Miley, Matt Cardle And More: 30 Of The Worst Cover Versions Ever

Maybe it’s ego, maybe it’s booze or maybe it’s just a complete dislocation from reality, but there’s something that continues to make singers attempt covers that range from the baffling to the downright rude. Yes, The Script covering Eminem, we’re looking at you. But sadly, you’re not the only ones…

30 Rod Stewart, ‘Downtown Train’

Will you see us tonight, on a downtown train? No, we’ll be hiding behind a copy of the Evening Standard and hoping you don’t see us, Rod.

Rod Stewart – Downtown Train – a Music video.mp4

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29 Mark Ronson, ‘Just’

The sound of Ronson accidentally knocking over a whole brass section on top of Thom Yorke’s top hat.

Mark Ronson – Just ft. Phantom Planet

Mark Ronson’s official music video for ‘Just’. Click to listen to Mark Ronson on Spotify: As featured on Version.

28 Britney Spears, ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’

Mistress of irony Britney Spears covered Joan Jett’s paean to axe-loving. Ha. Good one, Brit.

Britney Spears – I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll

Britney Spears’ official music video for ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’. Click to listen to Britney Spears on Spotify: As featured on Britney (Deluxe Version). Click to buy the track or album via iTunes: Google Play: Amazon: More from Britney Spears Make Me… Ft.

27 Girls Aloud/Sugababes, ‘Walk This Way’

No-one comes out of this well, apart from perhaps Heidi Range whose last sentient memory was the denouement of the ‘Carbon monoxide’ storyline in Hollyoaks in 2007.

Girls Aloud, Sugababes – Walk This Way

Music video by Girls Aloud, Sugababes performing Walk This Way. (C) 2007 Polydor and Island Records Ltd.

26 Madonna, ‘American Pie’

Usually flush with pop smarts, Madge puts a foot spectacularly wrong on this cover of Don Mclean’s 23 hours opus. It also featured Rupert Everett on backing vocals. ‘Nuff said.

Madonna – American Pie (Original Music Video)

Music video by Madonna performing “American Pie” (C) 2000 Maverick Records

25 Emma Bunton and Tin Tin Out, ‘What I Am’

Tin Tin Out (aka the peddlers of dance-lite for the customers of ‘Dorothy Perkins’) make their first of two appearances on this list, on this characteristically stupid version of the Edie Brickell number.

Tin Tin Out – What I Am ft. Emma Bunton

Music video by Tin Tin Out featuring Emma Bunton performing What I Am (feat. Emma Bunton). (P) 1999 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by Virgin Records Ltd

24 Limp Bizkit, ‘Faith’

LB’s ska – ska- take on the George Michael with Fred Durst sounding both creepy and faintly menacing

Limp Bizkit – Faith

Music video by Limp Bizkit performing Faith. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO:1,737,145. (C) 1998 Interscope Records

23 New Found Glory, ‘Kiss Me’

Fact: 59 year old New Found Glory frontman Bob Oldguy sang this to a 12 year old Hayley Williams from Paramore on their first date*
*accuracy of fact, not confirmed.

New Found Glory – “Kiss Me” Drive Thru Records – New Found Glory – “Kiss Me” – Like this video? Come see thousands more at the Net’s biggest, uncensored, completely d.i.y. punk, hardcore, indie and alternative music video site,! We’ve got News, Games, Contests and the stuff that we can’t show on YouTube! Free! Uncensored! Retarded!!

22 Mel B, ‘Word Up’

Timbaland you should be ashamed of yourself! Mel B sings this whole song like she’s auditioning for a role as an evil witch in Harry Potter.

spice girls mel b timbaland word up

the hit of cameo versionate by mel b, produced by timbaland

21 Counting Crows, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’

Made for chomping your plain Biscotti over your flat white at Starbucks. Plain, mind – there’ll be nothing as exciting as flavour in these parts.

Counting Crows – Big Yellow Taxi ft. Vanessa Carlton

Music video by Counting Crows performing Big Yellow Taxi. (C) 2002 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

20 Tin Tin Out, ‘Here’s Where The Story Ends’

The Sundays’ fey guitar pop turned into something they would play over the soundsystem in Debenhams.

Tin Tin Out feat Shelly Nelson – Here’s Where The Story Ends (1998)

Shelly Nelson on vocals with Tin Tin Out, Here’s Where he Stoy Ends..

19 George Michael, ‘True Faith’

Drugs are BAAAAAAD, ok? Need more proof than George Michael’s frankly baffling snails pace, re-jig of ‘True Faith’. Oh George, where did it all go wrong?

George Michael – True Faith

Ultimo singolo 2011 del grandissimo George Michael

18 Alexandra Burke, ‘Hallelujah’

The clue’s in the name : ‘A Burke’.

Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah

Music video by Alexandra Burke performing Hallelujah. (C) 2008 Simco Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK

17 Miley Cyrus, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

Hannah Montana has her revenge on Seattle…

Miley Cyrus smells like teen spirit.wmv

Miley Cyrus cover Nirvana

16 Duran Duran, ‘911 Is A Joke’

DD channel their ‘inner Gomez’ for this rather shocking version of the Public Enemy number.

