Most Overrated Music Genres

The Top Ten

1 Pop

All what people sing about in this today is: Sex, Romance, Breakups, Partying, Butts, Drugs, Alcohol, and Clothes. Awful lot of use of auto tune. Lyrics overusing: don't stop the party tonight, baby, baby, baby, you drive me crazy, I'm so into you, I want you to, La, La, La, and of course: I love you. It also overuses someone being featured in the song, "Love will find a way" Theme, Forced Rhyming, Repetition, Four Chord Progression, and Key Changing. Also, singers have been rhyming lyrics that don't make sense at all, such as: "When I was a geisha, he was a samurai, somehow I understood him when he spoke thai." - Your Love by Nicki Minaj, or: "New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick."- Summer Girls by LFO. On the other hand, music from 1963 - 1994 was complete opposite. ENOUGH SAID.

The worst part of all this is that a lot of songs are centered around the artist and how "good and rich" they are. - RogerMcBaloney

Except Michael Jackson, everyone in pop music didn't make art. They only produce something just to sell records and stuff.. Put some chilly chorus and there you got another crappy song that everybody listen to, I don't know why, because there are a loot of better music genres and better bands. POP (except MJ) ISN'T EVEN ART and makes music just crappier with every song they release.

A lot of pop artists are very talented, but they don't put their skills to good use. Instead, most of them just write the most generic pop songs with the dumbest lyrics (often all written by their music label or someone else). - RogerMcBaloney

It's tough to decide between pop and rap, but at least in rap, the rapper usually writes his/her own lyrics. Pop stars write nothing, and in recent years, they can;t even sing anymore either since synthesizing voices and lip syncing are now socially acceptable.

Why is metal above hop hop?

Don't even want to hear the word pop it's all that's on the radio so annoying.

2 Rap

SOME pop is good and ALL rap is crap? SOME rap is good, look up for "Real Rap"

Rap is easily the worst kind of music...wait it's not music it's just cRAP

Ok, I got to shut down this subject AGAIN. Rappers rhyme from their heart. It's what is a reflection of their reality or what's real to them; so it comes naturally to them which is some of the beauty of it. Just to clear up: Lil Wayne, B.o.B or 2 Chainz DO NOT count as rappers. Their lyrics are 100% better than any rock, pop or indie song you will ever come across, and I would be lying if I said this wasn't true. Listen to J Cole's Crooked Smile or 2Pac's Keep ya head up next time you want to say that rap is sexist, and listen to Kendrick Lamar's How much a dollar cost or Wesley's theory next time you want to say that all they rap about is drugs and money. And if you believe that rap doesn't take skill, try and rap Eminem's Rap God or Kendrick Lamar's Rigamortus then get back to me

I have yet to see a rapper with the same musical knowledge of most other genres. Good rap is the exception rather than the rule, and still no singing/musical knowledge is required, just songwriting.

Eminem has great lyrical content. I'm sure there is at least one rapper with musical potential rather than grunge talking. - 0w0uwu

3 Dubstep

Dubstep does not deserve all of the hate it gets. There are a lot of great, melodic, meaningful dubstep songs out there. Most people only listen to the mainstream dubstep songs and quickly assume that these songs represent the entire dubstep genre. I highly urge listeners to dig deeper and discover some great dubstep songs.

Wub, wub, wub, wub, wub, wub, wub, wub, wub, wub, wub, pow, pow, wub, wub, wub, wub, dubstep even takes the quality of this comment down.

I think that most people who voted this have no knowledge about it. There are a lot of good dubstep songs though and I just hate how this genre is way too over-hated. My favorite EDM subgenre is melodic dubstep and it's underrated as heck and there are way too many overrated genres here so please - WGPRacerFanlol

Dubstep takes no talent to make. Anybody can make a "good" dub step track, it just takes time. No talent. It takes years of lessons to play the guitar, drums, bass, keyboards, etc. Which is prominent in metal, rock, classical, jazz, blues, and country. - ryanrimmel

4 Hip Hop

Hip hop and rap is basically people swearing into a microphone

Um, no. You probably only listened to Lil Wayne and Eminem and made this comment. Listen to Run DMC and come back to me later. - Mumbizz01

Hip-Hop is a culture when will metalheads learn? - MLGPoossySlayer6969

All trash lyrics, nothing else

Hip hop is a type of dance, it's music should not count. - MChkflaguard_Yt

5 K-pop

The music is just soul-withering electronic noise laced with artificial sweetener. No originality. Zero artistry. I've never heard anything so generic, predictable, and devoid of character. Also, those idols are so frivolous, superficial, ditzy, fake, and ostentatious. Even with years of intensive "training," their skills are tragically best. They're merely dolled-up puppets for their company's CEOs. And their fans are even worse...volatile, rabid, mentally unstable, insipid, pretentious, self-righteous, and annoying.

