Most Overrated Rock Bands

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1Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

Don't get me wrong, I do like Linkin Park. They're definitely in my top fifteen favorite rock bands. HOWEVER, they are not #1. People keep placing them above the Beatles, Queen, and other bands that honestly deserve a top spot. I wouldn't mind seeing them or their songs in a top ten, or an occasional top 5. But they are currently the #1 rock band on "best rock bands" list, which really isn't true. Not trying to offend any fans, just saying that they are kinda overrated. - isabellapineiro

Honestly, this list just seems to be a place for people to trash talk bands they don't like, and there are a lot of really great bands on here. But I do think that Linkin Park is overrated. So I'm voting for them.

I do find it funny how this list looks almost exactly the same as most of the top ten best rock bands list... - WolfsQuill

Linkin Park is a very good rock band with their own sound, and I like them a lot. However, All the edgy scene kids who claim they were "saved" by them really need to stop elevating them to unrealistic heights.

Way too hyped.

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2U2U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

Whoever put queen on the list is going to suffer an unfortunate accident.

All of u2's song sound the same. Bad. They are all mediocre musicians, who really shouldn't be one of the most popular bands ever.

They are very good. They have excellent music. You can't say everything sounds the same if you haven't heard everything. I have, and it doesn't. Listen to Drowning Man, then Last Night on Earth, then the First Time, then Wire, etc. They don't all sound the same you haters.

I liked them better when they were are band and not trying to be the United Nations. Masters of hypocrisy. Everybody give money while we are billionaires with tax shelters up the ass. Trying to act non material in Louis Vetton ads. These guys are the ultimate example of why rock sucks today and is no longer dangerous and cool. Everybody is an activist and can't make good albums anymore.

Whoever voted for U2 needs mental help, they are underrated if anything. Listen to some of their lyrics you will have second thoughts.

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3NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Nirvana has their place. They were by no means bad. Kurt had a talent for writing lyrics and a voice that inspired a generation. But the fact remains: they were not even the best in their genre. I wouldn't even put them in my top 3. Soundgarden is VASTLY superior in every single category outside of popularity. Chris Cornell compared to Kurt Cobain is like a 5 carat diamond compared to white dog. Much of the same can be said for Pearl Jam... and Alice in Chains. I would even say Stone Temple Pilots is a tier or 2 above Nirvana. I respect them and their body of work, but when every other well known grunge band has better singing, songwriting, musicianship, lyricism, longevity... Overrated. - VisionsOfSight

Nirvana is basically the most overrated rock band ever! They didn't actually do anything to get this much attention to be honest. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Nirvana, I hate the wannabes that wears Nirvana tees or stuff like that 7/24 and when you ask them they can't even name a Nirvana song except Smells Like Teen Spirit - which I think that its an overrating song too- I mean, okay, Nirvana might be good, but please, I'm telling you that wannabe kid, if your saying that Nirvana is the best band ever, you don't have an idea what rock is, and there are even greater grunge bands than them, like Soundgarden. - Psychedelic

They are great, and I'm not taking anything away from them, but they get way too much recognition. Some so-called "rock fans" love them because they think it's cool to like them, but half of them can't name a song besides Smells Like Teen Spirit! - Ku

They were really only successful because of one song, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

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430 Seconds to MarsThirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević.

This list seems to be a joke. I only agree about this band, Leto and his band are really very overrated. I actually don't understand what Guns N' Roses is doing here? They are overrated? Come on, they maybe were the last performers of 70-80's rock, while the grunge and post-grunge were grabbing the world. The same I can say about the lots of bands in this list. It's very strange.

I like 30 Seconds to Mars, but Jared Leto just thinks too much of himself honestly. They have some very good songs, but I absolutely agree when you compare them to other great rock bands and standout albums. This Is War tries to be really "epic", and while it does have some awesome tracks, 30 Seconds to Mars is just trying to hard in my opinion. - YCLP33

With Shannon Leto being higher up on the greatest rock drummers of all time than, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, The Rev, and Danny Carey I knew something was messed up.

Great band. In my opinion, much better than most of the bands in the top ten.

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5KISSKiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Their music is prosaic at best because they devoted all their creativity to their look and/or stage show. even their fanbase associates them most immediately with the makeup and the pyrotechnics. long as they had those bases covered, they could just play the Alphabet song for two hours straight and they'd get away with it.
What's more they'll actually take that as a compliment. (seriously, Gene Simmons would masturbate on stage if he thought he could get an audience for it. )

Kiss is a talentless band full of ugly people.