Duran Duran – 911 Is A Joke

Duran Duran – 911 Is A Joke

15 Matt Cardle, ‘When We Collide’

We can’t wait for 2015’s winners single; a faux-jazz edit of Of Montreal’s ‘The Past Is A Grotesque Animal’ (feat. London Community Gospel Choir).

Matt Cardle – When We Collide

Buy Matt’s debut album ‘Letters’ here: Music video by Matt Cardle performing When We Collide. (c) 2010 Simco Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

14 McFly, ‘Born To Run’

The Boss’ tale of blue collar disenfranchisement covered by some public school boys from the posh bits of Essex. What could possibly go wrong?

McFly – Born To Run

McFly singing cover of Bruce Springsteens Born To Run on Radio 1 Live Lounge Tour – Tom’s House

13 Evanescence, ‘Heart Shaped Box’

Amy Lee does her natty skill of sounding like an angry Beverly Craven as they tackle this Nirvana number.

Evanescence – Heart Shaped Box

A request someone made for me. It is evanescence performing a Nirvana song. The pics I used in this one are a little bit different that what I usually do. That’s because I felt like this song wasn’t as dark as the others, so I tried to pick pictures that weren’t that dark.

12 The Corrs, ‘Dreams’

The Irish genetic engineering experiment that went a bit wrong (sorry Jim), set their collective antennae on this Fleetwood Mac number and gave it a club makeover.

The Corrs – Dreams [Official Video]

Dreams is the fourth single by Irish group The Corrs from their second album, Talk On Corners. Best video quality available on youtube. Content not owned by me. “Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

11 Ronan Keating & Moya Brennan, ‘Fairytale Of New York’

Ronan and her out of Clannad sound like the cleaned up, Daily Mail version of Shane and Kirsty, thus missing the point entirely.

Fairytale of New York – Ronan Keating and Moya Brennan

Irish Christmas song by Ronan Keating (from Boyzone) and Moya Brennan (from Clannad). The pictures are of Dublin (where Ronan is from) Donegal (where Moya is from) and New York City, USA.

10 Korn, ‘Another Brick In The Wall’


Korn – Another Brick In The Wall Full (Pink Floyd Cover)

Artist – Korn Track – Another Brick In The Wall Parts 1,2,3 (track2) Album – Greatest Hits Volume 1 Year – 2004

9 Celine Dion, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’

Encapsulated in Celine Dion’s clueless rock air punch (we refer you to the recently taken down tumblr ‘ridiculous pictures of Celine Dion’).

Céline Dion, Anastacia – You Shook Me All Night Long

“Music video by Céline Dion;Anastacia performing You Shook Me All Night Long. (C) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and Viacom International, Inc.”

8 Mel C, ‘Anarchy In The UK’

Sporty Spice re-defines ‘anarchy’. In her version she means doing 300 sit-up as part of her morning workout and not the normal 500.

Melanie C – Anarchy In The U.K.

Anarchy In The U.K: Right! Now!

7 Tatu, ‘How Soon Is Now’

Even Morrissey didn’t deserve this.

t.A.T.u. How Soon Is Now

t.A.T.u.’s cover version of the popular song (you could have heared it particularily in “The Charmed”). Appeared in English language only.

6 Fall Out Boy, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’

Where Ian Curtis is re-born as a board short wearing, frat boy who high fives everyone and makes vaguely boorish gestures at every passing girl.

Fall Out Boy: Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division) (Audio)

Fall Out Boy’s official audio stream for ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ from the EP, My Heart Will Always Be The B-Side To My Tongue – available now on Fueled By Ramen.

5 Hilary Duff, ‘My Generation’

The Duff gives a voice to Generation Tween, and they’d sit up and take notice if they could only stop texting for one damn second….

My Generation

Hilary Duff – My Generation

4 Joss Stone, ‘Fell In Love With A Boy’

Joss Stone does a number on the White Stripes garage rock classic, turning it into a syrupy faux-soul slow burner.

Joss Stone – Fell In Love With A Boy

Music video by Joss Stone performing Fell In Love With A Boy.

3 M People, ‘Itchycoo Park’

Coo-wee! It’s the bull-in-a-china-shop vocals of Heather Small trampling all over The Small Faces’ slice of 60s whimsy.

M People – Itchycoo Park

Music video by M People performing Itchycoo Park. (C) 1995 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (UK) Limited

2 The Script, ‘Lose Yourself’

In which unbearable Irish fool and ex-coach on The Voice Danny O’Donohue tortures Eminem’s full throttle angsty anthem into shapes only Maroon 5 would be proud of.

The Script Lose Yourself Live Lounge

The Script recording Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” in the Live Lounge

1 Take That, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

Sounding like Kula Shaker playing at a beach party, Take That’s irony-free cover shits all over the entire meaning of this Nirvana classic and then – AND THEN – there’s Gary Barlow ripping off his shirt in some kind of ‘sexy’ striptease. The end is nigh.

shirtless Take that – Smells like teen spirit (Nirvana)

Gary Barlow ripping his shirt off. Almost the whole band TAKE THAT is shirtless for Nirvana’s Smells like teen spirit