Most Overrated Bands of All Time

Note: Overrated does not mean bad or untalented, it simply means that a band has received more appraisal and fame than their music merits.

The Top Ten

Nirvana 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.

Let's break it all down. A band that's been around for about seven years producing only three albums. They were a different group at the time, which made them pretty popular and successful. But what irritates me is that people are forgetting the grunge groups that started at around the same time, if not before Nirvana such as Alice in Chains, The Melvins, Pearl Jam, and Stone temple Pilots and several others. Think about it, why is Nirvana treated so Godly now? Really think about it. Do you really think the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is really the 9th greatest song of all time?! (According to the Rolling Stone Magazine it is.) And if Cobain: Why is he the greatest of the entire 27 club? Literally, why? If he never committed suicide (o disrespect to Mr. Cobain) would people still adore him? And I think I understand why Nirvana has grown more popular in today's youth (particularly high teens and high school students), Nirvana has a "musical connection" and they understand the ...more

There are songs by nirvana that are better than smells like teen spirit (which is also good but whatever). - PanagosBoi

The reason I voted here was not to point out how overrated Nirvana are.
Don't get me wrong, I too adore them, although I think Pearl Jam are better, but that's another thing.
What I wanted to write - and I believe this list is where it fits best - is that I find it heavily irritating that Nirvana, way too often, get classified in the same context as bands like Linkin Park, Coldplay, Evanescence, My Chemical Romance, and bands alike - when that's completely illogical.
The reason why that's illogical is very simple - Nirvana's popularity and that of those other bands happened a whole decade apart! That's enough reason against the classification mentioned before.
I wonder how many people that do that kind of classification have ever heard of The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, or Stone Temple Pilots.
All in all, I'm just saying, it's great if you like Nirvana, but don't do them a disservice by wrongfully classifying them.

I have never heard Nirvana classified with these bands to be honest. - Powell

Sure, they may have popularized Grunge. But they were not particularly adept musicians, and their songs were not as complex and fantastic as everyone made them out to be. I'm not saying they are a bad, but they are FAR from being the best.

Sure, they weren't always complex, but complexity isn't always needed to be great, and Nirvana was definitely great - mtndewlord

You're all idiots. Nirvana was legendary, I'm not some crazy fanboy, it's true. The way Kurt could sound the same live with that voice is amazing. It sounds painful for him to sing like that, but he did it with ease. As for dark lyrics, its grunge music. Long Live Kurt Cobain

Overrated does not mean bad. I mean, personally, Nirvana's sound just isn't my style, so I do not enjoy their music. But I do think they should deserve some recognition. They were good. But they don't deserves all of it. Honestly, in my opinion, I think they were the worst of Seattle's Big 4. The worst of the best, I guess you could call it. They only have so much post-breakup fame and recognition because of Cobain's suicide. If he didn't die, today they'd only have as much fame as Alice in Chains or Soundgarden. They would be highly respected in the hard rock genre, but they would not have the overreaching mainstream fame they do now. - Thrash_or_Die

Linkin Park 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.

Please, stop saying this. If you don't like them, I 'll respect your opinion, but you cannot deny their talent. Chester bennington was simply one of the best modern rock singers ( he is even better live , check some performances), Mike shinoda is an awesome rapper, Rob bourdon is such an underrated drummer, brad delson is a great guitarist, Joe Hahn is a great dj and Phoenix is good too. They are recognized because they brought something new in today's music. Tell me, is there anyone here who can imagine songs like in the end or numb and create them? I think they are overhated on this site ( and on a lot other sites) .
I want to say that all the members are underrated ( except for Chester, who was fortunately recognized) and they don't deserve all the hate they get. Their lyrics are the best I've ever read, and I'm not saying this because they are my favourite band, but because they are a great band, and people need to stop hating on them and call them talentless only because they ...more

I don't hate Linkin Park, there just not my thing. Please don't rate this low because I have a different musical opinion. I just don't think they should have passed queen.

I respect your opinion. I like Linkin Park better but I can see why you prefer Queen instead. - 0w0uwu

They ARE a great band. They really are. But on this website search "Best songs of" the following years: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 (if you're watching this in later years, search the ones after 2014). Linkin Park songs are on EVERY SINGLE LIST. It's ridiculous!

