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

Calm down Miley Cryus haters. Some people have never even heard of it. She wouldn't have sang it on Hannah Montana. She must've sang it on some television show that umm whatever it was I'm not bothered. A1 (boyband) cover of Take On Me and did some weird music video. (into the television) and it got number 1.

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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. - naFrovivuS

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

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

This is a perfect example of how you can ruin a perfect song by Leonard Cohen.
What a shame.

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3 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?

If she ‘loves rock n roll’ we wouldn’t ruin a classic song by singing it - InsertCleverName

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4 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.

I like this version and the original one - wrests

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5 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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6 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.

Oh no what has he done

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7 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.

I actually liked this version surprisingly.

8 Satisfaction - Britney Spears (The Rolling Stones)

She ruined a classic song!

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. - naFrovivuS

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10 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."

The Contenders

11 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.

One direction ruins everything. Including life.

And it became more popular than the original >:( - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

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12 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.

13 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.

What? No way! How could he/she cover this masterpiece!

Justin totally ruined a Beatles classic! Screw him! Anybody that thinks JB's version is better, go to hell! The Beatles rule!

Someone get a bounty placed on this thing known as beiber

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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

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!

Here's a tip for Madonna: never put electronic music in a cover for an acoustic song, because it's going to suck.

15 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

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.

The moment when the original is more popular.

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17 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

18 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

*pukes into a large bucket* - worstmusicoftheyear

I'm Elton John fan and I really love this songs (there's much emotion in it). I listened to this cover and almost puked - this is violation, if not even rape of very beautiful music material! Shame on ODB feat. Macy Gray!

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

Although I really love both bands, I feel like 5SOS ruined such an amazing Green Day song... I was very disappointed

Those stupid boys covered, really bad, one of the best Punk Song ever. That's almost blasphemy.

Punk is not supposed to be screaming random things and singing like a crazed fan. - naFrovivuS

This is absolutely terrible. I have nothing else to say. - DarthPhasey

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20 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

21 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.

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 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

24 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.

I HATE THE BUTCHERY DONE TO THIS SONG

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25 I Remember - Haley (Deadmau5 & Kaskade)

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

26 Starving - Kidz Bop (Hailee Steinfeld)
27 Our Lips Are Sealed - Hilary and Haylie Duff (The Go-Go's)
28 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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29 South Side - Alvin & the Chipmunks (Thomas Rhett)

One of the most unbearable movie franchises to ever exist teams up with one of the most unbearable country artists. How did it turn out? Surprisingly, the Chipmunks version is only slightly worse than the original. - Zach808

30 Opiate - Limp Bizkit (Tool)

Stop doing covers. This band sucks anyways. But the first 3 albums were okay

they killed a classic by Tool

Limp Bizkit sucks ass. - SammySpore

I think we all can agree, Tool is just one of those band you can’t cover.

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31 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

32 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.

How to turn a great song into absoulte trash Eminem I think dissed him in a track and Bieber deserves it - christangrant

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33 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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34 Mr. Tambourine Man - William Shatner (Bob Dylan)

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.

35 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

36 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

37 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.

38 Dancing on My Own - Calum Scott (Robyn)
39 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.

One Direction have failed the human race

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

Cynical and vile

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40 Cats in the Cradle - Ugly Kid Joe (Harry Chapin)

This still acceptable

41 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.

42 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 music video was worse than the cover itself.

Are you joking? That cover was perfect!

43 A Hard Day's Night - Big Time Rush (The Beatles)
44 Walk This Way - Macy Gray (Aerosmith)
45 Fast Car - Jonas Blue (Tracy Chapman)
46 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

Doesn't suit them at all. Axl sang terribly here. The music is not all that bad and to quote slash, it was the sound of the band breaking up. Amd I am a Guns N' Roses fan.

My Favorite Song Ever Was Done By Guns N' Roses When They Were Past Their Prime - BeatlesFan1964

47 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

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.

This cover was fantastic. Completely, and utterly. - WonkeyDude98

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

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48 Cancer - Twenty One Pilots (My Chemical Romance)

I liked this cover. - The01Bro

Boring cover. - Catacorn

There's missing Gerard's unique voice. sorry

49 Under Pressure - Smash Mouth (Queen/David Bowie)

Thanks for killing 2 birds with one stone Smash Mouth!

50 Heartbeat - Don Johnson (Wendy Waldman)
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Top Remixes (17)

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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