Top Ten Most Overrated Songs

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1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This song sounds good, but you can tell that it is completely commercial. The lyrics are nonsense and have no meaning. Cobain himself started to dislike this song because it was basically feel-good meaningless pop. This song didn't come from his heart.

It's an okay song, and it's riff is obviously very memorable. But it's just meaningless commercial pop.
Not to say that it isn't an important song, because this is infact the song that fueled the grunge movement into becoming what is now known as alternative rock, the most used music genre in history!
Sure it was important, and yes, it is catchy, but it's nothing more, not great, and especially not "brilliant" or "outstanding".
Nirvana are a great band who have made many, many more songs, a lot of which are better than this grungy pop song.

Technically, I don't really get this song; not at all. The construction of this song is not the greatest indeed. So it became famous in more ways than one but does not mean that it is great. I never even had it in me to listen to this song all the way; I just don't like it. One band from my college performed this and the audience just went: "What The Heck Was That? " Ha Ha Ha! - aeromaxx777

Kurt Cobain hated how this song overshadowed his other works, and complained how it was incredibly overrated. You really can see where he's coming from, Nirvana has had so many better songs, like Come As You Are, Heart Shaped Box, and Lithium. - naFrovivuS

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2 Gangnam Style - PSY

Doesn't deserve 1000000000 YouTube views

Stupid, annoying, awful, disgusting... If this song's video is the most watched clip ever then I'd rather prefer the world ended on 21st...

This is obviously overrated, and is only so popular because of the silly dance style and because many people view it as funny, but that isn't what a song should be about. Meaningful and gripping songs should have far more views than ridiculous crap like this.
And who has voted for Smells Like Teen Spirit and Wonderwall? They are brilliant songs, and aren't overrated at all in my opinion. - EvilAngel

Only voting this to get Smells Lie Teen Spirit back to #2. - ProPanda

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3 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Overall a very good song, but it really pains me that a band as great as Led Zeppelin, with such a large and varied body of work, gets remembered primarily for this song. I think of it in terms of word associations, where you say a word and ask someone to just say the first thing that pops in their head. For example, if I say vegetable, most people would say carrot. If I say Led Zeppelin, most people are going to say "oh, Stairway to Heaven". It's just too bad, because they are so much more than one famous song. Honestly, there are about 10 to 15 Zeppelin songs that are better, and at least two on the same album, probably more (Black Dog and Misty Mountain Hop for sure). Again not a bad song, but definitely overrated if it is considered Zeppelin's best song. Don't even get me started on people who say this has the best guitar solo ever, again, not even Jimmy Page's best guitar solo (Heartbreaker in my opinion).

This song is not overrated, it is simply a masterpiece, slowly building power with epic lyrics, flutes, guitars and singing and than the solo (one of the best in rock history) and great powerful outro. I would say it's kinda underrated these days because not many people listen to it as it deserves. - levtomas1998

They did not steal it from Spirit. A couple of similar notes used in a 2 minute instrumental turned into an 8 minute rock classic with lyrics and a solo DOES NOT count as plagarism. I do agree with the one poster that it is sad that Led Zeppelin is mainly remembered for Stairway. I have to say I like Zeppelin's heavier side, like Achilles Last Stand and Black Dog. Zeppelin's best song is probably Kashmir or Achilles Last Stand, but you have to admit it made not just a big impact on rock but on music in general. - therootbeer

Led Zeppelin actually had gotten permission from Spirit, so it's fine. - MontyPython

A good song, but undeserving of all these loads of respect.

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4 Let It Go - Idina Menzel

This song is terrible! It sucks! The lyrics are stupid, it's completely unrelateable, the vocals are generic, the music is nothing new, and when kids start singing it all the damn time, it gets really annoying! And people act like this song is amazing! They act like it's the musical reincarnation of God! What is so good about this song!? I don't understand it and I never will! This is the most overrated song of all time! But that's not even the worst part. The worst part is that the next commercial excuse for a song Disney makes is also going to praised beyond belief! It's like Disney is an endless supply of crappy music! Why do people eat it all up?

Horrible song. Crappy lyrics. Absolutely overrated.

This song was okay for like about three months. But after hearing it over and over again? I'm over it. I cannot stand this song anymore. I mean it's not even that good. Plus the lyrics are really lackluster.