Unfortunately they are complete sell-outs though, who went from producing really great music like that from "Hybrid Theory" to boring pop music. So sad. - R3d_Draig02

I don't think you can say anyone is overrated in music because the main purpose of music is to connect with the audience and make them love what you're doing... While not being completely ridiculous like hip hop nowadays. Most of the bands mentioned in this list are good and they were famous because they connected with their audience/fans really well and their music had a message. And some people say the bands are overrated because their fans are arrogant and say that a particular band is the best... Well, the fans do so because they really like that particular band and really connect with the message they are trying to convey. For me, linkin park is the best not because they are actually the best of all time or their music is exceptionally good ( from others perspective ) but because I can connect with their music and I know their story and from where their music comes from... Chester Bennington suffered from depression and all that stuff since he was little and he often sang about ...more

The Beatles 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.

The Beatles are NOT overrated. I can't even BELIEVE they're in second place, one spot behind the Jonas Brothers. That's just disgusting, IN THE THIRD DEGREE. The Beatles brought several amazing recording techniques to the studio, created the first concept album, delved into many different music genres and made their songs versatile, made album covers an art form, the list goes on!

Seeing The Beatles in second place has made me lose faith in this generation AND humanity.

They are overrated. I dare you to find one person who hasn't heard of them - 906389

They were a good band, but there were much better bands that existed at their time that did more interesting, artistically influential and technically impressive things. If you believe The Beatles are responsible for anything more than creating a legacy of and influencing the future creation of predictable, four-chord radio singles, then you have been tricked by the faux-mythos and retrospective lauding done by the mass music media.

The Beatles may have been popular, and brought experimental ideas to the mainstream, but they did not innovate themselves. Sgt. Pepper's psychedelic influences were clearly influenced by Pink Floyd and Syd Barret, who were recording Piper At The Gates Of Dawn in Abbey Road at the same time - in a similar fashion, while many call The White Album experimental, it is simply a watered down version of what other, better artists were doing at the same time. Records such as Trout Mask Replica, Uncle Meat and Faust I are infinity more creative, diverse and ...more

Most ridiculous argument you are trying to start with that comment. Go listen to A Day In The Life. You sound like you need it. - lachiemc

It's funny how you guys are defending this band with such ferocity, claiming that there is no way they can be overrated. The fact that you feel so inclined to defend them in this way proves how overrated they are. Do you really think the most commercially successful band in the history of music needs to be defended? They don't. The success this band enjoyed eclipses the success of absolutely every other band to have ever existed. By defending them from their detractors as if they still deserve praise and credit (they've received enough of those), you are only making people hate them more. The Beatles are definitely overrated. Successful, influential and a major popular culture staple, but very, very overrated.

Despite their influence on popular music, fashion, politics, etc., I'm of the opinion that there were other bands from the 60's UK that were much more interesting, and in some ways, more talented. I refer mainly to early Pink Floyd, The Who, The Kinks, and Cream. I also believe this because after their breakup, none of them really recorded material that compared to their years together. This especially applies to Lennon and McCartney (that includes "Imagine"). The truly underrated Beatle was actually George Harrison. There are four or five Beatles albums that I DO like, but I still stand by my conclusion that the Fab Four are the MOST overrated band in history. The only reason they are considered the best is because Baby Boomers are looking back on their youth.

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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.

The band itself is great. Other than their plagiarisms, I have no problems with them. But it's their arrogant, annoying hardcore fans that make them one of the most overrated bands of all time. They go around everywhere saying that Zeppelin is the greatest band of all-time, with the greatest guitarist, singer, bassist, and drummer of all-time. Whenever somebody says - for example the Beatles - is the greatest band of all-time, somebody has to comment saying like "No Way, Zeppelin is the greatest band ever! " even though the post has nothing to do with Led Zeppelin.
Just my opinion, they're a great band, but the fans are the reason why it's highly overrated

If anything Led Zeppelin is underrated their music is better than any other music produced by other bands today. It doesn't require computerized effects to make it good. By the way stairway to heaven isn't even considered one of their good songs to me.

Fantastic band, but no other band should basically even be on this list. Even if "Stairway to Heaven" was the only overrated aspect of their work (and it most certainly isn't), the amount of how overrated that sole song is would still be enough to put them on this list's #1. But that's nowhere near where it stops. Take almost any music-related list on this site (or on the whole internet, actually), and there's at least 90% chance you'll stumble upon a Led Zeppelin item in the top 10 (maybe even top 5), even though it clearly doesn't belong that high.
Examples?
Putting them on #1 on "Best Rock Bands of All Time" is just plain ridiculous.
"Stairway to Heaven", I already explained.
I can also name at least 10 guitar solos that are far better than that of "Stairway to Heaven".
Ritchie Blackmore is by far a better guitarist AND a better riff-maker than Jimmy Page.
Ian Paice is a better drummer than John Bonham. I can name 10 songs just by Deep Purple that have better ...more

Funnily enough I looked at the list of best drumming performances in a song and it is dominated by Alex Van Halen. - Powell

They stole from other artists time after time. They def don't deserve the credit they get. They're like The Beatles, people enjoy them just because it sounds good to their boring ears.

