Music Artists that are Called "Awful" that are Really Just Mediocre

Music artists that are commonly told to be awful, when in reality they're just really mediocre.

The Top Ten

1 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. more.

Justin Bieber is a singer than I can surprisingly tolerate. Yeah, I said that.

Now, he's not my cup of tea, and I won't call him good, let alone great, but I do think some of his tracks are just something harmless that casual people can enjoy, which I can understand. A few of his tracks can be decent at best, and if he hones his musical expertise in his spare time if he wanted, he could turn out to be pretty good. But then again, you could say that to everyone else.

Lastly, he has done some good things in his life. I do know, he's dome some questionable things, but I think people exaggerate on them too much, to the point where they deliberately ignore the fact that Bieber could have probably helped someone or did something that's nice for once. - CrimsonShark

Cliche I know, but treating him like he's the spawn of Satan is so over dramatic. I'm not a fan of his music, but his music doesn't scream heinous it just screams bland. - CaptainMowzker

Honestly, Justin Bieber needs a bit more love. He's average, not that good, but FAR from being a failure.
Yes guys, he has some talent. And now, he's becoming more and more mature and less of an idiot. Give him a chance, guys. - TheDarkOne_221b

He’s mediocre nowadays, due to him actually getting puberty. - MrCoolC

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

Nickelback isn't even half-as-bad as people make them out to be. Sure Chad Kroeger can be questionable at times, but at least the band can make something solid if they actually try, and some of their songs are actually pretty neat. And yes, there are much worse acts than Nickelback anyway. - CrimsonShark

I believe them to be the best band ever. So, probably not fitting for a vote.
(Pulls up shield to see a sky full of arrows)

Nickelback isn't that bad though. - Userguy44

Not the worst rock band that ever lived... but not the best one either. If you think they're the worst Rockband ever... then you clearly haven't heard of Insane Clown Posse or Hinder... - CaptainMowzker

3 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Limp Bizkit ain't good at all, but to be fair, they do have some enjoyable tracks which I find to be guilty pleasure. - CrimsonShark

I feel like I'm the only one on Earth who likes this band. - JCHOW

The band is good, but the singer sucks. That's why they're mediocre. They need a better singer. - Userguy44

Not great but not terrible either just in between really. - CaptainMowzker

4 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about more.

Taylor Swift is complicated. Her first three albums are actually good and she does have some good tracks in Red and 1989 as well, alongside an underrated masterpiece single called "Ronan". That being said, Red and 1989, although decent, had tracks that weren't really good. Come a few years later, and we wind up with Reputation. That album was garbage. Its kind of a shame really. Taylor is a capable singer, and it shows from her earlier albums. She can do a lot better than her most recent material, and its kind of disappointing that she may remain in a certain direction. - CrimsonShark

She is a worse singer than Justin Bieber because:
1) she is off pitch very often, Justin Bieber isn't. She improved a bit.
2) Justin Bieber vocal range is much bigger: her range is 2 octaves, 1-1/2 notes while his range is 3 octaves, 1/2 note. He's got a whole octave more. - Metal_Treasure

She has some good songs, but undeniably she does have a couple of awful songs to. She's not horrible just average to be honest. - CaptainMowzker

She’s not terrible, just super bland. - 3DG20

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5 Britney Spears Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar more.

Again she has some tolerable songs and some songs that are horrible. But I wouldn't call her atrocious by any means, even in her worst albums there's at least one or two decent songs. - CaptainMowzker

She sure was - blackflower

6 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

Not the best rapper that ever lived, but there's definitely worse rappers out there. - CaptainMowzker

I will give him this. He's a lot better than anyone in Young Money, but I still wouldn't consider myself a fan. - Redrocm

Monotone voice, but he actually puts a little bit of effort in his songs. I’d give him a 5/10. - Not_A_Weeaboo

7 Creed Creed Creed was an American rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

Their first album was decent, their other stuff is meh. And similar to Nickelback there's worse bands out there. - CaptainMowzker

8 Silento Silento Richard Lamar Hawk, better known by his stage name Silentó, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known for his debut single "Watch Me", which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

He got hate for one average song that ripped off of Soulja Boy... yikes. - CaptainMowzker

9 Hed PE Hed PE Hed PE, also known as Planet Earth and stylized as p.e., is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California.
10 One Direction One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records more.

Just average boyband sludge... but again no boybands are great... and just like any other boyband out there... they're average but not heinous. - CaptainMowzker

The Contenders

11 Bullet For My Valentine Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason more.

They have some good songs, and I think they were at their best with Scream Aim Fire and Fever, which I consider to be good Metalcore albums. Everything else is honestly teetering on decent and average if you ask me. - CrimsonShark

I actually think they're good - DarkBoi-X

Not a fan of them... but their music isn't horrible it's just mediocre. - CaptainMowzker

12 Seether Seether Seether are a South African hard rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band originally performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they adopted the Seether name.
13 10 Years 10 Years 10 Years are an American rock band, formed in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1999. The band consists of Jesse Hasek, Ryan Johnson, Brian Vodinh, Chad Huff and Matt Wantland.
14 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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

Wait, people hate this band? I didn't know that. - LightningStrike

15 Rebecca Black Rebecca Black Rebecca Black is a YouTube personality and singer who's infamous for her single "Friday," which was once the most disliked video on YouTube. She has also released other songs, including "My Moment" and "Saturday".

Rebecca Black is actually a capable singer if you look into her more recent works in her discography. She's done some very good collaborations with YouTube singers, particularly with Kurt Hugo Schneider and she can actually make good Pop songs. In short, she's a complete far-cry from what she made back in 2011, and even then, "Friday" isn't really her song at all if you ask me (She had no control, and the writers and producers of that song were the reason why it sucked). - CrimsonShark

"Friday" was terrible but she has proven to be capable of making quality music after that heinous song. - CaptainMowzker

People hate her.
She was MADE to sing that Friday song, just like animals in testing labs are MADE to be tested on
- TheDuttyGyal

16 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper/pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. more.

I'll admit, Anaconda and Stupid Hoe were so horrendous, but others of her songs were quite decent. - TheDarkOne_221b

She is "awful".

Have you heard her song Grand Piano? It's pretty decent, compared to a majority of her songs. - CaptainMowzker

17 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.
18 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

I agree they're pretty average to me. - CaptainMowzker

Mediocre? Slash and Axl, Mediocre?

19 Lady GaGa Lady GaGa Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. more.

I'm not a fan of her but I have to admit that she has singing talent. - Userguy44

20 The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song "#Selfie", which was a top twenty single in several countries.
21 Cardi B Cardi B
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