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

I don't like this cover - RoseCandyMusic

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2 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?

When an amazing piece of rock and roll perfection is covered by a nasally, autotuned pop star, things don't end well. - JamesBourne

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3 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.

This isn't terrible, but definitely the worst Limp Bizkit song. Not what I expected from them.
D+ - JamesBourne

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4 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.

I'm not voting for him to be president in 2020 because of this.

There should be so many other reasons why you aren't voting for him to be president - dubsinthetubs

To be honest, I prefer Kanye West over Queen. - AlphaQ

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5 Hello Goodbye - Jonas Brothers (The Beatles)

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

I actually liked this version surprisingly.

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6 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!

Someone get a bounty placed on this thing known as beiber

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7 One Way or Another - One Direction (Blondie)

It's One Direction. 'enough said.

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.

So it doesn't matter if they do it for charity, if it's One Direction it's awful. I hate rock fans. - WonkeyDude98

Just because it's a charity song, doesn't mean it's good. We Are a The World anyone? - djpenquin999

The cover takes out what people loved about the original and turns it into a pile of overpolished turd. - Swellow

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8 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.

The moment when the original is more popular.

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9 Satisfaction - Britney Spears (The Rolling Stones)

It's (I can't get no) Satisfaction! But yes, Blondie ruined one of my favorite songs of all time! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

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10 My Generation - Hilary Duff (The Who)

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.

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The Contenders

11 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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12 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. - naFrovivuS

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13 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.)

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."

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

14 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

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15 Don't Go Breaking My Heart - ODB feat. Macy Gray (Elton John)

I can't really explain this one to you. Just look it up. It speaks for itself. - Johannes9

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

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

Marilyn Manson Sucks. - AlphaQ

Id take Celine Dion's cover of You Shook Me All Night Long over this at least that cover was faithful to the original THIS on the otherhand Kills the original - christangrant

17 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!

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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

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

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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)
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1. Extreme Ways - The Sidelines (Moby)
2. Let It Be - Justin Bieber (The Beatles)
3. I Remember - Haley (Deadmau5 & Kaskade)
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1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Kanye West (Queen)
2. Chop Suey! - Avril Lavigne (System of a Down)
3. Starving - Kidz Bop (Hailee Steinfeld)
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