Most Overrated Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 Nirvana 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. more.

Nirvana has their place. They were by no means bad. Kurt had a talent for writing lyrics and a voice that inspired a generation. But the fact remains: they were not even the best in their genre. I wouldn't even put them in my top 3. Soundgarden is VASTLY superior in every single category outside of popularity. Chris Cornell compared to Kurt Cobain is like a 5 carat diamond compared to white dog. Much of the same can be said for Pearl Jam... and Alice in Chains. I would even say Stone Temple Pilots is a tier or 2 above Nirvana. I respect them and their body of work, but when every other well known grunge band has better singing, songwriting, musicianship, lyricism, longevity... Overrated. - VisionsOfSight

Nirvana is basically the most overrated rock band ever! They didn't actually do anything to get this much attention to be honest. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Nirvana, I hate the wannabes that wears Nirvana tees or stuff like that 7/24 and when you ask them they can't even name a Nirvana song except Smells Like Teen Spirit - which I think that its an overrating song too- I mean, okay, Nirvana might be good, but please, I'm telling you that wannabe kid, if your saying that Nirvana is the best band ever, you don't have an idea what rock is, and there are even greater grunge bands than them, like Soundgarden. - Psychedelic

They are great, and I'm not taking anything away from them, but they get way too much recognition. Some so-called "rock fans" love them because they think it's cool to like them, but half of them can't name a song besides Smells Like Teen Spirit! - Ku

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2 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture more.

Don't get me wrong, I do like Linkin Park. They're definitely in my top fifteen favorite rock bands. HOWEVER, they are not #1. People keep placing them above the Beatles, Queen, and other bands that honestly deserve a top spot. I wouldn't mind seeing them or their songs in a top ten, or an occasional top 5. But they are currently the #1 rock band on "best rock bands" list, which really isn't true. Not trying to offend any fans, just saying that they are kinda overrated. - isabellapineiro

Honestly, this list just seems to be a place for people to trash talk bands they don't like, and there are a lot of really great bands on here. But I do think that Linkin Park is overrated. So I'm voting for them.

I do find it funny how this list looks almost exactly the same as most of the top ten best rock bands list... - WolfsQuill

Linkin Park is a very good rock band with their own sound, and I like them a lot. However, All the edgy scene kids who claim they were "saved" by them really need to stop elevating them to unrealistic heights.

Sellouts. - Disturbedpotato

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3 U2 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 more.

Whoever put queen on the list is going to suffer an unfortunate accident.

All of u2's song sound the same. Bad. They are all mediocre musicians, who really shouldn't be one of the most popular bands ever.

Listen, not everyone has to like Queen nor they shouldn't them. If they don't like it, it's their problem not yours - Neonco31

I'm not a believer that all famous musicians have to be technically proficient, but these guys have been cutting corners for a while now, and don't seem to have improved that much. It still seems like the Edge uses his vast array of effects pedals to compensate for his lack of guitar skill. Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton always use the same, monotone rhythms to back every single song (does Clayton even use more than one strong on any song? ). As for Bono, he's not nearly as great as his devotees make him out to be. Has no-one noticed how clumsy and off-key he is on 'With Or Without You"? Perfect example of a substandard singer overreaching his grasp.

They are very good. They have excellent music. You can't say everything sounds the same if you haven't heard everything. I have, and it doesn't. Listen to Drowning Man, then Last Night on Earth, then the First Time, then Wire, etc. They don't all sound the same you haters.

They are boring and just not that good but queen is also EXTREMELY overrated I was gonna vote for that but this popped up first

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4 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) 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). more.

This band has potential, I have heard many of their songs and can't seem to figure out what's not right. The vocals are good, the drums and guitar are even better; Avenged Sevenfold are very talented however it's the choice of songs which are very poor. If someone could actually write songs with proper lyrics and rhythm for a7x then they could possibly one of the best metal bands around. A song style similar to Disturbed or even Bullet For My Valentine could really do them good. For these reasons I think Avenged Sevenfold are good and outstandingly talented although their songs are specifically overrated. - WhenWorldsCollide02

I only voted because I think Avenged Sevenfold deserve to have a crown upon their #1 mark. These guys deserve to be number one, I don't really care what the list is about. Bitches just be jealous. Go whine somewhere else.

They have 2 albums which I would consider amazing, and 1 or 2 which I would consider good, the rest is quite mediocre or bad. That said, I do find them to be fairly talented, even the vocals are quite good from their self title album onwards. - kempokid

Too much hype for a rather bland band.

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5 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed more.

Coldplay were great to start with and deserved the accolades they got. Then they just produced nothing but filler but were still praised by critics. Hence why they are overrated. It's all sounded the same, very dull for years. The raw emotion has now gone and there songs now sound like there written by someone who's trying to hard. And failing - sextysex

Sadly a once-great band that succumbed to all the need to be mainstream & roll in the dough.

