Top Ten Most Overrated Songs
You know how some people like a song because it tells a story and has a nice meaning? Stairway to Heaven is a great song with a real meaning. People say it's overrated because it is famous, but overrated means more credit than deserved. Stairway was that good that no amount of credit could compensate for the claim that it is overrated, whereas this song deserved nothing. It makes no sense and the cover art is retarded. I mean, a guy dancing around horses? What the frik humanity.
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.
This song is the milestone for the decline in good music. I mean it doesn't even count as a proper song, it's not like when you ask your friend what they're listening to, you're gonna say 'oh Gangnam Style' no! This song is only not forgotten is because it's the most popular video on youtube, which makes me sad that 1) people have listened to it multiple times and 2) people still care about this song
People need to know the damn difference between 'overrated' and 'horrible'. 'Overrated', according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, means "to rate, value, or esteem too highly", while 'horrible' means "extremely bad or unpleasant". Overrated does NOT always mean that the song is bad. It just means that it gets way too much praise. 'Gangnam Style" is hated by almost everyone I've met, so, by definition, it cannot be "overrated".
It's only popular because it's by Led Zeppelin. So boring and uninspiring. Plant's singing sucks, Jimmy's solo sounds like it were improvised, and the rest just sound so lazy. It was ripped off from Spirit. When people say it's overrated, people are like "go drink some bleach!" Really shows how mature Led Zeppelin fans are. And as it were not bad enough, it drones on and on for 9 minutes straight. Just endless whiny vocals and little to no effort guitar playing. I wish it were shortened to like 4 minutes instead of droning on for 9 minutes straight! Terrible song!
Overrated? Hell no! This gets all of the praise that it deserves! It's an 8 minute epic. It starts off slowly, and then starts to progress in tempo and volume. After the song reaches it's height, we get an amazing solo from Jimmy Page and some final lyrics from Plant. Not only is it widely considered a rock and roll epic by fans and critics, but it's also got some of the best lyrics in the history of rock music.
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).
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.
Absolute garbage, all the way through; could have been written be someone who has little-to-no-knowledge of the instrument. There's hardly any musicianship to be found in any of the Nirvana tunes, and even if they were groundbreaking, they broke absolutely God-awful ground.
I can't say I understand why Bohemian Rhapsody is so high up here, though (currently at number 5). There's a half-hour clip of Brain May going over the master recording somewhere on YouTube, and the intricacy and nuance in that song is just ridiculous; probably one of the greatest pieces of music ever recorded, going up there with Beethoven and Bach.
Good opening riff, but frankly I think the offspring did a better job with what happened after that. The song Ian rediculously overrated for what were some confusing nonsensical lyrics. I think I that Nirvana did a good job with songs like heart shaped box, lithium, in bloom, among others, but half of "Come as you are" was Kurt yelling about how he doesn't have a gun. And I get this song gave the alt rock moving a jump start, but I mean bob Marley and the whalers revolutionized reggae music but he's not ranked at like #3 on all time greatest bands. but personally I do think that they did have talent and that Dave Grohl is on of the more talented musicians out there still kicking it and they did have some great songs, but I mean the they were around for less than a decade that's basically the same thing as saying the Sex Pistols are the best punk rock band even though they only made one album. This post is getting long so I'm just going to say I respect nirvana fans but I think there ...more
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.
I love the song but it was incredibly overrated. Kurt Cobain hated this song the most because people would go to their concerts mostly wanting smells like teen spirit. Sometimes he would just skip over it or get pissed and leave mid-song. There are other songs by Nirvana that are WAY better and deserve more fame like Mr. Moustache, Blew, and basically all of the In Utero album. That album is a pure masterpiece.
I swear Bohemian Rhapsody fans are some of the most toxic music fans I've ever met. Gods sake like others aren't allowed to have an opinion about this piece. It really would've been a decent song to listen weren't it for this idiotic behaviour to treat this like the Holy Grail of music. I really don't get it because the transitions are all over the place and the middle part is too crude for my taste. Revolutionary messing around nonetheless, but if I want to listen to something complex that is, in contrast with this song, actually refined I'd listen to Bach. And that's miles off this quality, which is at best nice.
Bottom line those who don't understand why this is so far up: you're the problem.
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 the song. The song is good, ...more
I respect everyone's opinion, but personally I don't really think it's too overrated. In my opinion it's a fantastic and unique song but I do respect everyone else's opinion
I really like this song, like easily in top 10 queen songs, but it's easily the most overplayed song of all time. Everyone declares this song as so revolutionary and different but a year earlier Queen released a song called 'March Of The Black Queen' which has a very similar style, multiple random segments that come together to make a whole song. I personally think that song is so much better mainly because the segments are shorter and can be both really subtle and extreme in changes. BR is very big and extreme and makes the segments a lot longer, which is fine but some of them are really good while others don't grab me as much.
