Top 10 Bands that are the Most Overrated of Their Genre

These bands are the most overrated of their genre imo. These bands aren't bad in their genre they just got too much attention in their genre.

The Top Ten

1 Nirvana (Grunge) Nirvana (Grunge) Nirvana 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.

Called the best band ever for just one song - christangrant

I think this one is pretty self explanatory.

2 Led Zeppelin (Hard Rock) Led Zeppelin (Hard Rock) Led 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.

I also think that, they could be on top 5. But being on number 1 makes them kinda overrated. - zxm

3 The Beatles (Rock) The Beatles (Rock) The 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.

This one requires no explanation.

Most overrated band of all time.
Average musicians, average songs.

4 Cannibal Corpse (Death Metal) Cannibal Corpse (Death Metal) Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: ...read more.

Honestly for Death Metal bands they aren't that great... Death's better in comparison.

I like Hammer Smashed Face, mainly for the instrumentation. The growls aren't really obnoxious to me. - cjWriter1997

5 Black Sabbath (Heavy Metal) Black Sabbath (Heavy Metal) Black Sabbath were 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.

I don't think Black Sabbath is overrated at all in the Heavy Metal genre, there's more overrated bands than Sabbath. - Mumbizz01

Their are better heavy metal bands out there than Black Sabbath.

6 Sex Pistols (Punk Rock) Sex Pistols (Punk Rock) The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history ...read more.

Weren't that terribly good of a band, sorry to say. The vocals are awful, and the rest of the band could barely play, not to mention how the 'iconic' Sid Vicious couldn't play bass to save his life. This band was all about the image, not the music (which we rightly criticise pop music for these days, but these guys get a pass somehow) and considering that there are more musically capable bands in that genre, it seems to be an utter shame that these guys are seen as the figureheads of punk. - Mrveteran

They weren't a bad punk rock band but musically Ramones was better.

7 Skillet (Christian Rock) Skillet (Christian Rock) Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

Again Skillet's not bad but they aren't the best Christian band out there in my opinion.

Red is way better I don't see anything I like from this band. - Nonpointed

8 Avenged Sevenfold (Metalcore) Avenged Sevenfold (Metalcore) Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock 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.

Parkway drive is far better in this case. - zxm

9 Bullet for my Valentine (Metalcore)

A7X is more overrated.

10 Coldplay (Soft Rock)

May be the figureheads for it, but they are still terribly overrated and unbelievably boring. The occasional song may be tolerable and perfectly fine to listen to, but there's nothing that grabs many listeners. Unfortunately, due to their huge success, more Coldplays have popped out over the last 20 years, leaving the rock scene in general to be dominated by lame soft rock that mixes an up-tempo melody with slight melancholy to go along with it. Thanks Coldplay! - Mrveteran

Coldplay isn't really a soft rock band. They mostly played alt rock/pop, some piano rock, pop rock and pop. If they are overrated, then they are more overrated for alt rock. - zxm

Pop Rock and Soft Rock sound similar but Coldplay is Pop Rock.

The Contenders

11 Metallica (Thrash Metal) Metallica (Thrash Metal) Metallica 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 like them, but their best song (supposedly) One, I don't like at all, and to me, none of their songs are memorable to a large degree. - EliHbk

Best thrash metal, could be. But they are more overrated for the whole metal genre. There are other greater metal bands too. - zxm

Metallica's a good trash metal band but I don't think their personally the best of Trash Metal.

12 Green Day (Pop Punk) Green Day (Pop Punk) Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative 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 ...read more.

This one just explains it's self.

13 Foo Fighters (Alternative)

Utterly mediocre music, and are sadly the figureheads for the alternative scene. Sure, they have a little more punch than a band like Coldplay and Dave Grohl is a very talented musician (his work with Nirvana demonstrates that to a tee), but I'm not a big fan of this band personally. - Mrveteran

14 Papa Roach (Nu Metal)

Papa Roach is not Nu Metal they are alt. rock.

15 Marilyn Manson (Industrial) Marilyn Manson (Industrial) Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.
16 Linkin Park (Alternative Metal) Linkin Park (Alternative Metal) Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

One of the most overrated bands of all-time. - NvGNick

Eh... really self explanatory.

17 Switchfoot (Christian rock)

Skillet's far more overrated.

18 Oasis (Rock) Oasis (Rock) Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

Punk Rock yes but no rock.

Oasis plays Britpop. It's a sub-genre of alternative rock. It was originated in 90s in England when US had grunge. So I think if they are overrated, then it'd be for alternative rock. Rather than whole rock genre. - zxm

19 Nine Inch Nails (Industrial) Nine Inch Nails (Industrial) Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
20 Korn (Nu Metal) Korn (Nu Metal) Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

They aren't bad but at the same time I've heard worse Nu Metal in my life time and I've also heard better Nu Metal in my life time.

The most influential though - EliHbk

21 Anthrax (Thrash Metal)

Metallica's more overrated.

22 Queen (Pop Rock) Queen (Pop Rock) Queen are an English rock band 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.

Try "Most Overrated on The Top Tens". They win that one by a light-year. - Crwth

I also find Queen little bit of overrated. But not for pop rock. They didn't play pop rock that much. - zxm

Queen is not Pop Rock Queen is Hard Rock nice try troll.

23 Journey (Soft Rock)
24 Metallica (Metal) Metallica (Metal) Metallica 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.

Their are more overrated bands than Metallica.

25 Dream Theater (Progressive Metal) Dream Theater (Progressive Metal) Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.
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1. Nirvana (Grunge)
2. Led Zeppelin (Hard Rock)
3. The Beatles (Rock)
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2. Metallica (Metal)
3. Metallica (Thrash Metal)
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1. Led Zeppelin (Hard Rock)
2. Nirvana (Grunge)
3. The Beatles (Rock)
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