As we've seen on the other "Cover versions" thread there are some excellent cover versions of songs / tunes that are better than the original.
But, as Isaac Newton determined with his third law of motion: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction", now is your chance to name and shame the cover versions that, quite frankly, should never have been released onto the poor unsuspecting public.
To get the ball rolling here are a handful of cover versions that deserve to be flushed down Thomas Crapper's finest porcelain:
Also nominated is "Addicted To Love" by Dollar but thankfully I couldn't find it on YouTube.
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!
I can not stand any cover of any song by The Beatles. I do not like "Let 'em in" by Billy Paul. Currently, there is a new version of "A Spaceman Came Travelling" which is just awful. I mean, if you're going to cash in on the Christmas market, at least write your own guff. I heard a particularly horrendous version of "Diamonds" (Rihanna) on the Radio yesterday, just awful and don't get me started on Tom Odell's cover of "Piano Man" by Billy Joel.
Personally, I don't think cover versions should be allowed. Artists would not put up with someone copying their work or writers etc, why is it accepted in song? Doesn't work in film either, Italian Job or The Sweeney anyone??