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Miley Cyrus Covers Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. Big Deal?

miley teen spirit 385 240 Miley Cyrus Covers Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. Big Deal?

Miley Cyrus recently kicked off her “Gypsy Heart” tour that will take her through South America, Mexico and Australia. While performing in Ecuador, she decided to give her fans a special treat.

Miley busted out a cover of Nirvana’sSmells Like Teen Spirit.” We know she isn’t the best singer in the world, but it takes some balls to try to cover such a classic song.


What do you think of Miley’s attempt? Should she have even tried to cover it? Should anyone try to cover any iconic songs?

PAGE 2 Check out who else failed at covering songs.

britney bad covers 385 240 Miley Cyrus Covers Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. Big Deal?

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Miley wasn’t the only one to butcher a song. Check out some others who failed at covering songs. Remember when Duran Duran tried to cover Public Enemy’s “911 is a Joke?” It didn’t go well.

You think that was bad? Big & Rich murder the Beastie Boys “Fight for your Right to Party.”

And how about Britney Spears covering Joan Jett’sI Love Rock N’ Roll?

What are some other artist who failed at covering songs? Please comment below.


One Comment

  1. Arthur v says:

    It’s actually quite decent, sorry to admit… But the fact that she is who she is, covering a song from Nirvana, makes it crap anyway.

  2. jc says:

    no no no this is wrong!
    Whats next? Justin bieber covering Imagine!?

  3. Frankie D says:

    I hope that I never hear that song again. KROQ has to play it twice a day, even though it’s 20 years old. Why not play “Lounge Act” or “Something In The Way” from the same album? Come on!

  4. shane says:

    Big & Rich – Fight For Your Right

  5. TheRealPsychoMike says:

    Me first and the gimmie gimmies – somewhere over the rainbow,,, best cover song ever

  6. Dan says:

    The Gourds covering Gin N Juice should have been mentioned…their version is outstanding! Come on BEAN!!

  7. Steven L says:

    Personally, I think Ralph needs to calm down a little bit… Artists cover bigger artists all the time. Alien Ant Farm became big because of a cover of MJ, They are by no means on the same level. Those are the artists that bother me. They get big from someone elses work. Miley was already big, she is now just trying different types of music. Not to mention that Miley had stated a long time ago that her first favorite album was Nevermind.

  8. Nolan says:

    I don’t think it’s all that bad of a cover, I think people will get pissed that it’s MILEY CYRUS doing the cover, though. If it was anyone other than MC doing it then it wouldn’t be such a big deal.

  9. Jackson L. says:

    You guys said there’s no good covers of Stairway to Heaven but Foo FIghters did a great partial cover of it on Craig Kilborn’s show.

  10. nessa says:

    she tries to be rock…..but no….sorry kid, better luck next time

  11. FernieD says:

    It doesn’t sound too bad… maybe its because of her manly voice? But what were those weird kick like moves she was doing right before she started singing????????

    1. KelliLynn says:

      Yea, what the hell was that??? It looked like she had a seizure almost….maybe the strobe lights got to her……?

  12. Kristi says:

    She visually does not please me…doesn’t match the song. It hurt me to watch, so had to click off. But her singing of it isn’t half bad. Sadly, the best singing I have ever heard from the annoying chic.

  13. Bobby says:

    It’s not that bad, she didn’t embarrass herself, but the bottom line is that she can do whatever the hell she wants because it’s her show

  14. PAUL says:

    her band was probably happy to play something GOOD for once!

  15. Hope "The David Bowie chick" says:

    It’s wrong, Nirvana is not to be touched…just like Smashing Pumpkins and Dixie chicks should not have touched “Landslide”
    Fleetwood Mac shouldn’t be touched by anyone as well as the Goddess of Rock Stevie Nicks. Thank you and good day!!! ” I said, “Good day Sir”!!!!

  16. Lizzy says:

    eh….the guitarist really knows how to play but the only good part she knew how to sing was the “hello” parts….the rest needed to be raunchier the way Kurt used to sing…..

    ok but nope cant match it…nice try though. šŸ˜›

  17. pumpkineata says:

    OOk how does anyone listen to this and says you know what this isn’t bad at all… this is terrible.. you all are definitely deaf tone…

    1. Crystal says:

      Thank you, at least one person makes sense here, I felt the same way.

  18. Noea Rhodes says:

    Miley Cyrus doesnt know how to singā€¦her sing that song makes me sickā€¦ she shouldnt sing this song if she is not in the same level as nirvana.. she shouls leave it the cover ups some one like evanescenceā€¦. >| Miley Cyrus kills it >|

  19. Heyn SP says:

    The music rocked! But Miley you sucked!!!