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?
This is why Frozen is so overrated. Sadly, the Charlie Brown christmas special wich was awesome, but never showed on T.V. during christmas. But then the crappy Frozen stepped on it and became more popular then ever, it was on like 4 times during christmas in our country and the 1965 Charlie Brown special was not even mentioned, I think everybody forgot about the 1965 special because of 2 stupidly overrated things: Frozen and Let It Go.
The 1965 special is a ton better than that Frozen thing, If Frozen did not exist, then the world would be normal then 4-12 year old girls go crazy by hearing somebody say "I hate Frozen., Frozen is the official ruined of christmas.
Okay, in my personal opinion this song is overrated AND overhated at the same time. On one hand, it isn't the best song ever that needs to be sung constantly like many little girls think. Back when this movie was at it's peak popularity, I wanted to like this song, but couldn't since I couldn't go anywhere without hearing it again. On the other hand, it is one of the best Disney songs in my opinion. The lyrics are, again, in my opinion, very very well written and the vocals never cease to blow me away. It is a very good song that was just promoted way, WAY too much.
This is the worst song on Earth and I don't understand how masterpieces such as Smells Like Teen Spirit, Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven are ahead of it. This is number one most overrated song. This song is so bad that if half a person likes it, then it would be overrated, so just imagine everybody On the streets shouting out Let It Go. Oh wait, you don't need to imagine so, because every girl under the age of ten is doing so already! Stop making music Idina Menzel and go back to your job at MacDonalds!
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 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.
Oasis are one of my favourite groups of all time but this song is just so overrated. They have so much better than this. People shouldn't judge oasis by this song. I hate how people call oasis a "one hit wonder" when this is all they've heard. They have so much better than Wonderwall!
It's an okay song but so many people love singing it every time it comes on and I've got to admit that it does get tiring after a while in my opinion. Like a few commenters have said, Oasis have done some better songs which deserve to be sung a lot more and be recognized than this song.
I can't get why Bohemian Rhapsody is "more overrated" than this. There is Music that is real art and there are songs like this that are just boring, repetitive and slightly annoying. This song really surprised me, most oft those songs just disappear after a few weeks but this one somehow stays and I don't understand why, it's nothing special.
The lyrics are not just repetitive but have no real value whatsoever. Someone decided this song had a neat hook and then sold it to the public along with the line and sinker. Really it's so bad no one should have paid it any attention.
I remember this song was played everyday. It was good, but it got played so much that it became annoying. It's a decent song, but gets annoying after a while of listening it.
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.
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.
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
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.
Overrated and overhated. You wonder why? Many people who hate this song think it's the worst song ever. Go to YouTube to see how many likes it has and tell me again it isn't overrated. This song sucks, but there are worse songs in my opinion. That being said, it has more likes than dislikes now so this song is definitely overrated despite being overhated.
I hate this song. It proves how lame Justin Bieber can be, and everyone should be listening to Hatsune Miku. Sure Let it go is overrated, but it's also overHATED. I like Let it go, and it was a very nice song. Some people should just calm down about it. This one, however, is just about, "I like you girl. I'll buy you something, and we can be together."
How can anyone even call this a song? He says the same STUPID thing over and over again. It hardly has any lyrics. It's DUMB and ANNOYING at the same time. Justin Bieber is also a giant ass!
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.
This song is so overrated. I mean, really? Is it really one of the greatest songs ever? I don't think so! This is much more overrated than every other hit song ever on earth.
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,
This song needs to be number one. I could go on and on about why this song is overtate, but ill sum it up simply: the world Lennon, who was a vastly superior writer with the Beatles, asks us to "imagine" simply wouldn't work. It never has, and never can. Sadly, world peace is a very feeble, and unabtainable, concept. People throughout all ages have wated world peace, and it just doesn't work out.
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.
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.
Don't kill me, but if you listen to stuff like Little Things, you can realize that they are actually good. But this and Best Song Ever are just bad.
One Direction itself is overrated...I'm glad that they're taking this "break"...cause we all know they ain't comin back after this.
Honestly all One Direction songs sound the same, and this one is no exception.
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.
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.
What annoys me is that song is actually a joke, like we don't have to take this seriously because Ylvis told us not to! Most of these songs on this list are serious but this wasn't, so I guess it shouldn't even be on this list
Note: Ylvis is a comedy music group. This song is nothing more but satire. The fact people took this song seriously makes it all the more overrated than it is already.
