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Bob & LBF in the Morning

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Madonna speaks onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS)

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These are the absolute worst 5 cover songs ever according to You might not be familiar with these covers but, you surely are familiar with the originals.

Makes you wonder what these artists were thinking. As you see the list, you will notice that they are all big-name stars. There are no unknowns on the list. That wouldn’t be fair or fun stars this big should have known better.

Maybe they have a large all consuming sense of confidence that convinces them that they can tackle these well-known songs. All of the songs were hits and well-known already. Understand really cover song of some thing that was never a big hit. People are not familiar with the original, then they would be more excepting of the covers.

Why so bad?

We would assume that when the stars took to the studio, they had every intention of recording a cover song, the best they could. Perhaps some even thought they could outdo the original songs. Others may have thought that they could put a new spin on the song to fully make it their own. You can definitely see that was the intention of more than a few of the stars. They set out to tackle the song and make it familiar yet.

Most of these efforts fell short of their goals. Some are so bad. You wonder what the artist was thinking when they gave the greenlight to release the song. Maybe everybody on their team were afraid to tell them that maybe we should leave this version on the cutting room floor, and leave well alone. Or maybe to them, the covers were worthy of being released. Remember, most of these 5 returned some financial dividends, so they at least “covered their costs”. Pun intended.

Here are the top 5 Worst Cover Songs Ever



  • 5. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" by Nickelback and Kid Rock. Originally by Elton John.

    This was done for a movie soundtrack. The artists were paid handsomely for their work. But this song featuring Nickelback lead vocalist chad Kroeger and Kid Rock is way too harsh to listen to harsh and loses the upbeat fun that Elton exudes with his original.

  • 4. "Wild Horses" by Susan Boyle. Originally by the Rolling Stones.

    Everyone agrees that Susan Boyle is a remarkable talent. But this song reminds us all to stay in our lane. Doing a cover version of a Rolling Stones minimized song was not a good fit for Susan. She is at her best with big songs that show her amazing talent. Even though she loves this song herself, she should’ve just left it to the Stones.

  • 3. "American Pie" by Madonna. Originally by Don McLean.

    This is a case of a talent who has so much confidence in their singing and marketing ability that they felt they could take on an all time classic. Madonna tried to make this song her own with very different music approach. That does not work. The only good news is, her version is only half as long as Dan McLeans masterpiece.

  • 2. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Jessica Simpson. Originally by Nancy Sinatra.

    Another song that was made for a movie. This is Jessica Simpson as daisy duke taking on the Nancy Sinatra 1960s classic. Jessica doesn’t pull this off because of her extremely brassy vocal style that gets annoying. Almost as soon as the song starts. She should’ve just focused on the ancting and leave the walking to Nancy Sinatra.

  • 1. "Dancing in the Street" by Mick Jagger and David Bowie. Originally by Martha & the Vandellas.

    It’s one thing when a single artist decides to tackle a classic songs such as this. But two artists of the stature of Jagger and Bowie collaborating and absolutely destroying. This song makes you wonder why nobody told them it was not a great idea. There were so many other songs that they could’ve done together. Why they chose. This is still a mystery, and landed on the top of the list of the worst cover songs of all time.

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