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

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.

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

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.

I think Disturbed did it beautifully. They turned away for a brief moment to remake a timeless classic into a beautiful and more emotionally powering song. Of course both versions are amazing but the style of this version fits the song better. Also when you listen to this one you can forget about the memes. - galaxyfox

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2 Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit

This cover is absolutely dreadful. They took an amazing song by an amazing band (The Who), removed an entire section, replaced with this weird electronic thing, and people are saying this is overhated?

This deserve it

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

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

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3 Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm

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

I love this cover. - JCHOW

It's pretty good in my opinion. - Userguy44

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

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4 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.

Nobody hates this

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5 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

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

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6 Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch

Oh, come on. People actually hate this? This is a great cover, no doubt. And that comment
two below me just shows how hated this is.

I actually really liked this cover. - ShugaRoy

It's not that terrible to be honest.

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

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7 Zombie - Bad Wolves

Doesn't deserve the hate in my opinion - TuxIsAPerson

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

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

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

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8 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

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9 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

This cover sounds awesome - TuxIsAPerson

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

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

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10 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

This cover is better than the original in every way, can't wait for butthurts to tell me wrong, oh well they can have fun listening to Bob Dylan's atrocious voice. - christangrant

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.

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The Contenders

11 Bohemian Rhapsody - Kanye West

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.

Overrated? I've never met a person who likes it. - AdamDestructorJr.

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12 Thoughtless - Evanescence

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

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14 Africa - Weezer

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


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15 Land of Confusion - Disturbed

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

This is actually really cool.

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16 Working Class Hero - Green Day

Like EVERYTHING Green Day does is amazing

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

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17 Comfortably Numb - Scissor Sisters

I hated it! Scissor Sisters ruined an ultimate Pink Floyd song and turned it into a disaster! It's so laughable and ridiculous at the same time. Why?

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

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18 House of the Rising Sun - Five Finger Death Punch

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

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19 One - Korn

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

Overhated? Who hates this?

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20 Baby - Justin Bieber

Yes. Everyone just needs to shut up and admit that this, this cover of the best selling Queen 1972 hit is not only the greatest cover of all time, but the greatest SONG of all time, period. Anyone who says otherwise is lying and don't deserve to be trusted because they could be a Nazi or a Communist, or a Communist Nazi, who worship Satan and Thor and Odin, and clearly have no musical taste or human rights. Deep down, you know it's true.

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...

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

Unlistenable but not even a cover - DragonSlayer5279

Who the @#$% added this?

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21 Nutshell - Adema

An Alice in Chains cover? - Userguy44

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22 Bohemian Rhapsody - Panic! at the Disco

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

Don't make sense

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

For real? - Userguy44

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23 Wannabe - Zebrahead

Anything Zebrahead does is great.

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.

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25 Hole in the Sky - Machine Head
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!

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29 Basket Case - Bastille

This is so unbelievably bad

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).

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

They covered Green Day? - Userguy44

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

Nickelback kinda sucks, but this cover is fantastic.

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32 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Marilyn Manson

Gosh he ruined a good song

Anything marylin manson, really

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33 Numb - Linkin Park

The song is actually good when you listen to it, if you listen to any of these songs at all. Or did you find a different list on a different website and copied it off of them, Chester sung this song brilliantly.

Linkin Park did an awesome job with this cover though! - Userguy44

Since when is this a cover? - Alkadikce

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34 Radioactive - Within Temptation

What? - Userguy44

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35 Orgasmatron - Sepultura

I don't hate this version

This is the best one

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36 Walk - Avenged Sevenfold

This is trash.

Pantera cover? - Userguy44

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37 Wish - Linkin Park
38 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.

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40 Crazy in Love - Snow Patrol

This one is funny though. - Userguy44

Really overhated

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41 Joji - Medicine
42 We Will Rock You - Nickelback

I haven't actually heard any of the feedback for this song, but I'm betting the single fact NB made it indiscriminately lands it a spot on this list

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43 American Pie - Madonna

The original performer praised this cover version. It was #1 in many countries and became one of Madonna's biggest smash hits of the 2000's. Be more polite and respectful

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44 Take My Breath Away - Jessica Simpson

Surprisingly decent performing. I like it

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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. Africa - Weezer
2. Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit
3. Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
1. Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
2. Sad But True - Nickelback
3. Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit

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