Phony as hell. The idols are more plastic than Barbie & Ken. The music is sappy and soulless. The fans are so unhinged and volatile, they need to be institutionalized for the safety of the general population.

Now THAT is the most overrated genre of music. The fans are also very obnoxious and snobby, like if that crap is the best thing in the world. It should be in the top 3 easily. - RogerMcBaloney

Sigh... it's all I hear everywhere now... I hope it dies out very soon... - Misfire

6 Country

Especially bro country which is just weird romance and getting drunk. - MChkflaguard_Yt

I hate country so much it's not funny

I honestly think country is more overplayed than metal.

Country pop sucks but I do like more of the real stuff

7 R&B

Bryson Tiller is not RNB he is just doing trap with a bit of singing

8 Nightcore

Speeding up a song with the pitch raised and using a picture of a generic anime girl is not remixing.

For some reason it gets linked with trance. I lost my faith in humanity. - MChkflaguard_Yt

Nightcore is the easiest thing to do. All you need to do is get the audio and pitch it up. Some nightcore is really bad!

This shouldn't even be considered a music genre. Nightcore is trash and ruins good music. Those who are saying whatever type of music genre requires no skill, look at this trash. Nightcore is literally just putting a song on Audacity and speeding up the pitch and tempo, and putting a wallpaper of an anime character. -_-

9 Heavy Metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. more.

Just look most music-related lists, it's nearly impossible not to find something metal-related at or near the top. You can like whatever the heck you want to like, O.K? I'm just sick and tired of hearing these close-minded edge-lords proclaim how metal is the only real music and how pop isn't music. Look, there's good music in every genre, you just have to be open-minded and dig deep. Most of the metal the people on this site listen to is very mainstream, yet they claim to hate mainstream music. How hypocritical! The very fact that most people on the site are willing to defend metal and say that it can do no wrong is biased. If metal's you're favorite genre, then fine. There's nothing wrong with enjoying something, and you can say whatever you want to say, but please try to be open-minded. Guess what, people can like pop music and actually have good-taste. Not all pop music is bad, just like how not all country music is bad, or how not all metal is good. Everyone has their own tastes. ...more - TheThomasThomas

Hold your horses there! Not all people who listen to metal are like that. - RogerMcBaloney

I love metal music, although I kind of get why it's high on this list. It kind of is overrated (well, at least on this site, and perhaps other places on the Internet). Like literally, if you don't like this kind of music, you're gonna get bashed.

And one thing that I have noticed is the arrogance that some fans tend to be. I agree that heavy metal is mostly misunderstood by mainstream society, but quit acting like everyone else are like second class citizens. - yungstirjoey666

While heavy metal is certainly overrated on TheTopTens (although certain subgenres are underrated here), I'm not sure if it either overrated or underrated in the real world. It's not overrated, because too many people hate it or don't know it well to say so. It's not underrated, because it was meant to be an underground genre while some bands broke into the mainstream as well. I would say that in the real world it's just rated how it should be. - Alkadikce

Rap and pop shall always rightfully be on top, as both are awful, but like heavy metal or not, it's not the only genre of music that should exist, unlike many of their fans insist. Take some time to try something new, and surprise yourself how good something else can be. In three words, be open minded. - PositronWildhawk

10 Hair Metal

The Contenders

11 Trap

Nothing but annoying crappy noise, this can't be classified as music, people these are so into this kind of music that they think any other type of music except trap sucks, man, be open minded and diverse and look for all kinds of real music that actually uses instruments and melody and real singing not mumbling to a drum machine. Lyrics also about sex, drugs, being rich and partying, I can say so much gross things about this garbage sound but I'll just waste my time ranting.

Random beat and heavy autotuning and nothing else.
And its fanbase is cancer too. - MChkflaguard_Yt

I don't even consider this music - CommanderLudwig

Garbage 90% of the time - Merggy

12 Pop Punk

Blink-182, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Sum 41, Rise Against and many others... They aren't necessarily bad, but extremely overhyped in my opinion.. - Flav

This is underrated - RoseCandyMusic

Worst genre ever... - Brobusky

Pop punk is a good genre but I think pop punk is underrated ask a

c hild if they know Green Day or blink 182 or mx px trust me there like

w ho? a nd I'm like what is wrong with you

13 Grunge Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s.

Except for Alice in Chains and a bit of Pearl Jam, it's just lame. Kurt is not a good singer or guitarist. He just got in the way of Dave Grohl

14 Death Metal

In other words, every single genre of music is overrated. That's what this list implies, anyway.

15 Black Metal

I was going to vote for Hair Metal (not saying it's bad, in fact, I kind of like it) but then I saw Black Metal. Hair Metal might sound repetitive and unoriginal, but at least they have good guitars. Black Metal on the other hand is even more repetitive and unoriginal, as well as that, it has a horrible fan base too.

