Some Songs Should Never Be Covered by Certain Artists … Celine Dion, What were you thinking?


File this one under … OMG.

Certain music artists should never even think of cover other certain bands music.  An example would be Willie Nelson covering Christina Aguilera. That would be incredibly wrong. However, the following may be the most unthinkable covers ever in the history of music.

Celine Dion covers “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC. You have to hear and see this to believe the atrocity. What was she thinking? This sound like the worst lounge act of all times. Hey Celine stop the madness, I do not see ACDC doing the “Theme from Titanic”.


This happens to be one of my favorite songs of all times, see how its supposed to be done HERE.
Add your own ideas of song covers that should never be done and the artists who should never do them.
Posted March 9, 2007 by
Bizarre, Fun, WTF | 32 comments

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    32 Responses to “Some Songs Should Never Be Covered by Certain Artists … Celine Dion, What were you thinking?”

    1. ldstlou on March 9th, 2007 7:18 pm

      I LOVED it!!! And they looked like they were having a blast playing it!! I would have gotten up and danced!! I just love Celine no matter what she plays, what spirit she has!!

    2. joe bear on March 9th, 2007 7:57 pm

      please tell me it ain’t so

    3. robots on March 9th, 2007 8:56 pm

      that was hideous

      look away

    4. Carpe Noctem on March 9th, 2007 9:29 pm

      It was good, but I have one
      small suggestion. Ya gotta turn
      up the cowbell! It gives me
      “the fever”

      oh, the craziness.

    5. Skyboxx on March 9th, 2007 9:46 pm

      Gotta’ have more cowbell, I just gotta’

    6. Skyboxx on March 9th, 2007 9:55 pm

      The problem here is that this song has become an anthem and people of all backgrounds want to do popular anthems.

      I used to hate covers until I heard Luther do Stephen Stills
      “love the one your with”

      By the way, Anatacia saves this duet. Celine is Celine.

      The music business is funny. When country artist started covering Eagles, songs, I couldn’t believe how well Travis Tritt did with the song, first time I heard it. Then I realized that Travis Tritt a gifted and respected guitar player in those circles wouldn’t cover the song unless he could contact the original Eagles. He did and they agreed to sing back up to HIM on their hit?????? It was not only received well, but Glen, Don, Joe and the boys decided that hey maybe hell did freeze over and that’s when they got back together for a short magical time.

      Look at it this way, Celine and Anatacia introduced the song to a new group of yuppies who think AC/DC is alternating and direct current switch on their RV’s.

      Those who believe will search out the original and be blessed by the boys from down under. At least she didn’t try to cover Givin’ the dog a bone or Highway to Hell.

      and Carpe you are right,,,,gotta have more cow bell….. Would have been great to see Chris Walken dancing behind them mouthing the words to the camera as Anatacia and Celine sang…. “Guess what I got a fever and the only prescription is more cow bell……………..” heh, heh

    7. Carpe Noctem on March 9th, 2007 10:18 pm

      ROFL Skyboxx!

      Celine singing AC/DC reminds
      me of Pat Boone singing Ozzy
      Osbourne’s Crazy Train in
      a pair of red leather hot

      I’m still having ‘flash backs’
      over that one.

    8. IndyDan on March 9th, 2007 10:26 pm

      I loved it too. Its refreshing when artists cross over and do other artists songs in their own flavor.

    9. Scared Monkeys on March 9th, 2007 10:35 pm

      You loved it … Red is in shock.

      It would be like Hillary Duff singing Metallica, lol.

      Celine need not be doing head banging music.

      Talk about a train wreck.

    10. Just Bearly on March 9th, 2007 11:18 pm

      Encore… “whole lotta Rosie or “Big Balls

    11. Bodo on March 10th, 2007 1:37 am

      Not being a huge fan of hard rock nor even a huge fan of Celine Dion, I will not praise nor criticize the performance. But I will say that the response of the audience was unmistakable. The audience loved it.

    12. december_star on March 10th, 2007 2:05 am

      Truly appalling…there are some songs that women of pop should not cover. It might have played better if ACDA was actually there with her.
      Being a child(and adult) of heavy metal this is a sad day…. :(
      Although i might pay good money to See her try to cover “Big Balls”….lol It would be to good to miss.

