Top 10 Most Overrated Bands of All TimeNote: Overrated does not mean bad or untalented, it simply means that a band has received more appraisal and fame than their music merits.
The band was comprised of Kurt Cobain (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Grohl (Drums) and Krist Novoselic (Bass).
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Let's break it all down. A band that's been around for about seven years, producing only three albums. They were a different group at the time, which made them pretty popular and successful.
What irritates me is that people are forgetting the grunge groups that started at around the same time, if not before Nirvana - such as Alice in Chains, The Melvins, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots, among several others. Think about it: Why is Nirvana treated so godly now? Really think about it. Do you really think the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the 9th greatest song of all time? According to Rolling Stone Magazine, it is.
And as for Cobain, why is he considered the greatest of the entire 27 Club? Literally, why? If he had never committed suicide (no disrespect to Mr. Cobain), would people still adore him? I think I understand why Nirvana has grown more popular among today's youth, particularly high teens and high school students. Nirvana has a "musical connection" and they understand the "struggles" that teens face every day. If Nirvana was such an influence, why did they use cocaine, heroin, grass, and other drugs, not to mention alcohol?
I'm not a fan of the Foo Fighters either, but Dave Grohl is more pleasant to listen to than Cobain. I'm sorry, but within this genre of music, and of all time, this band does not belong in the top ten greatest. Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam deserve more credit.
They were a good band, but there were much better bands that existed at their time that did more interesting, artistically influential, and technically impressive things. If you believe The Beatles are responsible for anything more than creating a legacy of and influencing the future creation of predictable, four-chord radio singles, then you have been tricked by the faux-mythos and retrospective lauding done by the mass music media.
The Beatles may have been popular and brought experimental ideas to the mainstream, but they did not innovate themselves. Sgt. Pepper's psychedelic influences were clearly influenced by Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett, who were recording Piper at the Gates of Dawn in Abbey Road at the same time. In a similar fashion, while many call The White Album experimental, it is simply a watered-down version of what other, better artists were doing at the same time. Records such as Trout Mask Replica, Uncle Meat, and Faust I are infinitely more creative, diverse, and revolutionary, rather than evolutionary, than anything The Beatles ever did.
As said before, The Beatles are a good band, but they are not the first and last bastion of music, let alone modern music. Their legacy is due to their easy-to-listen-to catalog and continued popularity, which stems from their creation of modern pop trends rather than their musicianship or innovation.
They disgrace rock. The best genre of music is slandered by a bunch of Eminem backup dancers who don't know how to make a music video.
I am an LP stan, but honestly, they are overrated. In some regions like Asia, no one knows any band except LP. However, they shouldn't be in the top 10. People don't understand that they keep experimenting with new music. Their first two albums - Hybrid Theory and Meteora - were nu-metal/hard rock and rap rock. Next, Minutes to Midnight was alternative rock with one or two songs of hard rock. Their next album, A Thousand Suns, was a total concept album, combining many elements of rock and some of hip-hop, producing an electronica sound. Living Things was a masterpiece that perfectly combined various rock elements. Finally, The Hunting Party was heavier and classified as alternative metal. They keep mixing rock elements and producing new, exotic music. Rock is incomplete without them.
The BTS of the UK - i.e., peppy, fluffy songs that have no deep meaning and rely on a few hit songs and a following consisting entirely of 14-year-old girls. I also really hate Harry Styles.
They really were just average. The members were not meant to be in the same band. The production was generic. Go listen to their solo career stuff instead. It's miles better.
One Direction isn't exactly bad, but their music isn't any different from the commercialized boy band pop that I've heard in the past ten years. And I've never heard any comments about how amazing their songs are - it's always about how they are apparently "hot." Saying they're not has gotten me a response like, "Well, you're just jealous you're not as good-looking as they are." I don't have a problem with them personally. It's just that they're way overrated for what they do.
The band itself is great. Other than their plagiarisms, I have no problems with them. However, it's their arrogant, annoying, hardcore fans that make them one of the most overrated bands of all time. They go around everywhere saying that Zeppelin is the greatest band of all time, with the greatest guitarist, singer, bassist, and drummer of all time. Whenever someone says - for example, the Beatles - are the greatest band of all time, someone has to comment saying, "No way, Zeppelin is the greatest band ever!" even though the post has nothing to do with Led Zeppelin.
Just my opinion, they're a great band, but the fans are the reason why it's highly overrated.