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 ...read more.

THE WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE HUMAN RACE!

So you're saying that One Direction is worse than Ebola, Racism, 9/11, etc? Dude, there just a british pop group. - CantFigureAUsername

Most of their fans only like them because they are "good looking" to them and not because of their music. They are like every other boy band and will fade away, no offense.

I hate 1D I cany get any peace and quiet with all the teenage girls playing one direction at max volume I wanna go over there and break the stupid radio!

My big sister was part of the One Direction fandom around 2013 or 2014 when they were big, she is now an ARMY (BTS fan).

I was never too into their music, I tried to force myself to like it for her sake but I couldn't even get past the 10 second mark without wanting to die.

I am now currently listening to Boy with love by BTS on repeat just to see what the appeal is. It's still pretty damn mediocre, but it's a billion times better than One Direction.

AC/DC AC/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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

4-5 Power chords, a basic blues drum beat, and a guy screaming about blood, sex, and drugs = every AC/DC song. Every song is completely devoid of originality and creativity, it's just the same old formula they use over and over again. Basically if you've heard one, you've heard them all. How on EARTH are they so low on this list, below Rush? Are you kidding me?

I don't see the problem... power chords are awesome, singing about sex, blood, drugs is the most mainstream thing so wheres the problem?

This band is just plain lousy! Obnoxious music and annoyingly loud. Words can't express how much I HATE this band.

Waayy overrated. People give them too much credit for not even doing interesting or creative stuff.

AC/DC are probably the worst and most overrated band ever. I have listened to all of their 15 albums in hope of finding a good, different song, but unfortunately nope. Every song is based around a few power chords, lyrics about girls, partying, and rock n roll (seriously, who sings about the genre of music they're making? ), and, well, nothing else. Second, Angus Young is the most overrated guitarist ever. Everyone hails him as a guitar god when all he employs is power chords and solos made of scales. Third, both Bon and Brian sound like dying cows high on LSD. Instead of hailing them as "the best that classic rock can get", listen to real classic rock bands like the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc.

Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

There stuff is awful. Pretty much like any other Pop Punk band that's ever existed.

Obviously anyone who knows about FOB is that they were on a hiatus for years, when they came back unfortunately they went a different direction with their music, by selling out. I enjoy every genre of music, but FOB before the hiatus was closer to punk rock than to a modern pop boy band.

Fall Out Boy has changed. They used to be pop-rock/punk rock but now they are almost hip-hop. I believe they were wrong for changing their music style from what they used to be. They are no longer a legitimate band where you can say that they are true to their fans.

I think everyone who dislikes FOB should check out their former albums. I do accept their new music (since Save Rock & Roll) is awful and shallow but they used to make good music, with witty and much more meaningful lyrics.

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 ...read more.

No longer is Coldplay held to the standards of their finest LPs. No, they have fallen into the abyss of pop music composition, with repeating chord construction, shallow lyrics, and the all around disgusting need to fill their music in with electronic sounds and computer generated samples. Viva La Vida slipped by without need for excuse (it happens to the best of bands) but we continued to support Coldplay on the basis of what they once wrote rather than what they are writing. Now they construct minimalist garbage with more concern on their appearance, their popularity and expanding a fan base. Mylo Xyloto was the ultimate turn off for me, had it been constructed as an acoustic album (maybe even live like Nirvana's MTV Album) it could have shattered every sales record and every top ten list out there. Just picture the album as an acoustic set! But no, now they are forever permitted to sit in the spotlight because of their past work and not criticized for the boring and non stimulating ...more

I honestly liked Ghost Stories, especially "Midnight", but it's alright that you don't appeal to the sound of this album. What Coldplay does is have each album have a different atmosphere, and that really showed in this one. If you don't appreciate their new work, it's totally acceptable. But to complain about it isn't going to solve your problem. Best to leave it alone and not to be bothered by it. That'll help you there - DarkInk

Coldplay is just U2 taking a dump. I guess U2 is just Bono taking a dump as well. Boring, depressing music with no creativity, no sofistication, no complexity. Too many bands to name that are a million times better and people result to this crap because the lamestream fake news media tells them to.

