Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The 50 Worst Cover Songs of All Time (Complex, 2012)

From Complex:
All “worst music ever” lists are a lie, and “worst cover versions ever” lists are even more so. Chances are the real most horrible stuff ever came from talentless no-name bar bands and coffee-shop strummers from nowhere who deservedly went nowhere—and of course, lots of those performers are full-time cover bands (or reality show contestants), too unmotivated to write their own songs in the first place.
Even karaoke counts as covers, right? Which means every night of the year, in whatever town you live in, there are probably cover versions just as wretched as the ones below. But all those human-jukebox unknowns have every right to be awful, and hence don’t deserve our grief anyway. 
Nope, a list like this only makes sense if it sticks to artists who’ve achieved some degree of success or notoriety. In other words, artists who should really know better—which is to say, ones who a listener is perfectly justified in getting pissed off at.

Here you find the Spotify playlist of it.


Previously on the (not worst) cover songs side of Spotirama:

(Comples, 2012, from #1 to #50)

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Full list

Strikethrough songs (6/50) are not available on Spotify. Some songs may be not available in all countries.

1. Duran Duran – 911 Is A Joke (Public Enemy)
2. Pat Boone – Long Tall Sally (Little Richard)
3. Aerosmith – Come Together (The Beatles)
4. Phish – Gettin' Jiggy Wit It (Will Smith)
5. William Shatner – Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan)
6. Bruce Willis – Respect Yourself (The Staple Singers)
7. Limp Bizkit – Faith (George Michael)
8. Cat Power – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
9. Cyndi Lauper – What's Going On (feat. Chuck D) (Marvin Gaye)
10. Glee Cast – Don't Stop Believin' (Journey)
11. The Cure – Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
12. Insane Clown Posse – Let's Go All The Way (Sly Fox)
13. Guns N' Roses – Sympathy For The Devil (The Rolling Stones)
14. R.E.M. – Toys In The Attic (Aerosmith)
15. Dynamite Hack – Boyz-N-The Hood (Eazy-E)
16. Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Eurythmics)
17. Doveman – Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
18. Travis - … Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
19. The Blues Brothers – Soul Man (Sam and Dave)
20. B-52's – Meet the Flintstones (Hoyt Curtin')
21. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – War (live) (Edwin Starr)
22. Attack Attack! – I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry)
23. Cher – The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) (Betty Everett)
24. Mötley Crüe – Smokin' In The Boys Room (Brownsville Station)
25. Electric Light Orchestra – Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
26. Megadeth – Anarchy In The U.K. (Sex Pistols)
27. Michael Bolton – When a Man Loves a Woman (Percy Sledge)
28. The Ataris – The Boys Of Summer (Don Henley)
29. H-Town – A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (The Persuaders)
30. Big Mountain – Baby, I Love Your Way (Peter Frampton)
31. Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane (Velvet Underground)
32. Alan Jackson – Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran)
33. James Taylor – Handy Man (Jimmy Jones)
34. Fine Young Cannibals – Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks)
35. Mrs. Miller – Downtown (Petula Clark)
36. David Bowie – Dancing In The Street (Martha & The Vandellas)
37. Counting Crows – Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
38. Rockwell – Taxman (The Beatles)
39. Orgy – Blue Monday (New Order)
40. The Power Station – Get It On (Bang A Gong) (T. Rex)
41. Robert John – The Lion Sleeps Tonite (The Tokens)
42. UB40 – The Way You Do The Things You Do (The Temptations)
43. Love And Rockets – Ball Of Confusion (The Temptations)
44. Big & Rich – You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
45. Pseudo Echo – Funkytown (Lipps Inc.)
46. Ugly Kid Joe – Cats In The Cradle (Harry Chapin)
47. Susan Boyle – Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones)
48. Artists for Haiti – We Are the World (USA For Africa)
49. U2 – Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
50. Christina Aguilera – Lady Marmalade (Labelle)

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