Top 10 Most Overrated Alternative Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

Worshiped as the greatest band ever for just one song - christangrant

Should be at number 1. - zxm

Up to the top you go! - cjWriter1997

#1 = More overrated than the idiotic self portrait craze - Ananya

2 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. more.

Am I the only one who doesn't like Eddie Vedder's whine of voice? - Mrveteran

Not as overrated as Nirvana. - BoredJeff02

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

Eh Nirvana's more overrated. - BoredJeff02

I highly doubt with the amount of (justified, mind you) hatred that these guys get that they're classified as overrated. - Mrveteran

4 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2013 Gontier left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced with Brad's more.

No, in fact it is very overrated. They got popular for their generic rock song "I Hate Everything About You" and left no impact on the music industry except for a few bands that are worse than this band itself. If you want a good alternative rock band to come out of the same time as Three Days Grace that is often forgotten, listen to Chevelle. Still going strong and still being what made them good (They might even be better). - cjWriter1997

Eh Chevelle is more sell out like and their also known for Never Too Late, Animal I Have Become, Pain, Riot, Just Like You, Home, Break, The Good Life their not just known for I Hate Everything About You their at least better than garbage like Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Chevelle and Saliva which also did not impact the music industry. If there's still forgotten how come singles like I Am Machine, Fallen Angel, Painkiller and more reaching the billboard charts quickly? - BoredJeff02

Not as overrated compared to The Smashing Pumpkins. - BoredJeff02

5 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, more.

They are a talented band. I mean the three men's doing all the work. But they are little bit of overrated. - zxm

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6 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some more.

I can see why for this one but... Pumpkins and Nirvana are more overrated. - BoredJeff02

7 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

Most overrated Christian Rock band for sure. Not even a fan of the genre but these guys really aren't that spectacular. - cjWriter1997

Neither is Stone Temple Pilots their not spectacular either. - BoredJeff02

Eh Muse's more overrated in comparison. - BoredJeff02

8 The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation. They are also considered to be one of the most influential alternative more.

The most overrated alt. rock band of all time! - BoredJeff02

I am huge fan of 90s music and I've never seen anyone talk about these guys. They are often forgotten by other popular 90s band such as Nirvan and Pearl Jam. In fact if any 90s bands were overrated, it would be those two I mention. Anyway, point is Smashing Pumpkins barely fit the term overrated. - cjWriter1997

It fits the term well it's over hyped, too much attention and more overrated than Red Hot Chili Peppers. - BoredJeff02

9 Radiohead 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).

Overrated, and overhyped enough said. - BoredJeff02

10 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. more.

Every single one of their songs sounds exactly the same and none of them are anything close to resembling musicality. They all begin and end with the same dull guitar line which is barely present throughout the actual song. Why the same radio stations are repeatedly playing them mostly within the same couple of hours is beyond. Basically if you've heard one song from them you've technically listened to their entire discography as there is little to no difference between songs.

Yeah, and their singer (Anthony Kiedis) is often out of tune, on studio versions. - Metal_Treasure

Beyond... overrated. - BoredJeff02

The Contenders

11 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". more.

NU METAL not Alt. Rock. - BoredJeff02

12 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 more. V 1 Comment
13 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more. V 1 Comment
14 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. more.

Like Smashing Pumpkins, they barely fit the criteria of being overrated. I mean, no one really talks about them and STP fans usually don't make too much of a fuss about them. - cjWriter1997

Once again, I disagree. Despite their one song Plush, most people don't really know much about them. You could say they've gotten more popular since Scott Weiland died but so did Bowie, and calling him overrated would get you laughed at. - cjWriter1997

Don't even get my started on how overrated this band is... - BoredJeff02

15 The White Stripes The White Stripes The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they more.

In my opinion lack of musical diversity should be way higher than Linkin Park and Green Day

One good song and they're great

Overrated 2.0! - BoredJeff02

16 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Eh neutral towards this one being added. - BoredJeff02

17 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, more.

Quite overrated. I don't like much of their songs. - zxm

Really... overrated. - BoredJeff02

18 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar. V 1 Comment
19 System Of A Down System Of A Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

Nu Metal not Alt. Rock. - BoredJeff02

20 Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

This band sucks but their emo rock not Alt. Rock. - BoredJeff02

Emo is a sub-genre of Punk/Alternative, so I assume they count for this list. - cjWriter1997

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1. Coldplay
2. Evanescence
3. Green Day
1. The Smashing Pumpkins
2. Muse
3. Radiohead
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