Nirvana and The Who Cover Songs Chosen Among Worst of All Time
The results are courtesy of a poll of Rolling Stone readers, who proved themselves an intelligent bunch with good taste. You'll notice that the list is heavy on pop stars covering classic rock staples, with no less than eight songs fitting that description. Clearly, many of the good people out there consider this practice to be blasphemous.
The list ranges from William Shatner's 1967 cover of the Beatles' classic 'Lucy in the Sky Diamonds' all the way up (down?) to Cyrus' ambitious cover of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' We can give the teen queen props for trying, but some songs are better left as is. Cyrus also does not play music that sounds anything like Nirvana, so we're not sure what the hell possessed her to "go there." Let's hope she doesn’t go back.
Pop tart Britney Spears landed on the list twice, both times for classic rock covers. Her breathy take on 'I Love Rock & Roll' is almost laughable, and Brit herself even mistakenly called it a Pat Benatar song when promoting it. Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, what's the difference? Brit also massacred the Rolling Stones' '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' at the 2000 VMAs, although apparently lots of teenage boys and even Mick Jagger dug it.
Sheryl Crow has plenty of rock cred, but her countrified pop take on the Guns N' Roses' ballad 'Sweet Child O' Mine,' done for the soundtrack to Adam Sandler's movie 'Big Daddy,' was unnecessary.
Limp Bizkit's rendering of The Who's 'Behind Blue Eyes' was a bit of a radio hit for Fred Durst and crew, but it was vilified by fans of the original, who are clearly not yet in the mood to forgive and forget. Durst has also covered Tool in concert, in a move that no doubt incites the ire of Maynard James Keenan.
The Worst Cover Songs of All Time, as Chosen by Rolling Stone Readers:
10. William Shatner, 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' (the Beatles)
9. Jessica Simpson, 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin'' (Nancy Sinatra)
8. Avril Lavigne, 'Imagine' (John Lennon)
7. Britney Spears, 'I Love Rock & Roll' (Joan Jett)
6. Alien Ant Farm, 'Smooth Criminal' (Michael Jackson)
5. Britney Spears, '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction' (Rolling Stone)
4. Sheryl Crow, 'Sweet Child O' Mine' (Guns N' Roses)
3. Madonna, 'American Pie' (Don McLean)
2. Limp Bizkit, 'Behind Blue Eyes' (the Who)
1. Miley Cyrus, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (Nirvana)