Top 10 Most Overrated Bands of All Time

Note: Overrated does not mean bad or untalented, it simply means that a band has received more appraisal and fame than their music merits.
The Top Ten
1 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... read more

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 ninth 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.

2 The Beatles The Beatles were an English pop 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... read more

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.

3 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American alternative rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The current members include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ), and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park is associated with a mixture... read more

Over-produced, underwhelming butt rock laced with embarrassing white boy rap. It's like they looked at Limp Bizkit and thought, "Okay, it's bad - but what if it was also toothless?"

I am a Linkin Park stan, but honestly, they are overrated. In some regions like Asia, no one knows any band except Linkin Park. 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.

4 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... read more

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 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.

5 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English hard rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted... read more

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.

6 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... read more

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?

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.

7 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop punk band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

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.

8 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/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"... read more

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 millions more people listen to them than to really excellent bands like Porcupine Tree, who are almost unheard of.

9 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and... read more

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.

10 Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

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.

The Contenders
11 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Their music is very good, but honestly, they strike me as way more niche than some people realize. Essentially, they're more recognizable by their name than their songs or albums. Like "Kid A" and "OK Computer" are often called masterpieces by music journalists, but how many regular people have actually even heard of these albums, or consider them iconic?

Again, good band, but their music is way less known than their name.

'OK Computer' and 'Kid A' are respectable, but 'In Rainbows' and 'The Bends' are just above average albums with a few lucky hit singles.

Radiohead absolutely does not deserve the recognition it receives and its title as 'one of the Greatest'.

In addition, most Radiohead fans are mindless slaves of the band who cannot formulate their own opinions separate to the band and criticize everyone who disagrees with their opinions.

12 Coldplay Coldplay are a British pop 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... read more

All of their collaborations are horrible. Their transition to being very poppy in the early 2010s is an epic failure.

Let's hope they break up in the near future and stop making music altogether.

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.

13 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop/pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Oh, it's the Adam Levine Experience. They've really declined 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 is so disappointing.

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.

14 Slipknot Slipknot is an American metal band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired... read more

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.

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.

15 Jonas Brothers The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network.

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.

16 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums)... 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.

17 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock/pop rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres... read more

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.

18 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, 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... read more

Queen is a strangely middle-of-the-road pop rock band. I respect what their experimentation with their songs did for other musicians who came after them. However, on a song-by-song basis, they are pretty dull, save for a couple of songs.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is, in my opinion, easily the most overrated song ever. It's chaotic and unpleasant. In addition, while Freddie was certainly blessed with range, I find his tone and voice generally grating if listened to for multiple songs in a row.

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.

19 Blink 182 Blink-182 is a pop-punk band formed in 1992. The original lineup consisted of Mark Hoppus on bass guitar and vocals, Tom DeLonge on guitar and vocals, and Scott Raynor on drums. Raynor was fired from the band in 1998 and replaced by drummer Travis Barker. They gained mainstream popularity after the... read more

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.

20 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have... read more

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.

21 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)... 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.

22 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... read more

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.

23 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... 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.

24 The Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history... read more

The Sex Pistols were embraced by British youth because the country was in deep depression with no future under a rotten Labour government. Most of the big cities were on rolling blackouts due to striking and no power available after working hours except for hospitals and similar essential services. No future for kids with unemployment at an all-time low. Oil crisis. Unions striking everywhere.

Sex Pistols just represented how kids felt. They could barely play their instruments and were mostly carefully managed by McLaren who made good use of sensationalist bad publicity to keep the momentum going.

It crushed rock for a while until bands like Iron Maiden managed to surface from the quagmire. Though punk did influence rock in raising the tempo, they were poor musicians and definitely overrated musically.

25 KISS Kiss, often styled as KISS, was an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973. The original members were Paul Stanley (vocals, rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals, bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar, vocals), and Peter Criss (drums, vocals)... 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 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.

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