Most Overrated Musicians

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1Justin BieberJustin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claimed that he was Part-Indian) and he's Christian. He's the son of an author, Pattie Mallet. ...read more.

I HATE JUSTIN BIEBER. I am a 14 year old girl and most of my friends are obsessed with him, but I don't get it AT ALL. This guy has absolutely NO TALENT, he just qualifies as a singer because a bunch of crazy 10-year-old fan girls wish they had hair like him. I can't even believe he isn't at #1. The JONAS BROTHERS? Really? I haven't even heard of them since 2006. All I can say is, Baby Baby Baby Baby Baby NO!

Not even ten year olds that I know like him. My 10 year old stepsister hates this guy. Well okay she sort of converted into a Bieber hater because of me, but still as long as she likes good music like The Beatles and things like ABBA I'm fine with it. - Anonymousxcxc

I'm a 12-year-old girl. I hate Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black, all those other generic pop singers, Twilight, and I am not a Facebook addict. I am not an attention whore, a fangirl, a prep, an emo, or any sort of bad stereotype. I have friends, a social life and get A's (Yes, I'm Asian. Get over it. ) I don't understand the hype with Justin Bieber. His singing is mediocre. But THE WORST PART IS THE FANGIRLS. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY CRITICIZE ANY OTHER FORM OF MUSIC UNRELATED TO JUSTIN BIEBER.

I don't know why he is not at the top in the list? Maybe because he is new and bands like Linkin Park, evanescence, breaking benjamin are not at their prime. His real fan base are silly girls who don't know anything about the music but just like his childish face. He is just a four day wonder and soon will be at the top of the list

I'm a believer and I think he's not very overrated but I love hi and that's all I care

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2MadonnaMadonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.

A very below average vocal range. If she tried to be a singer in the 40's or 50's she would have trouble getting a job sweeping a recording studio let alone singing in one.

She's a mediocre singer who uses shock value to draw attention to herself and to distract from her lack of talent. I don't understand why people like her.

She's in her fifties now and she's still using shock value to draw attention. Madonna if you're reading this, GROW UP! You're 56 years old. You can't keep this up forever you know!

Time to retire love, your not that good.

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3Kurt CobainKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

All the time, I see him on lists of great guitarists and being one of the best guitarists ever. He was never even that good of a guitarist. He knew it too! He would say all the time that he wasn't that great of a player. His solos were sloppy and not that unique, his riffs were repetitive, his clean and acoustic stuff was just too simple, and not to mention that he screwed up about every show!

Anybody who says Kurt Cobain's music is terrible because of his voice or his guitar-playing does not understand the essence of grunge. Yes, his voice wasn't the best, and he did damage it often by how passioantely he sang on stage, but grunge is about the darker, less pitch perfect side of humanity, it's not about hitting all those notes, which is why it appeals to so many teenagers and outsiders sick of being told they're imperfect. His guitar chords WERE simple but that's why they're memorable, at a time when everybody was striving for complexity--complex guitar solos and complex lyrics and complex structures--Kurt kept it simple, and it was the best thing he could do. Frankly, simpler is better than the technical and grandiose, those are the things that survive time.

I'm gonna have to go with Cobain just because most of the rappers and pop stars on this list do not deserve to be called musicians. I really never understood why he is one of the most praised guitarists ever. I honestly think that if Kurt Cobain did not change the world with his simple music, somebody else would have beaten him to it. His vocals and guitar playing are both very average and unimpressive. While I would say that the most overrated guitarist is definitely Slash, Cobain is the most overrated all-around musician. I know that he started grunge, but I would honestly rather listen to the bands that followed his footsteps. - surgeonsanic

Yeah, if he wouldn't die at 27 he wouldn't overrated now... - somekindofaguy

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4BeyonceBeyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.

Here whole career is based on her ass and looks. All her vocals sound the same and married Jay- Z (the most overrated rapper of all time ) to stay famous. She is talented but is famous for the wrong reasons.