This band has a few great songs but that's it. They became successful because of their band name, their live shows and Gene Simmons' tongue. - IronSabbathPriest

This band just sucks all around they can't write music. They never could be more then a want to be band.

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6ColdplayColdplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Coldplay were great to start with and deserved the accolades they got. Then they just produced nothing but filler but were still praised by critics. Hence why they are overrated. It's all sounded the same, very dull for years. The raw emotion has now gone and there songs now sound like there written by someone who's trying to hard. And failing - sextysex

Sadly a once-great band that succumbed to all the need to be mainstream & roll in the dough.

In my opinion they should be in the top five. I can't even call them a rock band. - IronSabbathPriest

Not as good as some people claim they really are.

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7Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California . Their longest lineup of members was M . Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums) . ...read more.

This band has potential, I have heard many of their songs and can't seem to figure out what's not right. The vocals are good, the drums and guitar are even better; Avenged Sevenfold are very talented however it's the choice of songs which are very poor. If someone could actually write songs with proper lyrics and rhythm for a7x then they could possibly one of the best metal bands around. A song style similar to Disturbed or even Bullet For My Valentine could really do them good. For these reasons I think Avenged Sevenfold are good and outstandingly talented although their songs are specifically overrated. - WhenWorldsCollide02

I only voted because I think Avenged Sevenfold deserve to have a crown upon their #1 mark. These guys deserve to be number one, I don't really care what the list is about. Bitches just be jealous. Go whine somewhere else.

This band lacks any form of talent and they always rip off other bands and their fanbase is terrible. They should by #1 on this list.

Avenged sevenfold is the best band of all time and is my favorite band ever they always cheer me up when I am down and I hope they can come close to me

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8AC/DCAC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

I think that what makes their songs so supposedly "stupid" is some of the best stuff about them. They don't put on any airs about sadness or romance. They just write awesome power anthems. May I add that they managed to rise from the ashes after their awesome lead singer, Bon Scott, sadly passed away. Not many bands could do that. Besides, Angus Young is an incredibly skilled guitar player, and his solos make up for the repetitive lyrics. - AngryNerdGirl

AC/DC should be higher. The only "good" thing about them is their guitar play. Their vocalist sucks, their drumming is basic and nothing special, and their bassist is nothing special. Angus Young is great, but that's it.

The reason most of these options are so high up is that this 10 ten list is for rock band's that most people think are actually good. Now, don't get me wrong, AC/DC isn't bad, and I like some of their songs. They're just overhyped in my opinion.

I don't find someone wailing about sex and drugs behind some generic guitar riffs that special, but I guess I'm just another ignorant, brainless millennial. Lol

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9Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences ...read more.

Green Day isn't overrated. Anyone who thinks so just thinks American Idiot is. Listen to Dookie and Insomniac and Nimrod. Great albums.

Seriously, Green Day is not overrated. They've put so much good work together over the years, thinking about society's problems, having ironic and still serious lyrics and let's not forget that American Idiot is a giant rock opera. Green Day's not even my generation or my favorite punk band to be honest, but I totally respect the guys. - YCLP33

I like green day...
Come on, most of these bands get too much hate. They deserve a break from all the haters.

Green Day is really good. Just give it a chance, it's not overrated.

A lot of their albums are underrated.

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10Bon JoviBon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

In the real world, I think they are slightly overrated. On these lists, it's not even close. When I see Richie Sambora in the top ten songwriters and top 50 singers of all time, the answer to the most overrated band is clearly Bon Jovi. Living On a Prayer is a great song, as is Wanted, Dead or Alive. A lot of bands have made two great songs. The rest of their music is either pedestrian or downright bad (Have a Nice Day, It's My Life). It seems a lot of people on these sites are head over heels for Bon Jovi. They're okay, but mainly I just don't feel it, sorry.

The Justin Bieber of rock music. A real band does not make several Adult Contemporary songs. A real band would be like Led Zeppelin or Van Halen (okay with David Lee Roth). This band does not act badass no matter what their fans say, the opposite of rock and roll. Pure cheese

Just appalling soft 1980s drivel. No balls or originality.

It's your life now take it, PLEASE!

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The Contenders

11Maroon 5Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Much of their music post-Songs About Jane are overrated

Why do I know everything about this band despite the fact they suck?

