Most Overrated Musicians

The Top TenXW

1Justin Bieber

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

Not Overrated, But Not Underrated.

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Madonna is the worst vocalist.. She has no vocal range be it high be it low.. Just keeps sexual themes.. Who made her the Queen of pop.. Its Lady GaGa who is a trained classical musician Rock dance fashion Icon

Moreover he fake blonde hair signifies she is not proud of being a brunette as if being a brunette is a sin.
Madonna is of Italian origin but has not done anything for the Italian music scene.

Her body is just like a man ^^ her vocals like a zero rating vocalist

Why is she so bad? My mom loves Madonna, but it's your opinion and I'm not going to start fights and respect your opinion. - MusicalPony

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.

Madonna was the bee's knees in the 80's, but for some reason, her career managed to keep her in work through the next 3 decades. She should have retired like 25 years ago, she's not that good anymore.

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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 not overrated, she's one of the greatest artists/performers ever.

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4Lady Gaga

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.

Yet another blistering melanoma on the sunbed tanned plastic skin that is Popular Music. Idiocracy is here this list is full of proof.

Lady Gaga, Madonna and Justin Bieber..

They're the definition of overrating artists!

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5Taylor Swift

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.

Nothing important. Just another whiny female country-pop singer who sings about nothing but love.

She's more overrated than sliced bread. It annoys me to death how her fans will call you a jealous hater just because you're not interested. I'm not jealous -- I'd die if I had her lifestyle. She sings about boys way too much and she honestly doesn't sound that good live. Go ahead and kill me. I personally like Adele better because even though she seems about the same kind of stuff, she's more mature about it. I'm sure there are a lot of people more talented than Taylor, but they don't get any attention.

Sold out to pop

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6Kurt Cobain

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

I'm sorry but this guy in the top 25 of Rolling stones top 100 guitarists and Slash not in top 100, somethings messed up, I respect him, but the hype around how good he is is way too big, there best song is not the crowning achievement in rock, all they did was make Grunge popular, which isn't even that good of music

Leave him alone. He was a tortured soul from the beginning

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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
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

Thats not what music is about! - iTunesJunky

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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.

I hope I'm not the only one who has noticed with each album he says I stuffed up so I'm gonna fix it and make a change. Well were still waiting for that change

A dumb and nerdy white boy who wants to play to be a rude rapper, pathetic! - Juniorxtrm

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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

I liked U2 in the 80's. Now everyone thinks they're greatest musical contribution in the history of mankind... They would be in my list of top 50 rock bands of all time...nothing more.

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10Michael Jackson

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

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

I do not get the hype in the slightest. Trying to listen to a song just bores me, all of the ones I've listened to have just sounded so similar, and the voice is just plain unappealing.

Then again, maybe I just expect too much, since I prefer Queen and David Bowie, since they bring variety and a pleasant voice (in my opinion, I know he was probably influential somewhere).

I see a lot of pop artists on here and that's good but let's be real, Michael Jackson is one of the only ones that have been able to pull out a huge career and not just famous for a year or two, but that's what I don't get, he's really nothing special, there are way more talented and devoted musicians than this guy that don't get nearly as much recognition

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The Contenders

11Britney Spears

No the Beatles are the best britney sucks

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

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

12Nicki Minaj

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

Americans made her famous...

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13Snoop Dogg

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

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.

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

I never ever liked this man! Songs about marijuana will only get you so far, Snoop. Give it up, just retire and go live in Pakistan or something!

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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 Wayne

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 isn't he in number one? he can't rap, he's annoying and all his songs are about money, girls and drugs. - LukeTargaryen

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16Chris Brown
17Garth Brooks

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

18Mariah 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!

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.

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.

Good voice boring music

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2pac's overrated because of his fans. I'm not hating, again, at him. Like what these guys said, he didn't do anything fancy on his songs, and his fans are nothing but lowlife moralists. HE'S ONLY GOOD BECAUSE OF THE MESSAGE HE BROUGHT IN. But he still sucks. Dear Mama, Changes, Brenda's Got A Baby are all mediocre songs, despite the crap message he brought. He says he loves LA, but he's born in New York and he barely lived in LA. Even Snoop Dogg used different styles and he's more overrated than tupac? Even Dr. Dre is better than this fakeass. I only like the songs "Hit Em' Up", "Ambitionz Az A Ridah", or "California Love", and Snoop Dogg had better songs than that.
Tupac never did anything fancy in his songs, he used the same crap in his 4 years. He's not even a thug.

2pac is definitely overrated. Period. But hey, at least Biggie copied his style. - nolvorite

He used one flow his entire career yet is usually credited as the greatest rapper of all time. In his dreams he was jealus that real hip-hop fans liked nas and biggy way better than him. pac simpley sucks eminem has skills and actually uses similies, punchlines, and metaphors which increases the difficulty of your rhymes. Pac never did that he is overrated he was good but he can't be compared to the great nas or rakim or even ice cube. None lyrical with limited range and no flow, these days little kids think he was god but the true hip-hop heads know the truth and its that 2pac was and is overrated. He knew he wasn't that good himself but his brainless fans think he was the best witch he never was. If you think 2pac was the best you do not know anything about real hip-hop ohh, he rapped about politics he's the greatest, not immortal technique would have ripped this guy in a battle know doubt. Pac sells t-shirts but the real hip-hop heads know what's up.

Tupac was a smart guy, but he had no significant musical skill. He just wrote slightly (just slightly)above average rap lyrics and that's about the extent of his involvement in his albums. The rest was just his persona and producers in the studio. His music is practically indistinguishable from the glut of other gangsta rap from that period, and the lyrics are all crap.

He's taken on mythic status, but the majority of his output is awful, and even his best songs are just mediocre. Easily the most overrated entertainer in my generation. I can barely name one song and I am a into useless trivia, that's how irrelevant he truly is.

2Pac is a great rapper but he is NOT the best and never was. How 2Pac wins number 1 on any Best Rapper list and Biggie or Eminem don't is beyond me! Still ONE of the best rappers and is much better than Lil Wayne! - micdanchris

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