Fantastic band, but no other band should even basically be on this list. Even if "Stairway to Heaven" were the only overrated aspect of their work (and it most certainly isn't), the extent to which that sole song is overrated would still be enough to put them at number one on this list. But that's not where it stops. Take almost any music-related list on this site (or on the entire internet, actually), and there's at least a 90% chance you'll stumble upon a Led Zeppelin item in the top 10, maybe even the top 5, even though it clearly doesn't belong that high.
Putting them at number one on "Best Rock Bands of All Time" is just plain ridiculous.
"Stairway to Heaven," I've already explained.
I can also name at least 10 guitar solos that are far better than the one in "Stairway to Heaven."
Ritchie Blackmore is by far a better guitarist and a better riff-maker than Jimmy Page.
Ian Paice is a better drummer than John Bonham. I can name 10 songs just by Deep Purple that have better drumming than "Moby Dick."
The album "IV" being in the top 10 on "Best Albums of All Time" is just about the only thing I can agree with.
So, yes, they are a brilliant band, but also the embodiment of overrated.
AC/DC is probably the worst and most overrated band ever. I have listened to all of their 15 albums in hopes of finding a good, different song, but unfortunately, nope. Every song is based around a few power chords, lyrics about girls, partying, and rock 'n' roll. Seriously, who sings about the genre of music they're making? And, well, that's it.
Second, Angus Young is the most overrated guitarist ever. Everyone hails him as a guitar god when all he employs are power chords and solos made of scales.
Third, both Bon and Brian sound like dying cows high on LSD. Instead of hailing them as "the best that classic rock can offer," listen to real classic rock bands like the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.
4-5 power chords, a basic blues drum beat, and a guy screaming about blood, sex, and drugs equal every AC/DC song. Every song is completely devoid of originality and creativity. It's just the same old formula they use over and over again. Basically, if you've heard one, you've heard them all. How on Earth are they so low on this list, below Rush? Are you kidding me?
Okay, I understand the overratedness if you're talking about Centuries or Irresistible or something. Ever since Save Rock and Roll (ironic name), it's gone downhill. But if you listen to Folie à Deux and everything before that, it becomes more clear that it's really only their newer music that is overrated. I love their older albums, but I must admit that their newer ones are not great.
Obviously, anyone who knows about FOB is aware that they were on a hiatus for years. When they came back, unfortunately, they went in a different direction with their music by selling out. I enjoy every genre of music, but FOB before the hiatus was closer to punk rock than to a modern pop boy band.
Fall Out Boy has changed. They used to be pop-rock/punk rock, but now they are almost hip-hop. I believe they were wrong to change their music style from what they used to be. They are no longer a legitimate band that can claim to be true to their fans.
Metallica fell off so hard. St. Anger and Lulu are some of the worst albums of all time. The fact that they gained more success than Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax combined is just sad. Metallica is now one of the biggest jokes in the music industry. What a bunch of fools.
I like them a lot, and I even like Enter Sandman, but they are simply not the best thrash metal band, the best metal band, or the greatest band of all time. Master of Puppets is really not a great album, although I do like St. Anger a lot, so I guess my musical taste is slightly strange. People should listen to Ride the Lightning more. That album is great. However, there were better thrash bands, such as Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer, among the finest of them. The idea that they are the best band is nonsense. I think that title should go to someone with creativity, and I'm sorry, but this band just isn't very creative. That's actually why they are overrated. Tens of billions more people listen to them than to really excellent bands like Porcupine Tree, who are almost unheard of.
I have a friend who recommended "Car Radio," calling it "the greatest song of all time." Boy, was she wrong. I tried so hard to like it since everyone praises it, but I just couldn't. The lyrics are just inconsistent. Imagine in one verse, the song is about fish. In the next verse, the song is about ice cream. Makes sense, right?
Now, I can forgive all of this. I'd ignore them. I'd accept that everyone has different tastes. That would be fine if some of their fans would accept the latter as well. I've had a lot of people shove Twenty One Pilots in my face, dubbing them as "the next God," and it's honestly getting tedious. I've seen "real" fans demean others (calling other fans fake) just because fan number two doesn't memorize all the songs or lyrics. I've heard some fans label Twenty One Pilots as "emo," "screamo," or even metal. Again, how?
All in all, Twenty One Pilots would have been a decent band at best if only some of their fans would stop yelling at me for not liking Twenty One Pilots.
Most overrated band of all time. Period. A great deal of their popular songs are covers. They have maybe five original songs that people like. Some think that Steven Tyler is the greatest frontman of all time. I think they're morons. Truly and positively the most overrated act ever.
They are a good band, but they are a bit overrated. I've heard some of their most famous songs over and over again. I am a fan of Aerosmith and Steven Tyler, but they need to release some new songs or something.