I USED to think they were overrated until I became a teenager and gave their music a chance again. And then I realized that they are an actual good band. Not overrated.

I hope you mean their old hits. Their most recent releases are complete garbage unfortunately. - R3d_Draig02

Coldplay is a band that changes its sound for each album, parachutes was alternative rock, a rush of blood to the head was a more traditional rock sound, x&y was a more electronic sound, viva la Vida was a combination of rock and pop, Mylo Xyloto, ghost stories and a head full of dreams is experimenting with pop, Coldplay changes with ever album, stop saying they are sellouts!

Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal 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.

This band is the most overrated and because everyone thinks that everyone in the band is the most talented person in the world. The drummer isn't that good, there singer sounds like a I dying cat that just had peanut butter, the guitarist just plays scales for his solos, and you can't even hear the bassist. Compare them with:
M. Night Shadows vs. Matt Heafy= Matt
The Rev vs. The Lech= Lech without a contest
Synester Gates vs. Rusty Cooly= rusty cooly would murder him
Johnny Christ vs. Les Claypool= HAHAHAHAHA! I feel bad for johnny :(

If you disagree with this then look it up for yourself on youtube.

By the way not looking this up on YouTube, don't need to, get a life!

It pissed me off that nobody understands how overrated this band is. I admit I enjoy the band and agree that that the guys have talent. But people act like they're gods, these guys are honestly no better than disturbed or slipknot, they're sound is just more appealing to most people. Being a guitarist, I can confirm that they're guitarist doesn't go anywhere near most of the guitarists in 80s metal bands. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they're popular, at least it gives some hope to future music with what comes out today but as a metal band, they're way too respected and overrated, people compare them to the big four and other classic metal bands, a7x doesn't touch the classics

The Rev was one of the most overrated musicians in the history of crappy music, their vocalist sounds like he belongs in a boy band, their guitarists are generic, their bassist gets cut out of the mix 95% of the time, their vocals are either whiny or try to be hardcore, and their riffs are generic metalcore garbage. Abysmal.

Come on! I agree that Avenged Sevenfold are overrated, however you've at least got to give Synyster Gates the credit he deserves. He is an excellent guitarist and the The Rev killed it on the drums too. - R3d_Draig02

I can't believe that people think that a7x has the best guitarist and drummer. The drummer seems to just get points because he died at a young age. But people who think syn is the best guitarist just has no idea what they're talking about, being a guitarist I can say that a7x songs are some of the easiest metal songs I've tried to play. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they're popular, it brings some hope to future music considering what comes out these days. But it just pisses me off when people compare them to the metal classics, they don't go anywhere near them, they're honestly no more talented than slipknot or disturbed

Metallica 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.

Most overrated metal band by a long shot. They used to be great and have some of the best metal songs of all time. Having said this they haven't had any good albums in two decades and there are many poser Metallica fans who don't even know what Master of Puppets is.

The band for people who don't play music themselves. They had a few good albums but nothing to write home about. Drummer Lars Ulrich is probably one of the most insufferable douchebags I can think of in music. He is supposed to be a professional musician, yet he doesn't practice his instrument, and can't even play some of their most basic songs without ruining the song. In the studio he used beat-detective programs to correct the drum track to make it sound a lot better and more tight than he can actually play. Just go to YouTube and search for Lars Ulrich drum fails and prepare to be blown away at how bad he is.

Oh yea, TOTALLY. You would not believe how many non-fans I've seen wearing their merch. Some of their stuff may be good, but who's actually listening to them?

Overrated does not mean bad. I have nothing against Metallica, but given that most Metallica fans will totally say. "If you don't like metal that's pathetic. You probably listen to 1D anyways" and "95% of you people don't know what music is, calling Metallica overrated" I think maybe, just maybe, Metallica can take a MINISCULE bit of criticism don't you think? Maybe? Would that be okay with you fanboys? Well, I'll just say they aren't TOO underrated, for the sake of not having a keyboard war. Sorry, I know that was a little harsh. Well then, fine, Metallica is the best thing ever to exist then. Ah, the fanboys are now appeased. I can sleep without a gun under my pillow tonight I suppose?

The Contenders

Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) ...read more.

