Most Misleading and Inaccurate Number One Items On TheTopTens

As it goes without saying, this will be an incredibly subjective list. There are lists where the authors, voters or both, got it wrong and put at #1 extremely inappropriate items. This happens for many reasons: limited knowledge on the subject, personal biases, unpopular opinions, poor voting tastes and the "effect of popularity". The "effect of popularity" appears when people vote for items they know or believe that the most popular is the best.

Voting is very subjective and certain variations are normal, but don't mean that. I mean number one items that scream "wrong".

Format: The #1 item (List Title)

I started with #1 music items but you can add items from every category.

The Top Ten Most Misleading and Inaccurate Number One Items On TheTopTens

1 Kurt Cobain (Best Metal Vocalists of the 90s)

WHAT - Misfire

Kurt Cobain isn't a metal singer. Nirvana are not a metal band. - Metal_Treasure

Nice list and forget about metal, Kurt Cobain isn't even a good hard-rock vocalist - zxm

He's not even the best grunge or alternative singer he's so overrated - christangrant

2 Rage Against the Machine (Top Ten Underrated Bands of the 90s)

This is one of the most OVERrated bands. They even won a Grammy for best metal performance! Their Grammy winning metal song isn't impressive at all from a metal viewpoint - guitar work, vox, drumming. This is a very simple song and easy to play. On the other hand, bands like Megadeth never won a metal Grammy... - Metal_Treasure

I’m sorry, but Rage Against the Machine and underrated do not go together. - 3DG20

Update: I made this list in 2016 but in 2017 Megadeth won a Grammy. Yeah, after 11 nominations since the early 90s. RATM got a metal Grammy in the 90s. - Metal_Treasure

3 Iron Maiden (Top Ten Things That Are Only Popular On TheTopTens)

Thankfully, Iron Maiden are at no. 10 now on the list. This is still not ideal, but certainly a big improvement. - Gg2000

Really? I guess millions of people in real life who bought their songs and were at their shows... never heard of them. - Metal_Treasure

4 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin (Best Self Titled Debut Rock Albums)

Due to Led Zeppelin plagiarism this album can't even be called their album:
1. I Can't Quit You Baby - uncredited cover of W. Dixon's I Can't Quit You Baby (the song was credited back to him)
2. You Shook Me - uncredited cover of W. Dixon' You Shook Me (credited back to him)
3. Dazed and Confused - uncredited cover of Jake Holme's Dazed and Confused
4. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - uncredited cover of Joan Baez's Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, originally by A. Bredon
5. How Many More Times - a ripoff of Howlin’ Wolf's How Many More Years and Albert King's The Hunter - Metal_Treasure

5 Stay with Me - The Faces (Top Ten Headbangers)

This deserves to be higher because it completely ruined the original purpose of the list. The top four items are now songs instead of people. - Gg2000

This list is about musicians whose headbanging is good. Stay with Me, the #1 item (45%), is a song by The Faces - Rod Stewart's band before his solo career.
Item #2 is also a song (18%). And then you can see the relevant items - Tom Araya (9%), Joey Jordison, Jason Newsted,...
This happened due to spam voting when the spam voter didn't even get the idea of the list but is still voting blindly for items #1 and #2. And the user votes every day! - Metal_Treasure

6 Master of Puppets - Metallica (Top 10 Heaviest Rock Albums)

It's a great album but definitely not the heaviest - Metallica are not even the heaviest thrash band. Besides, you have death metal, black metal and other forms of extreme metal that are way heavier. - Metal_Treasure

Kreator's Pleasure to Kill is more heavier.

7 Led Zeppelin (Best Rock Bands of All Time)

There are many far better rock bands in my opinion. - 3DG20

Hmm... No. There are more deserving bands. - Metal_Treasure

8 Nirvana (Best Hard Rock Bands of the 90s)

Lol hard rock? - Misfire

Nirvana are not a hard rock band. The entire list is a mess - in the current top 10 only Guns N Roses are hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

Nirvana were alternatives not hard rock - zxm

9 Zayn Malik (Best Singers for Singing High Notes)
10 Afterlife - Synyster Gates (Hardest Songs to Play on Guitar)

Zxm Eruption ain't the hardest, once you have tapping it's easy. Metal Meltdown by Judas Priest or Altitudes by Jason Becker however...

