Off Limits: 5 Songs Simon Cowell Says YOU Shouldn’t Attempt to Sing

September 16, 2011  |  

I know you’ve been missing Simon Cowell’s crazy behind these days since he hit the emergency exit button from “American Idol.” But now that he’s coming back with “The X Factor,” premiering next Wednesday on FOX at 8 p.m. (EST), he’s doing press and has some words for prospective folks trying to audition for him in the future, as well as everyday people. There are five songs he does NOT want to hear you sing whether you’re planning to audition for “The X Factor” or you just feel like singing out loud. These five songs can NOT be touched according to Cowell:

  1. R Kelly: “I Believe I Can Fly” 
  2. Etta James: “At Last”
  3. The Righteous Brothers: “Unchained Melody”
  4. Jason Mraz: “I’m Yours”
  5. John Legend: “Ordinary People”

When it comes to songs like “At Last,” Cowell said he’s pretty much “allergic” to that song at this point, and for “Ordinary People”? He says the way people sing it will never be as good as the original. True. And while his picks are definitely songs people who can’t sing really shouldn’t try, there are many others that folks have just worn the hell out that we don’t want to hear again either. We were inspired to put together our own short list of the top five songs people who can’t sing for real shouldn’t try. EVER. Check it:

  1. Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” (do you need an explanation?)
  2. Mariah Carey: “Emotions”/ “Hero” (anything by her actually…)
  3. Alicia Keys: “Fallen” (people doing the intro of this song KILL me)
  4. John Newton: “Amazing Grace” (Got to have your vocals on POINT to jazz this one up)
  5. Judy Garland: “Over the Rainbow” (Too slow, and it doesn’t really compliment your voice)

So there you have it folks. Unless you’re busting out karaoke with friends at an actual lounge, I shouldn’t hear you on trains, on the street, in the shower, on television or anything, singing these songs. They are either untouchable or they’ve just been played out. There are thousands of other songs out there ready and available to rip apart, so you know what to do…

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  • Jennie

    Loving you by Minnie Riperton.

  • James Knight

    Any Negro Spiritual…….including our anthem

  • Enlightebed

    I’m yours? Really? I don’t consider that to be a difficult song, but I guess you have to have a Jason Mraz type voice to pull it off.. I agree with the rest of the list though. I’m also going to need people to quit, I have nothing, saving all my love for you and all the man I need by Whitney Houston, If I were a boy by Beyonce, if I ain’t got you and Purple Rain by Prince and ESPECIALLY “and I am telling you” by Jennifer holiday/Hudson.

  • Anna

    And "Nothing Compares 2U".

    That pitch at "thing" is painful to listen to… I should know… I stop myself when doing it.

  • Anything by Mz. Patti Labelle! That's a No No

  • African_queen

    Killing me Softly by the Fugees should also be banned…:)

  • Scrumdiddlydo

    I wish BLACK MEN would stop trying to sing:
    Ribbon in the Sky- Either Stevie Wonder or Obrian's version
    Always and Forever- Heatwave

    I wish BLACK WOMEN would stop trying to sing:
    Any Patty Labelle, Chaka Khan or Whitney Song
    That would take care of all shenanigans!

  • Princess Grace

    I wish people would stop singing Donnie Hathawya's Song for you

  • or anything by Celine Dion. just don't, ok?



    • loriel

      Either your caps lock is broken, or you don't realize all caps=screaming.

  • rayna

    Sweet Thang song by Chaka Khan..Mary J..I luv ya ..but no…anything by Michael Jackson…old or new…anything by Patti LaBelle…anything by Luther Vandross…is jus not right…anything by Monica…her voice is jus so authentic….leave it alone….

  • Alicia

    People wear the mess out of And I’m telling you. . . And then can’t sing it!

  • CrysJean

    3.Alicia Keys: “Fallen” (people doing the intro of this song KILL me) <<<—-lmbo! "iiiiiiiiiiin that looove"