Top Ten Most Over-Hated Music Artists

PetSounds
There are a number of bands and artists who we love to bash, for various reasons--they're overplayed, they sold out, they make you want to vomit, whatever. But, quite a few of them are really worth examining on their own merits.

Please note that this is a list for music ARTISTS. So the likes of Justin Bieber need not apply.

The Top Ten

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

I didn't include him on the original list, since nobody really criticizes his music. It's just him. - PetSounds

Honestly? Does there need to be any further explanation? - Turkeyasylum

Bieber is an arrogant jerk, but his music isn't the worst I've ever heard.

If anyone on here gets famous I hope you get called an arrogant jerk.

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2 Billy Joel Billy Joel William Martin Joel is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s.

I guarantee, 90% of the Billy-bashers have only heard "Piano Man", "Just the Way You Are", "Uptown Girl", and his other overplayed singles. Listen to Turnstiles and The Stranger, then get back to me.

"So let me lie, and let me go on sleeping. And I will lose myself in palaces of sand. And all the fantasies that I have been keeping will make the empty hours easier to stand." - Everybody Has a Dream (1977)

"They say that these are not the best of times, but they're the only times I've ever known. And I believe there is a time for medititation in cathedrals of our own. Now I have seen that sad surrender in my lover's eyes, and I can only stand apart and sympathize. For we are always what our situations hand us. It's either sadness or euphoria." - Summer, Highland Falls (1976)

Just a couple examples of his brilliant lyrics. - PetSounds

When I clicked on this list, I was expecting to see it full of Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Nickelback, Creed, etc. I am relieved to see that this list is full of great bands/singers. Personally I don't think I have ever seen a "Billy-Basher", and I didn't know it was possible to dislike Billy Joel. In fact, I saw him live last year! - ryanrimmel

I think Billy Joel is a terrific musician. His writing skills are undeniable, his voice is perfect, he's a great showman. What's not to like? - BKAllmighty

Well I am in that ten percent

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3 The Eagles The Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

Are people actually stupid enough to hate the eagles when Justin Bieber is out there? Some people don't appreciate good music these days

I just don't get the Eagles hatred. How can you not love "Take It Easy", "Already Gone", and "New Kid in Town"? And that's not even mentioning their deeper cuts. - PetSounds

Very good old "classical" rock band, who hates them please type what you love, it's extremely interesting.
P.S. Thumbs up who think Hotel California's one of the GREATEST rock songs of all time! - Fan_of_Good_Music

I'm gonna fight whoever disrespected Glenn Frey's death!

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4 Marilyn Manson

He gets so much hate, but artists should strive to be like him. he is very original and unique, and while his songs can be too loud and fast for me sometimes, they carry deep meaning. One of the most misunderstood musical artists in history! - Alpha101

A lot of people think he's evil, but he's really a nice guy in real life. His songs actually do have positive messages disguised as bad ones.

As long as we see him as a disturbing musician and his music's disturbing, who cares who's he in real life? - Fan_of_Good_Music

Yea he's a very controversial artist, but everything he does is for a reason with a deep meaning. - ComaWhite21

I don't get why people hate him so much. We should be praising him because he really knows what he's talking about. Things that need to be heard and acknowledged.

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5 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

What a great band. Most people don't appreciate these guys and I don't understand why. Best Prog. Metal band of all time. - Beatlesboy9

Personally I don't like their fans, who always use instrumental complexity as a meter for rating bands and songs.

I don't think I've ever seen anyone bash Dream Theater. They're pretty much impossible to hate - ryanrimmel

Amazing band, how is it humanely possible to hate them?! - IronSabbathPriest

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6 Queen 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 ...read more.

I get that some people wouldn't like some of their songs, but Queen has great diversity and difference between their songs. Who knows how many people they have inspired? Also, who could dislike Killer Queen, Fat Bottomed Girls, Don't Stop Me Now, and many others? - pandagirl

Lots of people say they only got popular because most of their songs are "radio friendly." While this is true, they still have amazing songs. "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer Queen," and "The Show Must Go On" are some of my favorites. - Alpha101

Hipsters love to pile on the hatred for some reason. Let's be honest, there's no denying the greatness of "Bohemian Rhapsody". - PetSounds

Queen is the best band ever and if it's so easy for people to hate the best band ever, then these stupid haters should go eat some rocks and hang themselves! Queen for life!

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7 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political ...read more.

The Boss has written some brilliant songs and lyrics. "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road" are simply perfect. - PetSounds

He can't sing. Listen to his version of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and you'll see what I mean. - RiverClanRocks

Bruce Springsteen is a LEGEND!

