Top Ten Music Artists People Like Because They Think It Makes Them Cool

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People are very divisive when it comes to music artists and their songs. Not everyone enjoys the same music genres as their friends, family, or mainstream radio. What is musical poetry to one, is another person's bag of fighting cats.

There does seem to be one musical constant out there however; that many people choose their musical preferences, at least publicly, based on what they believe it says about themselves. Whether they are a contrarian who only likes what other people hate, or a hipster who exclusively follows bands without radio air time, the actual sound of a band isn't always the thing people latch on to.

There are iconic bands that have been popular since they first puts lips to microphone and fingers to strings, and there are those who only reached fame long after they disbanded. Regardless of the media or the quality, there are fans who obsess over a band (or genre for that matter) simply to agree, or disagree, with their friends.

Below are the music artists that many people seem to like, not because the music merits it, but simply because they think it makes them look cool. Some of the artists are critically acclaimed, others aren't, but to musical bandwagoners, it doesn't really matter. This list is not a statement about whether a band is good or not, just about whether their fans care.

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1Led 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.

Depends on the crowd. Being an enthusiastic fan of any of the listed music artists will open you up to ridicule from music snobs--the kind who like Krautrock, modern classical, and drone. I speak from experience.

(I like Krautrock and modern classical, by the way.) - PetSounds

One wonders how these judgements were determined. Surveys? Guesses? How does one judge the attractions motivating others?

Their songs themselves are fine, but I'm not going to be a sheep and say they are the "BEST BAND ever" (if anything they are among the worst) with a 20 plagiarism count and getting away with the same things Justin Bieber (mainly centraling substances) doesn't. - WonkeyDude98

They are thieving basterds.

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2AC/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.

Nah, AC/DC is fine. Probably the only hard rock band I like. - SwagFlicks

THey so old bro icant even. They got like nothing on twenty one pilots bruh - LizardBoy

3QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Once I asked my classmates if they had even heard of queen. Only one girl said yes. We were very offended when nobody knew who they were.

But they're great one of the best groups ever so why don't like them?

4Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

I for one am a true Pink Floyd fan. I love them because I think they're creative. But I don't love them just to look cool and I don't think they're the greatest band of all time. Also, I can understand why most people dislike them and I don't force them to like Pink Floyd or some other things I like. I simply let people enjoy what they enjoy. People are free to like or dislike whatever types of art they want. Because you have to know that there's always gonna be someone who's not gonna like what you like. And that's okay.

I'm sure they'll be terribly disappointed; their lives wasted

No, I am not a sheep. I can say loudly and proudly that I do not like this band. Never have and never will. - Britgirl

5The 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.

Actually I like The Beatles because it's a part of the music history and for songs like Let It Be and Yesterday - MatrixGuy

The Beatles are good, but I wish people would stop treating them like gods. - SwagFlicks

6EminemEminem, 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.

People like him for (mostly) all of the right reasons. - SwagFlicks

People really do support him with very little reason, particularly given a very flawed justification of himself as the artist which he claims to be. In my eyes, there are few people who are more superficial in this world. There's nothing I can stand about him. - PositronWildhawk

You know, I always find it hypocritical when you slag off rap by using only mainstream artists as your basis for hatred, but someone says dubstep is bad and you tell them to listen to underground dubstep artists instead. Does rap not get that luxury because you don't like it? - ArchAces

7RushRush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.
8DioDio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

Well... Dio is basically about Dungeons and Dragons and mythical things. Not exactly cool in my neck of the woods. But I do like them. RIP Ronnie. - IronSabbathPriest

9NirvanaNirvana 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.

If you're really a Nirvana fan, tell me about the numerous Nirvana songs which are better than Smells Like Teen Spirit. - PositronWildhawk

I prefer Heart Shaped Box or Something In The Way, but that's because the broody side of me won't allow me to play anything remotely upbeat. - ArchAces

See tons of Nirvana shirts. I bet half of those people probably think Kurt Cobain is still alive.

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10The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

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11KissKiss 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.
12MetallicaMetallica 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.

I think they should be on top 10. Just think, isn't there any metal band that are better than Metallica? For me yes. Not one, tons of them. Then why do many (not everyone) people try to act like that they are the best band ever. And in the end it turns that they heard only one song "Master of Puppet". And for this song they're the best band ever! If you're really a big fan of an artist then you should listen at least 15-20 songs of them. But a lot consider them as best band from hearing 2-3 songs. It's probably because everybody says they're the best metal band. - zxm

13MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.
14My Chemical RomanceMy Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

They are a good band, but their fandom consists of annoying edgy scene kids. - RiverClanRocks

15Rae SremmurdRae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers, Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown (born June 7, 1995) and Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown (born December 29, 1993). They are best known for their platinum singles "No Flex Zone" and "No Type". They are signed to Mike WiLL Made-It's label, "EarDrummer ...read more.

Trust me as a kid at a school whose majority of students only like "gangsta rap" people think rae sremmurd makes them cool - ProPanda

If anything, these are the reasons people hate rap these days. Unoriginal, bland, tasteless and uninspired. If you want a decent rapper, listen to Kendrick Lamar. - Swellow

16Green 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.V1 Comment
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.
18Melanie MartinezMelanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.
19Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.
20SkrillexSkrillex is an American EDM producer who is known for popularizing dubstep. He is part of the bands Jack Ü (DJ) and From First To Last (Lead Singer). His album Recess debuted at 4 on the BB200, tying him with Zedd for the highest debut for an EDM album on that chart. He is best known for Scary Monsters ...read more.
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