    13. december_star on March 10th, 2007 2:07 am

      BTW.thank god ACDC hasn’t tried to do the theme of “Titanic”….i loved the movie, but that is only cause I love the Ship. ACDC understands they don’t have a place “in the scheme of things”…lol

    14. Ramlady on March 10th, 2007 4:21 am

      Lounge act is right…..UGHHH!!! “You Shook Me All Night Long” is a hard rock anthem like “Stairway To Heaven” or “Freebird.” It is desecration IMO for a pop artist, which is what Celine Dion is, to cover this type of song. If you can’t do the song justice, leave it alone. BTW, Celine’s audience loved it because it was Celine’s audience. I wonder how many of them had ever heard it sung by AC/DC? Or even heard of AC/DC for that matter? You don’t “dance” to head-banging songs for crying out loud. SIGH……..

    15. kitty on March 10th, 2007 9:43 am

      They were great!

      ~ only suggestion, Celine needed to be in black, not her white outfit,with sexy stiletto’s…

      wardrobe makeover ~ black boots, nails, slick black pants, shirt.. ~ rock it sista! (check out my friend, Lacuna Coil’s ~ Christina Scabbia ~ that’s where it’s happening~!

      -definately, need more cowbell… (my favorite SNL stint)…

      let’s get Christina & Celine together with these girls…


    16. kitty on March 10th, 2007 9:57 am

      Cristina Scabbia ~ Lacuna Coil ~ coming to Boston April 4th ~ Jagermeister tour…

      Cristina ~ she rocks! she’ll show Celine how it’s done… oh, Celine, needed to have her hair all black too…


    17. Susie on March 10th, 2007 10:06 am

      Celine’s rendition was great! She can no doubt sing any type of music (classical rock, love songs, etc.) her heart desires, but I’m still trying to figure out who the hell the “shemale” was…

      Would anyone care to hear Roseanne Barr sing “You Rock Me All Night Long”? I THINK NOT :-) Remember when she disgraced our Nation by singing the National Anthem? Whoever put her up to that should have been shot…LMAO!

    18. yoyo muffintop on March 10th, 2007 10:43 am

      MORE COWBELL, More Cowbell!! Hit it –

      William Shatner – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. worst cover ever.

    19. Scared Monkeys on March 10th, 2007 11:35 am

      #11. Of course Celine fans will like it, they shilled out how many bucks to see her perform.

      #14 Ramlady has it correct. Although I am not a heavy metal head, I do love this song. It is a hard rock anthem. Much like Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard light”.

      Certain songs should never be remade. I believe I have also seen somewhere A country version by Shania Twain as well. That was pretty bad in its own right.

    20. yoyo muffintop on March 10th, 2007 2:19 pm

      Which is better:

      All Along the Watchtower
      U2 vs Hendrix vs Dylan(orig)

      Knockin on Heavens Door
      Guns & Roses vs Dylan(orig)

      You really got me
      Van Halen vs Kinks(orig)

      Behind Blue Eyes
      Limp Bizkit vs The Who(orig)

      Smooth Criminal
      Alien Ant Farm vs Michael Jackson(orig)

      my votes:hendrix,G&R,Van Halen,limp bizkit,mj

    21. Leslie on March 10th, 2007 2:25 pm

      Thanks! I needed a good laugh. Play that air guitar honey!

    22. txchic on March 10th, 2007 7:45 pm

      a big thank you for ruining one of my favorite tunes.

    23. Scared Monkeys on March 10th, 2007 7:56 pm

      AARG ,,, here is the Shania Twain video … not quite the disaster as Celine, but damn close.

      The other joke of a woman performing the song is they say, “best good darn looking guy I have ever seen … knocking me out with those American thighs” … HUH???


    24. Ramlady on March 10th, 2007 9:15 pm

      Neither Celine nor Shania rocks. #17; Celine may have a great voice, but she CANNOT ROCK. I would love to see her try to pull off “You Shook Me All Night Long” in front of an AC/DC audience. If you can’t rock like Angus Young on guitar, don’t embarrass yourself prancing around on stage playing “air guitar.” How shameful.

      #6; Country artists covering Eagles songs is hardly the same as Celine Dion covering HARD ROCK anthems. Early Eagles songs (pre-Hotel California) WERE country. If they were being released today for the first time, they would be the most country songs on country radio. In the early to mid-70s, they were called country-rock. Listen to the original versions of “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Tequila Sunrise, “Desperado,” or “Take It Easy.” These are country songs, and when country artists put together their versions on a CD in 1993, it was done as a tribute to the Eagles. It wasn’t much of a stretch at all for a country artist to perform any of those songs. I don’t think you could say Celine Dion’s version of the AC/DC song was a tribute to them. She slaughtered the song.