Don't ever bs the boss

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

She can't rap. When she tries to she sounds like a 2 year old.

What's this joke doing on the list?

She is not so good, I kinda like her songs

She deserves it - SoldierOfFortune

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

Man he sucks so hard

I don't get why Nickelback is hated so much. Because 'unoriginal music'? Yet they were hated bewrly as much as Justin Bieber. I'm sorry, but I don't get it

Oh come on, they're not the worst. they're just not as innovative as other bands. - naFrovivuS

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

No.. There are much more music artists that are much, much worser than her! - LucyHeartfilia

The only thing I don't like about her is that she's not creative. All she ever really sings about are break ups and comparing herself to popular people, but you don't really hear her sing about anything else.

She's not so bad. I mean, not gonna lie, I genuinely like her songs. Not enough to listen to them on my own, but enough to sing along if I hear one of them. - keycha1n

Taylor Swift and ed sheer an are fantastic songwriters and are currently the only two GOOD pop artists out there...

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The Contenders

11 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Destiny Hope Cyrus, aka Miley Ray Cyrus, was born November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Miley Cyrus's voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart ...read more.

She deserves the hate she gets. She may have a good voice but that doesn't excuse her awful lyrics.

She's gotten better in 2016, but if she releases another awful song with awful lyrics, I will agree with you. - DCfnaf

She can sing you can't deny that but she is far from the best. Nothing to hate about her really..

I disagree with a lot of these actually...

12 Jimmy Buffett

He's actually quite a lot of fun. Who can forget "Cheeseburger in Paradise" or "Why Don't We Get Drunk"? - PetSounds

13 Styx

Wonderful list Spencer. My list would probably have had 7 of these and that simply shows how similar our tastes are in Music. - Beatlesboy9

Ok, I have seen these guys live and they are not a bad band at all. And now they have Lawrence Gowan (a Canadian ;)) as their lead singer and he's the perfect fit for their sound. They have a great set list of songs, too. - BKAllmighty

They're not as bad as some say they are. In fact, they actually got some great songs.

14 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard 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. The band's ...read more.

While I admit that they are not the best band in history, they have some great songs. I sing "Living on a Prayer" every day. Catchiest song in history. - Alpha101

Tell me you've never sung along to "Living on a Prayer". Go on. I dare you. - PetSounds

I haven't got to that stage, friend. Sorry. But it is a very good song. - PositronWildhawk

I'm not a Bon Jovi fan, but I don't know why they are so hated

I know they aren't the best band in history, but they are the most over-hated music artist in existence! They're better than they're given credit for. They get more hate than they deserve and sometimes, the haters are more than those who like them.

Oh, wait! Now I remember that the other band members are mean to their bassist and treat him like he's a beginner! So, they deserve a bit of the hate they get.

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15 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

I love Rush. And I honestly haven't met anyone who actively hates them. So much talent from just 3 members. - IronSabbathPriest

I love Rush but I can see why people hate Rush- Geddy Lee's voice is very high pitched. - Pony

I love Rush. - Pony

16 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Some of the general public may "hate" him but most musicians and artists appreciate and respect him, and credit him with being a strong influence. His spontaneity and experiments puts some off as well as his voice, "too deep" or unclear lyrics etc while others watch in awe, wonder and appreciation, trying to keep up.
I find his use of his voice often to be similar to a great actor and fitting to the songs, often an extension of the songs; otherwise, he's singing as he can and expressing his own songs and interpretations - doesn't have to be for everyone but it's certainly been for more than enough - Billyv

Sure he's got a "different" voice (And on that I find enjoyable! ). He's also had his share of controversial actions as well as things he's said (Most recently the comments on Merle Haggard), but he's just doing what he wants to do. There's nothing wrong with that to me! - higgsboson2142

Why would anyone hate on Bob Dylan? Because of his voice? That's not really a good reason on why you should hate on Bob. - Pony

He is a legend. Unfortunately he sounds like a zombie nowadays - ryanrimmel

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17 One Direction One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.

People hate on them too much and they miss out on all of the really good things they wrie
If you were to examine any song they have written piece by piece you will find many beautiful messages

Yeah, I wish Louis and Harry go away so there's only 2 moew

18 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, ...read more.
19 Linkin Park
20 The Cars The Cars The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.

I will now question as to why the legendary cars are hated. What is simply not to like? Talented catchy geniuses if you ask me. - Beatlesboy9

Well, I like them. 'You Might Think' and 'Just What I Needed' are among my favourite songs. 'My Best Friend's Girl' is great too. - BKAllmighty

How can anyone hate them? They are all very talented musicians and their music is awesome. I love The Cars. So many great hits and so underrated. They need more credit.

