 One - Korn

Sure it's not as great as the original, but it's not that terrible. - CaptainMowzker

Overhated? Who hates this?

12 Gone Away - Five Finger Death Punch

This song is decently not as good as The Offspring song but this song does not deserve all the hate it gets. The point of a cover is not to do the song over again if so then why don't people just Liston to the original? The Offspring track is about sticking in when the going gets tough and rolling with punches more or less but still feeling emotions. And the FFDP version is about giving up there is nothing to live for and mourning the death or (the charter in the cover's) army friends. So yes not as good as The Offspring obviously but still a great sad track, and decently not deserving of all the hate.

Anyone who says that this is better than the offspring's original is wrong. This doesn't even come close - Revrad

13 Working Class Hero - Green Day

I think that it's a solid cover, the fact that it's on the worst covers list is baffling.. - CaptainMowzker

Like EVERYTHING Green Day does is amazing

14 Bohemian Rhapsody - Kanye West

Absolutely terrible, but way too stupid to get angry at. - NiktheWiz

This happened? - Userguy44

I once had an entire day ruined because of this.. God I hate it when people ruin great songs

This is awful. But its hilarious.

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15 The Pretender - Infected Mushroom
16 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses

Great cover! Why do people hate this? - Userguy44

I think most of the people who do hate it either are Bob Dylan purists who prefer the original or people who hate the sound of Axl's voice. - Gg2000

I don't like either version of this song honestly, both kinda suck in my opinion. - DCfnaf

It's just hated by diehard blues fans and people who hate popular music.

Guns 'N Roses are really good at earlier rock covers, like this one. Another good cover that they did was "Live and Let Die" by Wings. - galaxyfox

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17 Comfortably Numb - Scissor Sisters

Awful. a disrespect to Pink Floyd and all Floydians. This cover is not okay. - galaxyfox

18 Nutshell - Adema

An Alice in Chains cover? - Userguy44

19 Baby - Justin Bieber

This song is NOT a cover... and doesn't deserve to be on this list... whoever added this has NO IDEA what a cover is... - CaptainMowzker

It's an adding Justin Bieber to a list when it makes no sense thing. - Userguy44

Baby is ULTRA garbage! Justin is ASS and GAY. He can't even sing.

Can people at least get the PRINCIPLE of this list right? Also, this song is actually pretty decent. Although that may be because I'm so numb to it now.

It's not even a cover but it's SO bad it somehow gets onto the list, amazing

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20 Bohemian Rhapsody - Panic! at the Disco

This may not be as good as the original, but Brendon Urie can SING.

Don't make sense

For real? - Userguy44

Sorry but I like Queen's version better than Kanye and Panic! at the Disco.

21 Simple Man - Deftones
22 Wannabe - Zebrahead

Anything Zebrahead does is great.

23 Hole in the Sky - Machine Head
24 Blackbird - Alter Bridge

Very too much dirty song and 8 minutes boring song.
Not good album it and very very awful song it

This isn't a cover? What? Do not ever seek to disrespect this song by calling it a cover. That's a injustice to even suggest.

A black poor crow cover it
Dirty cover it...
8 minutes borning song it.
A poor crow never fly and only cry.

25 House of the Rising Sun - Five Finger Death Punch

Not as overhated as other covers so it's pretty low. - CaptainMowzker

26 September - Taylor Swift

This cover deserves all the hate it gets. It is a disrespect to Earth Wind & Fire's classic. - YeezySeasonApproaching

Some things should be left alone

A banjo putting into a funk song. That's something you do not do in a cover Tay Tay. - MissRWBY202


27 Should I Stay or Should I Go - Powerman 5000

Wow, this SUCKS! My number 1. Thank God I haven't heard Kanyes version of Bohemian Rhapsody. Can't remake iconic!

28 Africa - Wheezer

Weezer not Wheezer - Userguy44

Is the 'Wheezer' part out of hatred? 'Cause actually the real name originated from this word as Rivers was called this in school because of his aesthma. - Undistinguished


29 Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) - Nickelback

Nickelback kinda sucks, but this cover is fantastic.

30 Basket Case - Bastille

It might not be as good as the original, but what is? It's definitely a lot better than some other groups that try to cover Green Day songs (looking at you, 5SOS). - PoisonSlapping

If you are not expecting a punk rock song then there's no reason to hate it. - Undistinguished

They covered Green Day? - Userguy44

What?!? I have to listen to this! 😃😀 - PatrickStar3

31 Radioactive - Within Temptation

What? - Userguy44

32 Orgasmatron - Sepultura

I don't hate this version

This is the best one

33 Walk - Avenged Sevenfold

This is trash.

Pantera cover? - Userguy44

34 DNA - BTS
35 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Marilyn Manson

Anything marylin manson, really

36 Wish - Linkin Park
37 Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys

Great song
Elvis version - good.
Willie Nelson - brilliant (sang with passion & emotion that song deserves).
Pet Shop Boys - turned a beautiful song into a disco version with no relevance to the lyrics.

38 Fetish - Selena Gomez
39 Crazy in Love - Snow Patrol

This one is funny though. - Userguy44

Really overhated

40 Joji - Medicine
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit
2. Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1, 2, & 3) - Korn
3. Gone Away - Five Finger Death Punch
1. Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
2. Sad But True - Nickelback
3. Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit
1. Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit
2. Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
3. Working Class Hero - Green Day

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