Definitely vote Coldplay. I can think of at least 5 songs they ripped off other artists. I'm sure there are more we don't know about.

Church choir band.

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6 KISS KISS Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Their music is prosaic at best because they devoted all their creativity to their look and/or stage show. even their fanbase associates them most immediately with the makeup and the pyrotechnics. long as they had those bases covered, they could just play the Alphabet song for two hours straight and they'd get away with it.
What's more they'll actually take that as a compliment. (seriously, Gene Simmons would masturbate on stage if he thought he could get an audience for it. )

This band has a few great songs but that's it. They became successful because of their band name, their live shows and Gene Simmons' tongue. - IronSabbathPriest

Kiss is a talentless band full of ugly people.

KISS is incredibly UNDERRATED! Go vote it UP at the top Rock bands, they are number 57! That is insane!

"I was made for loving you baby! You where made for loving me! "

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7 AC/DC 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 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to more.

I think that what makes their songs so supposedly "stupid" is some of the best stuff about them. They don't put on any airs about sadness or romance. They just write awesome power anthems. May I add that they managed to rise from the ashes after their awesome lead singer, Bon Scott, sadly passed away. Not many bands could do that. Besides, Angus Young is an incredibly skilled guitar player, and his solos make up for the repetitive lyrics. - AngryNerdGirl

The reason most of these options are so high up is that this 10 ten list is for rock band's that most people think are actually good. Now, don't get me wrong, AC/DC isn't bad, and I like some of their songs. They're just overhyped in my opinion.

AC/DC should be higher. The only "good" thing about them is their guitar play. Their vocalist sucks, their drumming is basic and nothing special, and their bassist is nothing special. Angus Young is great, but that's it.

It's bar rock, and not good bar rock at that.

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8 Guns N' Roses

Loll, you guys are retarded. Axl may not be admired by most but vocally, he is one of the better singers with a pretty good range. Slash was also a very talented guitarist. This band had a few big hits in the late eighties early nineties but they're Certainly not overrated. Axl had anger issues and was a little arrogant, storms off stage a bunch and sometimes did not show for a performance all together. This does not make them an overrated Act. I realize this is all subject to opinion but I think most people that have basic knowledge and understanding of rock and roll would agree that this band was certainly one of the better 90s progressive rock bands.

Guns N' Roses is a bit overrated. They do have some good hits, but they also have some that aren't that great, yet people say they're the best in the world. They're good, but they're not the best.

Every kid in this generation is led to believe by their piers that Guns 'N' Roses are the greatest band that ever was. And they only know three songs by them.

I genuinely believe they should be number one. Someone please tell me what's so great about them? Their party rock atmosphere and videos annoy the hell out of me. Appetite for Destruction is a boring, party rock album with very little in the way of heavy rock. Axl Rose range might be wide, but he screeches through the songs like a cat being raped. People only like them for their first album. I don't claim to be a big Nirvana fan, but I'd take them over this generic dance music any day. Yes it is dance music. Hear this at parties too much. - IronSabbathPriest

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9 30 Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević.

This list seems to be a joke. I only agree about this band, Leto and his band are really very overrated. I actually don't understand what Guns N' Roses is doing here? They are overrated? Come on, they maybe were the last performers of 70-80's rock, while the grunge and post-grunge were grabbing the world. The same I can say about the lots of bands in this list. It's very strange.

With Shannon Leto being higher up on the greatest rock drummers of all time than, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, The Rev, and Danny Carey I knew something was messed up.

I like 30 Seconds to Mars, but Jared Leto just thinks too much of himself honestly. They have some very good songs, but I absolutely agree when you compare them to other great rock bands and standout albums. This Is War tries to be really "epic", and while it does have some awesome tracks, 30 Seconds to Mars is just trying to hard in my opinion. - YCLP33

Great band. In my opinion, much better than most of the bands in the top ten.

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10 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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 more.

Led Zeppelin is a great band and they do have a unique style to their music, but there are bands that are just as good, if not better. But many people still argue that there's no other band on the planet as great as them.

If you think Jonas Brothers, Nickelback and KISS are more overrated than this band, then you don't know what the term "overrated" means. Those bands aren't half as overrated as this band. In fact, those bands are not overrated at all because they're hated and many people bash them so much.

To me, Led Zeppelin have done a few okay songs but the hype surrounding them even to this day and age is too much and too out of control and that is impressive considering that Led Zeppelin plagiarized half of their work from other blues artists. I'm not saying they're very terrible but "greatest band ever"? Are you kidding me?! That, to me is overexaggerating.

