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The band’s cover of the track – originally made famous by Nina Simone – topped a poll of music fans, beating performances by the Clash, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley.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 new Channel 4 music show 'On Track With', which starts tonight, found the worst ever cover is Britney Spears’s 'I Love Rock ’N’ Roll'.
The Muse track is currently being used in trails for BBC4’s 'Mad Men' and was the subject of a legal wrangle in 2003 when it was used for a Nescafe 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 new show, sponsored by Seat, will see artists such as Foals, Ellie Goulding and The Coral performing covers alongside their own songs. The covers will then be given away to 10,000 fans at www.club-SEAT.co.uk.
:: Top 10 best cover versions:
1. Muse – Feeling Good.
2. The Beatles – Twist and Shout.
3. Johnny Cash – Hurt.
4. Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe.
5. Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night.
6. The Clash – I Fought The Law.
7. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah.
8. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower.
9. Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
10. The White Stripes – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.
:: Top 10 worst cover versions:
1. Britney Spears – I Love Rock ’N’ Roll.
2. Ronan Keating – Fairytale Of New York.
3. Celine Dion – You Shook Me All Night Long.
4. Take That – Smells Like Teen Spirit.
5. M People – Itchycoo Park.
6. Robbie Williams – Song 2.
7. Will Young – Light My Fire.
8. Madonna – American Pie.
9. Limp Bizkit – Faith.
10. Mark Ronson – No One Knows.