Yes, she is overrated. Because she is more popular with her big butt and her relationship with than with her voice and music. She is always in panties, with open legs.

...And sometimes, when she dance she jumps and tumbles as possessed, metal hen in rut.

No noteworthy contribution to the arts. Crazy in love? A sample from The Chi-Lites' 1970 song "Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)", used as the song's horn hook. Bootylicious? Seriously? Halo written by One Republic's Ryan Tedder. Total aesthetic appeal compensating for any true artistic value.

I don't understand why Beyonce is on this list. You obviously haven't seen any of her performances...

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5Lady GagaStefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . ...read more.

She's the biggest copycat in the world! She's has money and sucess just because she has copied the Queen of Pop!

The theatrics - meat wearing, semi-nudity and costume gimmicks cover up an average voice and pretty uncomplicated compositions. Yes she has talents (classically trained pianist) but so what? She doesn't seem to use her talents in the slightest.

Personally, I don't understand the high praise she endlessly gets. Most of her songs range from the perfectly fine (Alejandro, Born This Way) to utterly atrocious and unlistenable (Bad Romance). Her extravagant persona is far more alive and interesting than the music she produces. That is all you need to know. - Mrveteran

One of many Madonna clones that never end

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6Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing about her personal life and not using AUTO-TUNE in her music . She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after ...read more.

She is mediocre and I'm trying to be nice. Her voice is limited, very! Yes she does write her own songs but they are all about the same thing, not much creativity there. It's not like we have not heard songs with these type of lyrics before and from far better talented artists, like Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush. There are way to many female artists who write with more creativity and thought. If her fans were not so young maybe they would get a true ear on music and listen to more and find out she is very mediocre compared to many artists in music history and show some respect. Very limited with guitar playing, as well. Very little cords she can play. Sorry, but I expect truly great artists to be well versed and sing with a greater range and play instruments that they truly play with craftsmanship by practicing for a long, long period of time. She is what she is and that is nothing even close to Linda Ronstadt, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Joan Baez, and even Judy Collins. That ...more

This girl cannot stay on key to save her life. She should be a song-writer with co-writers (b/c without them all her songs sound the same) but NOT "sing". However, she is a brilliant business woman as was writing young women on Facebook to be friends when she was just getting started. She knows how to sell her brand and get many people overlook her horrid voice. She is talented but not vocally. VERY overrated.

Am I the only one who thinks this girl is a poor role model? Let's start with a couple of her songs.

"Mean" basically says people can't change. If they're a bully their just mean, screw the reasons they're mean. And you can't change because "all your ever going to be is mean"

"Blank Space" basically tells all guys are jerks and they'll never find the right guy.

Now let's talk about Taylor Swift's personality.

Does she have to be overdramatic and have to make a big deal out of everything?

She made a big deal when her dancers CHOSE to dance for Katy Perry. She sues people for mentioning her.

Let's not forget how she stole copyright from her photographer.

And publicity and media makes her look like this sweetheart. People actually buy it and actually look up to this freak.

I'm sorry but not only does she have no talent, she's the most overrated in general. She's not that good of a person. Dare I say she's kind of a bad person. - AnnaOfArendelle332

Overrated voice, she is a product of technological enhancement and shrewd marketing. Yes, she's good, but she's not great.

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750 CentCurtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

Led Zeppelin Is over this clown?
what this guy sing is all about gangsta and some nonsense stuff
I wouldn't consider he rap because It's like he was just talking the lyric
nothin special
Those guy who said Led aren't good must not know what rock is voting Led Zeppelin instead of others
I'm not even born around 60's 70's or 80, s
but I love Led Zeppelin
Better than sellout marketing artist these day
and Eminem is the man dude
He really raps somethin meaning full
not just making fun of someone else
those who vote eminem must listen just 2 songs of him
never listen to Like Toy Soldier? Hailey's song? Mockingbird? My Daddy's gone crazy? Lose Yourself? Beautiful? and so on
He's not making fun at all
actually he really rap