Well too many of them cause traffic congestion... 😜 - Billyv

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21 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

I still fail to understand why so many people detest this group... I absolutely love their music, and yes, their last two albums were pretty awful, but listen to an album like Parachutes and A Rush Of Blood To The Head and tell me that there is nothing good there. I just don't see anything in their music that could possibly make so many people hate them so much. Just because something isn't "ground-breaking" or "genre-defining" doesn't mean it's bad. - Mard

I have read sereval quite long articles on why coldplay is hated so much. the main conclusion seems to be that coldplay isn't cool. cris martin is a normal, everyday kind of guy, not a rock star, and their music is very emontion driven. those are some of reasons I love coldplay, but others hate them becuase of that - RecklessGreed

22 Rihanna 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 ...read more.
23 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

Guys, I have a parody with Pokemon Go by Misha for all these AC/DC haters, do you want to see? Ok: When I wake up, I'm grabbing my gun! I'm gonna kill you all!
Original: When I wake up, I'm grabbing my phone! I'm gonna catch them all!

24 Motley Crue Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

Motley Crue deserves the criticism they get. They're nothing but rich white trash who play generic hard rock. All they waned was fame, money, and women, all of which they got. They are everything that is wrong with rock and roll.

25 Olly Murs Olly Murs Oliver Stanley Murs, known professionally as Olly Murs, is an English singer-songwriter, television presenter and actor. He first came to national attention for coming second in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009.
26 Britney Spears Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar ...read more.
27 Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Dee Lohan is an American actress. She is also a model, singer, songwriter, director, and producer.
28 Metallica 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". ...read more.
29 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.
30 Kesha Kesha Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. Kesha is an animal rights activist and she works for H.S.I. (Humane Society International). Kesha also stands up for L.G.B.T. rights in America
31 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. ...read more.
32 Charli XCX Charli XCX Charlotte Emma Aitchison, better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is an English singer and songwriter.
33 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.
34 Foreigner Foreigner Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

Who in the world hates Foreigner? - Pony

It's humanly impossible to hate them. Hated for what?
They are great and underrated. - Metal_Treasure

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

Way overhated! She's a toughie! Few people can put out something like Friday and live to tell the story. - keycha1n

Aing more days of the week, Sing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday

36 Meghan Trainor Meghan Trainor Meghan Elizabeth Trainor is an American singer and songwriter. Trainor's work has been recognized with several awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award, Music Business Association's Breakthrough Artist of the Year accolade and two Billboard Music Awards.

So, Meghan, do you have the bass or your'e lying with your lips are moving

37 Iggy Azalea Iggy Azalea Amethyst Amelia Kelly, born June 7, 1990 known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, and model.
38 Psy Psy Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, stylized PSY, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and rapper.
39 Boston Boston Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.

They're great, but a little repetitive. - Pony

40 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.

Black Sabbath is one of the bands that created rock/metal. And even though some of their music sounds somewhat dark and satanic to some, that's not what they were going for at all. I love them. They don't deserve so much hatred and criticism.

If you hate Black Sabbath, then read my lips: Black Sabbath CREATED METAL YOU BLOODY DOPE! - Pony

41 Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.

He's a great drummer but he has becom so overrated that he is now overhated. Just look at any comment section where james played drums. on youtube - SoldierOfFortune

42 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Even since his days with Black Sabbath, he's gotten a lot of hatred and criticism from a lot of people, especially churches and religious people, but he actually doesn't deserve all of that. Despite the sound of his music, he's not a Satan worshipper, and much of his music talks about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. He gets way too much hatred from way too many people. And personally, I love Ozzy. He's amazing!

43 John Newman
44 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.
45 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.
46 Loverboy Loverboy Loverboy is a Canadian rock group formed in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta. Loverboy's hit singles, particularly "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend", have become arena rock staples and are still heard on many classic rock and classic hits radio stations across the United States and Canada.
47 R5 R5 R5 is an American pop rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. The band consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Rydel Lynch, and Ellington Ratliff.
48 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

This guy is a legend. And his music actually isn't bad. Many people love him.

49 Macklemore Macklemore Ben Haggerty, (born, June 19, 1983) known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American singer and songwriter from Seattle, Washington.

Let's face it, if same love was literally the EXACT same song, only Macklemore was bisexual, it wouldn't have received half the hate it got.

50 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Wait, do people actually hate ABBA? That's awful! Nobody could write a perfect pop song like they could. - Mard

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