Top 10 Most Overrated Songs of All Time
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 it gets more credit than it deserves. It's opinionated. Now, let me explain why I feel it's overrated.
The first part of the song is really good. If that were 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, like the one in "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 to the piano and vocals part. So what? Freddie bangs on 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 has a nice lead-in. Finally, we return to the great slow part of the song. The song is good. Queen just has better stuff. I respect that the band put a lot of work into it and that a lot of people love it. I just find it okay.
What makes it overrated is that it's played on EVERY radio station EVERY day. It's talked about by EVERYONE, on EVERY greatest song ever list, and on EVERY greatest rock song list. (If you think this is their greatest ROCK song, you might want to listen to their later stuff.) The song is everywhere, but it's just a creative BUT average song, in my opinion. I don't understand why this song gets so much attention, while most of Queen's really good stuff is left in the dust. The song isn't bad. It just gets too much attention and it isn't my cup of tea.
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 so 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 inappropriate. I mean, a guy dancing around horses? What the heck, 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 going to say 'Oh, Gangnam Style'. No! This song is only not forgotten 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.
Listen, Nirvana is a very good band. But Heart-Shaped Box, Drain You, Come As You Are, and Lithium are better than this mediocre song. It's also the only song Nirvana poser fans know. Bohemian Rhapsody is a perfectly rated song, and Gangnam Style gets a little too much hate at the same time. Get this to number one.
Absolute garbage, all the way through. It could have been written by 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 Brian 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.
Overall, it's 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 into 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, it's 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, it's not even Jimmy Page's best guitar solo (Heartbreaker, in my opinion).
This song is terrible! It sucks! The lyrics are stupid, it's completely unrelatable, the vocals are generic, the music is nothing new, and when kids start singing it all the 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 be 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 both overrated and overhated at the same time. On one hand, it isn't the best song ever that needs to be sung constantly, as many little girls think. Back when this movie was at its 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 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.
I can't understand why Bohemian Rhapsody is considered "more overrated" than this. There is music that is real art, and then there are songs like this that are just boring, repetitive, and slightly annoying. This song really surprised me. Most of these 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, hook, line, and sinker. Really, it's so bad that no one should have paid it any attention.
I remember this song was played every day. 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 to it.
Oasis is sadly only known for the songs "Wonderwall", "Don't Look Back in Anger", and "Champagne Supernova". Grunge had five music artists that achieved major success worldwide, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots, while Britpop only had Oasis and Blur. It's sad, really.
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.
A cloying, irritating song with a sentiment I respect but an execution I find excessively annoying. Considering how much money John Lennon made, this song 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.
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 humor this man had.
Homo sapiens are one of the most aggressive and dangerous animals on Earth. Writing a song about wanting world peace is pointless and, coming from a person like John Lennon, is just pathetic. "Imagine" is a worthless, boring composition that is best ignored.
Under my umbrella, are you kidding me? What kind of lyrics are these? Rihanna really needs to work on her lyrics, or else she'll make her fans 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 over-appreciated/hated. Like, Rihanna has 8 albums, and 75% of the songs in them are better than this.
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 now has more likes than dislikes, so this song is definitely overrated despite being overhated.
This song is utter garbage. He just repeats the same word again and again. The only reason people like it is because it's by Justin Bieber. The worst song ever. Makes this #1!
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."
There are so many great songs on this list, yet many of the far worse songs on this list are considered great, so surely that makes them the more overrated songs. Small flaws are found in great songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, Smells Like Teen Spirit, and many more on this list, but when pieces of garbage like this are put in the same league (and I have heard people do this, even on the radio), surely that makes them the more overrated 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.
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 an overrated song.
Don't kill me, but if you listen to songs 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," because we all know they aren't coming back after this.
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 to be) 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, 90 percent of the people who 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 such a very short song be so popular and overplayed? GOD. But I like another Queen song otherwise, Bicycle Race.
Hey Kanye, your girl Beyonce created one 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!
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 Morse code. The artist also calls a fox "beautiful like an angel in disguise." Quite frankly, this song is complete nonsense.
One of the most annoying songs ever, the fact that it was made as an advertisement is very evident. It's total trash that should never have gotten any airplay. Psy is trash, and his music sucks, but people who like and support this trash are just as bad.
What annoys me is that this song is actually a joke, like we don't have to take it seriously because Ylvis told us not to! Most of the songs on this list are serious, but this wasn't, so I guess it shouldn't even be on this list.
The problem is not that the song is risqué. Lots of songs I like are risqué. The problem is that something so mediocre by someone so obviously untalented received so much attention. It reminds me of the furor over 2 Live Crew back in the day. All that controversy over something so weak.
Do me a favor and get this crap to number 1. This song is so annoying and has literally no meaning. I don't get why people like this song, or why it gets lots of praise. Cardi B is one of the biggest reasons why modern music sucks right now.
Don't even get me started on how horrendous this is. It's the worst song ever by a rap artist.
I used to be obsessed with this song and sang it for my parents. They loved it too, and now years later, looking back, I'm cringing and thinking they might've thought that I was annoying while singing this song.
This song is everywhere, and I cannot stand it. Every line in each verse is the same words – dododododododo – 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 over listening to this overrated song 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!
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 importantly, 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. The 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, they and Queen use up most of the top ten in 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 as if Jesus made it. Seriously?
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 who 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 song's a classic though.
Best song of the 2000s? I think that poll shared their own opinion and nothing more. This song topped the charts in only 6 or 7 countries. Totally overrated piece of trash.
It 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 one of the worst eras in music - grunge.
This song is great, to be honest. But it is somewhat overrated due to the praises, but not as overrated as Sweet Child O' Mine (still a great song, though).
Hokey song. There are way better ballads out there, and Axl's bad, grating voice stands out in these slower songs!
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 somehow became 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, 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 The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, etc.!
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.
The most popular song of 2013 is so annoying, and there are better songs this year.
I understand that artists change and evolve their music, but it should be a good evolution. It's okay that the song is not another slow guitar one, but this song has the beat of another 80s crappy pop songs (Rockabye comes to my mind). The lyrics are simple and awful, and it's completely obvious that Ed Sheeran made this song because he knew it was going to be a complete hit. There are no feelings, there is nothing. But when Ed Sheeran releases something, it's instantly gold.
One of those songs everyone heard when it came out and people wouldn't shut up about it. This song is fine, but it's far from being special.
Not bad, but it should not be the most played song literally ever.
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 gave this song for everyone in my school to listen to, and no one liked it.
Stupid song with no real meaning whatsoever.
The music video for this song is really disturbing. That video should have generated some controversy.
Baha Men did it better.