Again, this is just my opinion and I respect your opinion if you disagree otherwise. But DON'T GET ALL BUTTHURT OR ARROGANT OR WHATEVER IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT I'M COMMENTING! And thumb me down all you like but you're not gonna change my opinion on Led Zeppelin!

Zeppelin is a great classic rock band but I think Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Judas Priest, Deep Purple and a few others are all on the same level if not better. They aren't as far ahead of everyone else as people think.

Middle age white men's favourite band. OVERRATED! - Singer4Freedom

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The Contenders

11 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. 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 rock. Some more.

Green Day isn't overrated. Anyone who thinks so just thinks American Idiot is. Listen to Dookie and Insomniac and Nimrod. Great albums.

Seriously, Green Day is not overrated. They've put so much good work together over the years, thinking about society's problems, having ironic and still serious lyrics and let's not forget that American Idiot is a giant rock opera. Green Day's not even my generation or my favorite punk band to be honest, but I totally respect the guys. - YCLP33

I like green day...
Come on, most of these bands get too much hate. They deserve a break from all the haters.

They've had some of the most innovative punk songs ever. They've always had the spirit of pop but the intensity of punk. Definitely not overrated, especially when you consider each and every song from one of their albums is different in their own sense, ESPECIALLY Dookie, Nimrod, Insomniac, and 21st Century Breakdown. - naFrovivuS

Ugh, they suck in my opinion. - CostcoHotDogs

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12 Bon Jovi 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 more.

In the real world, I think they are slightly overrated. On these lists, it's not even close. When I see Richie Sambora in the top ten songwriters and top 50 singers of all time, the answer to the most overrated band is clearly Bon Jovi. Living On a Prayer is a great song, as is Wanted, Dead or Alive. A lot of bands have made two great songs. The rest of their music is either pedestrian or downright bad (Have a Nice Day, It's My Life). It seems a lot of people on these sites are head over heels for Bon Jovi. They're okay, but mainly I just don't feel it, sorry.

The Justin Bieber of rock music. A real band does not make several Adult Contemporary songs. A real band would be like Led Zeppelin or Van Halen (okay with David Lee Roth). This band does not act badass no matter what their fans say, the opposite of rock and roll. Pure cheese

Just appalling soft 1980s drivel. No balls or originality.

Just awful, Springsteen wannabe without the songs or gravitas. They take themselves so seriously, Jon a massive ego with a terrible voice.Torture.

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13 Maroon 5 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.

Much of their music post-Songs About Jane are overrated

Maroon 5 was good until they sold out. Now their songs are all about Adam Levine swearing and being a jerk. - The01Bro

Why do I know everything about this band despite the fact they suck?

Their music sucks...'enough said!

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14 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

They're good but people just know them because of Chop Suey. Ever heard of Cigaro or P.L.U.C. K?

Overrated? No, they are underrated. - DoroExploro13

Whoaa whoaa this band doesn't belong to this list

15 Metallica 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". more.

Metallica is in no way a "bad" band. But overrated? HELL YES. Maybe one of the most overrated bands in the world. I loved Metallica until I was about 12 years old and started finding better music. I mean jesus christ, their drummer can barely hold the tempo... They are not very good live either. I mean sure, they have some good songs but it gets pretty bland, boring and repetitive quickly. I know they have a lot of diehard fans but I sincerely believe that they deserve to be on this list... and higher up.

All of their music ultimately sounds the same. Same beat, instruments, vocals, bass, guitar solos, and drumming. I used to like them when I first heard them but they play way too much on the radio. I can't really understand how this band got this popular. They came out with a new album but it sounds the same as previous albums.

Metallica is a great band, but most people do act like the god of music plays in this band. They're not the best band in the world. Same style, same time, better musicians: Dream Theater (most underrated metal band) - darksky

I concur. Metallica is great and they've had their moments but the Dream Theater is the real deal if you want same style but more melodic music with awesome musicians. - ProfessorSparks

Why is AC/DC, Green Day, and Led Zeppelin over Metallica? Metallica's great, but definitely overrated. They've had good singles here and there, but they're right now trying too hard to be metal. Remember that dumb song they did with Lou Reed where James wouldn't stop screaming "I AM THE TABLE! "
Hardwired was great though. - naFrovivuS

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16 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate more.

Overrated? The only reason people say that is because Dave Grohl was in Nirvanna. In my opinion that is a reason they deserve their fame, it would be extremely hard to rise from the ashes of a really popular band. Dave recorded the first album on his own, he played all the instruments.

I really don't consider Foo Fighters overrated, in fact I prefer them to Nirvana

All songs sound exactly the same and it has just somehow become a mainstream accepted rock band and thereby gotten a lot more cred than deserved. The band is fine but certainly not "worlds best rock band" as commercial people seem to think...

