Top Ten Music Artists People Like Because They Think It Makes Them Cool

People are very divisive when it comes to music artists and their songs. Not everyone enjoys the same music genres as their friends, family, or mainstream radio. What is musical poetry to one, is another person's bag of fighting cats.

There does seem to be one musical constant out there however; that many people choose their musical preferences, at least publicly, based on what they believe it says about themselves. Whether they are a contrarian who only likes what other people hate, or a hipster who exclusively follows bands without radio air time, the actual sound of a band isn't always the thing people latch on to.

There are iconic bands that have been popular since they first puts lips to microphone and fingers to strings, and there are those who only reached fame long after they disbanded. Regardless of the media or the quality, there are fans who obsess over a band (or genre for that matter) simply to agree, or disagree, with their friends.

Below are the music artists that many people seem to like, not because the music merits it, but simply because they think it makes them look cool. Some of the artists are critically acclaimed, others aren't, but to musical bandwagoners, it doesn't really matter. This list is not a statement about whether a band is good or not, just about whether their fans care.

The Top Ten

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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.

Depends on the crowd. Being an enthusiastic fan of any of the listed music artists will open you up to ridicule from music snobs--the kind who like Krautrock, modern classical, and drone. I speak from experience.

(I like Krautrock and modern classical, by the way.) - PetSounds

I like them due of their music and not because I think they make me look cool. Where I live it makes you actually be the complete opposite.

If you are a Led zeppelin fan listen to Ningen isu's songs Imomushi and Shinen but also don't ignore the classic Budgie. - Frohlin

One wonders how these judgements were determined. Surveys? Guesses? How does one judge the attractions motivating others?

I do like them to an extent, but that doesn't really make me cool.

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.

It kind of depends on what crowd for some AC/DC is actually a kind of guilty pleasure eg people who listen to progressive metal or something (that is not me by the way). Personally I don't really like AC/DC I have nothing against them they are just not really my thing. - Powell

They have good songs, but most of their catalog sounds the same. - RogerMcBaloney

I am not a sheep. I love AC/DC because, well, they're actually pretty good. - Britgirl

Nah, AC/DC is fine. Probably the only hard rock band I like. - SwagFlicks

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.

The Beatles are good, but I wish people would stop treating them like gods. - SwagFlicks

Actually I like The Beatles because it's a part of the music history and for songs like Let It Be and Yesterday - MatrixGuy

I genuinely like them... - Misfire

I don't think the list is saying there are not lots of genuine fans just that there are some people who like them because they think it is cool. - Powell

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.

If you're really a Nirvana fan, tell me about the numerous Nirvana songs which are better than Smells Like Teen Spirit. - PositronWildhawk

See tons of Nirvana shirts. I bet half of those people probably think Kurt Cobain is still alive.

Nirvana is mediocre at best. - SwagFlicks

Never was a fan. They are just an average band. - RogerMcBaloney

Queen Queen are an English rock band 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.

Once I asked my classmate, "why do you think Bohemian Rhapsody is the best song ever? " He said, "It's a very unique song, cause it has no chorus". All right, from critics BR may be the best song ever. But when it spread that it's the best song, people started to think, "hey, if I like this song, that mean's my music taste is very good" I honestly think that there are hundreds of better songs than Bohemian Rhapsody.

And about Freddie Mercury, some say he is the best singer ever. But can't give one reason to choose him the best singer ever. Probably they heard it. - zxm

Once I asked my classmates if they had even heard of queen. Only one girl said yes. We were very offended when nobody knew who they were.

I personally don't like the band. I'm not really a fan of Freddie Mercury's voice either.

I genuinely like them... - Misfire

Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.
Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce more.

People like him for (mostly) all of the right reasons. - SwagFlicks

People really do support him with very little reason, particularly given a very flawed justification of himself as the artist which he claims to be. In my eyes, there are few people who are more superficial in this world. There's nothing I can stand about him. - PositronWildhawk

If you wanted me to, I could write essays on why Em is a top-tier artist. - WonkeyDude98

Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

I for one am a true Pink Floyd fan. I love them because I think they're creative. But I don't love them just to look cool and I don't think they're the greatest band of all time. Also, I can understand why most people dislike them and I don't force them to like Pink Floyd or some other things I like. I simply let people enjoy what they enjoy. People are free to like or dislike whatever types of art they want. Because you have to know that there's always gonna be someone who's not gonna like what you like. And that's okay.

I'm sure they'll be terribly disappointed; their lives wasted

I like Pink Floyd because I love their music. - Metarock

No, I am not a sheep. I can say loudly and proudly that I do not like this band. Never have and never will. - Britgirl

I think it's good that you're not afraid to voice your opinion. I struggle with that sometimes. As a Pink Floyd fan myself, I definitely respect your opinion. - Metarock

Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

Well... Dio is basically about Dungeons and Dragons and mythical things. Not exactly cool in my neck of the woods. But I do like them. RIP Ronnie. - IronSabbathPriest

Skrillex Skrillex is an American (Born in 1988, in Los Angeles, California) EDM producer who is known for popularizing dubstep. He is part of the bands Jack Ü (DJ) and From First To Last (Lead Singer). His album Recess debuted at 4 on the BB200, tying him with Zedd for the highest debut for an EDM album on more.