    25. jimmi on March 11th, 2007 10:28 am

      I was a great of the early Celine, she could rock all the Jean Goldman songs, great, America made her rich, but mainstream, I hope she goes back to the origin. THe only lady who should be allowed to cover AC/DC is Doro …

    26. Susie on March 11th, 2007 10:38 am

      #24 aka Ramlady :-) Celine is very versatile and appeared to be rocking her fans all night long in Vegas. Could you have done any better? I’ll admit I can’t carry a tune. I’ll also admit I’m not a big fan of either AC/DC (Does their band name mean they are a bunch of faggots? That was bad :-( ) or Celine.

      I prefer hard and classic rock myself. I enjoy listening to Black Sabbath (Ozzie is so out there…lol), Uriah Heap, Led Zeppelin, Rare Earth, Jethro Tull (attended one of their concerts in Stuttgart in ’79), Nazareth (attended one of their concerts also a few months later in Stuttgart), and the list goes on. What’s your favorite?

    27. Susie on March 11th, 2007 11:35 am

      By the way Ramlady, the Eagles have never and will never be considered or referred to as a country music group. They would be insulted by your comments…

      Have a nice day :-)

    28. ldstlou on March 11th, 2007 12:37 pm

      OOOHHH LOVE Shania, but NOT singing that one!!! Still think Celine did great though!!

    29. Ramlady on March 11th, 2007 9:16 pm

      #26 and #27; Susie: Have you NEVER listened to pre-Hotel California Eagles?? I grew up on their music, and I loved their songs, and their early music WAS referred to as country-rock. How old are you anyway? That is ridiculous to say they would be offended by being referred to as country-rock. Both Glenn Frey and Don Henley cite country music influences. The Travis Tritt “country” remake of “Take It Easy” was done with the entire Eagles band’s backing vocals. Don Henley recorded a country duet with Trisha Yearwood in the early ’90s with Trisha Yearwood called “Walkaway Joe” and has been quoted many times saying she is one of his favorite female artists. Also, the Lynyrd Skynryd band is all over country radio today as Van Zandt. Where ya been for the last 15 years? Have you never heard of Keith Urban, two-time CMA country male vocalist and last year’s entertainer of the year. Also, the BEST guitarist on the face of the planet right now, rock guitar mixed with country influences. He also happens to be Nicole Kidman’s husband, and I could listen (and watch MMMMMMMM….) him all day long. I loved and still love AC/DC although I was never a huge fan of heavy metal. Hard rock yes. I listen to all different types of music, and I can find examples in most genres of music that I like or dislike. What I like depends on my mood. I appreciate true talent no matter what type of music it is. If it moves me or makes me feel good, I like it. I don’t know why you would think it’s an insult for anyone in rock to acknowledge country influences. I know a little something about the roots of rock music. Anyone who knows what they are talking about will tell you that rock music had its beginnings in country, blues, and even gospel music. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are fans of country, and “Honky Tonk Women” demonstrates that. Maybe you are too much of a metal head to understand what I’m talking about, but if you will do a little research and a little more listening, you will understand how it began. Most modern-day rock guitarists cite either rock-a-billy influences (Buddy Holly) or country influenes in their styles (Chet Atkins, Maybelle Carter, et al). Do you know who Mother Maybelle Carter was? The singing Carter family from Virginia were early pioneers of country music, and Maybelle (mother of June Carter Cash) invented a new style of playing guitar called the “Carter Scratch” that rock and country guitarists today are still imitating. Both country and rock music have been described as “three chords and the truth.” Today’s country music is NOT Hee Haw! I still love the hard rock from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, but I don’t find much to like from the newer artists in rock today. The real talent, whether you’re talking about vocals, song-writing, or musical ability, today is on country radio, and most of what you hear on country radio today would have been considered pop or soft-rock 20-30 years ago. BTW I used to blast AC/DC and Van Halen from my Pioneer 6x9s in my little Toyota so loud the back glass would shake from the vibration. THAT was rock!! I have always been a sucker for guitar talent, and right now, Keith Urban is IT!! Just my opinion of course, and you are entitled to yours. Have a nice day.

    30. Leslie on March 12th, 2007 12:35 pm

      Ramlady: I share your opinions and loved your polite and very informative answer to a hostile poster.

    31. Ramlady on March 12th, 2007 6:45 pm

      Thanks Leslie!

    32. amazed on March 13th, 2007 12:40 am

      wow. I couldn’t finish. that was sick.

      I am Canadian. I hate Celine Dion. What an embarrasment. Does anyone in the states want her? Take her, please.

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