Today is the worst day. Prince should still be alive. We are all grieving. But certain to compound our sorrow is the inevitable flood of musicians who will definitely be doing Prince covers this weekend at the second go-round of Coachella, in what the more cynical among us might view as an outward pissing contest of who loved and was influenced by The Artist the most.

None of these covers will be good. All of them will be sacrilege. To mentally prepare you for this onslaught of demonry, we have predicted and ranked the worst potential Prince covers at Coachella this weekend. Steel yourself.

15. Death Grips (“Orgasm”)

14. Matt & Kim (“Let’s Go Crazy”)

13. Miike Snow (“Cream”)

12. Chris Stapleton (“I Wanna Be Your Lover”)

11. Pete Yorn (“Let’s Go Crazy”)


9. Phases (“Erotic City”)

8. Sufjan Stevens (“Future Baby Mama”)

7. Rae Sremmurd (“Diamonds and Pearls”)

6. M83 (“How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore”)

5. LCD Soundsystem (“Gett Off”)

4. James Bay (“When Doves Cry”)

3. Calvin Harris f. Taylor Swift (“1999")

2. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes (“Darling Nikki”)


2. Grimes (“Batdance”)

1. Halsey (“Purple Rain”)


1. The Last Shadow Puppets (“Purple Rain”)

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