Good Music Artists Who are Terrible People

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1 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

Kind of obvious. His career is overshadowed by his drug addiction which has caused infamy. - Swellow

Self Explanatory - VideoGamefan5

Domestic abuser, racist, dick to bandmates and fans alike, a diva, need I go on? - Mrveteran

Giant ass!

2 The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song "#Selfie", which was a top twenty single in several countries.

They are good a good artist in my opinion.

I believe you on the second part... But they are nowhere near good artists. - 3DG20

But The Chainsmokers aren't Good Artists! - VideoGamefan5

They probably are terrible people. Shame their music was never good, and the laughable irony of them starting a career on mocking the shallowness of modern culture while then keeping themselves out of one hit wonderland by pandering to that same culture. - Mrveteran

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3 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

At least he tried reforming as person in the end (I think). - Misfire

John Lennon is a perfect example of an amazing musician who is also a huge d***. - 3DG20

This is an interesting one. I searched this up and John Lennon was actually a very bad person. This may sound shocking, I know, I was very shocked, but he openly atmitted that he used to beat women. Yes. That actually happened. - Martinglez

It's inexcusable behavior, along with some other things he did. I think it's worth noting that he regretted such behaviour and tried to live what turned out to be his final years in a more responsible and commendable manner. - Billyv

The Chainsmokers aren't good artists. It's just the same generic stuff with no originality whatsoever. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I've heard stories about John Lennon being racist and abusive. Again, I can't say for sure. It's just what I heard. He was an undeniably talented musician though.

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4 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

He's not that terrible. At least he knows that he's a prick, and he's referred to this personality in many of his songs. I don't care what people say about him. Kanye is a genius when it comes to music. - Mcgillacuddy

Not sure he should be placed this high. His music stopped being good a while back and he himself while an ass, isn't as horrible as some of the people bellow him (Axl Rose, Jimmy Page). - Mrveteran

Kanye West is talented and pretty good at singing. But he can be a dick sometimes and he arrogant and think he's god. - AlphaQ

Well... sort of - ProPanda

5 Adam Levine Adam Levine Adam Noah Levine is an American singer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5. ...read more.

Just rude

6 Deadmau5 Deadmau5 Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for popularizing work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse, along with the genres themselves. ...read more.

Terrible person, sure. But he is not a good musician because a computer is not an instrument. - I80

Update: Never mind, he is a decent artist. Not everything he does is fake. - I80

Putting deadmau5 over Kanye is pretty warranted, but is bound to get Pos to... get mad. - SwagFlicks

Hey what did he do? He is a good artist but what makes you think he's a jerk in real life.-DarkBoi-X

7 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Kidnapping and raping a minor is pretty awful to me, not to mention he never got punished for it. Great guitarist though. - Mrveteran

Come on guys. He had a WILLING relationship with a minor. And was a really nice guy.

8 Major Lazer

What? I love this band! But I can’t hear Diplo anywhere. I hear Jillionaire in Tip Pon It, I hear Walshy Fire in Watch Out For This. But no Diplo.

And I mean Diplo only - ProPanda

9 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.

Dick to bandmates? Check. Hypocritically whinges about creating bonds between people while holding petty grudges against people like Andrew Lloyd Webber & Bon Jovi? Check. Supports Hamas, thereby making him a terrorist sympathiser? Check. Has the hutzpah to release terrible music post Floyd while complaining about how Floyd's work post-1983 is? Check. Great bassist he may be, but a dick? Absolutely check. - Mrveteran

10 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.

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11 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

Violently beat up several of his girlfriends. - JoLeKosovo

Great producer and no doubt an important part of rap history. However, beating up a woman is utterly detestable, making him the Chris Brown of his day. - Mrveteran

What did he do? - AlphaQ

12 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

Never found guilty. - Misfire

Oh my god, for the last time, he didn't molest those kids. How many times do we have to say it?!

He used to be a good person but after his song Dirty Dianna, he became a total jerk.