Meh, he sucks. - RogerMcBaloney

The Contenders

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.

I think they should be on top 10. Just think, isn't there any metal band that are better than Metallica? For me yes. Not one, tons of them. Then why do many (not everyone) people try to act like that they are the best band ever. And in the end it turns that they heard only one song "Master of Puppet". And for this song they're the best band ever! If you're really a big fan of an artist then you should listen at least 15-20 songs of them. But a lot consider them as best band from hearing 2-3 songs. It's probably because everybody says they're the best metal band. - zxm

How its not on top 5? - zxm

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.

Kiss is a good band, but they are a bit overrated. - RogerMcBaloney

Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.

I like them. I never thought it was cool to like them though. - RogerMcBaloney

Exactly here..anyway, there's nothing cool about them to like in the first place. The band itself has been a parody for simply showing off their skills, and hasn't released a single musically good album, but just bunch of guys going into the studio being high on cocaine and playing whatever the non-sense that struck their hallucinated mind. - Vip3r

Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American pop singer. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning more.
Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was discovered by Brian "Baby" "Birdman" Williams at a very young age, and was signed to Cash Money Records, where he would be one quarter of the rap group Hot Boys. In the years to follow, he would go on to find his own more.
My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

They are a good band, but their fandom consists of annoying edgy scene kids. - RiverClanRocks

No one likes them to become cool. - zxm

They think ti makes them

Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang". more.

She's popular because she's ugly - LightningStrike

Rae Sremmurd Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers, Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown (born June 7, 1995) and Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown (born December 29, 1993). They are best known for their platinum singles "No Flex Zone" and "No Type". They are signed to Mike WiLL Made-It's label, "EarDrummer more.

Trust me as a kid at a school whose majority of students only like "gangsta rap" people think rae sremmurd makes them cool - ProPanda

If anything, these are the reasons people hate rap these days. Unoriginal, bland, tasteless and uninspired. If you want a decent rapper, listen to Kendrick Lamar. - Swellow

Halsey Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known by her stage name Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. She was born on September 29, 1994 in New Jersey. She started her career by releasing songs on SoundCloud, and now she is a well-known pop singer with hits like Bad at Love, and Now or Never. She had originated more.

Halsey is amazing! I love Halsey and I don't care what people think of me as long as they know I love Halsey SO MUCH and her songs are amazing. 19/10. Best singer ever!

BADLANDS was pretty good. The new song she had released sucks. This is going to attract not only stupid emos, but annoying Ariana Grande-type fans.

Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of more.

Then why do u exist JEFF? Normally people who are NOT BRAINLESS LIKE U ARE DON'T THINK THEY MAKE AWFUL MUSIC! I LOVE them because It's their one songs; Lion, Sing, Circles, Believe, Nobody's Watching, Young, Prey, Hear Me Now, Scava, and Gravity. LOOK THEM UP AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!

I hate Hollywood Undead because they make awful music. - BoredJeff02

Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 more.

I mean before yeah...

now, I actually respect their music and genuinely enjoy it - ProPanda

No... - Misfire

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".
Melanie Martinez Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.

Required fandom for the over-dramatic.

The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

I feel like people wear their shirts to look cool. I have a Rolling Stones shirt, but that's because I like the Stones. - Metarock

Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.
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.
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

Black Sabbath is actually a great band. I'm not saying they are the best. I'm just saying I can see why lots of people like them. I'm a Black Sabbath lover myself.

Fetty Wap Willie Maxwell II, better known by his stage name Fetty Wap, is an American hip hop recording artist from Paterson, New Jersey.
Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the more.
Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born on September 8, 1987.

No. I loved his albums and mix tapes, they were so cool! - Hater

2 Chainz Tauheed Epps, known by his stage names 2 Chainz and formerly Tity Boi, is an American rapper from College Park, Georgia, and is often regarded as one of the most mediocre rappers of recent years. He started out in the southern rap duo Playaz Circle with fellow rapper Dolla Boy, before he would become more.
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Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, more.
Desiigner Sidney Royel Selby III (born May 3, 1997), better known by his stage name Desiigner, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive and actor. He rose to prominence in 2016 after the release of his debut single "Panda", which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot more.

Need I say anything? - Hater

Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg more.
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Death Grips Death Grips is an American experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of vocalist MC Ride, drummer and producer Zach Hill, and recording engineer Andy Morin.
Rick Ross William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper and entrepreneur.
Selena Gomez Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. She is best known for songs like "Come & Get It", "Good For You", "Same Old Love", and "It Ain't Me". Selena Gomez's voice is mezzo-soprano but she usually sings in alto. She is best known for her role as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place.
LMFAO LMFAO was an American hip hop-electronic dance music duo consisting of uncle and nephew Redfoo and SkyBlu.
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Darkthrone Darkthrone is a Norwegian black metal band. It formed in 1986 as a death metal band under the name Black Death. In 1991, the band embraced a black metal style influenced by Bathory and Celtic Frost and became one of the leading bands in the Norwegian black metal scene. Their first three black metal more.
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Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.
Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.
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