They should be higher on this list. There are plenty of better rock bands on this list than Aerosmith. Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard, and the Eagles have way better songs. And "Dream On" sucks.
I thought Coldplay were influenced by music artists such as Radiohead, U2, and Oasis, not Rihanna, the Chainsmokers, or BTS. Coldplay have fallen so far from grace that I think they are beyond redeemable to produce even decent songs anymore. I am still a fan of Coldplay, but I refuse to listen to their songs beyond Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, with the only exception being Everyday Life. It is just so poppy and cringe-worthy.
No longer is Coldplay held to the standards of their finest LPs. No, they have fallen into the abyss of pop music composition, with repeating chord construction, shallow lyrics, and the all-around disgusting need to fill their music with electronic sounds and computer-generated samples.
Viva La Vida slipped by without the need for an excuse (it happens to the best of bands), but we continued to support Coldplay on the basis of what they once wrote rather than what they are writing now. They construct minimalist garbage with more concern for their appearance, their popularity, and expanding their fan base. Mylo Xyloto was the ultimate turn-off for me. Had it been constructed as an acoustic album (maybe even live, like Nirvana's MTV album), it could have shattered every sales record and topped every top-ten list out there. Just picture the album as an acoustic set!
But no, now they are forever permitted to sit in the spotlight because of their past work, and not criticized for the boring and non-stimulating tracks found on their more recent albums like Ghost Stories. Honestly, they need a kick in the rear.
Bands like One Direction, The Black Eyed Peas, and Jonas Brothers should not be classified as "overrated." No one here cares about them anyway. Now, Radiohead is a great example of an overrated band. The fans think they're god-like and will literally do anything to defend the band against criticism.
If you don't like Radiohead, you're essentially considered the epitome of bad music taste and you have no right to express your opinion. The fans will also make sure every Radiohead album stays at the top of the charts on music reviewing websites by downrating all other albums on the same chart. Don't get me wrong, I like Radiohead too, and I think they deserve all the attention they get, but I do hate their hardcore fans and their mindless denigration of people who don't worship the band.
Give me your downvotes, Radiohead fanboys. I'm ready for them!
I used to like this band, but my opinion on them has changed quite significantly. They're essentially an inferior version of Pink Floyd, though a superior version of U2. Thom Yorke's voice kind of sounds tired at times, and they're not "sophisticated" or "complex" at all, like their fans want to claim. Some of their lyrics don't even make sense. So yeah, there's not really much good about this band anymore.
Best Songs: Paranoid Android, Karma Police, Life in a Glasshouse.
Basically, it's a terrible, bloated corpse of an Adam Levine solo effort in 2023. Please stop making music, Adam. It's obvious you don't want to anymore.
Oh, it's the Adam Levine Experience. They've really thrown themselves down in lyrical and musical quality. The worst thing about this band is that they actually have talent and made something commendable in their early years. Adam Levine is nowadays more focused on staying in a certain direction (he even admitted to it in an interview), and that's the reason why this band sucks so bad.
Let me just say, I don't actually hate Maroon 5. I don't even really dislike them. Adam is genuinely talented, and a lot of their older songs (This Love is one) were good. But now they're just so... poppy. So generic. They're not horrible, but they get way more recognition than they deserve.
I agree, Slipknot is what I call "radio metal." That doesn't make it bad, but when you're categorized as metal, you are subject to comparison with the rest of that genre. They may be the best "metal" on the radio, but the "good" metal usually isn't allowed on common radio stations. Your local hard rock radio station will play Slipknot, but won't play Beyond Creation. Corey is a good singer, and they have a great gimmick, but that's about it.
Slipknot sucks. The Beatles are good, not great. The Jonas Brothers aren't overrated except with girls. All straight guys think they suck. And I hate U2, except for Vertigo. Whoever voted for Led Zeppelin, I have a message from God: He doesn't love you anymore.
I used to love this band, but I haven't listened much to them lately. They are good, but if anything, they are just a wannabe tough guy band. Psychosocial and Snuff are still bangers, though. But yeah, this band is pretty overrated.
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Drums), their most notable drummer, passed away in 2009, being temporarily replaced by Mike Portnoy, who was replaced... read more
It angers me that nobody understands how overrated this band is. I admit I enjoy the band and agree that the guys have talent. However, people act like they're gods. Honestly, these guys are no better than Disturbed or Slipknot. Their sound is just more appealing to most people. As a guitarist, I can confirm that their guitarist doesn't measure up to most of the guitarists in '80s metal bands.