I accidently voted this band when I did not want to. Green Day and this band should not be here at all. I respect those who do not like Blink 182 and Tom's vocals, but I personally did not find anything bad about the vocals. It actually took me longer to adjust to Mark's voice because I did not like it at first, I got easily adjusted to Tom's voice, am I the only one who thinks that?

I like this band, but Green Day is much better (Green Day is my 4th favorite band, behind Beatles, Stones, and U2).

Plus, it takes a LONG time to adjust to Tom's voice.

I actually took a long time to adjust to Mark's voice instead. I had no problem with Tom's voice at all when I first heard the band.

How can anybody compare this band to Green Day. This is supposedly a rival band. I listened to all the small things waiting for the good part, but of course it never came. Green Day has some of the greatest punk/rock/alternative albums ever like dookie, insomniac, nimrod, and American idiot. I hate how people think Green Day is a sellout just because they add variety to albums like blvd of broken dreams. Blink 182 is literally 100 times worse than Green Day.

I can see why people enjoy this band. But personally, they add a bad name to Punk.

Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and ...read more.

So I'm not the only one in the world? Ok, let's begin:
1- honestly, 21 pilots is for people who like to feel sorry for themselves, think their life is trash when they are actually being ungrateful and are so pathetic that they need to victimize their own lame being to feel like they are not jerks.
2- their music is bad. Don't come telling me that "they are revolutionaries" and these things that "edgy" (between quotation marks) love to say, but the lyrics are very poorly written. I've seen more revolution in Peppa Pig. Plus, the sound of it is at least annoying and I couldn't listen to that song of theirs that is in Suicide Squad (the fandom's favorite) for more then 10 seconds. It's not very different from listen to my cousin whining about how I lost his pencil, even because this is what they do in songs: whine.
3- the fans think they are completely emo. I mean, they are like "life is pain... I'd rather be dead..." or "I could be a killer. I think I have the mental capacity". ...more

I don't see why there fans need to harrass people and usually if a band is overrated I don't hold it against the artist but in this case I do because they almost promote toxicity from the fans

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS #8! Twenty one pilots is the best and the lyrics are very deep and meaningful. Their music has prevented me from killing myself countless times. Not only is the music amazing but josh and tyler are the most amazing people in the world. They bring a smile to my face everyday even when I feel like it's impossible to smile. If you are judging josh and tyler by the most popular TOP songs that's just wrong. People also say that TOP is bad because their fan base is "emo" and "edgy". We have life harder than you and have a harder time dealing with it. If you think that their music is bad than why don't you try to make a career based of of the arts. It is extremely hard and barely anyone makes the cut. I respect if you don't particularly love the music that this band creates but that doesn't mean that they are a "bad band". There is no such thing as a "bad band". Tyler and josh are just trying their best to make people happy. Anyone who doesn't understand the lyrics to ...more

I wouldn't include "our life is harder then yours part" but yeah I see your point. - 0w0uwu

A few girls in my class are obsessed with them and constantly talk about them. I tried listening to them. Tyler has an awful, screeching voice and the lyrics aren't that good.

Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Worst hard rock band. Their music is mediocre for the most part.

Aerosmith doesn't get enough credit. They are the Bad Boys from Boston and they rock. So many great albums/hits and not as much recognition. They are more underrated than overrated. They rule! They're a rock legend!

They are awesome. Dream On does not suck ass.

They can't make good music to save their life, and I'm sick and tired of them representing the area I live in (somewhere around Boston).

U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

My generation's Rolling Stones. U2 used to be good but they have been together for long enough that they have become washed up. "Beautiful Day" and "Sweetest Thing" are proof of this. The really great material--War, The Unforgettable Fire, and The Joshua Tree--are part of the past, and Bono has become so preachy and political now that it perturbs me.

Overplayed and overrated. Bono's voice so annoying and their songs all sound the same.

Boring pop-rock for every Midwestern soccer mom in existence.

It's funny when the entire TopTens community complain about the Imagine Dragons not being "rock" when this band (U2) is the perfect definition of "Poser Rock", marketed for middle-aged soccer moms.

Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Not only are they one of the best 90s band, their work in the 2000s is perhaps even better. Not overrated, but a lot of people who do not get Radiohead like to say they are. As someone who listens to many kinds of music, everything from Aphex Twin to Slipknot, don"t judge music until you can understand why people like it so much. Until then, you don't have to like the music, but don't rant about it until you have immersed yourself in it.

The best band of the 90's. Not overrated.

Amazing band. Not overrated at all.

I don't think I'll ever like this band. Their music is strange and their lyrics make no sense whatsoever. It just doesn't sound good to my ears.

