These stars butchered the originals.
Everyone appreciates a good cover song, sometimes it makes you forget the original in the first place, as the cover takes over (Some of the best cover songs can be found in my article: “The 10 Best Cover Songs”). Did you know that Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower” is actually Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”? And that Jimi’s “Hey Joe” was actually originally written by Billy Roberts? But what happens when someone attempts to cover a song, and just completely mucks it up? The original gets put down, people associate it with the cover, and immediately think of faces.
In this article, I’ll be giving MY opinion on the 10 worst ever cover songs, give a few reasons and give links to where you can listen to the original and the cover. I hope you enjoy this, maybe you’ll even learn something at the same time.
Original Artist: Bon Jovi – YouTube – 3,504,784
Song Murderer: Atreyu – YouTube – 70,748
Cover Popularity (based on views): 2%
However good the guitar is in the cover, do you really think screamo vocals suit this song? Since when do Heavy Metalists do love songs? It’s just wrong. And I have to say this, because I actually like heavy metal so, Atreyu, you give metal a bad name.
Original Artist: The Police – YouTube – 2,049,553
Song Murderer: Machine Head – YouTube – 86,576
Cover Popularity (based on views): 4%
Come on Machine Head! Did you really think you would be able to sing and get away with it? You’re a GRUNTER! You grunt, it’s great in the right context. You should know better than to sing. Seriously, don’t do this again. Ever. You turned “Message in a Bottle” into “Message in a Butthole”. Save our souls.
Original Artist: Elvis Presley – YouTube – 1,583,042