I think the hardest is eruption by eddie Van Halen - zxm

No, it’s not the hardest.
How about Double Guitar Solo by Michael Angelo Batio, or Capricci Di Diablo by Yngwie, or Miles of Machines by Jeff Loomis? And there are probably at least 50 solos that are more difficult than the Afterlife’s. - Metal_Treasure

The Newcomers

? Mike Dirnt (Best Punk Bassist)
? Tre Cool (Best Punk Drummers)

The Contenders

11 Linkin Park (Top Ten Best Modern Rock Bands)
12 Chris Daughtry (Top Ten Male Singers With the Best Talent/Voice of All Time)

He is a good singer but definitely not the singer with the Best Talent/Voice of All Time. - Metal_Treasure

13 This Darkened Heart - All That Remains (Hardest Songs to Sing)

But Painkiller, Bohemian Rhapsody, Abigail, and many other songs that are obviously more difficult, weren't on the list. - Metal_Treasure

14 Breaking Benjamin (Most Underrated Metal Bands of the 21st Century)

I agree that Breaking Benjamin is mostly pretty underrated, but they aren’t even close to metal. - 3DG20

Breaking Benjamin are neither metal nor underrated. - Metal_Treasure

15 Rod Stewart (Top Ten Most Influential Musicians of All Time) Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

He probably influenced a few people but claiming he was more influential than Bob Dylan or David Bowie is pretty silly. - Powell

But Mozart is at #15, Freddie Mercury at #16, and so on. - Metal_Treasure

16 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold (best Rock solo of the 21st century)

How do I know it's an Avenged Sevenfold song?

It sounds just like all the other Avenged Sevenfold songs. Which sound like each other.

No, there are hundreds of better rock solos (especially solos by metal bands). - Metal_Treasure

17 Rivers of Babylon - Boney M (Greatest Songs About Africa)

Haha, Babylon was in Asia and not Africa. It was a city in Mesopotamia. In modern days in this region are located mostly Iraq and Kuwait, and parts of Eastern Syria and Southeastern Turkey.
Items #5 (Fire On Babylon) and #7 (Lebanon) are also problematic because Lebanon is again, in Asia.
Oh geography... - Metal_Treasure

18 Johnny Ramone (Greatest Singer/Lead Guitarists Ever)

I have added this cause I never heard he sang.In fact I never saw him singing backing vocals - zxm

Haha, this one is very good. Thanks, zxm. - Metal_Treasure

19 Rod Stewart (Most Talented Rock Singers) Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

Spam Voting= anything getting a lot of votes that you don't like.

To the visitor- not true. I like Rod Stewart and I think this is wrong. This is one person's opinion, and TheTopTens' lists are supposed to represent a general consensus of the voters on the list. - Gg2000

1. Rod Stewart - 29%
2. Freddie Mercury - 17%.
I am pretty sure this is a result of spam voting. - Metal_Treasure

20 Led Zeppelin (Top 10 Most Talented Rock N Roll Bands)

@visitor: RE "You can write your opinion as many times..." - my opinion is based on accurate facts. You can live in denial by the end of your life but this won't change the facts and your blind faith won't make them better. - Metal_Treasure

No, numerous blatant ripoffs don't speak talent - I made 2 lists about that just to avoid listing many song titles and writing explanations every time I want to give facts in support of my point:
Top 10 Songs That Led Zeppelin Ripped Off
Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs That Were Ripped Off From Another Artist - Metal_Treasure

@visitor: RE "they are often credited as being one of the original heavy metal bands". Led Zeppelin are credited by pseudo-experts who don't know what metal is. Led Zeppelin have never been a metal band and never tried to be(come) a metal band. Thank God Led Zeppelin themselves don't see their music as metal. - Metal_Treasure

Still upset that they are often credited as being one of the original heavy metal bands?

21 Three Days Grace (Top 10 Rock Bands That Have the Most Unique Sound)

There’s absolutely nothing unique in their sound. But bands with really unique sound were not on the list - Pink Floyd, Blind Guardian, Jethro Tull, Rush, Metallica, Type O Negative, and many more that would be more relevant than Three Days Grace. - Metal_Treasure

22 Marco Hietala (Best Male Metal Singers)

He's an OK singer but not the best, come on. He's not even the best metal singer from Finland. One year ago the top 10 of this list looked even worse. - Metal_Treasure

23 ZP Theart (Best Power Metal Singers) ZP De Villiers Theart is a South African singer, songwriter, and the lead vocalist for Skid Row. Theart first garnered attention as the original singer of British power metal band DragonForce.

Oh, he is better than Hansi Kürsch, Michael Kiske, Tobias Sammet, Roy Khan, and even Dio? - Metal_Treasure

24 Three Days Grace (Top 10 Most Unique and Very Interesting Rock Bands)

As much as I love Three Days Grace, they’re not that unique. - 3DG20

25 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold (Greatest Metal Songs of the 2000s)

First of all, this song isn’t metal at all. If this simple, poppy and cheesy song is the Greatest Metal Song of the 2000s, I don't wanna call myself a metalhead anymore.
Pay attention to the vocal line and especially the chorus - it would be a perfect chorus to a children song. How is this metal? Moreover, the Greatest Metal Song of the 2000s?!? Playing children or/and poppy songs spiced with some loud guitars and drums doesn’t mean metal.
By the way the whole list is awful (Greatest Metal Songs of the 2000s) - most of the songs are not really metal songs. - Metal_Treasure