While I do think there was overexposure to be found, I also don't hate this song, and CERTAINLY wouldn't call it overrated, quite to the contrary. - GibbyDaGib

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5 Baby - Justin Bieber

This isn't really overrated because nearly everyone hates it

This song is so bad that even if only one person liked this, it would still be overrated. Also, the track was popular with critics. - drdevil

Here's me reacting to some of the lyrics sadly.
You know you love me
(I don't and never will)
I know you care
(You wish)
Just shout whenever, and I'll be there
(I'd rather shout to Barbie)
You are my love, you are my heart
(Sorry man but you're not my love and you're not my heart)
And we will never, ever, ever be apart
(I ran away when I got news your Mum was pregnant with you)
Are we an item? Girl quit playing
(You're an item with a fish, I'm not playing)
"We're just friends." What are you saying?
(It's cause you know I hate you and always will. I'll never be your friend)
Said "There's another" and looked right in my eyes
(I became blind afterwards)
My first love broke my heart for the very first time
(All your loves will)
And I was like
Baby Baby Baby, oh
(You're a baby who cries every night for love)
Like, Baby, Baby, Baby, oh
(Crying every night)
Like, Baby, Baby, Baby, oh
(Still crying like you always ...more

THERE'S NO WAY THIS SONG SHOULD BE BELOW SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT AND WONDERWALL!

At least those songs were ACTUALLY MUSIC!

Smells like teen spirit introduced a new era of music. That song made Nirvana Big!

What made this song big? A Bunch of girls who have no taste in music like it. This song is bad and popular so it should be at least 2 - AnythigGrunge4

This song is the symbol of cheesy modern pop. Justin has never had had a good voice, he's never had good lyrics, he's never been a good person really! Baby is his most unbearable of them all, the first time I heard it I remembered thinking "This day will be the knly day that THIS SONG will be on the radio" and then what seemed like years, I couldn't listen to the radio cause every other song a heard a auto-tuned teen scream BABY BABY BABY OHH! At the end of the song I thought "I hope he's gone forever" when he sang I'm GONE! And the worst part is how the song creeps into your mind, trying to get you to like it, but it ONLY gets worse every singke time.

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6 Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

Repeating a sentance over twenty times is not a very good song. Actually, it should even be consitered a song.

Everybody said it was the best song of 2012. It's extremely repetitive and Carly Rae Jepsen's is nothing special. Far, far better songs were released in 2012.

CAN NOT stand listening to this song at all, I don't even care what anyone else thinks but this song should be staying as 1st place as THE WORST SONG EVER INVENTED and most importantly THE MOST OVERRATED SONG EVER HEARD!

P.S. Where the heck is blurred lines, it should be right under this worthless, ridiculous, horrible, and most ANNOYING song as 2nd!

Oh. My. GOD. I remember that whole phase where everyone was jamming out to this song and let me tell you that was SOOO annoying. This song makes my ears bleed. (I wish they would so I don't have to listen to this stupid song)

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7 Wonderwall - Oasis

Oasis are an awesome group, but this is just a terrible song. I also think that "Don't Look Back In Anger" is overrated.
Has society never heard of "Supersonic", "Live Forever", "Some Might Say", "Morning Glory", "Fade In-Out" or "Hey Now! "?!?! This song and "Don't Look Back In Anger" are just inferior by comparison.
The people I imagine who have cool jobs and high standards listen to "Some Might Say"; one of the most underrated songs ever. People without lives worth living listen to "Wonderwall".
Trust Me. Just Trust Me.

I could not hate this song more. Oasis can do and have done better than this, and everyone, for some really weird reason, likes this song better than all the other ones that, in all honesty, are better. I literally do not get it at all.

I personally really don't like Oasis at all (from the songs that I've heard, they're just not my cup of tea) but Wonderwall is one of the most tedious songs I've ever heard. I just don't understand how people like it so much. I think Oasis can do and has done much better, even if I personally don't like their music.

This song is the worst! I'm so tired of hearing it on the radio every 10 minutes. It sucks and it doesn't make any sense! I hate it!