These should be voted
The Jonas Brothers
Daughtry
Soulja Boy
Miley Cyrus
Pete Wentz
Lil Wayne
Justin Timberlake
Fall Out Boy
Avril Lavigne
- robertlead37

people who commented and vote for a7x, 30seconds to mars, slipknot and linkin park you SUCK...! don't vote them becase they are popular.. they will never get overrated to us.. True music lovers... 50 cent, solja guy or whatevr they are music eaters... dnt call them mussians... justin kid, miley cyrus, rihanna, michel jaka... etc... can they sing... - skt

50 cent is just so great...His lyrics are dope and his first Album went platinum to tell u how great he his...He should be part of the top 5...This is insulting

Hip hop / rap was cool in the 80s. Then it got annoying real fast except the more abstract & soulful stuff no one knows about

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8Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

This list is complete garbage. Honestly what idiot thinks that Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus are better than Michael Jackson? He's the best musician of all time and is DEFINITELY not overrated. to be honest I'd say he's underrated. People focused on his personal life more than the musician. So first of all haters, he became white because he had a skin disease called Vitiligo which caused white patches on his skin and he used makeup to cover it up. He had nose jobs because the stupid media wouldn't stop bugging him about his "big nose" and when he did get nose jobs, they made fun of him AGAIN. Also, he NEVER molested a child. The idiot who claimed that he did admitted that he was lying and his dad hung himself after MJ died. Coindence? I don't think so. Michael Jackson was the nicest, sweetest, most beautiful human being to walk on Planet Earth. He deserved to be treated way better. People only talk about his flaws which are complete lies considering it all comes down to tabloids. They ...more

No way Michael Jackson should be anywhere near this list. Believe it or not, he did in fact make a huge contribution to music and is also very enjoyable to listen to. His vocal charisma alone takes him out of this spot. Also, Eminem, really? Kurt Cobain? Come on, guys. And you can't be overrated if you're more hated than liked, anyways! (Justin Bieber)
But seriously, get Michael Jackson out of this list and bring in Nicki Minaj (who is below him? ) and company. Have a little respect towards this legend - Donut

His songs sound similar? Not at all! from Heal the world to Dirty Diana, from The lady in my life to Give in to me, from Who is it to Billy jean, from Speechless to Dangerous, I could go on and on, they couldn't be more different! The one who said that his songs sound similar has obviously never listened to Michael's songs.

There's a genius behind each of his great albums and its not him

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9EminemEminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 172 million albums making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Eminem is one of the greatest rappers Ever period no more no less. Other rappers are just jealous of his flow and awesome rhymes

Eminem is probably one of the most overrated rappers of all time. Sure, his flow and lyrics are awesome, but many of his fans treat him as the omnipotent god of hip-hop. Just go to ant top ten list on this site that is rap-related (and even some lists that are not rap-related) and you will see him in the #1 spot. His first few albums were great, but Encore and the albums that followed were kind of mediocre. His newer songs are mainly popular since they have popular singers like Rihanna sing the hook, and they appeal more to the pop music that would normally not enjoy hip-hop. While I still think he is a cut above lame rappers like 2 Chainz, he certainly isn't the king of the game, so stop treating him like he is.

Eminem is probably my favorite rapper of all time, but he gets WAY too much attention, especially with his mediocre newer songs like Rap God and Detroit vs. Everybody. Also, this isn't the top 10 WORST musicians, this is the top 10 MOST OVERRATED musicians. Justin Bieber is NOT overrated. Everybody hates him. Same with Lil' Wayne, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, and Beyonce.

Great rapper, but very overrated - anewman

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10Mariah CareyMariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She won 5 Grammys, got her documentary movie "Glitter" and also one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry. ...read more.