If anything, Maroon 5 is underrated. They deserve their popularity because they're talented.

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12Led 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.

If you think Jonas Brothers, Nickelback and KISS are more overrated than this band, then you don't know what the term "overrated" means. Those bands aren't half as overrated as this band. In fact, those bands are not overrated at all because they're hated and many people bash them so much.

To me, Led Zeppelin have done a few okay songs but the hype surrounding them even to this day and age is too much and too out of control and that is impressive considering that Led Zeppelin plagiarized half of their work from other blues artists. I'm not saying they're very terrible but "greatest band ever"? Are you kidding me?! That, to me is overexaggerating.

Again, this is just my opinion and I respect your opinion if you disagree otherwise. But DON'T GET ALL BUTTHURT OR ARROGANT OR WHATEVER IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT I'M COMMENTING! And thumb me down all you like but you're not gonna change my opinion on Led Zeppelin!

Led Zeppelin is a great band and they do have a unique style to their music, but there are bands that are just as good, if not better. But many people still argue that there's no other band on the planet as great as them.

Zeppelin is a great classic rock band but I think Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Judas Priest, Deep Purple and a few others are all on the same level if not better. They aren't as far ahead of everyone else as people think.

Overrated is just wrong! They wee groundbreaking, great musicians, great lead singers. Even if u don't like them u have to admit their influence and power - ChatonNoir

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13System of a DownSystem of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American rock group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

They're good but people just know them because of Chop Suey. Ever heard of Cigaro or P.L.U.C. K?

Overrated? No, they are underrated. - DoroExploro13

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14Foo FightersFoo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of obviously Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, songwriter), Pat Smear (lead guitarist, pianist), Nate Mendel ...read more.

Overrated? The only reason people say that is because Dave Grohl was in Nirvanna. In my opinion that is a reason they deserve their fame, it would be extremely hard to rise from the ashes of a really popular band. Dave recorded the first album on his own, he played all the instruments.

I really don't consider Foo Fighters overrated, in fact I prefer them to Nirvana

Was forced to see them at last Love Ride their best songs were covers from real bands who wrote good music. Dave Grohl sitting on his throne/motorcycle lamenting about not being able to get out in the wind and ride how pathetic? The insufferable douche bag cusses so much because he can't come up with anything interesting to say so he curses and his moronic fans scream in delight because they heard the "F" word. This just reinforces his need to be a jack ass on stage. I have seen Robert Plant and Pink Floyd so many times and never have they needed to dropping "f" bombs to get their fans into the show

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15Guns N' Roses

Loll, you guys are retarded. Axl may not be admired by most but vocally, he is one of the better singers with a pretty good range. Slash was also a very talented guitarist. This band had a few big hits in the late eighties early nineties but they're Certainly not overrated. Axl had anger issues and was a little arrogant, storms off stage a bunch and sometimes did not show for a performance all together. This does not make them an overrated Act. I realize this is all subject to opinion but I think most people that have basic knowledge and understanding of rock and roll would agree that this band was certainly one of the better 90s progressive rock bands.

Guns N' Roses is a bit overrated. They do have some good hits, but they also have some that aren't that great, yet people say they're the best in the world. They're good, but they're not the best.

Every kid in this generation is led to believe by their piers that Guns 'N' Roses are the greatest band that ever was. And they only know three songs by them.

Very good band, not should be here

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16MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Metallica is in no way a "bad" band. But overrated? HELL YES. Maybe one of the most overrated bands in the world. I loved Metallica until I was about 12 years old and started finding better music. I mean jesus christ, their drummer can barely hold the tempo... They are not very good live either. I mean sure, they have some good songs but it gets pretty bland, boring and repetitive quickly. I know they have a lot of diehard fans but I sincerely believe that they deserve to be on this list... and higher up.

I never got this band's popularity. I mean they've had a few okay songs but I can never remember more than a few seconds from anything they did. Plus their vocals are always so stale and lifeless. I always get ripped to shreds for saying this, but I honestly like megadeath better.

Metallica is a great band, but most people do act like the god of music plays in this band. They're not the best band in the world. Same style, same time, better musicians: Dream Theater (most underrated metal band) - darksky

I concur. Metallica is great and they've had their moments but the Dream Theater is the real deal if you want same style but more melodic music with awesome musicians. - ProfessorSparks

James really is a bad singer, Lars is a bad drummer and the Lyrics to the songs are stupid.

