Most Overrated Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 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

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.

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

I hate their music

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2 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 just bland I don't get what makes them one of the best rock bands ever - christangrant

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3 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

Their one single song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" gave them everything! - Neonco31

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4 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.

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

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.

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

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5 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.

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!

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.

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.

Plageriests extrordiare. Very light on creativity and their. Individual musical ability questionable.

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6 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.

This band lacks any form of talent and they always rip off other bands and their fanbase is terrible. They should by #1 on this list.

Yes, they are. I admit. - zxm

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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.

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8 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.

Some of the worst musicians all time yet strangely entertaining. Completely overrated.

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9 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.

In my opinion they should be in the top five. I can't even call them a rock band. - IronSabbathPriest

Not as good as some people claim they really are.

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10 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.

Any band that has treated their fans like this band has(mostly by Axl) over the years deserves no respect whatsoever, the fans are what runs the music business in the end. Worst front man ever in my opinion.

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The Contenders

11 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American punk 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 of their influences 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 are not overrated

Green Day is rated best punk band. That means that they're better than the Ramones and the Dead Kennedys. They're very overrated and barely considered punk OR rock. They're for angsty teenage girls. - Biff_Copher

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12 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

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.

They are really good. But they are considered the greatest ever. I don't think they're even top 10... Maybe top 25.

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13 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.

#2 on the list of most influential bands?! 2? If you said 22 it would be a lititle high. Good grief. Stones, Floyd, Zep, Nirvana. Yes, Nirvana. They're place is hair bands.

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14 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.

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

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.

Slayer is way more better than this.I don't get this bands music.They are very much overrated.

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15 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

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

They suck

If anything, Maroon 5 is underrated. They deserve their popularity because they're talented.

16 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

17 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of obviously Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, songwriter), Pat Smear (lead guitarist, pianist), Nate Mendel 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...

Not overrated

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18 Jonas Brothers Jonas Brothers

This is one of the only bands that belong on this list. Whoever voted for Metallica, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Queen, Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, AC/DC, Aerosmith, and many others, to be on this list can go jump in the fire, hit the floor, and ascend the Stairway to Heaven.

No, this band absolutely does not belong on this list. And it's not because they're good, they're complete crap, and that's why they shouldn't be on here. This list is of overrated bands, not bad ones, people really need to learn to distinguish between bad and overrated, because they have nothing to do with each other. The Jonas Brothers aren't overrated because nobody likes the Jonas Brothers, they have ten times as many haters as they do fans, almost to the point where it would be more reasonable to argue that they're underrated rather than overrated.
So no, the Jonas Brothers are garbage, but they're in no way overrated.

How is Linkin Park and A7X ahead of this? I love Linkin Park and A7X, this list was obviously made by a 10 year old girl who can't begin to understand true talent. - thatonemeatlfan667

They suck, plain and simple! Overrated, overhyped, and over-played! Total garbage! - Dtbjmb

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19 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian 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.

God these songs are so annoying, they keep overplaying it

A typical poser band. Pretty sure 98% of their fans only know/like Otherside and Higher Ground

I find this band boring - christangrant

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20 Queen Queen Queen are a British rock group 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 more.

I'm just tired of people saying things like, ", Freddie Mercury is a genius. Bohemian Rhapsody is a masterpiece." They're ok, but aren't as artsy as some people are led to believe.

Bohemian Rhapsody is interesting to listen to, but is far from being a masterpiece. The song is more like a series of loosely tied together vignettes (musically, not lyrically) with some parts being good and others not so good. For example, in the part that goes, "I'm just a poor boy..." has a chord pattern that goes B, Bb, A, Bb and repeats. This pattern is used in various parts throughout the song. This pattern annoys me because it's simply going up and down a chromatic progression. In other words, it sounds like it was written by a nine year old with a few weeks of piano practice. Other parts like the one that goes, "mama, ooo-ooo-ooo-oo" are good, and I would have much preferred if the rest of the song expanded on this. It also crescendos way too early. It barely ...more

I strongly agree. I have no idea why this comment is thumbed down so low. - TimTamTheTurtleMan

Not underrated, not overrated. They deserve this big fame, I do however wish songs like The Prophet's Song, Fairy Feller's Master Stroke, Father To Son, Drowse, Flick Of The Wrist, March Of The Black Queen, White Man, White Queen (As It Began), Great King Rat, You Take My Breath Away, Brighton Rock, Liar and Nevermore got some more recognition.

I would have to agree, Brian May is a seriously underrated guitarist. And I would also say that the band, still popular, is not overrated at all.

I love Queen as well but they are more famous for their singles and their albums are really average at best. You never see any of their LP's in any best albums list for a reason. They are a good band but nowhere near The Beatles or Pink Floyd. Queen are like the perfect balance of pop and rock which is probably the reason why they are so loved

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