Don't get me wrong. I'm glad they're popular. It at least gives some hope to future music, given what is being produced today. But as a metal band, they're way too respected and overrated. People compare them to the Big Four and other classic metal bands, but A7X doesn't come close to touching the classics.
I can't believe that people think A7X has the best guitarist and drummer. The drummer seems to get points just because he died at a young age. However, people who think Syn is the best guitarist really have no idea what they're talking about. As a guitarist, I can say that A7X songs are some of the easiest metal songs I've tried to play.
Don't get me wrong. I'm glad they're popular. It brings some hope to future music, considering what is being released these days. But it just angers me when people compare them to metal classics. They're honestly no more talented than Slipknot or Disturbed.
What the heck, guys! This can't be here since it's not even a band! Just a bunch of glass-breaking guys who brainwash young people so that they follow them everywhere they go and fight to swallow their saliva!
The Jonas Brothers write simple music with stupid lyrics about their juvenile conception of love. It hurts to see truly brilliant artists like Metallica, Nirvana, and The Beatles on this list.
I'm not a fan of this band either. Are they the lead cast in Camp Rock? Their songs don't even rock! They're as soft as cotton candy.
Screw Bon Jovi. They're pretty much the One Direction of the '80s. They constantly get called "legends" just because they're old, which is nowhere near true. "Livin' on a Prayer" is a horrendously cheesy hair metal anthem about some weird story that makes no sense. It also has the most unnecessary guitar solo I've ever heard. Jon Bon Jovi is an awful singer, and he constantly looks and sounds like he wants to vomit. "Always" is just a broken, cheesy break-up song about someone he probably cheated on. "It's My Life" is yet another annoying anthem about nothing. Anyway, come at me, senior citizens, with your poorly spelled comebacks.
Horrible band. They're the Madonna of hair metal bands. They also proved that success in the music industry often depends on how badly you want it and the persona you present, not actual talent. I don't believe their songs could be any more simplistic. How they aren't numbers one through five on this list is baffling. Perhaps people realize they are fourth-rate talent and eminently forgettable, so they simply did not vote for them. It's the only explanation I can think of.
All their songs just have too much going on. Freddie's voice is annoying and weird. Brian's guitar playing is mediocre at best, and the rest is overshadowed by - what are all the instruments in the background? There's just too much. They struggled to make a song that wasn't filled with random junk. Also, Freddie must have been drunk and high when he wrote the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody, which, by the way, is overrated and horribly annoying. Queen was never a great band, and Freddie is not as good a singer as people say he is.
They've got some memorable singles, but the truth is that none of their albums are great. They were one of the bands that focused their career on singles, much like modern pop "musicians."
It's easy to say that Queen is brilliant. However, if you hear someone saying that, ask them what their favorite Queen album is. I guarantee they will stare at you quietly because they probably don't know any, aside from single compilations and "best-of" albums.
Sadly, the band became a victim of their singles' success. These days, everyone knows "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "I Want to Break Free," but their discography as a whole is just average and mediocre. If you don't believe me, go and listen to it for yourself.
How can anybody compare this band to Green Day? This is supposedly a rival band. I listened to All the Small Things waiting for the good part, but it never came. Green Day has some of the greatest punk/rock/alternative albums ever, like Dookie, Insomniac, Nimrod, and American Idiot. I hate how people think Green Day is a sellout just because they add variety to albums like Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Blink-182 is literally 100 times worse than Green Day.
I like this band, but Green Day is much better. Green Day is my fourth favorite band, behind the Beatles, the Stones, and U2.
It takes a long time to adjust to Tom's voice.
I haven't heard much from them, and I shouldn't judge them by one song, but "All the Small Things" is one of the dumbest songs I've ever heard.
The most overrated '80s band. Maybe if Bono spent as much time writing songs as he did calling out politicians, they'd have a following other than women in their late thirties. Bono's voice is average, The Edge probably doesn't know how to properly hold a guitar pick, and they ride off the coattails of a few overplayed hits that are barely more than flawed social commentaries wrapped up in a painfully obvious package.
Is this maybe biased, seeing as how the UK spoiled us with the Beatles and the Who? Maybe. But I will continue to voice my displeasure with U2. I just don't like them.
U2 should be number 1. I hated them in the '80s. I hate them even more now. There are a million better bands out there. People act like they are the best thing since sliced bread. They have never been creative or talented, just boring and repetitive. Echo and the Bunnymen were thousands of times better. Simple Minds were awesome and the exact opposite of U2, yet deaf people always compare the two.
