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

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

I don't like todays pop. Sorry but you'll just have to deal with it

2 Rap

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

It's just boring

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.

Not all rap is bad, but recently it has become stale and overdone.

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

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

5 Country

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

Worse than metal

I hate country so much it's not funny

I honestly think country is more overplayed than metal.

6 R&B

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

7 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!

How the heck is this below metal? - XxembermasterxX

8 K-pop 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.

Finally this is above Heavy Metal. - Userguy44

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

9 Heavy Metal 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

It is a little overrated... I also agree that it is funny that people bash other genres for being mainstream while only liking Metallica and Linkin Park. I love metal and I can definitely see a bit of hypocrisy when people talk about metal on this site.

By the way, Death, Black Sabbath, and Gojira are the best metal bands ever.

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.

Eh. I'd prefer to listen to Justin Bieber. Fight me. - Misfire

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

Garbage 100% of the time and people saying metal fans need to be more open minded yet they also say metal is bad hypocrites!

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 Pop Rock
14 Rock and Roll 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

Best music genre. - PeeledBanana

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

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15 Nu Metal

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

16 Teen Pop

When Jacob Sartorius is worse than trap - MChkflaguard_Yt


I'm personally surprised this isn't higher.

17 Emo

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

18 Goth Rock

sucks - XxembermasterxX

19 Death Metal

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

20 Jazz Jazz

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

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21 Alternative 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.

Wouldn't say it's overrated but it's not underrated either.-DarkBoi-X

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

22 Screamo
23 Christian Rock
24 Post-Punk

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

25 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

26 Hard Rock 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.
27 Grunge 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

28 Bubblegum Pop
29 Gangster Rap
30 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

31 Rap Rock
32 Latin
33 Disco

I thought disco was dead? - LostDream258

34 Power Pop
35 Black Metal

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

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

36 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

37 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

38 Thrash Metal 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.
39 Country Rap

Mixing two genres that should not be mixed.

40 Oldies


Oldies is not a genre. - Dominicmgm

41 Soul 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.
42 Punk Rock 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.

43 Electronic
44 Reggaeton

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


45 Post-grunge

So Simplistic

46 Crunkcore
47 Progressive Rock 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.
48 Glam Rock
49 Crunk
50 Vaporwave

It's all about those aesthetics.

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