I admire her talent, but the part coming with her job is the part where you have to respect your fellow musicians. She basically dissed Ariana Grande for being compared to her, hates on Eminem (One of the biggest rappers of all- time, and pretend Nicki Minaj isn't alive. I'd suggest that you don't diss on people who have a lot of fans, have had a number 1 song in the past 5 years and can come up with something other than a remix of a Christmas song that gets played on the radio every Christmas Eve. I love your music, you just have to pull yourself together!

All I can say is go and listen to vision of love and try to sing it you would do good at first but after maybe two or three minutes into the song and a couple of 3 or 4 or 5 octaves your voice will start to get tired and run out of breath and gasping for air Mariah Carey vision of love song is a hard song to sing can't nobody sing the song the difficulty of the song is just way to powerful especially the studio version it was enhanced and the live version is hard and difficult to sing as well Mariah Carey vision of love song, nobody will never master that song while singing it it's way to hard to sing along to.

Know one thing. This site is FULL of jealous Eminem stans. They trash EVERY single person that Eminem has ever had beef with. And upvote Eminem nonstop.

Just have a look at the best songs of all time and all the supposed Eminem songs. Compare that to any credible publication and it's a complete joke.

You would think if a musician was a good influence they would inspire positivity in others. But quite a bit of Eminem fans (at least many of the ones on this site) cannot keep an open mind towards people that Eminem has had conflicts with.

Mariah Carey is the best singer of this generation. She briefly dated Eminem. Eminem dissed her and his fickle fanbase is hating on her just for the diss song "The Warning" and the Obsessed music video.

Why are you stans so angry?

Mariah belongs nowhere on this list. Remember the only reason is Eminem fans.

Good voice boring music

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?Rachel PlattenRachel Ashley Platten is an American singer and songwriter. Her third studio album and major-label debut, Wildfire, reached number five in the U.S.
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11BonoPaul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

Bono is above Lil Wayne? You must be joking. - Therater2

What a double face guy who talks about helping the poor people but wants to see people that sends his pirate merchandise in jail, what an hypocrite! - Juniorxtrm

U2 is a terrible band that had one average album, 30 years ago, the rest well below average. This guy tries too hard to live like a rockstar, all we can do is just laugh and let him do whatever it is he does.

Can't argue with this nom. He seems to be convinced that HE is U2. He's not that great a singer either, more of a shouter and groaner.

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12The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

If the Beatles had come out 5 years later, bands like the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Creedence would have never formed or would have sounded utterly different. If you weren't there in the 60's, educate yourself instead of displaying your ignorance.

Beatles are great, but their fans keep hailing them as the best band ever, only because they were influential. If they would have been around just like 5 years later, nobody would really care that much.
They're a good band, but bands like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Creedence etc. Were superior to them in both songwriting and musicianship.

They're good, but shouldn't be hailed as being the best rock band. That title should go to Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd

Why exactly is this on the top ten list again?

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13Nicki MinajNicki Minaj is an American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe". Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.

Exposed garbadge. Can't rap even if her life depended on it. She sound's like a drunk monkey and a constipated gorilla mixed together. She alway's make's these random ass noises in the middle of a verse. And these weird ass faces. She does nothing but waves her fake a$$ and titties in the air thinking she's getting to Broadway or something. All of her song's make no sense and within 10 seconds of the song will have you pounding your head up against the wall. Her favorite thing to sing about is " stupid hoe's" which is based on one of her songs " stupid hoe" that had me rushing to the hospital because of bleeding from my ear's. I wish she would just leave the hip hop industry alone.

Sure it takes talent to rap like that but it doesn't change the fact that her lyrics make no sense AT ALL. I'm a junior in high school and literraly everyone is obsessed with nicki minaj. Nicki's music it WAY too overrated and she should be nearer to the top of this list.

Her "music" is so incredibly nonsensical, it makes me wanna rip my ears off

I don't feel like sweetening up my comment. I'll be honest. She sucks, She really does. - Anonymousxcxc

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14Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

Who the hell put Led Zeppelin here? They were some od the best musicians of all time... Pathetic how this is above so many of todays unoriginal popstars and rappers. - Upuu

Finally can't stand there music

15Snoop DoggCordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.