You guys seriously need to learn what "overrated" means. I mean look at this list. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Stairway to Heaven, Imagine... But most important: Bohemian Rhapsody. Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't say I'm a fan of that song. But I can't call it "overrated", just because I don't like it that much. Truth is, Bohemian Rhapsody is great for what it is. Now In the End is something else, because although I love it, I have to admit that it's just not as special as it's portrayed. You know what I mean? Bohemian Rhapsody - great song, just not my taste. In the End - one of my all time favorites, but technically gets too much praise. Learn the difference.
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.
Linkin Park isn't even great. Seriously they don't deserve the credit. I think all of Linkin Park's work should be here because they are treated like Jesus made it. Seriously?
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.
Hey Kanye your girl Beyonce created on of the worst songs of all time!
Of all time!
Not to mention the video is really stupid. She has no lyrical depth whatsoever with this as a prime example of just how shallow she is.
It's not a horrible song but it does get very old very quickly, especially back when it was played repeatedly on the radio.
If you hate it then you should've put a lid on it!
Not only overrated, but also a pretty annoying song to listen to.
This is what happens when people hero worship less than stellar talent. Beyonce has talent no question but her solo career has produced nothing but utter garbage music. Jay-Z is the most overrated rapper of all time no question. Get off his tip people and give some credit to those that actually appreciate talent.
I love this song, it's a classic. But if you don't like Beyonce, chances are this song really gets on your nerves because Beyonce kind of kick-started her career with this. I think beyonce sold out after I Am... Sasha Fierce. This songs a classic though
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
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
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.
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? ).
Why are song such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway To Heaven, A Day In The Life, Bennie And The Jets, and Imagine on this? This song gets way too much attention. And while the others do get a ton of attention, they get it for a reason, while this is just autotuned garbage.
Something that makes a song overrated is that it's popular and everyone thinks it's better than it actually is, but that is completely wrong for this song! It's so creative, the story that it tells, all of the different parts. This is not in any way overrated.
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
People only like this song because it's catchy, and/or because they like anything from the 80s.
Journey has released better. Nonetheless, the band as a whole is just overrated.
Do me a favor and get this crap to number 1. This song is so annoying and has literally no meaning, and I don't get why people like this song, or why get it gets lots of praise. Cardi B is one of the biggest reasons why modern music sucks right now,
Came out at a time when it was the best of what was. Doesn't make it a classic. Yelling a Sinatra song gets you points in the one of the worst eras in music - grunge.
Hokey song. Way better ballads out there, and Axl's bad, grating voice stands out on these slower song songs!
To be honest, this is the last good song they'd ever release, so there's not much to say about this.
"Nothing last forever, not evan the cold November rain". This stuff is pure gold!
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
This isn't a Rock Anthem at all!
If you want to know what true Rock is, listen to Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Who, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Doors, etc.!
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.
Maybe once Robin Thicke hits puberty this song will be okay. Probably not. Also, who was dumb enough to put Smells Like Teen Spirit, Stairway to Heaven, Imagine, and Bohemian Rhapsody on here?
I still don't understand how a song that took 30 minutes to make got so popular. The song is a plague.
Not really. A lot of people consider it as one of the worsts songs of that year, or even of all time.
Most popular song of 2013 is so annoying and there are better songs this year.
Incredibly short song. I don't like how it's just a 1-2 minute song. Why could a very short song be so popular and overplayed? GOD. But I like another Queen song otherwise, Bicycle Race.
People hate this song for the dumbest reasons. Watch the Bohemian Rhapsody and then comment again before you are going to say that We Will Rock You takes no talent to make. Now I want to say that it's indeed overrated, but it's a great anthem and the guitar solo is very good.
I swear to god, I got so mad when I saw Bohemian Rhapsody on the list (their best song, as rated as it needs) but not We Will Rock You (the MOST OVERRATED SONG IN HISTORY) First off, it's a boring sports anthem, with only drums and one guitar solo. Second off, 90 percent of the people that know this song have no idea what Queen is. Third, good GOD! I expected to see this as one of the top 10, and Bohemian Rhapsody is 7th? I know you can have opinions, but this... Good lord... I'm going to lay down for a second
I mean, it's a good song, but massively, MASSIVELY, overrated. It barely qualifies for Queen's top 20 songs, yet alone the best.
I don't usually like Coldplay at all, but Viva la Vida is okay. I'd say that Yellow is a lot more overrated.
I don't like Cold Play, but for this, X&Y, Talk, Clocks and Fix You, I make an exception.
Coldplay are a great band, but this isn't their best song.
I hate cold play except for this, Talk and X&Y.
How are some of Katy's more underrated songs( Not including her big hits) more overrated than Shake It Off? This song is extremely overrated.
This song should be #1.
The Rolling Stones give this song too much support, they even place it at #1 on their Top 500 songs of all time list, beating tons of songs that are WAY better.
No. 1 greatest songs of all time? I give this song to listen to every people in my school, and no one like it