Music Fans Spill the Beans on the 11 Most Cringe-Worthy Covers Ever

Cover versions can be a worthwhile addition to any playlist. Some artists can take a classic and add a twist to make it their own. Others stay faithful to the original version when releasing their take on the track. There are, however, occasions when cover versions go badly wrong, and music fans recently discussed the worst examples. Read and listen if you dare.

1. Puddle of Mudd: “About a Girl”

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I couldn’t believe this version of a Nirvana classic was as bad as a fan suggested, so I had to watch for myself. It’s even worse! This is an acoustic version of “About a Girl,” the tune is OK, apart from the unnecessary bongos, but the vocal performance is astonishing. The singer sounds in severe pain, and one commenter points to the first comment on YouTube, which says, “Props to him for singing while passing a kidney stone.”

2. Mariah Carey: “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”

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This is my suggestion, and I think it’s a worthy inclusion. Mariah Carey is an incredible singer, but her willowy vocals don’t work on this track. “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” was first released by English rock band Def Leppard in 1981, and it’s meant to be sung and played loud.

3. U2: “Fortunate Son”

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The original poster made this suggestion, along with a solo track by Bono. They felt they disliked Bono, but they had a point. U2’s version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” is painful to listen to, and the one fortunate part is that it’s only two minutes and 39 seconds long.

4. Machine Gun Kelly: “Numb”

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One poster felt that this version of Linkin Park’s “Numb” was so bad that Machine Gun Kelly had to be mocking the original. Another points to Kelly’s version of “Aerials” by System of a Down and identifies a pattern. In their words, “I think halfway through it he realized, ‘Oh wait, I can’t hit these notes, never mind.'”

5. Jose Feliciano: “Every Breath You Take”

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A tribute to Sting turned sour, as Jose Feliciano produced a woeful cover of one of The Police’s best-known songs. Feliciano forgets words and keeps losing his place as Sting watches on helplessly. I’d urge you to watch the video, which is a strange mix of torture and comedy.

6. Madonna: “American Pie”

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Madonna’s version of Don McLean’s classic is undoubtedly different. It’s not to everyone’s taste; for me, the weird swirling synths turn me off. One forum contributor tells us they’d woken up to hear Madonna’s “American Pie” on a neighbor’s radio. They decided they were “either dreaming or going crazy” and returned to sleep.

7. Alanis Morissette: “My Humps”

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To this day, nobody is entirely sure if Alanis Morissette’s 2009 version of “My Humps” is intended to be a joke. It’s such an unlikely song for this Canadian artist to cover, and there is a theory that she released it as an April Fools prank.

8. Fall Out Boy: “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

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Many forum members suggest Fall Out Boy’s cover of “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” but this is much worse. The original version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” by Joy Division is a haunting song written by a troubled singer and isn’t meant to be “belted out.” One upset fan said it pained them to listen to, while I couldn’t reach this track’s end.

9. William Shatner: “Rocket Man”

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Captain Kirk’s career returned to earth with his bizarre album Seeking Major Tom. Each song is a spoken word track, and deciding which is the worst is tough. It’s either “Rocket Man” or Pulp’s “Common People,” both of which are simply bizarre.

10. Corey Feldman: “Working Class Hero”

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He’ll be best remembered for his acting roles, and that’s just as well because Corey Feldman would never have made it as a singer. One individual describes his move into music as “delusional,” this version of a John Lennon classic is both sad and dreadful. Whoever posted the YouTube video made the sensible decision to switch off comments.

11. Limp Bizkit: “Behind Blue Eyes”

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The forum is united in their dislike of this Who song. I agree it’s cringe-worthy, but I’m surprised that nobody mentioned Limp Bizkit’s version of George Michael’s “Faith.” Both defy description, although forum members attempt to inform us of the horror of “Behind Blue Eyes,” mainly with expletives.

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