They are not that overrated, like Nirvana

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17 The Beatles 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 more.

Warning: If you are a hardcore Beatles fan, fanboy or fangirl who easily gets butthurt and cannot handle and respect other people's opinions that differ from your own, then look away now and do not read this rant/opinion.

Okay. Before I start on explaining why I think they are overrated, I am going to give some small amount of credit to them where it is due. In my opinion, I think McCartney is a great bass player who could create very melodic bass lines, some of their songs were okay or even good, they wrote their own material by themselves and they did not use autotune to hide their vocals.

But unfortunately, this is the ultimate reason on why I believe they are overrated. The hype and respect surrounding this band is just way way way too much! There is no need for all this extravagant praise for this band! They were nothing incredibly special, they were just another band that sounded exactly like everything else around their time (The Who, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones ...more

Could their choice of a band name possibly be an homage to Buddy Holly and The Crickets or does it Have to be viewed as "plagiarized" (lol) to fit your opinion of their talent, work, and proper status? - Billyv

To suggest that I would get butthurt (whatever that means) because you disagree with me is not really giving me a lot of credit, but that's okay. Let me explain why the Beatles are not overrated. Number one is their longevity. Paul McCartney can still sell out a stadium at a moment's notice, even fifty plus years after he started. I would be willing to bet that very few, if any, of today's artists are going to be relevant in 2065. Number two is their albums. It doesn't matter the website. If you're talking about the greatest albums of all time, the White Album, Magical Myestery Tour, Abbey Road, Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Seargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are always in top ten consideration. No other band has six albums that are top ten quality (Pink Floyd might come closest). Number three, their solo careers. McCartney, Lennon, and Harrison had incredible solo careers and even Ringo's solo career could rival the best solo careers of the leaders of most bands. Number four, if ...more

I have to agree... The Beatles owe their success to a lot more than just pure talent. They were rather lucky. They have quite a few really good songs but some of them are just random. I don't love or hate them. They're just a bit overrated.

Very overrated - Singer4Freedom

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18 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

I don't understand how any body likes this band. These guys are horrible

Most people who have an ungodly hate for this band are generally sheep. Nickelback is not amazing, and their sound is generic usually, but kroeger has a weird sounding voice, but he actually has decent singing talent. Listen to godsmack. THAT is the definition of trying too hard to sing grungily. Their old songs were actually pretty good, but as soon as they blew up they just started to copy themselves. How you remind me isn't actually too bad as well

The guitarist is unskilled (actually all the "musicians" are), their discography have songs that are indistinguishable from one another, their lead singer sounds constipated when singing, they are a derivative of Creed which in turn are a derivative of Pearl Jam whilst at the same time sounding like bro-country (shudders), the lead singer looks like a paedophile, they performed so terribly at a concert that people throw rocks at them, people actually petition for them to NOT perform, their songs lack class (e.G. Figured You Out, Something In Your Mouth), they only care about money when it comes to making music (I mean, as the almighty end all of all things), diversifying in music means bringing Flo Rida to guest in one of your songs, the lead singer is a douchebag as a person.
I just can't think of anything of merit about this band. If one is forced to listen to their music on the radio while at work, what will you expect to be the reaction?

Lol this isn't overrated because nobody likes them - Disturbedpotato

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19 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. more.

I am sick of hearing this band on almost every channel be it a supposed hard rock station or an adult contemporary one they are the most overplayed band of all time.

They shouldn't be on this list. They easily have the most variety out of any band I've ever listened to

Overplayed and nothing interesting for quite some time. Not sure why they are rock station darlings.

I have tried listening to them but I can't stand them, it's mainly their singer because he sings out of tune on both live preformances and studio which irritates me, I tried listeing to Blood Suger Sex Magik and I stopped after the third song because I just couldn't stand them and that album is like 75 minutes long and theirs no way I'm going through that whole thing, I honestly don't get why they get so much praise I mean Flea is a good bassist but he isn't even the best in his genre, which brings me to another and I would say is superior over RHCP the band I'm talking about is Primus, Primus has both a better singer and a better bassist and it just so happens to be both done by the same person, Yup Les Claypool tied with Geddy Lee and Cliff Burton for my favorite bassist ever and their live preformances are way better than RHCP and unlike RHCP, Primus albums aren't 75 minutes long and are still better than RHCP. there is only 2 RHCP songs I like and both of them are covers - christangrant

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20 Black Eyed Peas Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers,, Taboo, and singer Fergie.

What in is this bull? THEY'RE NOT EVEN A ROCK BAND IN ANY WAY. This site is full of crap.

This is not a rock band but they are overrated though and they suck - christangrant

They're not overrated, or rock. - ProPanda

They arnt rock music why is this on here - theone90990

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