Excuse me, but why is everyone hatin' on Eminem! Just cause ya'll don't like rap and don't understand what real rap is doesn't mean you can just hate on Eminem. He's beast. But Snoop dogg sucks, he doesn't even rap, he just talks without any beat or rythem. - thelegacy

Snoopy is lousy rapper. More interested in young girls than music

All he does is sell himself out. Rapping with crappy artists like Big Time Rush, Jason Derulo, Lil Wayne, and even promoting terrible artists like Wiz Khalifa and Far East Movement. This guy truly is a sellout.

He's funny. I'll give him that

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16Miley Cyrus

some people doesn't know what music is, they listen to her commercial stupid music!

by the way, THE BEATLES here? since Oasis to SOAD, many bands like them, only a retarded would vote for that in this list. LED ZEPPELIN? I bet the people who voted there likes to listen Justin Bieber. METALLICA and KURT COBAIN ahead Justin Bieber? that's stupid! - rock2metal

shocking to believe she isn't higher and should be in the top 10 along with daughtry - idolangelx13

Horrible plastic pop singer... Cheap soulless pop rubbish this is, totally plastic rubbish music... A total insult to the music industry, eek!

I voted her because she isn't in the top 5

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17Lil WayneDwayne Michael Carter, Jr., also known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age . He has been critically acclaimed and even more panned throughout his career . He's often criticized for constantly talking about money, girls, and ...read more.

This clown sucks! He got booed off the stage at bonaroo, his lyrics suck, he's a whiny little prick. He repeats his lyrics because he's a terrible song writer.

Why the hell are Led Zeppelin, Nirvana (Kurt Cobain, Bono, U2, Eminem even on this list. The people who are voting to put these people with actually talent are thick and uneducated. They haven't listened to good music.

I almost doesn't get worse than Lil Wayne. Dumb thoughtless unlyrical hip-pop. Not to mention the fact that lollipop is one of the worst songs ever made - Chris-1

Definitely the worst popular hip-hop artist of all time. Makes me wanna kill myself.

Why the hell is KURT COBAIN number three?

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18Britney SpearsBritney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar ...read more.

She cannot sing! Her body sold her music. Now her voice all autotune or electronic

No the Beatles are the best britney sucks

She actually sounded normal in the early 2000s, but now drugs made her sound like a troll.

Her body is NICE but not her music - bigmike137

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19Janis JoplinJanis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

You're a tone-deaf moron, in addition to having no understanding of the words "soul" or "emotion" if you are unable to recognize, let alone fathom, Janis Joplin's gift.
Admittedly raw and a bit pitchy in the earlier years, her voice matured in the years preceding her death.
Problem is, ignorami such as yourself have been listening to pure crap produced since the mid-eighties, and think music was invented by your vapid generation.

She had a good voice and awesome potential. Though she did little. She didn't write her songs, and died young. She could have done more, though she didn't.
Overrated? A lot. She essentially did nothing.
Bad? Not at all. She had a great voice, and was a good singer.

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20Justin Timberlake

What's wrong with people these days. Celine Dion, Elvis and many other above Justin timberlake. Please don't kid me. I am an ultimate fan of Celine. She has a beautiful voice. I don't know why people don't respect her that much. And this good for nothing Justin Timberlake is less overrated as compared to her. Please for God's sake. Well, the only good thing about this list is that Madonna is second cause I hated whenever she was called the greatest female singer the world has ever had. Well, no offense for her fans but seeing Celine in this list really freaks me out.

Sorry but he got the most whiniest voice ever and he thought people would think of him as the new Al Green. He thinks he got soul.

Justin Timberlake is the most annoying excuse for a good singer ever. EVER! He has the whiniest voice and I don't understand how a normal person could possibly sit through one of his songs. I will forever hate this person. My ears have been scarred for life.

He's all ego and very little talent. The fact that he treats his former band mates like garbage says a lot.

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