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8 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

I think a lot of people don't really understand what "overrated" means. It doesn't mean the song is bad, it means that someone feels that it gets more credit than it deserves. It's opinionated. Now for why I feel it's overrated. The first part of the song is really good. If that was the whole song, I wouldn't have this problem. Then the solo hits and that's when the song goes downhill for me. Really, that's what Brian May does? Thank God he got a lot better later in Queen's life. That solo is also very overrated. Brian May has many better solos (Somebody to Love for example). The solo fits the song, but it could have done so much more. Listen to "Goodbye to Romance" and you'll know what I'm talking about. After that we get this piano and vocals part. So? Freddie bangs the piano and they sing. It's okay, it just would have been better as its own song. Then we have the "climax" which is okay and had a nice lead in. Then we return to the great slow part of ...more

I'm sick of seeing this song topping all the 'greatest songs of all time' lists. I mean, it's by no means a bad song, but to say that it's the best song of all time is simply ridiculous.

10 Queen Songs better than this one
1. Somebody to Love
2. Don't Stop Me Now
3. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
4. Fat Bottomed Girls
5. Killer Queen
6. You're My Best Friend
7. Another One Bites the Dust
8. I Want It All
9. Under Pressure
10. We Are the Champions.

This is the goat and you all know it. - GibbyDaGib

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9 What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction

Just plain overrated. Everybody's obsessed with that band and that song was everywhere on the radio and it was a pretty annoying song to me. Everybody is obsessed with that band only with that song and how hot the band members are. Overall just a overrated song.

One direction is basically 5 idiots who think they can sing but no they just STINK

Every since they guest star on Icarly with that song that's why this band & this annoying song wins every year for favorite music group every year at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards every year this decade

My favorite songs

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10 Umbrella - Rihanna

Under my umbrella, are you kidding me... What kind of lyrics are these, Rihanna really needs to work on her lyrics, or else she'd make her fan falling fall...

Rihanna's best work is when she's featured. Run This Town and Love The Way You Lie come to mind. Every time she's on her own, the result is fairly awful.

Her best songs are with other people, honestly. Umbrella honestly isn't nearly as bad as some songs on this list, and at least she can sing.

I love Rihanna, but she is so much more than this song, and work. This song is so over appreciated/hated, like Rihanna has 8 albums, and 75% of the songs in it are better than this - Aquaturtle

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The Newcomers

? War Pigs - Black Sabbath
? Super Bass - Nicki Minaj

The Contenders

11 In the End - Linkin Park

Dude, go listen to guilty all the same, faint, lost in the echo, and burn it down and In the end will sound like call me maybe compared to those songs.

Linkin park gets way too much credit on this website. It's good to finally see the opposite. Like good grief, them and queen use up most of the top ten everything to do with music.

Never seen bigger idiots who thinks that In The End is a bad song. You got not a single knowledge about music.

Linkin Park is simply one of the most overrated artists. - naFrovivuS

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12 The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) - Ylvis

Apparently, the artist of this song doesn't know what a fox actually says, so instead, he makes the most obnoxious sounds I've ever heard in my entire twelve years of life here on planet Earth. Plus, it's like a little kid song when the artist describes the noises animals make. But the weirdest part is when the artist describes a fox speaking to a horse using Moorse code. The artist also calls a fox "beautiful like an angel in disguise." Quite frankly, this song is complete crap. - RockFashionista

This song is just... WEIRD. The lyrics are very silly and its worse than Gangnam Style.

One of the most annoying songs ever, the fact that it was made as an advertisement is very evident. Total trash that should never have gotten any airplay. Psi is trash and his music sucks but people who like and support this trash are just as bad.

Not funny. Just repetitive, annoying, and pointless.

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13 Imagine - John Lennon

Ok which of you monkeys got enough trauma to the head to actually put Sweet Child o' mine, Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven on this list, you all need to get shot in the head with a shotgun to finish the job, do you know what good music is? Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the best and most unique songs around, Stairway to Heaven is a masterpiece, seriously, someone try to play the solo I dare you, and even if Slash was messing around, its still better that Lennon trying to write music, lets face it his best years were with the Beatles and all his other stuff is crap,

Would actually think more of this self righteous Muppet if he had in fact admitted to the world that a six week old Baboon wrote this song, but no, he has to drag out his tirade of humiliation on all those people all over the world that call this a masterpiece! What a callous sense of humour this man had.

Musically, the piano riff is quite good and has substance but lyrically, it's a hypocritical song which doesn't deserve the attention it gets.

