A video of Miley Cyrus performing Nirvana’s breakthrough hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” in Ecuador this past weekend has been spreading around the Internet in the past couple of days – and inevitably, this performance has been widely criticized and declared blasphemous by rock fans who have no love for the teen pop icon. But Cyrus is hardly the first pop singer to take on the grunge classic. As it turns out, “Teen Spirit” isn’t just one of the most frequently covered rock songs of the past 20 years. It’s practically become a cornerstone of mainstream pop.
Here are the 12 most unlikely covers of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – and as it turns out, Miley’s is hardly the most objectionable.