Most Overrated Musicians

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1Justin BieberJustin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He was born on March 1, 1994. Justin is currently 22 years old and lives in Ontario, Canada (despite once claimed that he was Part-Indian) and he's Christian. He's the son of an author, Pattie Mallette.

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!

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 hate Justin Bieber as much as the next guy, but how is he overrated? More than half of the world's population pretty much hates him.

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2Madonna

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!

If anything, she is UNDERRATED. I guess people here haven't actually listened to her music. Confessions on a Dancefloor is one of the greatest pop albums ever.

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3Beyonce

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.

Beyonce is incredibly overrated and I am sick and tired of everyone saying she is talented at singing because to be honest her music is average at best - TheThomasThomas

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4Lady GagaStefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

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

I remember that I saw a comment on this site saying that Lady Gaga is like a philosopher or something like that but I think this was the dumbest thing I ever heard because how on earth would a crappy singer be like a philosopher - TheThomasThomas

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5Kurt 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!

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

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.

At least this guy was better than the vast majority of these clowns called "musicians"

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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 became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin ...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

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

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.

Stupid bimbo who blames her exes for everything and never takes any responsibility for herself and always tries to play victim.

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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

I don't get it. And that's a good thing. - FearlessFreep

50 Cent is not even a great rapper and to be honest his music sucks - TheThomasThomas

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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

most jackson fans couldn't name 5 jackson songs they just go by the hype, didn't write most of his songs, didn't make an original dance move or routine, above average singer but certainly not the best

I actually like him but lets be real, his fans went from record low to record high the day he died

Do you even know what overrated means?

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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.

Deserves the fame that he's getting

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10BonoPaul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist.

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

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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?Ozzy OsbourneJohn Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

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11Mariah Carey

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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12Nicki MinajNicki Minaj is an American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe". ...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

Her "music" don't make sense and Anaconda is gross - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

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13Snoop 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 is a gangster rapper and gangster rap is an overrated genre enough said - TheThomasThomas

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14Miley 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!

She is a bad example, even to bad example - Juniorxtrm

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15Lil WayneDwayne Michael Carter, Jr., also known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. He has been critically acclaimed and panned throughout his career, more so panned than acclaimed. His most acclaimed album is Tha Carter III, released in 2008.

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.

Greatest guitarist on the planet. no question. He plays better than Jimi Hendrix sinister gates or any other crap guitarist out there. Lollipop has the greatest guitar solo ever

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16Britney 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.

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17Janis 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.

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18Chris BrownChristopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in ...read more.

I have never really like Chris brown my sister does but I think he is just another black guy trying to sing

19Garth BrooksTroyal Garth Brooks, known professionally as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.

He is only the second of your worst "musicians" that even usually plays an instrument. I expected to see people who were overrated at playing a musical instrument. This basically looks just like the Top Ten most overrated singers list. Garth may be overrated as a guitar player but that's not his strength anyway. His singing, showmanship, and songwriting are what made him famous.

Garth can be credited with one thing... He is hugely responsible for turning true down-to-earth country music into what it is today... A pandering pop-influenced. Adding insult to injury was his annoying pop twang singing which has gone on to be used by every country music hack since. The guy essentially ruined country music.

Overrated piece of crap. ONE if you have been in the business for 20-30 years and someone can count the number of good songs you've made on one hand your not that great. TWO he doesn't write most of his songs. and THREE the only reason people like him is because he's a marketing genius. ill give him that it takes a genius to sell complete and utter crap

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