worst cover songs of all time.

afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
edited August 2008 in History of Rock
i think bad covers of good songs are some of the most intriguing atrocities in the music world. i think it would be cool to have a thread where we share our findings...

this thread was inspired by doro's cover of "whiter shade of pale". i found it digging around covers of the song on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHtzL6NX47Q

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  • schmeankmanschmeankman Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Ehhh....

    Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes (The Who)

    That one is obvious.....I'll have to think about some more......
  • vandalizemenow00vandalizemenow00 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Tori Amos-Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Its unplugged and unlistenable
  • DarkSide247DarkSide247 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    vandalizemenow00;1012188 said:
    Tori Amos-Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Its unplugged and unlistenable
    I like it, actually. .-.
  • vandalizemenow00vandalizemenow00 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    DarkSide247;1012197 said:
    I like it, actually. .-.
    Say it ain't so.
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Back when I first joined, I posted a list of the 100 worst cover songs.
    100. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Bill Cosby (The Beatles)
    99. American Pie by The Brady Bunch Kids (Don McClean)
    98. Funkytown by Psuedo Echo (Lipps Inc)
    97. Orange Colored Sky by Burt Ward (Standard)
    96. Kashmir by Puff Daddy/Puffy/P.Diddy/Diddy/Sean Combs (Led Zeppelin)
    95. Keep On Rockin' The Free World by Eddie Vedder and Bono (Neal Young)
    94. It Ain't Me Babe by Sebastian Cabot (Bob Dylan)
    93. I Am the Walrus by Jim Carrey (The Beatles)
    92. She Bangs by William Hung (Rickey Martin)
    91. Sympathy for the Devil by Natalie Merchant (The Rolling Stones)
    90. Personal Jesus by Marilyn Manson (Depeche Mode)
    89. Have You Seen Her? By MC Hammer (The Chi-Lites)
    88. Twist and Shout by Mae West (Top Notes)
    87. If I Had a Hammer by Leonard Nimoy (Peter, Paul, and Mary)
    86. Satisfaction by Justine Bateman (The Rolling Stones)
    85. These Boots Were Made For Walkin' by Jessica Simpson (Nancy Sinatra)
    84. All by Myself by Celine Dion (Eric Carmen)
    83. Mrs. Robinson by the Lemonheads (Simon and Garfunkel)
    82. Give A Little Bit by the Goo Goo Dolls (Supertramp)
    81. The Final Countdown by Anonymous Fair Guys (Europe)
    80. Ballroom Blitz by Tia Carrere (Sweet)
    79. Walking In LA by Traci Lords (Missing Persons)
    78. You Keep Me Hanging On by Vanilla Fudge (The Supremes)
    77. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston (Dolly Parton)
    76. Proud Mary by Nashville Country Singers (CCR)
    75. Purple Haze by Winger (Jimi Hendrix)
    74. Heroes by the Wallflowers (David Bowie)
    73. Faith by Limp Bizkit (George Michael)
    72. Landslide by The Dixie Chicks (Fleetwood Mac)
    71. Papa Don’t Preach by Kelly Osbourne (Madonna)
    70. Boys of Summer by The Ataris (Don Henley)
    69. We Will Rock You by 5ive (Queen)
    68. Rocket Man by William Shatner (Elton John)
    67. Come On Eileen by Save Ferris (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)
    66. Solsbury Hill by Sarah McLaughlin (Peter Gabriel)
    65. You Really Got Me by Sanjaya (The Kinks)
    64. Tainted Love by the Pussy Cat Dolls (Gloria Jones)
    63. Pat Boone’s In a Metal Mood (A bunch of Metal artists.)
    62. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy by Tiny Tim (Rod Stewart)
    61. Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting by Nickelback (Elton John)
    60. Downtown by Mrs. Miller (Petula Clark)
    59. Dancing In The Street by The Grateful Dead (Martha And The Vandelles)
    58. You're So Vain by “The Odd Couple” (Carly Simmon)
    57. Heaven by DJ Sammy (Bryan Adams)
    56. I Melt With You by Bowling for Soup (Modern English)
    55. It’s My Life by No Doubt (Talk Talk)
    54. Slow Hand by Conway Twitty (The Pointer Sisters)
    53. Supersonic by Fergie (JJ FAD)
    52. When You Wish Upon a Star by Gene Simmons (Disney)
    51. The Tide is High by Atomic Kitten (Blondie)
    50. Close To You by Wing (The Carpenters)
    49. More Than This by 10,000 Maniacs (Roxy Music)
    48. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy by Paris Hilton (Rod Stewart)
    47. Any Christmas Song by Manheim Steamroller or Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Varoius)
    46. Dirty Laundry by Lisa M. Presley (Don Henley)
    45. Another Brick in The Wall Part 2 by KoRn (Pink Floyd)
    44. Fell In Love With A Girl by Joss Stone (The White Stripes)
    43. I Saw Him Standing There By Kids Inc. (Tiffany/The Beatles)
    42. Mississippi Queen by Sam Kinson (Mountain)
    41. Gone Daddy Gone by Gnarls Barkley (The Violet Femmes)
    40. Land of Confusion by Disturbed (Genesis)
    39. Don’t Fear The Reaper by Heaven 17 (Blue Oyster Cult)
    38. Baby I Love Your Way and Freebird by Will To Power (Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
    37. Cat’s In the Craddle by Ugly Kid Joe (Harry Chapman)
    36. I Got You Babe by UB40 and Chrissie Hynde (Sonny and Cher)
    35. Edge of 17 by Lindsay Lohan (Stevie Nicks)
    34. Helter Skelter by U2 (The Beatles)
    33. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Tori Amos (Nirvana)
    32. I’m A Believer by Smash Mouth (The Monkees)
    31. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Sheryl Crow (Guns and Roses)
    30. Satisfaction by Vanilla Ice (The Rolling Stones)
    29. True Colors by Phil Collins (Cyndi Lauper)
    28. Blue Monday by Orgy (New Order)
    27. Walk This Way by Girls Aloud (Aeorsmith)
    26. Unforgettable by Natalie Cole (Nat King Cole)
    25. Dock Of The Bay by Michael Bolton (Otis Redding)
    24. Bringing On The Heartbreak by Mariah Carey (Def Leppard)
    23. Crimson And Clover by Joan Jett (Tommy James)
    22. My Generation by Hillary Duff (The Who)
    21. Live And Let Die by Guns N Roses (Paul McCartney)
    20. Locomotion by Kylie Minogue (Little Eva)
    19. Float On by Kidz Bop (Modest Mouse)
    18. Love Song by 311 (The Cure)
    17. Under The Bridge by All Saints (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
    16. Chop Suey! By Avril Lavigne (System of a Down)
    15. You Shook Me All Night Long by Celine Dion (AC/DC)
    14. Big Yellow Taxi by Counting Crows (Joni Mitchell)
    13. Candle In The Wind by Elton John (Elton John)
    12. 911 Is A Joke by Duran Duran (Public Enemy)
    11. I Love Rock And Roll by Britney Spears (Joan Jett)
    10. Piece Of My Heart by Faith Hill (Big Brother And The Holding Company)
    9. Downtown Train by Rod Stewart (Tom Waits)
    8. The Greatest Love Of All by Kevin Rowland (Whitney Houston)
    7. Ring Of Fire by Olivia Newton-John (Johnny Cash)
    6. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Macy Gray (Elton John and Kiki Dee)
    5. American Pie by Madonna (Don McClean)
    4. Behind Blue Eyes by Limp Bizkit (The Who)
    3. Stairway To Heaven by Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)
    2. Every Breath You Take by Puff Daddy/Puffy/P.Diddy/Diddy/Sean Combs (The Police)
    1. Layla by Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominos)
  • soni546soni546 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    here one this is terrible

