Top Ten Most Mediocre Music Artists and Bands of All Time

Artists that don't deliver anything but basics and don't stand out at all.

The Top Ten

1 Jonas Brothers Jonas Brothers

Pop rock without anything remotely memorable. Most of their songs sound the same and none of them are really catchy. - Martin_Canine

2 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

They're actually one of the best emo bands. They have no slips, better lyrics and a more thought out overal concept in their music than most other bands of the emo subculture. - Martin_Canine

3 Pitbull Pitbull

His rapping is basic, and so are his house-pop songs. Every once in a while the choruses by guest artists are catchy. - Martin_Canine

Are you kidding? He's only plain awful! - PositronWildhawk

4 Iggy Azalea Iggy Azalea Amethyst Amelia Kelly, known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, and model.

A basic rapper with some songs where the beats and/or the guest verses make them memorable but not amazing. - Martin_Canine

5 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop-rock band from Sydney that formed in 2011. The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists during 2011 and early 2012. They rose to international fame while touring with One Direction on the Take more.
6 Aaliyah Aaliyah Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. more.

Her music was just a watered down version of R Kelly's music but without the amazing vocals of Kellz. - DaWyteNight

7 Flo Rida Flo Rida Tramar Lacel Dillard, better known by his stage name Flo Rida is an American hip hop recording artist from Carol City, Florida.

I don't care what anyone says this guy is awesome and makes fun songs. - DaWyteNight

Same as for Pitbull. His raps are absolutely basic and without wit, but the overall package is enough for partying. - Martin_Canine

8 Ludacris Ludacris Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.

I know that he has been around for quite some time and propably has a lot of fans out there... but so far I have not heard anything by him that was above average. There are rappers who are not the most lyrical ones but still are great because they have a nice flow and a fun attitude (Missy Elliott for example, she just loves rapping and you can tell). But Ludacris... doesn't have anything distinctive about him. - Martin_Canine

9 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy more.
10 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

Even though I see nu metal mediocre as a genre, there are some bands that stand out, but Papa Roach are not one of them. Also the riff to their most famous song is a straight rip-off of Iron Maiden's Genghis Khan. - kk2001

The Contenders

11 One Direction One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records more.

Remember when boybands had lots of catchy earworm songs? If you are into 90s and early 2000s pop, get an album by the Backstreet Boys and you have an entire CD full of pop pleasure.
I know that I have heard a handful of songs by One Direction, but none of them left any impression on me. - Martin_Canine

12 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian pop singer . Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning more.
13 Beatrice Egli Beatrice Egli

She won the tenth season of the German edition of Pop Idol. Almost none of the winners had a long career, they had a hit single, maybe one successful album, and then disappear. But Egli had the advantage of being a schlager singer just at the time when there was a hype for that genre, so she indeed became a famous celebrity. But her music is absolutely nothing outstanding. Her voice is okay, but the songs are as average as can be. Andrea Berg and Helene Fischer (though I'm not much of a fan of the latter) have much more memorable songs. - Martin_Canine

14 Silento Silento
15 Beyonce Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.
16 Metro Station Metro Station Metro Station is an American pop rock band that was formed in Los Angeles by Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso.

Funny thing is I just found out they are regarded as a scene band. Scene wasn't a thing over here mainly because MySpace wasn't a thing either. But Metro Station had a hit called Shake It and my stepsister was a fan of the band back then. I listened to their music, but actually they are not really outstanding. They are better produced than most scene bands and don't have any slips like many of them do... but nothing more. For every bad song by Blood on the Dance Floor there's also a good one, but Metro Station are always generic. - Martin_Canine

17 Michael Bolton Michael Bolton
18 Nicki Minaj
19 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Takes the teenage angst to a whole new dumb level. A product of our time, a time we don't want to look back. It's a shame this was the band to essentially ruin Nu Metal for everyone. - cjWriter1997

The worst band ever, Fred Durst is an ass and has a whiny voice. - IronMaidenFan666

I don't think they are mediocre.
They have a very distinctive sound and are good to listen to when angry. - Martin_Canine

20 Young Thug Young Thug Jeffrey Lamar Williams, better known by his stage name Young Thug, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He became known for his commercial debut single "Stoner." Notable Albums/Mixtapes: Barter 6, Slime Season, Slime Season 2, I'm Up, Slime Season 3
21 Migos Migos
22 Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony is an American girl group based in Miami, composed of Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and previously, Camila Cabello until her departure from the group on December 18, 2016. The group signed a joint record deal with Simon Cowell's label Syco Records and L.A.
23 Mark Medlock Mark Medlock

Also a winner of the German edition of Pop Idol. While he isn't really famous anymore, he has been around for a few years and a handful albums. He has an okay voice, and sung mediocre clean holiday party songs and cheesy heartbreak ballads. - Martin_Canine

24 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.

