Top 10 Worst Cover Songs Of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Lil Meerkat

Lil Meerkat is the greatest rapper of all time anyone who disagrees is a fool - Not_A_Weeaboo

Freddy Mercury is rolling in his grave right now! This cover song literally just murdered a classic masterpiece and is a disgrace to music! - UltraLunalaX

It's like a murder scene - murdering music. - Metal_Treasure

This is the best song ever - venomouskillingmachine

2 Comfortably Numb - Scissor Sisters

I listened to the sample. It wasn't that bad. In fact, it's awesome! - PhoenixAura81

Pink Floyd cover released in 2004.

The best part: It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
(I hate the Grammys with a burning passion, and not only for this cover being nominated) - Metal_Treasure

3 Smoke On the Water - The Flaming Lips & Gibby Haynes

Deep Purple cover (play the sample)... What the hell were they thinking?
It was on the album 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head' (2012).
But obviously Deep Purple didn't mind this cover for some reason (unless the album was a surprise and Deep Purple didn't know what was on it). - Metal_Treasure

4 Bohemian Rhapsody - Kanye West

The funniest part about this cover was that the crowd was singing it better than he was.

Haha, yes. I wasn't in that crowd but I also would sing it better than him. - Metal_Treasure

So bad that my DNA began to uncoil... Kanye West was off-pitch most of the time. - Metal_Treasure

If you're wondering why rock musicians hate Kanye West, this sums it up perfectly. - Gg2000

Screw Kanye West! - Userguy44

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5 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus, and Moby

This version sucks. The video clip also sucks, in my opinion. A cover song of 2014. - Metal_Treasure

Why put Miley in a Beatles cover? - LightningStrike

6 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Antim Grahan

Iron Maiden cover of 2005 - this is plain awful, nothing more to say. - Metal_Treasure

No! Not a cover of one of my favorite songs! - LightningStrike

7 I Love Rock N' Roll - Britney Spears

Joan Jett / the Arrows cover, or how to re-invent Rock N' Roll when you are the exact opposite of Rock N' Roll and Joan Jett. - Metal_Treasure

Ah, yes... "I Love Rock & Roll" by Pat Benatar, as Britney once said in an interview (look it up)... - Gg2000


8 Snowblind - System of a Down

Black Sabbath cover of 2001. I think System of a Down are a very good band but this cover is really bad. - Metal_Treasure

WHAT! I like this cover. - JCHOW

S.O.A.D. you had one job! - LightningStrike

9 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Miley Cyrus

Kurt is rolling in his grave listening to this. I doubt Miley even knows who Nirvana were. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

10 My Generation - Hilary Duff

Admin, would you change the sample because this one is wrong. - Metal_Treasure

Like Bohemian Rhapsody and Comfortably Numb, never mess with this song!

This just makes her generation look stupid. - Gg2000

...and suddenly The Who got improved! (sarcasm). - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Genie In a Bottle - Dove Cameron

Christina Aguilera cover of 2016.
Lesson TO BE learned: if you have no voice, don't attempt songs by divas with huge and trained voices. - Metal_Treasure

It seems that this list is being judged not particularly on how bad the cover is but how good a song it ruined Lose Yourself: 3 days grace is a good example that could be included.

12 Africa - Weezer

This isn't a bad cover for me. I know the original, too. I like both versions. Weezer made this cover due to fans demand and a viral campaign to make Weezer do it. - Metal_Treasure

It's actually not bad, and the clip featuring Weird Al (surprisingly limber and energetic for 59) wearing an outfit from Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' clip is priceless. - truckturner

I actually like this cover. It's nice to see them not take themselves so seriously. - Gg2000

The original Africa is 1 zillion times better! - SanicWantsHisSandwich

13 American Idiot - 5 Seconds of Summer (Green Day)

Yep this is awful...

14 September - Taylor Swift

She ruined a classic. - Userguy44

15 Walk - Avenged Sevenfold

Get ready to hear a different opinion: I don't like Avenged Sevenfold but this isn't a bad cover, I'd say it's actually good. I know the original Pantera song very well. Avenged Sevenfold played the original song note for note and they played it very good. - Metal_Treasure

A complete insult, to the original Pantera song.

They covered Pantera? - Userguy44

I guess I lose all my music cred since it was this cover that got me into Pantera in the first place oopsies - cjWriter1997

It's funny but there's nothing to worry about. I got into a metal band thanks to a cover of a Xmas song. - Metal_Treasure

16 TNT - Six Feet Under

When Rocked included this song in his Top 10 Worst Covers in Rock list he described it as like an angry Cookie Monster singing AC/DC. It really is hilariously bad. - SuperSonic17

17 No Remorse - Cannibal Corpse

That album cover looks awful.šŸ˜ŸšŸ˜Ÿ - PhoenixAura81

18 Gangsta's Paradise - Falling in Reverse
19 Hash Pipe - Toto

This cover was Toto's response to Weezer's cover of their song Africa. Yes, Weezer and Toto exchanged covers that show their mutual admiration for each other. - Metal_Treasure

20 One Way or Another - One Direction
21 Blue on Black - Five Finger Death Punch
22 Iā€™m Still in Love with You - Kidz Bop Kids

A stupid group of kids ruining a Sean Paul classic.
- TheDuttyGyal

23 Body - Shun Hybrid & Nanutims

Ruined another Sean Paul song.
- TheDuttyGyal

24 In the End - Kidz Bop
25 Temperature - Belly

Looked up Sean Paul covers

26 Ocean to Ocean - Pitbull
27 SlitThroat - XXXTentacion
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Lil Meerkat
2. Comfortably Numb - Scissor Sisters
3. Smoke On the Water - The Flaming Lips & Gibby Haynes
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Lil Meerkat
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Kanye West
3. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus, and Moby

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