  20. bakon says:

    its not bad, everyone is hating on it just because its miley cyrus and the thought of miley cyrus covering nirvana is just a sickening thought in general. what bothers me is that i doubt any of her fans would even know the original song.

  21. Hey SP says:

    Go back to Disney until you understand Nirvana state of mind look it up….

  22. Brandon says:

    I wonder if any of the children in the audience for that Miley Cyrus show even know who Nirvana is…

  23. Johnny says:

    Gotta agree with what somebody said above: KROQ has overplayed the song to the point where it is now a cliche. It was iconic for its time, but keeping it in regular rotation from 1992 to 2011 has turned it into a punchline. I don’t buy Miley’s claim that Nirvana influenced her, but I also don’t care if she covers the song.

  24. MJ says:

    It wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected

  25. ccgrim says:

    shes putting emphasis in the wrong words.

  26. WM says:

    ok the reason this is wrong is not because she can’t sing who cares it’s fake Disney Rock music, she can’t sing we know that.
    the reason this is upsetting people me included is because Nirvana, Pearl Jam , Soundgarden etc. had a real voice, they were expressing their pain and angst in a very unique and artistic way, they were speaking for those of us who couldn’t be as eloquent but were feeling the same thing. They were not on a Disney show, they were not letting others write their songs, that is actually the type thing the grunge movement was against. All the glam bands of the 80’s inspired that revolt. So her doing a live version of that is no big deal, all concert performances are different and for someone like her who doesn’t have the depth of material a real musician would have she naturally would have to do covers, but maybe her people may want to choose material that is closer to her type of music. and her claiming that Nevermind is her favorite Album that seems kind of ridiculous and fake like everything else she and her family does. the album came out a year before she was born. you can like the music but she will never comprehend its meaning because you had to be there…

    1. Luis says:

      nobody has the time to read this

  27. Bill Woodcock says:

    Oh my crap!!!It was alright for the first verse.Then it it fell apart like really bad in the second, wich was a shortend version Karaoke spot…..But guys!….she deos know how to run the stripper 4inch heels…….Am I wrong ?…Let me know on air…Hi Lisa May..

  28. daniel says:

    i just feel bad for her. she looks so awkward and sometimes i want to call 911 cause i think shes having a seizure.

  29. steven says:

    this is truly a sad day for music…….

  30. MrsKathy4u says:

    It made my ears bleed ! ! I would have to say to Miley Cyrus “Please leave all Nirvana songs alone in the future and stick to the type of cover you are fit for. For example Rebecca Black’s Friday !

  31. Eric says:

    just because of who she is, I can see this getting s*** for it but she actually did a really good job at it and I am surprised

  32. Seth says:

    Trivium (a relatively new band) did a cover for Master of Puppets on their Ascendancy record that was AMAZING! To me that’s another great example of a band, no where near the pedestal of their inspiration, doing a fantastic cover.

  33. Luis says:

    one good thing about Miley is that she actually sings live. as far as the song goes, she sounds like a dude anyways so it does sound that bad.

  34. Erika says:

    It actually wasn’t so bad as I thought it would be. The verses were horrible, but the “hello” and chorus made up for it. It IS risky to touch an iconic song like this, but hey, she did say “Nirvana inspired me”, so I can’t blame her.

  35. Joe - vocals and guitar of Ernie's Denial says:

    Well, she’s got the leather. She’s got the hair. She is pretty cute. It is an old song. I don’t think Kurt Cobain would mind. Hahahahahaha.

  36. Katya says:

    I don’t particularly think Nirvana was the best choice for her, but hey, what ever floats her boat!
    She did a good job, and it seems like the audience enjoyed it, and that’s all that really matters. At least she’s bring “real music” back.

  37. Flatline says:

    Its crap. Her vocal style does not do well for any angst driven song….she sounds like an angry five year old. I find it a bit odd that the Disney creation is singing about a gang bang….oh yeah her inner slut is just dying to get out and breathe.

  38. Crystal says:

    silly b*tch

  39. Crystal says:

    People are all giving their opinions as to why this is wrong, can people remember the reason Kurt killed himself? He couldn’t stand the thought of becoming a sell out he loathed himself for even making it big. Anyone see the irony? He’s rolling in his grave at this point.

  40. wittbelle says:

    I think her music speaks for itself. To say, “Miley Cyrus’ cover of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ sucks,” is redundant.

  41. burning bush says:

    fail. there are no shortcuts to cool. just do playboy shoot already plz.

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