You Shouldn't Have: 4 Songs That Really Didn't Need To Be Covered

Here at MetroLyrics, we love all forms of musical expression, but sometimes we believe in the old expression "leave well enough alone." We're talking of course about cover songs. Sometimes they can push the boundaries of the original piece of music and create something beautiful and inspired, but sometimes... well, we'll let the following songs speak for themselves:

Lil Wayne - Take Me Out To The Ball Game

This is the video that inspired our post today. Last night at a Giants game, rapper Lil Wayne led the crowd in his very own rendition of the unofficial baseball anthem "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." Words to describe this embarrassing performance include "lazy," "slurred." "non-melodic" and "what?"

Jessica Simpson - These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

Jessica's trying-too-hard and confusingly sultry cover of Nancy Sinatra's swingin' 60's tune had us wondering "Why?" Add that to the fact that this cover was made for the lackluster movie remake of the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard and you have the perfect recipe for a flop.

Madonna - American Pie

Why did Don McLean's classic folk-rock song need an annoying synth-y updated version in the year 2000? The only person who can answer this is Madonna, but she won't accept our requests for an interview.

Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal

As a child of the 90's, the first time I heard "Smooth Criminal" it was this cover version by Alien Ant Farm. I'm not proud of that fact, but I am proud to say I hated it and promptly sought out the original version, by the legendary Michael Jackson. Why cover the Prince of Pop? You'll never be better than MJ!

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In your opinion, what's the worst cover? Tell us your thoughts in the comments...