Hayley Williams And Jared Leto Celebrate Lady Gaga’s Birthday With “Bad Romance” Covers

Birthday girl Lady Gaga must be really feeling the love this week, especially since other musicians are sending their personal b-day presents to the singer in the form of covering her biggest hits. (Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, after all.) Paramore’s Hayley Williams uploaded a twitvid of her singing “Bad Romance”, accompanying herself on piano, and 30 Seconds to Mars recorded a darker rock version of the hit song at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Listen to both covers after the jump, and we’ll prepare you by saying that one is the perfect b-day gift to bring joy to Gaga’s heart, and the other one should come with a return receipt.

Hayley Williams – “Bad Romance”

It’s nice to hear how truly great Hayley’s voice is without loud rock riffs covering it up. And with that indifferent expression on her face throughout the whole video, you have to wonder just how easy it is for her to knock a song out of the park while barely even trying.

We, uh, wish we could say the same thing about 30 Seconds to Mars’ cover of “Bad Romance”, which sounds like it was recorded for a Halloween sound effects CD.

Way, way, way too angsty and tortured for our liking. Jared Leto’s screechy vocals add nothing to this track, in fact—remember when American Idol‘s Todrick Hall pulled apart Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” so much so that it didn’t even sound like the same song? We’ve got the same problem here. “Bad Romance” should never, we repeat never, performed in a minor key.

The good news is, it’s the thought that counts, and we’re sure Gaga appreciates the sentiment (even if we don’t).

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  • honey

    haley put leto to shame

  • ooohow

    hayley's voice is terrible; is she really a singer? :))

  • Becky

    Really? I wouldn't call it a perfect performance, but considering she looks like she's just winging it and having fun with it, at times her vocals are extremely impressive.

  • moo

    Hayley Williams did a fabulous job covering the song, she's a very talented singer. She and Gaga should team up for a duet, or at least Gaga could cover “Brick By Boring Brick”. As for Jared Leto, he should apologize to Gaga for butchering her song, but for torturing people's ears with this atrocious cover. I couldn't even listen to that mess in its entirety, it's so bad.

  • mustang

    haley sounds great and she accompianies herself. leto can't even play
    there is your first cue to the flat nasal woas and a butchered cover. the s and m lyrics didn't do him an favors either, makes it clear what a douche he is

  • Liz

    Isn't the original song in A minor???? What do you mean it should never be performed in a minor key? What am I missing?

  • Liz

    Oh I see. You're right. I just googled it. It's in F?

  • Vanessa

    I think Hayley’s acoustic version is amazing even though she is barely putting any energy into the song it’s still perfectly in tune. I like Jared’s voice (as always) but I don’t know what the rest the band is doing – where are they? Where are the guitar riffs and driving drum beat? I think 30 seconds to mars could have done a lot better with the arrangement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-Tseplaev/100001871678971 Sean Tseplaev

    Are you fricken kidding me
    halys version sucked but she sounded liek some warp tour drop out
    30stm cover was incredible for how little time they put into it
    its so much catchyer than the original
    you people dont liek him because hes more attractive talented and better at everything else than you could ever ammas in your insignifigant lives
    i give 30stm 1000000000000000000000000 points for bringing everybody else to shame once again and as for the change in lyrics
    haha damn thats hot
    you girls must be lazy lovers
    i liek it rough and naughty
    lady gaga btw appooved his version over hailey sucksliams

  • catalina

    yeah she is a great singer

  • Ashli

    I absolutely love 30STM’s cover of this song; I don’t know why it is getting bashed on on all these websites… He put something different into it and I guess that’s hard for Gaga lovers to like. I don’t think Hayley’s voice sounds all that professional, while Jared’s does.