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stt-enzAOTk

    Sign covers Iron Maiden's "Run To The Hills."

    (everyone knows this song)
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
    Hocus Pocus - Iron Maiden (Focus)
    Landslide - Smashing Pumpkins (Fleetwood Mac)
  • QuinarvyQuinarvy Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Smells Like Teen Spirit --- Flyleaf

    Layla by Clapton
  • AxlVanHagarAxlVanHagar Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    DarkSide247;1012197 said:
    I like it, actually. .-.
    Ditto, great interpretation. Great to see a different take on it.
  • soni546soni546 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Aces High by Children of Bodom (Iron Maiden)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpuAhTW1f1Y
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited August 2008
    a21schizoidman;1012303 said:
    Landslide - Smashing Pumpkins (Fleetwood Mac)
    aw man, i like the pumpkins' version almost as much as the original!
  • l-o-tl-o-t Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Smells Like Teen Spirit - Flyleaf.

    Course, we all already know this...
  • thx0125thx0125 Unsigned
    edited August 2008
    T.AT.U. How Soon Is Now (The Smiths)
  • Hastyl3Hastyl3 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    a21schizoidman;1012303 said:
    Landslide - Smashing Pumpkins (Fleetwood Mac)
    Oh no you didn't! That's one of the best covers of all time!
  • Rev0lverRev0lver Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Hurt- Johnny Cash(NIN cover)
  • HamsterhitmanHamsterhitman Rising Star
    edited August 2008
    What's so awful about Clapton's version of Layla? Sure, it sucks compared to the one featuring Duane Allman, but I wouldn't call it "bad."
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited August 2008
    for this thread...
    Rev0lver;1015055 said:
    Hurt- Johnny Cash(NIN cover)

    for "greatest cover songs" thread...
    Rev0lver;1015069 said:
    My Sharona by The Number 12 Looks Like You
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8ibUMJDclg

    either you got your "greatest" and "worst" posts mixed up or we must be on opposite ends of the musical-appreciation spectrum... aye aye aye! :eek:
  • Rev0lverRev0lver Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    the my sharona cover is just a joke. it's great because it's funny. the Johnny Cash one i'm serious about though.
  • frizzy_bjfrizzy_bj The Love Doctor & General Forum Guru
    edited August 2008
    Limp Bizkit~Behind Blue Eyes.

