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.

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

Shes a Butcher! REALLY! She ruined a classical song. Possibly one of the
Best. Nirvana fans shot group together and shoot her

This is the absolute worst cover of one of the best bands ever!

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2 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Get this masterpiece off this list - LightningStrike

This is a great cover. The spam voter many of us know got it too high on this list. - Metal_Treasure

Whoever voted for this song

Should be beaten to death with a vinyl copy of GRACE - CygnusX99

The spam voting here is worse than I thought. - Gg2000

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3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Kanye West (Queen)

This is the number 1 reason people hate kanye West! - Weirdest-thing

I haven't actually heard the cover but I can imagine how awful it was. - CharismaticKat

It's still not as bad as Lil Meerkat's cover... - LilliamPumpernickel

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)

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

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?

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5 Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit (The Who)

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

Have we learned nothing
Whatever you do do not change anything if you're covering THE WHO - CygnusX99

The acoustic was fine, the singing was somewhat okay, but what in the literal hell is that noise in the background.

Better then the original - Metalhead83927

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6 Let It Be - Justin Bieber (The Beatles)

Ruined the song - Demon_Kitty

That's IT! Time to give Bieber a can of Ass Whoopin. - Gehenna

...unbearable! - DaringXx

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.

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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 went over this whole list and found bad covers and bad artists but this is a bad song by a bad band made into an even worse song by an even worse artist. The so called princess of punk is just a crappy MTV pop singer. This is a combination of all elements

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8 Hello Goodbye - Jonas Brothers (The Beatles)

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

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.

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 American Pie - Madonna (Don McLean)

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

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

Sacrilege!

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The Contenders

11 One Way or Another - One Direction (Blondie)

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

Unfortunately the song is super creepy in its original form due to the fact it is sung with aggression about stocking someone, One Direction's cover was more playful and yes a little too cookie cutter but at least it wasn't creepy like the original. - Jannika

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.

I know it was for charity, but couldn't they cover something else?

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12 Satisfaction - Britney Spears (The Rolling Stones)

She ruined a classic song!

13 We Are the World - Artists for Haiti (USA for Africa)

This is pretty disrespectful to the great 80's artists. And rap music? Give me a break

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."

14 My Generation - Hilary Duff (The Who)

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

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.

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

I like John Mayer but I don't like this cover. - galaxyfox

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

16 You Shook Me All Night Long - Celine Dion & Anastacia (AC/DC)

I used to think the Celine Dion hate was overblown. She just seemed like your average ballad/movie theme singer. Kinda lame, but not the worst thing ever.

Then I heard this cover, and I understood completely. This would be like if my mom tried to rap in an attempt to be cool. I feel humiliated even listening to this. - Zach808

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

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.

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17 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

Marilyn Manson Sucks. - AlphaQ

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

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18 Beat it - Fall Out Boy (Michael Jackson)

Ok look, has anyone looked at this entire thing, if so, where is their cover of Love Will Tear us Apart

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

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

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

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

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

Ugh. The arrangements are unbearable.

Completely throws away the purpose of the original song. - Gg2000

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

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20 Jambalaya - The Carpenters (Hank Williams)

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

21 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

22 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

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

Please tell me this is a joke and this didn't actually happen - Demon_Kitty

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

Everything BOTDF touches turns into trash. - wrests

NO. - 445956

24 You Got It - Bonnie Raitt (Roy Orbison)
25 Working Class Hero - Green Day (John Lennon)

What? This cover is amazing. I love Green Day and John Lennon. It's very well done, unlike the scissor sister comfortably numb - galaxyfox

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

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26 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

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

Kidz Bop 29? Who bought the other 28? - ReturnOfScorpio

"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.

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28 I Remember - Haley (Deadmau5 & Kaskade)

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

29 A Hard Day's Night - Big Time Rush (The Beatles)
30 I Still Believe - Mariah Carey (Brenda K. Starr)
31 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

32 Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch (Bad Company)
33 Don't Stop Believing - Glee (Journey)

They only have one good Beatles cover. everything else sucks. - Stalin

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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34 Land of Confusion - Disturbed (Genesis)

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

I find both great in my opinion

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

Just thinking about Disturbed gives me the jitters O_o - Interrogator

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35 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.

36 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

37 Bullet with Butterfly Wings - Karen O (The Smashing Pumpkins)

She at least tried, but it's nowhere near as good as the original - DanM413

38 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

39 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

Wait what, Ashley Tisdale MADE A SONG? WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WORLD COME TO.

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)

Oh hell no! - 3DG20

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.

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41 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.

42 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

43 Blue Monday - Orgy (New Order)

Way to ruin an excellent song. - PositronWildhawk

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

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

45 Bohemian Rhapsody - Lil Meerkat (Queen) Bohemian Rhapsody - Lil Meerkat (Queen)

Come on, this "cover" was just a trolling YouTube video meant to be funny. It wasn't serious. No one even knows this song outside TheTopTens. - Alkadikce

Thank God someone added this. Get it to number one RIGHT NOW! - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

This is literally sickening. - galaxyfox

How is Marilyn Manson's cover above this? - Demon_Kitty

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46 All You Need Is Love - One Direction (The Beatles)
47 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.

48 Blitzkrieg Bop - The Cast of Pan (Ramones)
49 Abbey Road - One Direction (The Beatles)

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

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

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50 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.

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