I know he is considered good and has a huge fanbase, but actually I don't really see the appeal. His raps are rather slow and he barely raises his voice, and he doesn't have that much of lyrical skills as well. So neither his lyrics nor his delivery is all too good. What he does have is a very unique voice, maybe that's what people like. He is not bad either... but not that outstanding in my opinion. - Martin_Canine

The Only Mediocre Artist On The List
The Rest Are Garbage - Du

25 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor 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 more.
26 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 more.
27 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry) was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. more.
28 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". She later become a singer more.

Sadly, she will now be remembered for all time because of what happened at her concert in Manchester, regardless of how mediocre her talent was.

29 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay 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 more.
30 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 more.
31 Kesha Kesha Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. Kesha is an animal rights activist and she works for H.S.I. (Humane Society International). Kesha also stands up for L.G.B.T. rights in America
32 KISS KISS Kiss 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.

KISS are a great hard rock bands but I believe that they were the best on the Creatures of the Night album when Eric Carr was their drummer, this guy was the 80's version of John Bonham, just listen to I Love it Loud, this is pure metal and it's so badass.
People hate KISS for their well known songs but I think that everyone should listen to their full albums to really appreciate them. - IronMaidenFan666

Kiss are awesome.
Even though I don't own any of their albums, I listened to a few of them some time ago and that is really cool rock music.

Also @IronMaidenFan666: are they hated? They have a massive fanbase, positive reviews, and their music is considered a cult classic. Several rock fans like them. - Martin_Canine

33 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles more.
34 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claiming he was Part-Indian) and he is Christian. He is the son of an author, Pattie Mallet. more.
35 Azealia Banks Azealia Banks Azealia Amanda Banks is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Banks began releasing music through MySpace in 2008, eventually being signed to XL Recordings at age 17. After releasing her debut single "212" to commercial success, she secured a more.
36 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance My 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.
37 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols 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 more.
38 Apecrime Apecrime ApeCrime is a German hip hop trio and YouTube comedy group consisting of Cengiz Dogrul, Andre Schiebler and Jan-Christoph Meyer that was formed in 2006. more.

YouTubers-turned-musicians who at first made fun pop rap, then changed in style to become sociocritical.
Obviously inspired by DatAdam, they lack that certain instinct of how to bring such topics up DatAdam have. While their attacks on modern society's superficiality are good at heart, they're also a bit clumsy. "You look at your cell phone" here, "all you want is likes" there. That's nowhere as gripping as DatAdam's desperate questions what society has come to and why people are so in love with themselves and with star craving.
No, ApeCrime aren't bad but they still need experience. Their fun pop was okay, but the sociocritic cyber hip hop is far from being as visceral as it needs to be. - Martin_Canine

39 Volbeat Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish metal band which was formed in Copenhagen. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.

Ruined by its poppy sound and bad singer - EliHbk

40 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.
41 Ciara Bravo Ciara Bravo Ciara Quinn Bravo is an American actress. She is known for her role as Katie Knight on Big Time Rush and her role as Emma Chota on Red Band Society.
42 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.
43 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg more.
44 Future Future
45 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop "artist" and is often referred to as one of the worst "rappers" of all time. 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 talking more.
46 50 Cent 50 Cent Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.
47 French Montana French Montana Karim Kharbouch, better known by his stage name French Montana, is an American rapper. Born in Morocco, he immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13 years old.
48 2 Chainz 2 Chainz Tauheed Epps, als o known as 2 Chainz, is an American rapper. He is more popular when contributing guest verses to people like Kanye West, B .o. B, and Lil Wayne . His latest album, ColleGrove, came out earlier this year .
49 Little Mix Little Mix Little Mix are a British girl group formed in 2011, consisting of members Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson.
50 Ty Dolla $ign
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