    My late father's favorite song being butchered by a Speak 'n' Spell did not go over well with me.:mad:
  • ParadisebabyParadisebaby Opening Act
    edited August 2008
    frizzy_bj;1015159 said:
    Limp Bizkit~Behind Blue Eyes.

    My late father's favorite song being butchered by a Speak 'n' Spell did not go over well with me.:mad:
    I totally agree, this cover of this genious song is soooooo bad!

    oh, and sorry for your loss:(
    grieving is such an unpleasant time, my grandma deceased 12 days ago:(
  • culturedogculturedog Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Scarlett Johansson - Falling Down (Tom Waits) I haven't heard the rest of her tribute album, but she carefully removed the feeling from this tune and turned it into a shoegazing sleeper that's too hip to connect with any emotion beyond mild disinterest.

    Tantric - The Chain (Fleetwood Mac) They dropped the ball at the end. The Mac songs builds up and starts ripping - Tantric turned it into a snoozefest.

    Nonpoint - In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins) They freakin' murdered that tune and completely missed capturing its power. The sad thing is I'm sure they thought they made it badass when it's nowhere near as sick as the original. Someone deserves a kick in the balls for this abomination.

    Die Krupps - Any of their Metallica tribute songs. These are actually kind of funny for the most part, but man do they suck. It's too bad, since the band contains a member of Propaganda, one of my all-time favorite 80s synth groups.

    That's all I can think of at the moment...
  • thx0125thx0125 Unsigned
    edited August 2008
    Rev0lver;1015055 said:
    Hurt- Johnny Cash(NIN cover)

    No way. This cover is one the best, also is the one for Personal Jesus
  • back_blowsback_blows Washed Up
    edited August 2008
    No one has mentioned You Shook Me All Night Long covered by Celine Dion?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FONt47Z0KZg&feature=related
  • Rev0lverRev0lver Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    thx0125;1015432 said:
    No way. This cover is one the best, also is the one for Personal Jesus
    I have never heard a good reason as to why. other than "he was old and dying". NIN's shows so much more emotion in the song. Johnny Cash just sounds like an old man mumbling and changing the lyrics so he doesn't offend anybody.

    If it was any random old man doing this, in the exact same way, probably nobody would like it. But, because it's Johnny Cash, it's apparantly automatically good. That's bull****.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited August 2008
    Rev0lver;1015486 said:
    I have never heard a good reason as to why. other than "he was old and dying". NIN's shows so much more emotion in the song. Johnny Cash just sounds like an old man mumbling and changing the lyrics so he doesn't offend anybody.

    If it was any random old man doing this, in the exact same way, probably nobody would like it. But, because it's Johnny Cash, it's apparantly automatically good. That's bull****.
    you are the only person i've ever heard say they didn't like cash's version.

    whereas you see johnny as being an old mumbling man, i see a man who has been around and seen a lot more "hurt" than trent...
  • orange_blackorange_black Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    back_blows;1015453 said:
    No one has mentioned You Shook Me All Night Long covered by Celine Dion?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FONt47Z0KZg&feature=related
    OMG! that song and that woman...

    no way in Hell im subjecting my ears to that.

    :)
  • frizzy_bjfrizzy_bj The Love Doctor & General Forum Guru
    edited August 2008
    Paradisebaby;1015400 said:
    I totally agree, this cover of this genious song is soooooo bad!

    oh, and sorry for your loss:(
    grieving is such an unpleasant time, my grandma deceased 12 days ago:(
    Awww. I am sorry for your loss.:( My dad passed from prostate cancer a few years ago on Valentine's Day. It also happened to be him and my mom's wedding anniversery. It was terrible.

    Thank you for your condolences and I extend mine to you as well.
    back_blows;1015453 said:
    No one has mentioned You Shook Me All Night Long covered by Celine Dion?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FONt47Z0KZg&feature=related
    My ears will never be the same after that monstrosity.
  • orange_blackorange_black Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    i think the worst cover ever is that 80's pop version of Money.

    ugh.... its sooooooooo bad

    :)
  • Rev0lverRev0lver Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    afterstasis;1015550 said:

    whereas you see johnny as being an old mumbling man, i see a man who has been around and seen a lot more "hurt" than trent...
    you're missing my point. his circumstances have NOTHING to do with how well he did the song. it's like saying John McCain should be president for the sole reason that he was in Vietnam.
  • back_blowsback_blows Washed Up
    edited August 2008
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