All Time Worst Cover Songs

The Top Ten

1 Smells 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

Kurt's flipping her off in heaven. Miley literally butchered it, wearing that disgusting costume and whipping her hair around trying to look like a rock star when she just looked like an insane monkey - galaxyfox

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2 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

What?! How is this in the top 10?! It took an already amazing song and turned it into an even more emotional song.

I think the David Bowie hater troll did this. - 445956

Okay, how is this getting so high? Are we being trolled?

Pappy sacrilege. burn it. even worse is that it's a cover of a cover.

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3 Bohemian 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

When I heard panic at the disco slaughter this song like a Jew in Nazi germany, I remembered that this version was far, FAR worse.

Kanye West should be extradited to Britain to stand trial for the brutal, bloody murder of Bohemian Rhapsody! An act of evil like none in the last century.

It wasn't Kanye's cover. It was the crowd's. - galaxyfox

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4 I 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?

This sucks. If you're gonna sing a song about how much you love rock and roll, then why are you turning it into a pop song? Also, her vocals are much too whiny. - Gg2000

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5 Let 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!

...unbearable! - DaringXx

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6 Behind 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.

Am I the only one who thinks this cover was great? - benhos

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7 Chop 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 love avril lavigne but this cover isn't good to be honest - RoseCandyMusic

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8 Hello Goodbye - Jonas Brothers (The Beatles)

Nothing like the beatles

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

If it wasn't so polished, it might be all right. But they made it sound too sterile. - Gg2000

I actually liked this version surprisingly.

9 Comfortably 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.

Such a cheesy and stupid cover.

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10 One 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.

It's One Direction. 'enough said.

One direction ruins everything. Including life.

You know what's sad
This song is more popularthan the original - CygnusX99

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The Newcomers

? In My Dreams - The Party (Dokken)
? Bohemian Rhapsody - Lil Meerkat (Queen) Bohemian Rhapsody - Lil Meerkat (Queen)

This is awful and disrespectful to the legendary band Queen. - LilliamPumpernickel

This cover is by far one of the worst songs of all time - ShrekTheGoat

The Contenders

11 Satisfaction - Britney Spears (The Rolling Stones)

She ruined a classic song!

12 We 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.)

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

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."

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

John Mayer made this song normal boring and forgettable

John Mayer stripped all the heart and soul out of it

Wasn’t that bad to be honest - InsertCleverName

14 My Generation - Hilary Duff (The Who)

The worst cover evvvvvvverrrrrrrrrrrr!

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.

Who has noticed that she changed the iconic I hope I die die before I get old
To I hope I don't die before I get old
Taking away the rebellious feeling of the song - CygnusX99

I don't even think she gets the purpose of the song. - Gg2000

15 Highway to Hell - Marilyn Manson (AC/DC)

Most of the ones in the list I haven't heard the covers. The idea of these singers covering those songs just sounds silly. This one I've heard. Worst. Piece. Of. Crap. Ever.

I really hate this. Kanye's Bohemian Rhapsody is like the actual Bohemian Rhapsody compared to this. - SoldierOfFortune

I hope this cover burns in hell ruins a classic song - christangrant

Marilyn Manson Sucks. - AlphaQ

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16 You 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.

AC/DC and The Who have been covered by so (terrible) many people. I respect that people still love them a lot, but please, PLEASE don't cover their songs.

Not bad, but I don't see how it fits their vocal style. Celine Dion's dancing is worse than the song itself. - Gg2000

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17 American 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

Sadly, Madonna's early 2000s pop style cover took away a lot of the charm and emotion the original had. Bad move to say the least. - Entranced98

The beginning was good, but then that weird electronic beat ruined the feeling and meaning of the song. - galaxyfox


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18 These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Jessica Simpson (Nancy Sinatra)

Seriously. Jess Simpson has NOT got the right vocals for this song. And making it sound more country?! WORST. IDEA. EVER.

Megadeth has the best version

Maybe if she got the lyrics right and made it less country it would be decent. - galaxyfox

Ugh. The arrangements are unbearable.

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19 Jambalaya - The Carpenters (Hank Williams)

A song about food, sung by a woman who later STARVED herself? Ugh! - Interrogator

20 You Know You're Right - Hole (Nirvana)

Courtney arranged the song differently and messed up the lyrics, singing the wrong ones. I appreciate her doing this for Kurt, but she should've practiced more maybe? - MontyPython

Hole is great

21 Extreme Ways - The Sidelines (Moby)

The original is one of my favourite songs of all time, a lively yet laid-back downtempo beat to go with subtle and mellifluous vocals. A song you love from the first time you hear it, and never stop playing once you do.
The cover? Noise, noise and more noise. - PositronWildhawk

22 Beat It - Blood on the Dance Floor (Michael Jackson)

Shouldn't exist. Someone should be arrested for this.

Everything BOTDF touches turns into trash. - wrests

NO. - 445956

23 You Got It - Bonnie Raitt (Roy Orbison)
24 I Remember - Haley (Deadmau5 & Kaskade)

This isn't a cover. This is the actual song. Good song though

25 A Hard Day's Night - Big Time Rush (The Beatles)
26 I Still Believe - Mariah Carey (Brenda K. Starr)
27 Working 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

Honestly... this was genius. - ProPanda

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28 Our Lips Are Sealed - Hilary and Haylie Duff (The Go-Go's)

I HATE DISNEY CHANNEL SINGERS, but this one is better than most of the ones on this list. - galaxyfox

29 Thrift Shop - Kidz Bop Kids (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)

"Walk into the club like 'what up, I got a hit song'! " NO YOU DON'T! EVERYONE WITH A BRAIN HATES YOU AND WHAT YOU DID TO THIS OTHERWISE GOOD SONG! When it's performed by Macklemore, it's funny and entertaining. But when Kidz Bop does it, they suck out all the fun! Go jump off a clip, Kidz Bop and whoever decided that them covering it would be a good idea!

