Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. 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. 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. There are many ways to flub a cover! But some offend more than others. And others that sound terrible on paper turn out to be excellent.
15. William Shatner - Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds
It straps on heavy boots and dances on treasured memories. It pees in the corners of your personal history. It invades your inner sanctum, tracks mud over your carpets, steals the family silver, kicks your cat. It's a violation, nothing less. A bad cover version can put you off your breakfast, your lunch, your life. It can torpedo your good mood for hours after you hear it.
Stephen is a lifelong music lover and worked as a professional DJ, operating his own DJ service in the s and '90s. There are a lot of cover songs out there. Pretty much every song that has ever been recorded has been covered by someone. There are bands and artists that can take another's song and make it something special, almost, or even every bit as good as the original. Sometimes even better. Then there are those covers that are, to be kind, slightly less than great. These are the ones that the world could have done without. The 10 songs that follow are examples of covers that fall into this category. It must be borne in mind, however, that what is good and what is bad is highly subjective, and every cover is sure to appeal to someone, even if it is just the person or group doing the covering. Music, after all, is in the ear of the beholder.
Not registered? Register here. From Justin Bieber to Ed Sheeran , countless musicians working in the industry today first got their break after posting covers on YouTube. The worst, on the other hand, can sap the inspiration out of previously-loved tracks and even mar the memory of an artist — something a cursory glance down the list of X Factor winners' songs will attest to. From the regrettable to the baffling and downright abhorrent, these are the worst cover versions ever released. No-one deserves this, especially not the best band of all time, but clearly no-one told William Shatner. The low budget space travel sound effects add to what is overall a wholly disconcerting experience. Listen once and then do your best to avoid it. That chorus, though. Oh boy.