Worst Cover Song Of All Time Announced

A poll by Rolling Stone has discovered the worst cover song of all time. It's a Nirvana song, but who is singing it? Find out here.

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There's been some truly awful and inappropriate cover songs throughout modern musical history, but there's one in particular which really grates on rock fans.

A poll by Rolling Stone chose Miley Cyrus and her cover of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' as the worst cover of all time. Miley was slammed by Nirvana fans for attempting the song on a tour in April.

Speaking about Nirvana as an introduction to the performance, Miley said: "Without them, I wouldn't be here. They're the ones who gave me the strength and courage to do this, and I hope that I can be that person for you guys. More than anything else in the world I want you guys to follow your dreams, because it's the only way to make life worth living, I promise you that."

The album 'Nevermind' was released one year before Miley was born.

She proceeds to butcher the song with her country drawl like a broken auto-tune unit, and tries headbanging and jumping to fit in with the song. But props to the band, who can certainly play with attitude - Miley can certainly afford good musicians.

Watch a video of the performance in the player below, and if you can think of a worse cover song, share a link in the comments so we can round them up for a future post.

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    Gradyogle
    What gives them the right to think they can judge people? All that magazine does is fill its readers heads with prejudice and elitism. Live and let live. There's no need for any type of alienation.
    Krieger91
    That's ridiculous..only because it's her. Not saying it's good..but it's not the worst. Under the Bridge done by the All Saints is the worst. Terrible execution. (imo)
    bustapr
    this is not the worst cover weve seen. I mean its almost good, just people are really biased. Ive seen far worse official covers.
    Pudel
    Nashag wrote: This is just silly. I wonder how many of those who voted actually listened to the cover, instead of just being annoyed that a contemporary pop star would dare cover a song from their precious rock canon. Also, Limp Bizkit's "Behind Blue Eyes" is definitely worse.
    This. As far as my Nirvana hatred goes, and as I'm sick of this song, I must say, that this cover is quite decent. Didn't watch the video though, I only listened. I don't know, if it's been autotuned or not, but she hits the notes, her voice isn't too disturbing. Not awesome, but not terrible, and definitely not the worst
    Dempsey68
    so many songs i can imagine were on this list, i'd also put nirvanas cover of seasons in the sun up there tbh
    Gyoung1991
    Gradyogle wrote: What gives them the right to think they can judge people? All that magazine does is fill its readers heads with prejudice and elitism. Live and let live. There's no need for any type of alienation.
    Ya, that Magazine sucks
    thePTOD
    XtractionProces wrote: rafey wrote: Jay-Z covering Wonderwall, anyone? Butchering an already shit song shouldn't count
    Then I guess this cover doesn't count. Kidding. Or am I.
    Nashag
    This is just silly. I wonder how many of those who voted actually listened to the cover, instead of just being annoyed that a contemporary pop star would dare cover a song from their precious rock canon. Also, Limp Bizkit's "Behind Blue Eyes" is definitely worse.
    Zeletros
    I don't really care for this. I just can't believe how biased this website is.
    Jesus_Dean
    Gradyogle wrote: What gives them the right to think they can judge people? All that magazine does is fill its readers heads with prejudice and elitism. Live and let live. There's no need for any type of alienation.
    Yeah, pretty much. Judging from the crowd reaction, I guess she pleased the crowd and that's what you're supposed to do if someone pays the outrageous ticket prices. But Adam Lambert covering Metallica was just going too far...
    Supersonic1
    Get your shit together Rolling Stone, Hilary Duff did a cover of "My Generation".
    Rick_Diculous
    Horrible? Yes. Worst all time? Nope. I'm sorry but Limpbizkit's "Behind Blue Eyes" is the worst. I know this thread will turn into mindless debating but taking out the middle section of what is widely considered a classic song and spelling out your band name instead deserves a lot of votes for worst ever.
    Filipus
    She was seriously trying to headbang? This was one of the funniest youtube movies of the month.
    slipknotnskullz
    I started watching it expecting it to be decent and only chosen because "its Miley herp derp", But god damn that truly is freaking terrible. But I have seen MUCH worse.
    vinnym86
    Her cover of Gorillaz was worse than this. Yeah she butchers songs. Still, i've heard worse.
    Root Beer
    SiggyBond23 wrote: Rick_Diculous wrote: Horrible? Yes. Worst all time? Nope. I'm sorry but Limpbizkit's "Behind Blue Eyes" is the worst. Agreed. Next article.
    I agree; it's not THAT bad.
    sleepsr420 wrote: Gradyogle wrote: What gives them the right to think they can judge people? All that magazine does is fill its readers heads with prejudice and elitism. Live and let live. There's no need for any type of alienation. And to think that they put Primus on the 50 worst bands of all time so yeah Rolling Stone full of shit
    ...WHAT?!?!?!?!?
    ledzepplin6914
    Rick_Diculous wrote: Horrible? Yes. Worst all time? Nope. I'm sorry but Limpbizkit's "Behind Blue Eyes" is the worst. I know this thread will turn into mindless debating but taking out the middle section of what is widely considered a classic song and spelling out your band name instead deserves a lot of votes for worst ever.
    agreed^
    kerguitar08
    Her voice doesn't really suit the song, but it's not that bad. I'd say Suicide Silence covering "Them Bones" by Alice in Chains and "Engine No. 9" by Deftones is way worse than that could ever be.
    Root Beer
    And to think that they put Primus on the 50 worst bands of all time so yeah Rolling Stone full of shit
    I would like the source of this list please.
    Lexiluli
    it's a shite song anyway - made originally by a shite band so it doesn't matter anyway who sings it or how badly they do it...
    joecobhcmaggot
    I think the icon show to metallica was the worst compilation of covers ever recorded(except korn, of course)or shakira's nothing else matters..thats a pretty awful cover too
    sleepsr420
    Gradyogle wrote: What gives them the right to think they can judge people? All that magazine does is fill its readers heads with prejudice and elitism. Live and let live. There's no need for any type of alienation.
    And to think that they pu tPrimus on the 50 worst bands of all time so yeah Rolling Stone full of shit
    Korzack
    And on the 20th anniversary of Nevermind's release... How convenient.
    guarana
    between the buried in me slaughtered Cemetary Gates and The Day I Tried To Live
    neversleeps84
    Eh, already saw this a while ago. Get back to me when she makes her required celebrity home porn movie, UG.
    notaspy2009
    I havnt listened to many covers but i ****ing hated sad but true cover by snoop dog. Snoop Dog isnt even good enough to wipe metallicas ass.
    guitarded1029
    Maybe they'd be able to judge it better if they could hear the song instead of the screaming, pre pubescent 11 year old girls but still, this cover sucks, but its not the worst
    GasPipe
    Root Beer wrote: And to think that they put Primus on the 50 worst bands of all time so yeah Rolling Stone full of shit
    Well, Primus sucks.
    DmgDone
    Megadethfan245 wrote: I can't hear out of my right eye now ...
    Really?
    c0m2011
    You know, I didn't think the fall out boy cover of beat it was all that bad. Patrick Stump actually has a pretty decent voice, and there aren't many vocalists that can get even close to singing Michael Jackson. Granted, of Montreal's cover of it shits all over FOB's, but its a start.
    hadlow94
    I have no appreciation for miley cyrus or her style of music, and pretty much love every nirvana song....but like, this cover isnt lacking talent..i think its just the fact that it is miley that makes this so unpopular
    jumpaside
    Celine Dion Shook me all night long.... That is by god the worst cover of all time. Canada apologizes for it.