Slipknot Slipknot is an American Alternative/ Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror ...read more.

Overrated but at the same time they also get a lot of hate from elitists who scream "Not Metal! "

What? If you don't like the way slipknot plays then just don't listen to it, but do not say its overrated without having listened to anything but the first 10 seconds of "psychosocial", which I am afraid its what 95% of you have done...
Most of the 95% are directioners anyway, I don't even know why I bother on typing anything, they are already brainwashed by the stupid part of the society...

I have listened to almost every single Slipknot song, and they are definitely overrated. I do enjoy their music, but they get too much credit. Fans act as though though Jordison is a drum god just because 90% of his playing is fills, when he's not actually that good. There two percussionists are unnecessary. They just bang whatever tin cans they have completely out of rhythm with songs. They only have the position as a way for Clown to stay in the band and have a "purpose", if you could call it that. Not to mention Corey Taylor's voice is horrible live. They're a good band. But not great. - Thrash_or_Die

Have to be the most overrated band ever. Metallica is good though, not overrated.

Agreed, Slipknot is what I call "radio metal". That does NOT make it bad, but when you're put into the genre of metal, you are subject to comparison to the rest of that genre. They are the best "metal" on the radio, but the "good" metal is usually not allowed on the common radio stations. Your local hard rock radio station will play Slipknot, but won't play Beyond Creation... Corey is a good singer, and they have a great gimick... But that's about it.

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

Who decided to put this on here? These guys founded one of the best music genres of all time. Without black sabbath, there would be no metallica or slipknot.

I agree, Who put this here?!?!
They created heavy rock and metal in a way, I know cream came before sabbath in metal. But without sabbath these guys wont be here...

One of the greatest bands ever

Their music was nothing special take the popular song Paranoid for example very simple guitar and drums. They weren't really good musicians they were just OK. They have a cool name and Ozzy had an interesting unique sounding voice and persona that's it. The same with Dio. I'm tired of seeing all three Classic rock bands which now should be considered Antique Rock taking over all the top 10 spots. Oh they were so innovative and influential and if you didn't have them you wouldn't have the newer bands. Most of all the bands I listen to weren't influenced by classic rock bands anyway. Most of all the greatest bands ever came out of the 80s and 90s with the exception of the greatest most experimental most wide variety of sound band EVER the Cure.

Jonas Brothers The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network.

Such an idiot people rated Metallica
I guess you listen to St. Anger stuff
Go listen to their first 5 album
And think again
Why Metallica is over this pretty boys
This pretty boys should stay first
and Metallica should not ever be in the list
Kirk Hammett is metal guitar god
So does James
and all Metallica bassists are damn the top of the world
And dude Slipknot
I like their Music but they don't get the Metal Throne from Metallica
Those who think Slipknot or A7x is over Metallica
You must not know what real Metal is
These band are not overated
Metallica ----- Guns N' Roses
Aerosmith ----- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
AC/DC ----- Led Zepellin
Pink Floyd ----- Jimi Hendrix
Van Halen ----- Santana
Kiss ----- Korn
Nirvana ----- Pearl Jam
Megadeth ----- Slayer
Anthrax ----- Pantera
Iron Maiden ----- System of a Down
Dream Theater ----- Eagles
Scorpion ----- Deep Purple
Def Leppard ----- The Who
Rolling Stone ...more

I love how you only put rock and metal bands in your comment. If anything, metal and rock are some of the most overrated genres of all time, and you're putting overrated bands from those genres in there.

I don't hate rock, but I'm mixed on metal. - SwagFlicks

This list is stupid, stupid, plain stupid, period. Yeah, I agree that the Jonas Brothers are the most untalented musicians EVER. There's nothing good bout them: they look lame, they were ladies skinny jeans and they worked for Disney! Bleh. But what pains me is that brilliant bands like NIRVANA, Metallica, Slipknot, 30stm and almost every good band til date is on this list. Come on people, don't tell me you never got any musical taste. Sorry to know that people can't distinguish good music from bad. All 100% of the votes go to Jonas Brothers. Period. And long live NIRVANA! Whichever person said Kurt ain't talented has a pathetic sense of music.

LOL I have no idea why these guys are still here. I mean sure they're really REALLY bad but seriously, these guys are no longer relevant. They only existed because of their crappy show on Disney Channel and to sell a few records along the way. They're Pop-Rock were nothing special. But under today's music scene, they were never critically acclaimed and only worshipped by children. That's right they were FOR CHILDREN. They're a joke by today's standards but are rarely heard of today. I can name possibly a dozen more bands that are even more overrated. If you think these guys are still popular or overrated then that goes to show you how distant you were from pop music either in 2008 or today.