The only talented thing about this genre is the vocals, and they sound disgusting sometimes. Also, it is difficult to comprehend and it has no rhythm what so ever. There are some good Black Metal bands, but the problem is, there aren't many of them.

Haha very funny. The most underrated genre of metal overrated? Sad. Just Sad. - GreenDayFan21

How is it overrated when it is an underground genre. - XxembermasterxX

16 Pop Rock
17 Jazz Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music".

The only overrated genres are pop, rap and certain rock subgenres (hard rock, thrash metal, pop-punk). Every other genre either has just a small fanbase and isn't played anywhere or gets too much hate to be overrated. - Alkadikce

Not overrated at all. - Metal_Treasure

This is overrated? I would say either underrated or correctly rated - shawnmccaul22

Ummm... Jazz is underrated... - LostDream258

18 Gangster Rap
19 Power Metal
20 Rock and Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. The genre got popular during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rock bands generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer. There are a lot of rock subgenres.

Rock is not overrated most people hate it nowadays, we need to bring back rock music

Although Rock and Roll is my all time favorite genre. I will admit that it is overrated, but it should be a lot higher.

No this is the best - SOX3005

Rock and roll sucks

21 Nu Metal

One of Metal's most unfortunate pushes into the mainstream. Rap and Metal just do not mix real well.

22 Teen Pop

I'm personally surprised this isn't higher.

When Jacob Sartorius is worse than trap - MChkflaguard_Yt


23 Emo

It's not overrated when you get bullied for liking it... But yeah, crazy fandoms

24 Latin
25 Goth Rock

sucks - XxembermasterxX

26 Electronic
27 Screamo
28 Progressive Rock Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.
29 House
30 Alternative Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music.

Alternative became overrated... There are few good bands, but the vast majority just doesn't seem creative to me anymore... They don't make music according to their name. There's nothing "alternative" about alternative anymore

Alternative is correctly rated, not overrated or underrated. - malamJONES

Alternative is the best! HALSEY (best singer ever), Melanie Martinez, Imagine Dragons, 21 Pilots...

It you are going to give reason why alternative is good at least mention alternative artists rather then pop crap (although some of the bands/singers you mentioned are good). - XxembermasterxX

Personally I think alternative is overrated since I see people saying that alternative is the best.

31 Christian Rock
32 Reggaeton

Copycat sex songs with no talents and an annoying beat. - MChkflaguard_Yt


33 Post-Punk

A bunch of whiny pretentious 'goth' kids. That's why.

34 Indie Rock

Are you kidding me? Indie Rock is one of the most Underrated genres of music

I think it overrated by its fans. It seems to be Indie Rock and nothing else. It's hard to introduce them to anything that sounds even remotely country.

Ha ha, Indie rock overrated? - zxm

35 Hard Rock Hard Rock is a subgenre of rock music known for having heavier guitar riffs/solos. It originated around 1964-1965 with various Garage Rock bands.
36 Bubblegum Pop
37 Bro Country

Bro Country Production 101
- Gather loads of cliche redneck stereotypes and put them in a 4-minute song
- Sing stagato in wrong pitches and magnify the errors with autotune
- Throw in lyrics about beer and girls in blue jeans
- Don't forget to objectify both sexes
- Look as "manly", go half naked, wear a century-old leather hat and be as gross as possible, then film yourself in such "sexy" attire having sex. Use it as a music video
- Final touches: Put in 15 broken banjos and guitars!
- Money! - MChkflaguard_Yt

38 Rap Rock
39 Disco

I thought disco was dead? - LostDream258

40 Power Pop
41 Metalcore

Overrated piece of crap. Mainstream metal that poser fags only like because of the breakdowns. Some bands are good but this shouldn't even be considered metal. Same with deathcore

42 Country Rap

Mixing two genres that should not be mixed.

43 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. more.
44 Opera

Are you OK? This is actually one of the most UNDERrated genres. It takes a lot of talent. - Metal_Treasure

Wait... People actually like opera?

It's just pure garbage. The equivalent to a Broadway show today (maybe worse) Neither music nor theater, maybe just lame circus act?

Opera is overrated? - zxm

45 Oldies

Oldies is not a genre. - Dominicmgm


46 Punk Rock Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.

This was the beginning (or better yet since the early 60’s the return) of the dumbing down of music. The original punks were anti-rockstars and then became the most entitled rocks stars of any era. The dress and performance art was the best part of it. I grew up on it, now I can’t stand it. Richard Hell can blow his nose.

47 Soul Soul music (often referred to simply as soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz.
48 Post-grunge

So Simplistic

49 Crunkcore
50 Glam Rock
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