There are bad cover versions
and…. There are cover versions you only think
are bad, because they sound wrong on paper, since they come from artists or genres who get even less respect than Rodney Dangerfield.
Thing is, sometimes it takes a artists and genres like those to bring a song back to life, assuming the song was ever alive in the first place—or, say, to bring supposed classics back down off Mount Olympus and into the real world.
So anyway, here are 25 surprising examples of covers you’d most likely scoff at if you haven’t heard them. Your opinion may or may not change once you do. But just admit this: If they fail, at least they fail in their own spectacular way. Which is part of the fun.