We all know his pedophile allegations. - Martinglez

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13 Varg Vikernes Varg Vikernes Louis Cachet, (born Kristian Vikernes) more popularly known as Varg Vikernes, is a Norwegian musician, writer, and a convicted murderer and arsonist. He is known as the frontman of the one-man band Burzum (named after a word in the Black Speech, which is a fictional language in J.R.R. Tolkien's The ...read more.

His music is fine, but this guy is an arsonist and a murderer. Psycho. - BlackAngel_ZombieBoy

He killed someone, and his excuse for it? He wanted to be cool. Yes, we wasted a career by killing someone. - Swellow

Surprised how low this guy is. I understand that people like The Chainsmokers & Kanye West are douches, but surely that must pale in comparison to someone who killed a bandmate, burned churches and is a Neo-Nazi! He may not be as popular as some of the people higher than him, but as opposed to the others on this list being prats, this guy is evil and insane. I know who I would choose. - Mrveteran

He does make some pretty decent neo-medieval music, but he's just awful and cruel as a person. It's a shame he had to waste his music career.

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14 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.

What’d David do? - Misfire

15 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

Holy crap he screwed with a minor? That's pretty bad. It just doesn't feel like him. - Mcgillacuddy

He was literally just released from jail - ProPanda

He's too soft and innocent. - AlphaQ

16 Slash Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
17 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

What did he do? I haven't heard anything about him being a jerk. - BlackAngel_ZombieBoy

18 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
19 Richard Wagner Richard Wagner Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas.
20 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.
21 Euronymous Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Euronymous was stabbed to death by band member Varg Vikernes in August 1993. ...read more.

Burned down churches and disrespected bandmates, including Dead who after being found was photographed by Euronymous to use on one of Mayhem's album covers. How lovely. Didn't call the cops at first either. - Mrveteran

Looks like a wrestler. - AlphaQ

22 Ted Nugent Ted Nugent Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and far right activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock.
23 Ian Watkins Ian Watkins Ian Watkins is a Welsh singer and convicted sex offender, best known as the former vocalist for the rock band Lostprophets.

Great musician, awful person

I heard a Lostprophets song and it was actually pretty good, but this guy is sick. - 3DG20

This guy tried to rape a baby, not to mention was sentenced for numerous counts of sexual assault against children, meanwhile a police search discovered both child and animal porn at his house. This guy deserves a high placement for that. - Mrveteran

24 Chris Brown Chris Brown Christopher 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.

Good artist terrible as a person - Luckys

Kinda obvious, isn't it? Not only did he viscously abuse his then girlfriend Rihanna, but all the subsequent things he's done (like getting into other scuffles, avoiding community service, parking in disabled spaces) makes him even more unlikable. Scumbag. - Mrveteran

Terrible person? Check. Good music artist? Not at all!

Brown has at least some listenable songs, which is more than I can say for some of the others here. - Mrveteran

He’s a terrible person, but he’s also a terrible artist. - 3DG20

25 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. ...read more.

Bad artist, bad person. - BlackAngel_ZombieBoy

Terrible artist AND person

He’s not that terrible of an artist, but probably one of the worst people in music minus pedophiles and murderers. - 3DG20

26 Buddy Rich Buddy Rich Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" during his career.
27 James Brown James Brown James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".
28 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

What bad did Elvis do?

29 R. Kelly R. Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player.
30 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. ...read more.

What did she do wrong?

She can be rude and mean sometimes. She's don't several mean things. - AlphaQ

She’s super annoying as an artist too in my opinion, but yeah, she’s a total b****. - 3DG20

31 Sid Vicious Sid Vicious John Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
32 Akon Akon Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, is an American-Senegalese singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor.

He has good sounding songs, but the lyrics in them are down right offensive! Listen to Nosy Neighbor and you'll see what I mean.

33 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
34 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

So badly behaved was Mustaine that he got kicked out of his first band, has essentially a revolving door where bandmates are concerned (clearly not being able to form good relationships in that regard), refused to perform with certain bands for religious reasons, has endless feuds with other musicians and even claimed that recent shootings in America at that time were false flag operations to push gun control. Still somewhat likable though, and a fantastic musician nonetheless. - Mrveteran

Metallica was what introduced me to metal, but Dave is such a d*** to his bandmates. - 3DG20

35 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about ...read more.