Jonas brothers suck to the core... Half of it is just a bunch of crazy crap.. Even I don't understand why the legends are there on the list too

Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Maroon 5 used to be a good band, but now they're horrible, they traded in their catchy guitar riffs for horrible dance pop tunes, the other members of the band don't even matter anymore, it's really sad.

They betrayed rock and went into modern pop crap.

Let me just say, I don't actually hate Maroon 5. I don't even really dislike them. Adam is genuinely talented, and a lot of their older songs (This Love is one) were good. But now they're just so... So... Poppy. So generic. They're not horrible, but they get way more recognition than they deserve.

To the other person who replied (who probably will never read this), poppy shouldn't be a derogatory adjective (heck, the Beatles were pop), but Maroon 5 is on the bad side of pop nowadays. - chevygolderado

Are they even a band or a singer and a bunch of guys no one knows?

The Rolling Stones The 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.

Another band I DETEST! And I'm not afraid to say that. The only reason they are viewed as great is because, like the Beatles, aging Baby Boomers are living out their memories whenever "Satisfaction" or "Paint It Black" come on. I don't even consider "Honky Tonk Woman" to be a good song. My father used to talk about how great a musician Keith Richards was. But the truth is, there have been better guitarists in rock history. Hendrix, Clapton, and David Gilmour come to mind. Gilmour could blow Richards out of the water any day. And I mean this: the Rolling Stones are one of the worst bands of all time.

The Beatles, Nirvana, U2, Queen, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Eagles, Guns N' Roses, and The Rolling Stones. These bands aren't overrated, they're good. There's a big difference. Sympathy for the Devil is one of the best songs of all time. I will admit, though, that Satisfaction is as overrated as hell.

They aren't overrated, they are great, they have got some of the best songs of all time. Gimme Shelter, Sympathy for the Devil, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Paint It, Black, Wild Horses, It's Only Rock N Roll, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Can't You Hear Me Knocking... They are really really good on what they do... MUSIC... But they are bad persons, just because one thing: They are talking about war and about bigger problems, and they doesn't seem to understand they aren't going to stop until you solve the little ones: Brian Jones, they left a lost man alone, think about that

My dad isn't gay but he probably wants to marry this band.
I only like them because they're famous

The 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 ...read more.

The Sex Pistols were embraced by British youth because the country was in deep depression with no future under a rotten Labour government. Most of the big cities were on rolling blackouts because of striking and no power available after working hours except for hospitals etc. No future for kids with unemployment at an all time low. Oil crisis. Unions striking everywhere.

Sex Pistols just represented how kids felt. They could barely play their instruments and were mostly a carefully managed by Mclaren who made good use of sensationalist bad publicity to keep the momentum going.

It crushed rock for a while until bands like Iron Maiden managed to surface from the quagmire. Though punk did have some influence of rock in raising the tempo. They were crap musicians and definitely overrated musically.

Punk rock actually originated here in the U.S., mainly in Detroit and New York. So punk owes more to MC5, Television, and the Ramones (and the New York Dolls), than the Sex Pistols. I can understand how the Brits caught on to punk, what with the class system that plays a bigger role in the UK than here. But where British punk is concerned, The Clash were the better of the two. I would follow them with The Buzzcocks.

Extremely overrated British band that for some reason represents the rock music of UK, despite their release of only one album, their childish hatred of everything, and lack of general talent.

I might not be the best person to comment on overrated punk musicians, as I'm not a big fan of the genre. That said, I do appreciate a band with skill and talent, and the Sex Pistols lack both. Their vocalist can't sing and their production is average at best. While they did pioneer a movement, that doesn't make their music automatically good.

Queen 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.

Queen is great. I hate how they are always recognized for Bohemian Rhapsody, I agree that it is not the best song on the world. But how many of you have heard any of their amazing songs? Ever heard Dreamer's Ball? The March of the Black Queen? White Queen (As it Began)? Spread Your Wings? On a more personal note, they saved me from suicide. They got me through it. Please don't hate on then.

