Top Ten Most Overrated Cover Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Way over-rated, and nowhere near as good as either Leonard Cohen's original, or the awesome cover done by kd lang.

Very controversial, but it gets a little too much attention, it overshadows Leonard Cohens original... - MusicalPony

2 One Way or Another - One Direction

Stop talking about 1D please! It already has enough attention ( by the way it was originally performed by Blondie). - MusicalPony

3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Miley Cyrus

Yes, I know it's a great song, but it's been past the point ( she's on the wild side now). - MusicalPony

Its kurt cobin worst nightmer if he still alive no wonder he will shot himself again

4 Mad World - Gary Jules

Why no love for the Tears for Fears original? - MusicalPony

5 You Shook Me All Night Long - Celine Dion
6 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

I wouldn't call it overrated. I'm a huge fan of both Whitney and Dolly. I'm sure, many people know that this one is a cover version. Dolly Parton wrote a fantastic lyrics but Whitney's angelic and powerful vocal made it an international superhit! - Irina2932

Extremely Controversial but it's on here because not many people know that it was Dolly Partons song... - MusicalPony

7 Red Red Wine - UB40

They did a nice job with it but as the list creator said it is a Neil Diamond original and his version was equal or better thou probably less known as I don't think it was released as a single, of which he's had many. - Billyv

HATE to put this on the list, but it was originally done by Neil Diamond. - MusicalPony

I like UB40's version, though. - Pony

8 Bohemian Rhapsody - Panic! At the Disco

NOTHING will ruin the original but hopeless singers should not be allowed anywhere near it!

Leave well alone... only QUEEN does justice to their original song. Rob Williams' cover is bad too.

People who say this cover is better than original have not heard the original version, while this cover is miles above Kanyes one, it's just a mediocre cover because they made the song sound too mainstream which destroys the art of the original and the vocals do not match the song, they sound too much like Emo/Pop Punk. The softer parts of the song are sung very weak too especially the ending lyrics after the Hard Rock part of the song. I don't like this cover because it turned the song into something it's not. - christangrant

Good cover but kind of overshadows the original a little bit... - MusicalPony

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9 Just - Mark Ronson
10 Bring the Noise - Anthrax

The Contenders

11 Last Christmas - Taylor Swift

This isn't a good cover. - RalphBob

12 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - William Shatner
13 Here's Where the Story Ends - Tin Tin Out
14 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Cradle of Filth

It's a horrible piece of garbage - christangrant

15 Twist and Shout - The Beatles
16 Word Up - Mel B
17 Walk - Avenged Sevenfold
18 Flash of the Blade - Avenged Sevenfold
19 Respect - Aretha Franklin

Gets a little too much praise. - MusicalPony

20 Creeping Death - Bullet for My Valentine
21 Crazy Train - Bullet for My Valentine
22 Amsterdam - David Bowie

Jaques Brell's version is unbeatable.

23 All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Originally done by Bob Dylan. - MusicalPony

24 Bringin' On the Heartbreak - Mariah Carey
25 Closer - Asking Alexandria
26 Whiskey In the Jar - Metallica (Thin Lizzy)

I agree with this one. I honestly prefer the Thin Lizzy version (not technically the original, but the version Metallica listened to). The main reason I don't like this version so much is the production values; it's too loud/compressed and feels a little sterile to me. - Gg2000

I like this cover, but it’s not originally done by Thin Lizzy. - Userguy44

27 Tomorrow - Anny
28 Sweet Child O'Mine - Sheryl Crow
29 Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit
30 Hurt - Johnny Cash

I feel nothing coming out of this cover (no offense to him). Nine Inch Nails version is unreachable.

Sadly, Johnny Cash's version overshadows Nine Inch Nails' classic song. - SlimVeggie

But this cover is better than the Orginal - christangrant

31 You Got It - Bonnie Raitt
32 It's My Life - No Doubt
33 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Marilyn Manson
34 Sound of Silence - Disturbed
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Top Remixes (4)

1. One Way or Another - One Direction
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Miley Cyrus
3. Last Christmas - Taylor Swift
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1. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - William Shatner
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Miley Cyrus
3. Just - Mark Ronson
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1. Mad World - Gary Jules
2. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
3. One Way or Another - One Direction
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