Music Fans Spill the Beans on the 6 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.

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.

Puddle of Mudd: “About a Girl”

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.

Mariah Carey: “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”

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.

U2: “Fortunate Son”

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.'”

Machine Gun Kelly: “Numb”

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.

Jose Feliciano: “Every Breath You Take”

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.

Madonna: “American Pie”

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