No one should be mean about young musicians trying to make a break for themselves, though we couldn't help but giggle at these clips.
Which are your favorites?
Europe - "The Final Countdown"
One of the best known examples of an awful rock cover.
The keyboardist and singer are on another level, and the guitar solo after 2 minutes is just tragic. Notice a guy walking off like "I'm outta here!" at 1:44.
Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
It's harsh to knock kids for covering Nirvana badly. We've all been there. This one is notable for the utter fail at 2:20, and for the singer's confident attitude in pure denial of their actual ability.
Pink Floyd - "Comfortably Numb"
Ever seen a band play live while having a collective stroke? Now you can. It's some of the laziest guitar playing you'll ever see. This could be a genius prank, because they have a lot of bad covers online - maybe it's all just a trick to earn a bunch of ad money? Not a bad idea, actually...
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"
How does this happen? I can understand people playing out of time, but this? Are humans even capable of this?
The Beatles - "Let It Be"
Not as lacking in talent as the other videos - this well-trained singer clearly has ability. It's just, those abilities don't include singing clearly in English. Poor guy. Worth watching for the utterly surreal vibe.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "By The Way"
Cringe! The b-boy dancing at 20s will make you wince. Apparently the audience feel the same - they walk out in droves.
Bon Jovi - "It's My Life"
The best ones are when the singer score a 10 for passion and 0 for pitch. For want of a better phrase, this is a fine example.
Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"
No making fun here. We love the effort by these kids, and they know it's all about having fun. You can't expect too much from youngsters, but for awful covers, it makes the grade today.
Bonus: Death Metal Freejazz
Maybe this isn't bad. Maybe it's just a lightyear ahead of its time. Maybe we're just not ready for this kooky bunch. But is it worth watching? Definitely.