I hate everything from this song, everything about this song, and everything in the context of this song. I. HATE. THIS. SONG. - GibbyDaGib

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14 Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO

Why is this song so popular? It is absolutely horrendous, with an awful chorus that sticks in your head in the worst way possible and a hilariously terrible attempt at rapping. There is nothing good about this song, yet it is somehow a huge hit. If 95% of the population hated this song, the remaining 5% would still easily justify calling it overrated.

First off, who names a song party rock anthem? Second off, who names a band lmfao? I never saw how this song became the biggest hit last summer. It has no flavor or substance - queen11

Probably the only good song by a band called, "LMFAO? " What kind of name is that? I like this song, but it's not he absolute best I've heard.

LMFAO is pure. Stairway to Heaven, Bohemian Rapsody, e tc. d on't deserve to be here.

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15 Friday - Rebecca Black

This song is overrated in a sense that it gets too much credit for it being hailed as the "worst song ever made" when it deserves nowhere near that title. And I've heard worse songs than that such as "Stupid Hoe" by Nicki Minaj for example which is just tuneless and repeats itself over and over again in my opinion. As for "Friday", I admit that it's not a great song (just a good party song) but at least it has some sort of melody unlike "Stupid Hoe" and is far from the worst song ever that so many people make it out to be and credit it as.

This is so god damn stupid, this song really annoys me. How did she get famous for this piece of $@! %. How did this song ever get airplay? I believe EVERYONE else on the planet could make a better song than this trash.

Even with all the haters, it's still overrated thanks to the small amount of people that hate it.

This got 2M dislikes on YouTube.

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16 I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas

There are so many great songs on this list, yet many of the far far worse songs on this list are considered great as well so surely that makes them the more over rated songs. Small flaws are found in great songs like bohemian rhapsody, smells like teen spirit and many more in this list, but when pieces of garbage like this are put in the same league (and I have heard people do this, even on radio) surely that makes them the more over rated songs. - LMARINE

I am sick, absolutely sick of hearing this god awful repetitive uninspired piece of trash everywhere. I mean it's over 6 years old and everyone still shouts the lyrics whenever it comes on. How the hell are masterpieces like Stairway to Heaven, Smells like Teen Spirit, Bohemian Rhapsody (all of which might be a tad overrated but nothing compared to the Black Eyed Peas) ahead of this? I'm absolutely disgusted by my generation.

In my opinion, this was when The Black Eyed Peas started to go downhill (yes, really! ). While this is enjoyable, it's nowhere near as much as some of their earlier work which in hindsight weren't masterpieces to begin with but at least they demonstrated a semblance of identity. Here they sound like anyone else on the charts. Oh well, at least this song isn't as bad as some of their later stuff (Rock Your Body, anyone? ). - Mrveteran

Can anyone find a band anymore repetitive than this. - NuMetalManiak

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17 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

It's a great song, but come on. It has been overplayed time and time again being features on so many movies, and I personally think that it isn't even journeys best work

Annoying song relegated to bars where drunk girls scream along.

I used to really like this song, but as others have said, it's been overplayed.

So cheesy and packed with every conceivable cliché. This has way less depth than many songs that get absolutely crucified

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18 November Rain - Guns n Roses

"Nothing last forever, not evan the cold November rain". This stuff is pure gold!

It's a nice song but it is too overrated.

You guys are salty

Die. - LarrytheFairy

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19 I C** Blood - Cannibal Corpse

Pop and rap songs with "bad lyrics" like Wrecking Ball, Real Slim Shady, All About That Bass and Anacondas all get hate for being dirty while this song which is about masturbatinf and having sex with dead girls anuses and IT'S PRAISED? You guys are hypocrites! - AlphaQ

Since when was this praised? - naFrovivuS

20 Crazy in Love - Beyonce

Best song of the 2000's? I think that poll shared their own opinion and nothing more. This song topped only 6 or 7 countries. Totally overrated piece of trash - Alexandr

Horrible song, annoying and over played. Anytime I hear any Beyonce song change the station. All because of crazy in love. Get over it Beyonce sucks

Take this off its an classic! - JaysTop10List

This is when Beyonce started to suck, since she wasn't in Destiny's Child anymore. Overrated song. - olliv

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