ROCK trio Muse were lauded for the greatest cover version of all time, with their rendition of Feeling Good.
The band’s cover of the track – originally made famous by Nina Simone – topped a poll of music fans, beating performances by the Clash, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley.
The survey for car maker Seat to promote Channel 4 music show On Track With, found the worst ever cover is by Britney Spears, I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.
The Muse track is currently being used in trailers for BBC4’s Mad Men and was the subject of a legal wrangle in 2003 when it was used for a Nescafé ad.
The band chose to record the song because it was a favourite of an ex-girlfriend and once modestly declared: “Our interpretation is quite different from the original, but nowhere near as good.”
More than 15,000 music fans took part in the poll, which placed Twist And Shout by The Beatles in second place and Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails song Hurt at three.
Luke Lewis, deputy editor of NME.com, said: “The cover versions we love are generally the ones that radically overhaul the original.”
The show, sponsored by Seat, will see artists such as Foals, Ellie Goulding and The Coral performing covers alongside their own songs.
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