An okay musician, but terrible person. - 3DG20

36 Bono Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

More like Boner Lmao - AlphaQ

37 Miles Davis Miles Davis Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music.

Absolutely fantastic musician, but a drug addict and pimp who abused his wife to the point where she fled worried that he’d kill her

38 Bobby Brown Bobby Brown

Beat his wife Whitney. - Swellow

39 Ike Turner Ike Turner Izear Luster "Ike" Turner, Jr. was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer.

Notorious for beating his wife Tina. What a lovely human being, I'm sure you'll agree. - Mrveteran

40 Hellhammer Hellhammer

The drummer of Mayhem. He's a great drummer, but he's also a racist/homophobic prick. He even said in an interview that he honors another black metal drummer for killing a gay man. What a bastard!

41 Mariotehplumber

His Modern Moran song was the best! But he hates modern Sonic fans.

42 Gary Glitter Gary Glitter Gary Glitter is a former glam rock singer and songwriter. He sold over 20 million records and regained media attention in 1999 when child pornography were found on his laptop and committed sex offences with children. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison in 2015.
43 Tom Morello Tom Morello Thomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

Great guitarist? Probably. But what a bloody hypocrite. Whinges about how awful capitalism is, all the while becoming rich through that system and happily indoctrinates his impressionable fans to such a dangerous ideology. Not to mention how his lineage is full of corrupt politicians (mainly former Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta) makes him even more of a hypocrite. - Mrveteran

44 Morrissey Morrissey Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May, 1959), known as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author, rose to prominence as the lead singer of The Smiths, an indie rock band - which was active from 1982 to 1987 . Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career making the top ten of the UK singles ...read more.
45 Lily Allen Lily Allen Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter.

Been controversial for many years now. This includes:
Had beef with musicians like Amy Winehouse, Bob Geldof, Kylie Minogue among many others.
Attacked a photographer in 2007.
Had controversial music videos, mainly seen with the 2013 one for her song Hard Out Here which was accused of racism.
Patronised the British public by apologising on their behalf for the 'refugees' at the migrant camp in Calais despite herself not taking any in into her £6 million house.
After the tragic attack at an Instanbul nightclub earlier this year which left nearly 40 dead and many others injured, her immediate response showed more concern over the fact that the press referred to the killer as a migrant over those who were affected. How lovely.
Considering such incidents, it's hard to see how she isn't a terrible person, despite being a good musician... in her early days at least. - Mrveteran

46 Tim Lambesis Tim Lambesis Timothy Peter Lambesis is an American extreme metal musician and producer, best known as the founding member and lead vocalist of American metalcore band As I Lay Dying.

Hired a hitman to kill his wife. Need I say more? - Mrveteran

47 Ellie Goulding Ellie Goulding Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding is an British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born on December 30th, 1986 in Hereford, England . She is most well-known in the U .S. for her singles "Lights," "Love Me Like You Do," "Burn," and has been featured in other songs with Calvin Harris and others . ...read more.

Why her? - Mrveteran

48 Bob Geldof

While already smug and arrogant, his main crime is how he gave all of the Live Aid and Band Aid charity money to the dictator Mengistu who used his new finances to buy Russian weaponry and effectively crush his opposition. Not to mention how Geldof was warned by multiple charities to not go ahead with the concert until they had the proper channels ready to help the people, and he just ignored them, leaving many impoverished as a result. The fact that he knowingly did this, while still claiming to be a 'man of the people' makes me utterly sick. - Mrveteran

49 Faust

Drummer of Emperor who killed a gay person for fun. - Mrveteran

50 Paul Di'Anno Paul Di'Anno Paul Andrews better known as Paul Di'Anno, is an English singer best known as the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981.

Former Iron Maiden signer. Convicted on 8 counts of benefit fraud as well as being banned from America for his bad behaviour including the domestic abuse of his then American girlfriend. - Mrveteran

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