Top Ten Most Overrated Songs

The Top Ten
1 Gangnam Style - PSY Gangnam Style - PSY Cover Art

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".

2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

This song has become a bit of a joke at this point. Every time someone goes in a store and wants to buy a guitar, chances are they'll start playing this.

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.

This song is boring, nowhere near a masterpiece so many people make it out to be (in fact, it's main melody is derived from "Spirit" by Taurus) and the song's title name is stolen from a Neil Sedaka song.

In my opinion, this song doesn't deserve all the praise it gets as it is far from being original and far from the "best song ever made" it is constantly reputed as. Sorry to all Led Zeppelin fans but this is what I think and if you disagree with me, then I respect your opinion after all.

3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

Smells Like Teen Spirit is nothing special and is a very simple sounding song with it's riffs and drum beats. When you're first getting into rock music, that's a song I would recommend, but you'll grow out of it quickly.

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.

4 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

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

This song is great and also the band. However, people praise it too much. This not their best song since Killer Queen, Stone Cold Crazy and Somebody to Love are much better than this.

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 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.

5 Let It Go - Idina Menzel Let It Go - Idina Menzel Cover Art

I remember this song used to be so overrated during 2013-2015. After all, it was a blasting, popular song for children at the time. This song was promoted way too much, but I remember I heard this song on radio at least a few times (from what I remember). It's surprising that this song did not peak at 1# on Billboard Hot 100 many years ago like "We Don't Talk About Bruno" did.

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?

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 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.

6 Wonderwall - Oasis Wonderwall - Oasis Cover Art

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!

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.

7 Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen Cover Art

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.

8 Imagine - John Lennon Imagine - John Lennon Cover Art

A cloying, irritating song with a sentiment I respect but an execution I find excessively annoying (and considering how much money John Lennon made, this song kinda feels a little hypocritical).

Also, a quick note to some of you in the comments: just because a song has a guitar in it doesn't automatically make it good.

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 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.

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.

9 Umbrella - Rihanna Umbrella - Rihanna Cover Art

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.

10 What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction Cover Art

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.

The Newcomers

? Photograph - Nickelback Photograph - Nickelback Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Baby - Justin Bieber Baby - Justin Bieber Cover Art

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 isn't really overrated because nearly everyone hates it

12 Single Ladies - Beyonce

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.

13 The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) - Ylvis The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) - Ylvis Cover Art

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.

14 In the End - Linkin Park In the End - Linkin Park Cover Art

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.

15 I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas Cover Art

I never liked this song. During the 2000s, it played everywhere, in school, on the radio and in supermarkets, even though it's a generic song.

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? ).

16 Wap - Cardi B Wap - Cardi B Cover Art

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,

Overhated in this site but overrated everyone else. Still not good though.

This had to be #1! It's overrated to the max!

17 Crazy in Love - Beyonce Crazy in Love - Beyonce Cover Art

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

18 We Will Rock You - Queen We Will Rock You - Queen Cover Art

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

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.

I mean, it's a good song, but massively, MASSIVELY, overrated. It barely qualifies for Queen's top 20 songs, yet alone the best.

19 Baby Shark - Pinkfong Baby Shark - Pinkfong Cover Art

I think this should be ahead of Bohemian Rhapsody in this list. At least that song is creative and despite its length and overplay on the radio, it deserves it's praise. Will people remember Baby Shark in 50 years? I'm not so sure about that... ~ TheSinisterAura

This song is everywhere and I cannot stand it. Every line in each verse is the same words dododododododo over and over and over again. It's only popular because it's a meme. It's so bland and repetitive to win a meme, it didn't deserve it. At, all. I would literally choose listening to Sweatshirt five times than listen to this overrated crap once.

How to get the most watched song on Youtube?
1. Write the simplest lyrics possible and make them repeat throughout the whole song.
2. Name it Baby Shark
3. Make it a meme
4. Make some childish video and post it on YouTube
5. See the views growing
Congratulations, you have the most watched video on YouTube!

20 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Cover Art

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.

21 November Rain - Guns n Roses November Rain - Guns n Roses Cover Art

This song is great to be honest. But this song is somewhat overrated due to the praises but not as overrated as Sweet Child O' Mine (still a great song though).

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.

22 Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO Cover Art

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.

23 Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Cover Art

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.

24 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan Cover Art

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

25 Viva la Vida - Coldplay Viva la Vida - Coldplay Cover Art

I don't usually like Coldplay at all, but Viva la Vida is okay. I'd say that Yellow is a lot more overrated.

Coldplay are a great band, but this isn't their best song.

I don't like Cold Play, but for this, X&Y, Talk, Clocks and Fix You, I make an exception.

Nah, this is a masterpiece.

8Load More
PSearch List