I don’t know whose idea it was to have Britney Spears cover Joan Jett, but the fact that it was one of the singles from the grisly Crossroads movie does at least mean that the people involved were not known for their good judgment to begin with. Actually, the very early-2000s Pop instrumentation is as big a problem as Spears, sounding incredibly obnoxious and utterly out-of-place. That said, given that Spears’ vocals are all but unlistenable even in songs written specifically for her, it’s not surprising that she sounds even more horrible trying to match Joan Jett’s range and force.
Verdict: Bad (but only this cover. The original song is still a masterpiece.)