26 Fade to Black - Metallica (Worst '80s Songs)

Eh okay... - Userguy44

No Metallica song should be at 1. - 3DG20

27 Hot Legs - Rod Stewart (Top 10 Most Instantly Recognizable Song Intros)

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple (9%).
My guess: spam voter. - Metal_Treasure

28 Voice of the Soul (Best Death Songs with Which to Shock Mainstream Pop Fans)

And that list was made by a pop fangirl. What can possibly go wrong? - Userguy44

This definitely doesn't need to be first-it's probably the least likely Death song to scare anyone. Also, the author of the list said in the description that she'd never even listened to Death before, so that's probably why it's first on the list. - Element119

29 Toad (Top Ten Most Annoying Super Mario Bros Characters) Toad, known in Japan as Kinopio, is a major character in the Mario Bros. franchise. He assists Princess Peach in the Mushroom Kingdom and will do whatever it takes to help her. He first appeared in the classic game, Super Mario Bros. after being kidnapped by Bowser and his minions. Since then he has more.

I find Daisy way more annoying. - 3DG20

30 McDonald's (Best Fast Food Restaurants)

Best fast food restaurant my *ss. They don’t wash their hands, they put disgusting things like dead animals and hair in your food and the employees are very selfish. - 3DG20

31 Green Day (Most Talented Punk Rock Bands)

How? Ok, first of all, I see Green Day as a power-pop/alternative band but for the sake of argument let’s say they are a punk band. Mike is far from the most talented punk bassist, Tre is definitely not the best punk drummer, and Billie is not even a top 25 punk guitarist. They’re not the best songwriters and they have plagiarized so many other punk bands. So again, how are they the most talented? Because they have corporate backing? And to be clear, I don’t hate Green Day (nor do I like them), but a lot their fans are annoying, ignorant and lame. Most of them barely know of any other punk bands, but yet just KNOW Green Day is the “best” or “most talented”. Stop it already. Get a frame of reference, or actual knowledge about punk before coming to these ignorant conclusions. - THC13

32 Green Day (Best Punk Rock Bands) Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 more.

Complete non-sense. Only teeny boppers Green Day fans (Not actual punk fans) think this. They only know of like 5 other punk bands (If that) to compare them to but yet they’re the best. True definition of ignorance. - THC13

33 Led Zeppelin (Most Epic Rock N' Roll Bands of All Time)

Blind Guardian should be number 1 not Led Zeppelin - christangrant

Yeah, epic plagiarism - read my comment on the item "Led Zeppelin (Top 10 Most Talented Rock N Roll Bands)". - Metal_Treasure

This is just plain funny. - Britgirl

About epicness I think Led Zeppelin should come in top 10 - zxm

34 Reign in Blood - Slayer (Heaviest Metal Albums)

Heavy but not the heaviest. - Metal_Treasure

35 Led Zeppelin (Top Ten Rock Bands Whose Legacies Will Never Die)

It is already dying because more and more of "their" songs are credited back to their original authors after plagiarism lawsuits. - Metal_Treasure

36 Axl Rose (Worst Male Singers) 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.

Thanks to whoever added this. I agree Axl Rose at #1 is plain ridiculous. He shouldn't be on that list at all. - Metal_Treasure

I’m not a big fan of them, but he is nowhere near the worst. - 3DG20

37 Chop Suey - System of a Down (Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century)

Good song, but not metal. It’s kind of punkish, well the riff is. - Userguy44

It’s not metal, and it’s not even that good in my opinion. - 3DG20

This isn’t a metal song. - Metal_Treasure

38 Rod Stewart (Most Influential Singers of All Time) Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.
39 Rod Stewart (Top Ten Most Talented Singer/Songwriters) Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.
40 Rod Stewart (Top Ten Greatest British Solo Artists) Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.
41 Rod Stewart (Top 10 Solo Artists with Ten or More Studio Albums) Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.
42 Rod Stewart (Most Influential Male Singers) Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

Why are there a lot of Rod Stewart items? And why is he always number one? - Misfire

43 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse (Worst Metal Songs)

Don’t like this song, but there is obviously worse. - Userguy44

44 Black Star - David Bowie (Worst Albums of All Time)
45 Mario Kart Wii (Best Mario Kart Games)
46 Yoshi (Top Ten Best Mario Characters) Yoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. He is most known for his appearances in the Yoshi and Mario franchises.
47 Dimash Kudaibergen (Most Recognizable Singing Voices Ever)

I've never met a person who actually knows who he is. His voice can't be recognizable if a lot of us have never heard it. - Misfire

I do not know a single person outside of TheTopTens that even knows who he is and the only reason I very briefly know him is again, because of TheTopTens where he’s somehow known by everyone. I don’t understand this. - 3DG20

48 It's Inaccurate (Worst Things About Disney's Hercules)

MegaSoulHero failed to take into account that the target audience for the movie was for young children, mainly kids from about ages 2-8. In mythology, the content are for older audiences around 13 and up.

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