Their best works include songs like Paint it Black, Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfication (Which ranked no. 2 in The Rolling... read more
This might be biased coming from a Beatles person, but the Stones are the Matt Ryan of classic rock: a few solid past performances that are only equaled by a mediocre present. I Can't Get No Satisfaction is an overrated, nonsensical song that in no way is the tour de force people make it out to be. Their recent albums and tours are a far cry from when they were the Beatles' main competition. So yeah, not a fan.
Another band I detest! And I'm not afraid to say that. The only reason they are viewed as great is because, like the Beatles, aging Baby Boomers are living out their memories whenever "Satisfaction" or "Paint It Black" come on. I don't even consider "Honky Tonk Woman" to be a good song. My father used to talk about how great a musician Keith Richards was. But the truth is, there have been better guitarists in rock history. Hendrix, Clapton, and David Gilmour come to mind. Gilmour could blow Richards out of the water any day. And I mean this: the Rolling Stones are one of the worst bands of all time.
A couple of decent songs, but the singer's voice is mostly annoying, and the way they think they are oh so serious and deep when they do a ballad! Pretty much everything bad about rock.
They are one of my favorite bands, but they only had one awesome album, Appetite for Destruction. They lasted about nine years before they broke up, and now they're back together again. However, of those nine years on the road, they were only good for about four - from 1987 to 1991. After Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 came out, everything crumbled. They're still a good band, and all of the band members are extremely talented individuals, but they had very few hit songs.
I LOVE Guns N' Roses, but they are most definitely overrated. They had one number-one hit, along with a couple of other songs that even remotely hit the charts, and suddenly everyone in the world is in love with these guys! I love the songs, but some of the attention they get should go to a far more deserving band, whoever that may be.
The band became mainstream after improving after their debut album got panned. In 1978, Osbourne was fired and replaced with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Who went to release... read more
Their music was nothing special. Take the popular song Paranoid, for example. It has very simple guitar and drums. They weren't really good musicians. They were just OK. They have a cool name, and Ozzy had an interesting, unique-sounding voice and persona, that's it. The same with Dio. I'm tired of seeing all these classic rock bands, which should now be considered Antique Rock, taking over all the top 10 spots. They were so innovative and influential, and if you didn't have them, you wouldn't have the newer bands. Most of the bands I listen to weren't influenced by classic rock bands anyway. Most of all, the greatest bands ever came out of the 80s and 90s, with the exception of the greatest, most experimental, and most wide variety of sound band ever: the Cure.
Whatever metal listing I go to, Black Sabbath is almost always in first place. Many of their songs are actually pretty boring, if you ask me, and Ozzy Osbourne at this point is more of a celebrity. Lastly, they never really invented heavy metal. They rather helped in developing the genre, both experimentally and commercially. They deserve some credit, that's for sure, but I don't consider them among metal's best, even if they were among the earliest precursors.
Known for their face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-1970s. Their shock rock-style live performances featured... read more
I don't want to hear people criticizing Imagine Dragons for making music for League of Legends and Starfield when KISS sells Hello Kitty dolls and made two cringeworthy movies with freaking Scooby Doo.
They had a certain amount of creativity but wasted it on stage show theatrics, ending up with the most sterile class of rock imaginable. The truly scary part is that they have a fanbase who couldn't care less about music as an art form. They could just play the Alphabet song for two hours straight, and no one would bat an eye as long as they remembered the makeup and fireworks.
They just relied on makeup as well as a few commercial singles. Also, what would possess you to sell condoms with Gene Simmons on them?
A member from this band butchered an Oasis song, and the entire group collaborated with Coldplay. Two of my favorite bands got slaughtered by this fake, wacky, and just straight-up bad group. I hope all K-pop music artists stop making music already. The K-pop industry is one gigantic joke. I rest my case.
I'm literally an ARMY, and I can't help but feel this way. Musically, they get too little recognition from non-Koreans, but they don't deserve to get FIFA theme songs for foreign countries, a law exempting them from the military, a visit to the White House, or any of that other stuff. They don't have a place in politics.
They're really not any different from the other K-Pop groups out there. Their music is tragically unoriginal and lacks any real originality. Their newest album is just the most pretentious, pseudo-intellectual drivel I've heard.
What also irritates me is that they're peddled as the "next generation's leaders," but can barely carry on intelligent, insightful, unaffected conversations in their interviews. All their responses are pre-rehearsed, vague, vacuous, and contrived, which leads me to believe they're biting off way more than they can chew. They have no real vision or ideals, contrary to what their delusional fans think they do.