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17Jonas Brothers

This is one of the only bands that belong on this list. Whoever voted for Metallica, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Queen, Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, AC/DC, Aerosmith, and many others, to be on this list can go jump in the fire, hit the floor, and ascend the Stairway to Heaven.

No, this band absolutely does not belong on this list. And it's not because they're good, they're complete crap, and that's why they shouldn't be on here. This list is of overrated bands, not bad ones, people really need to learn to distinguish between bad and overrated, because they have nothing to do with each other. The Jonas Brothers aren't overrated because nobody likes the Jonas Brothers, they have ten times as many haters as they do fans, almost to the point where it would be more reasonable to argue that they're underrated rather than overrated.
So no, the Jonas Brothers are garbage, but they're in no way overrated.

How is Linkin Park and A7X ahead of this? I love Linkin Park and A7X, this list was obviously made by a 10 year old girl who can't begin to understand true talent. - thatonemeatlfan667

Bad =/= overrated. Also, yes, almost every band on this list belongs

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18The 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.

Warning: If you are a hardcore Beatles fan, fanboy or fangirl who easily gets butthurt and cannot handle and respect other people's opinions that differ from your own, then look away now and do not read this rant/opinion.

Okay. Before I start on explaining why I think they are overrated, I am going to give some small amount of credit to them where it is due. In my opinion, I think McCartney is a great bass player who could create very melodic bass lines, some of their songs were okay or even good, they wrote their own material by themselves and they did not use autotune to hide their vocals.

But unfortunately, this is the ultimate reason on why I believe they are overrated. The hype and respect surrounding this band is just way way way too much! There is no need for all this extravagant praise for this band! They were nothing incredibly special, they were just another band that sounded exactly like everything else around their time (The Who, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones ...more

To suggest that I would get butthurt (whatever that means) because you disagree with me is not really giving me a lot of credit, but that's okay. Let me explain why the Beatles are not overrated. Number one is their longevity. Paul McCartney can still sell out a stadium at a moment's notice, even fifty plus years after he started. I would be willing to bet that very few, if any, of today's artists are going to be relevant in 2065. Number two is their albums. It doesn't matter the website. If you're talking about the greatest albums of all time, the White Album, Magical Myestery Tour, Abbey Road, Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Seargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are always in top ten consideration. No other band has six albums that are top ten quality (Pink Floyd might come closest). Number three, their solo careers. McCartney, Lennon, and Harrison had incredible solo careers and even Ringo's solo career could rival the best solo careers of the leaders of most bands. Number four, if ...more

I have to agree... The Beatles owe their success to a lot more than just pure talent. They were rather lucky. They have quite a few really good songs but some of them are just random. I don't love or hate them. They're just a bit overrated.

I second this actually. I mean I like the Beatles but always felt the stones were cooler. - ChatonNoir

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19Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

I am sick of hearing this band on almost every channel be it a supposed hard rock station or an adult contemporary one they are the most overplayed band of all time.

God these songs are so annoying, they keep overplaying it

A typical poser band. Pretty sure 98% of their fans only know/like Otherside and Higher Ground

Oh god I really agree. Boring rock funk - ChatonNoir

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20NickelbackNickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

I don't understand how any body likes this band. These guys are horrible

Most people who have an ungodly hate for this band are generally sheep. Nickelback is not amazing, and their sound is generic usually, but kroeger has a weird sounding voice, but he actually has decent singing talent. Listen to godsmack. THAT is the definition of trying too hard to sing grungily. Their old songs were actually pretty good, but as soon as they blew up they just started to copy themselves. How you remind me isn't actually too bad as well

The guitarist is unskilled (actually all the "musicians" are), their discography have songs that are indistinguishable from one another, their lead singer sounds constipated when singing, they are a derivative of Creed which in turn are a derivative of Pearl Jam whilst at the same time sounding like bro-country (shudders), the lead singer looks like a paedophile, they performed so terribly at a concert that people throw rocks at them, people actually petition for them to NOT perform, their songs lack class (e.G. Figured You Out, Something In Your Mouth), they only care about money when it comes to making music (I mean, as the almighty end all of all things), diversifying in music means bringing Flo Rida to guest in one of your songs, the lead singer is a douchebag as a person.
I just can't think of anything of merit about this band. If one is forced to listen to their music on the radio while at work, what will you expect to be the reaction?

Does anyone cares about this band? No? Neither do I.

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