Queen are truly overrated. They are the ones most often associated with people who believe that they were "born in the wrong generation". "Bohemian Rhapsody" is overplayed on rock radio all the time. Their songs are all overplayed in commercials as well. Freddie Mercury is constantly worshipped as the second coming of Jesus Christ, not realizing that they're are other great frontmen too, such as Mick Jagger, Roger Daltrey, Joe Strummer and Morrissey. To add to this, he even ends up overshadowing the other members of Queen as well. Queen are a great band, but please, stop worshipping them as gods and listen to other classic rock bands who achieved as much as Queen did. Also, if I hear another Queen song in a commercial again (I don't listen to the radio at all, too much mediocre songs over good songs), I will burn every single Queen album and single on the planet and crush them all up, then throw them into a pit.

Queen may be one of the better rock bands, but they aren't in the same ball park as the Beatles, Stones, Zep and even GNR (which is unpopular). Queen should be the most overrated band on this list as every member is massively overly-praised. Brian May gets rated as a top 10 guitarists which he is not, maybe top 20. Roger Taylor and Deacon are both rated on lists as "Most talented drummers," or "best bass players" which is pretty annoying since they are meh. Freddy Mercury is the only one in my opinion who deserves all the praise he gets.

In a time of Margaret Thatcher and the UK in financial lows, Queen wrote 'Radio Gaga', a song about absolutely nothing.

Some songs are more than questionable. 'Tie Your Mother Down' is a song about tying a young girl's mother down so the narrator can sleep with her without interruption from the parents. I guess paedophilia was okay 40 years ago.

People give Mercury so much praise and I can't deny all of it, however, majority of people who came into contact with him said he's not the kind of person you'd want to spend any time with. And realistically he is the reason Queen fell apart and the band members started to hate him.

Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

Screw Bon Jovi. They're pretty much the One Direction of the 80s. They constantly get called "legends" just because they're old, which is NOWHERE NEAR true. "Livin' on a Prayer" is a horrendously cheesy hair metal anthem about some weird story that makes no sense, and also has the most unnecessary guitar solo I've ever heard. Jon Bon Jovi is an AWFUL singer, and he constantly looks and sounds like he wants to vomit. "Always" is just a broken, cheesy break-up song about someone that HE probably cheated on. "It's My Life" is yet another annoying anthem about nothing. Anyways, come at me, senior citizens with your poorly-spelled comebacks.

This is a terrible comparison! I don't care how many idiots liked this. They are underrated if anything, but they got in the hall of fame, unlike One Direction ever will. People who don't like them don't know much about them. Period. Sure they are no rolling stones, but in this generation they reached heights unlike other bands. Now Nirvana is so overrated. All that jerk did was scream over the mic and criticize other bands. Good they made top 10! - MC1989

Horrible band. The Madonna of hair metal bands. They also proved that success in the music industry often depends on how badly you want it and what type of persona you present, not actual talent. I don't believe their songs could be any more simplistic. How they aren't numbers 1 through 5 on this list is baffling. Perhaps people realize they are 4th rate talent and eminently forgettable so they simply did not vote for them. It's the only thing I can think of.

I don't think they're overrated! Unless people really do call them the best band of all time. I've never heard people say that, but if they do, yeah, that's going a bit far. Bon Jovi is good. They're not THAT good.

Boring music but great hair.

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.

This is another band I truly hate beyond description. KISS is trash music for listeners with limited knowledge of what real music is.

They're not that bad but they're overrated and their lyrical content is bland.

All makeup and no musicianship. Go buy Ace Frehley's new album instead.

Had a certain amount of creativity, but wasted it on the stage show theatrics and wound up with the most sterile class of rock imaginable.
The truly scary part is that they have a fanbase who could care less sbout music as an art form. they could just play the Alphabet song for two hours straight, and no one would bat an eye as long as they remembered the makeup and the fireworks.

Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

White Trash music. I remember all the disgruntled metalheads in high school liked them; the types who would go to their friends' houses and sniff glue because their parents caught them smoking pot. And the music itself was loud, angry, and obnoxious. Appetite for Destruction is one of the worst albums I've ever heard. (As a side note, I wish I could include Van Halen on this list!)

The category is "overated", not bands that suck. In my opinion, although GnR was a decent hard rock band, they were WAY overrated. They just happened to catch on with the college-age, white, frat-boy, metal-newbie crowd who proudly displayed their new GnR CD on the shelf next to Garth Brooks, Steve Winwood and Cher so their girlfriend would see how "rockin'" they were.

This is my #1. Especially with the fact that Slash is considered by quite a few to be the best guitarist ever. What a load of BS!

They deserve their praise because they are an amazing and talented band.

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