I can see these kids throwing a crack party in 2020, the year these kids are going to have child star syndrome.

Why is Kidz Bop still a thing? I just remember every year as a child seeing commercials for 1, 2, 3, 4, etc albums they released. Its always the worst thing ever.

Walk into the club like “What up? I got a hit song.”

Really? - 3DG20

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30 Angels - 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!

This song is personal to Robbie Williams

31 Land of Confusion - Disturbed (Genesis)

I find both great in my opinion

I am appalled that this version is more popular than the Genesis version.

Good cover, but I still prefer the original. - Gg2000

Why is this cover on the list? It's awesome

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32 Don't Stop Believing - Glee (Journey)

Oh, Journey. What have they done to you?

Its Glee, they could probably fill up every slot after Miley Cyrus' Smells Like Teen Spirit

Glee (or should I say Pee? ) should have called it Stop Believing.


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33 Closer - Asking Alexandria (Nine Inch Nails)

The original beats this by 1000% - wrests

This was an awesome cover.

They just had to ruin a good song.

34 Crush On You - Aaron Carter (The Jets)

Vocals on this one completely trashed up this one

I guess maybe certain songs sound better if sung by girls instead of guys. - Interrogator

35 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - William Shatner (The Beatles)

What was William Shatner on when covering this song

What was William Shatner on covering this song

I can't really say it's bad. He covered the song in 1968 wich means we were still in full psychedelic era. I think because of that, that it's campy, a piece of the era itself.

36 Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Ashley Tisdale (Belinda Carlisle)

Terrible. Having said that, I once dreamed that it was 1989 and Freddie Mercury was doing a bad cover version on a white soundstage, and he had blood all over his face, and it was billed as just "Heaven" on the bootleg that followed...

This not even close to the original version. The first time I heard was a mangled and techy piece of vomit. I love belinda carlisle's version better.

Laugh out loud someone at my school has the same


37 Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Miley Cyrus (Led Zeppelin

I didn't think it was possible to ruin a Led Zeppelin song. Leave it to Miley to prove me wrong.

Worst Nightmare Ever

38 Take Another Little Piece of My Heart - Faith Hill (Janis Joplin)

Janis' was a cover of Erma Franklin's. - galaxyfox

39 Fuel - 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!

This is a bad cover - RoseCandyMusic

40 Lose 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.

Oh hell no! - 3DG20

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41 All You Need Is Love - One Direction (The Beatles)
42 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus, and Moby (The Beatles)

I Love The Flaming Lips but did they have to do this? Just Saying.

43 Abbey Road - One Direction (The Beatles)

One Direction covered the WHOLE album? They must have ruined that masterpiece too. BECAUSE they are one direction. And bad at life.

There's no song called Abbey Road. Unless 1D covered the whole album? - PetSounds

One Direction have failed the human race

I think we are talking about the Abbey Road album cover, not the album itself. - Gg2000

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44 Mr. Tambourine Man - William Shatner (Bob Dylan)

Not his worst. Listen to his version of Iron Man, for starters. - Gg2000

William Shatner more covers way worse than this

Shatner doesn't even sing in his alblums. All he does is talk at you in that overdramatic voice while corny music is playing in the background.

45 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Cradle of Filth (Iron Maiden)

They ruined one of the greatest songs of all time - christangrant

46 Dancing in the Street - Mick Jagger and David Bowie (Martha and the Vandellas)

I haven't heard it, but how can anything with Mick Jagger and David Bowie be bad? - PetSounds

The song is fine, the clip with Jagger bopping around like a poodle on crack is hilarious. - truckturner

The music video was worse than the cover itself.

Not bad, but the production kinda kills it for me. - Gg2000

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47 Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - Lauryn Hill (Frankie Valli)

Sorry to whoever put this on here. This is a hidden track and the only hidden track to be nominated for a GRAMMY AWARD. - galaxyfox

48 Walk This Way - Macy Gray (Aerosmith)
49 Sympathy for the Devil - Guns N' Roses (The Rolling Stones)

This is just not what Guns N' Roses should perform; they make their other songs look bad

No the cover is almost as good as the original, Axl Rose's voice is just perfect for the vocals - InsertCleverName

Not bad, but it sounds like Axl tried too hard to one up The Stones at their own game. - Gg2000

I'm not really a fan of the Guns N' Roses cover songs. Their originals(for the most part) are great, though. - Metarock

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50 Beat it - Fall Out Boy (Michael Jackson)

Really? This is not even the worst Fall Out Boy cover. They covered What's This. That was awful. Why isn't that on here? - pandagirl

I really like Fall Out Boy, but this has got to be one of the worst covers I've heard.

This is the worst cover I've ever heard. This terrible song is what made me truly believe that music is dead. I really wish I could un-hear it.

I thought the cover was alright. But nobody can beat the original version. - Catacorn

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2. September - Taylor Swift
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1. Chop Suey! - Avril Lavigne (System of a Down)
2. One Way or Another - One Direction (Blondie)
3. Faith - Limp Bizkit (George Michael)
1. Extreme Ways - The Sidelines (Moby)
2. Let It Be - Justin Bieber (The Beatles)
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