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Rolling Stone Readers Choose the Worst Cover Songs of All Time

Selections include Avril Lavigne’s ‘Imagine’ and Madonna’s ‘American Pie’

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Nothing is more painful to listen to than a terrible cover song. Take that Limp Bizkit cover of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes." Not only is it terrible even by the standards of Limp Bizkit, but it makes it hard to ever hear the original again. Halle Berry appeared in the video, right around the time she agreed to star in that Catwoman movie. Look what happened to her career after that. Anyway, here are your selections for the worst cover songs of all-time. Brace yourselves. 

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1. Miley Cyrus – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

"I want to play a song by one of the artists that inspired me," Miley Cyrus says before playing her infamous version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" earlier this year. "Without them I wouldn't be here. They are the ones who gave me the strength and courage to do this. I hope I can be that person for you guys." Miley was born over a year after Nevermind came out and it's hard to imagine just exactly how Nirvana inspired her to audition for Hannah Montana or record any of her songs, but those are her words. When she started singing this on tour earlier this year her popularity had dramatically plunged in America, and when the videos started hitting YouTube the comments were just vicious. Fairly or not, it seemed to embody everything that people dislike about her. 

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