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. ...read more.

Because of Smells Like Teen Spirit. - Userguy44

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

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

Should be at number 1. - zxm

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

It seems as if everybody, especially on this website think linkin park is the greatest thing ever, they say chester is the greatest singer of all time just because he sings songs for edgey teens, and then killed himself, no offense to him, he just wasnt in my eyes the best. There are plenty of other bands and singers way better. For example: Queen, Green Day, Three Days Grace, Led Zeppelin, lynyrd skynyrd, guns n roses, etc.

Eh Nirvana's more overrated.

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

Ehhh they had a few good songs but nothing that makes me want to run out and see them live

3 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. ...read more.

They're better than Nirvana in my opinion. And their live performances are great too! - Userguy44

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

Not as overrated as Nirvana.

4 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, 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 ...read more.

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

5 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).

Coldplay is more overrated. And Radiohead is good. - Userguy44

Therir fans have abused of language even point to say that Radiohead is the contemporary Pink Floyd.

Overrated, and overhyped enough said.

6 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. ...read more.

You can't say this band has the same sound throughout their whole career because they have changed guitarists and drummers throughout their career. Their 1991 BSSM album was one of the best albums in the 90s, and it defined who they are as a band, funky. Flea really defined who he is from this album throughout the 2000's and now. I honestly love their 2002-By the Way and 2006 Stadium Arcadium the most, because that's when John Frusciante was at the peak of his career in guitar playing, and Anthony Kiedis's voice really sounded a lot better than before in these 2 albums. This band stands out from other rock bands cause their sound changes so much every album, that's why they are so overlooked as musicians and they have talent that no other rock band has ever seen. You can't classify these guys as a rock band, alternative band, or anything else. Just say they are a great band with amazing talent.

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.

7 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

Not as overrated compared to The Smashing Pumpkins.

8 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 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.

Great band but yeah they're a bit overrated. - Userguy44

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

Overrated... beyond a doubt.

9 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.

More like pop rock. Only their very old songs sound like alt-rock. They were actually always poppy and they increased in their next albums and songs. I wish Coldplay stayed with their old sound. - Userguy44

So overrated. Not even Alternative Rock. - Floxoll

POP ROCK not Alt. Rock!

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

Eh Muse's more overrated in comparison.

The Contenders

11 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.

Not Nu Metal, let alone alt-rock. Corey Taylor said Slipknot isn't Nu Metal and they only have a couple of alt-rock songs. - Userguy44

NU METAL not Alt. Rock.

12 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). ...read more.

Not as overrated as Nirvana.

13 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 ...read more.

The most overrated alt. rock band of all time!

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.

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

Good band, but very overrated because they are only known for 2 popular band members and Amy Lee said she's Evanescense which sounds pretty arrogant. - Userguy44

Eh neutral towards this one being added.

15 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

YES Really overrated.

16 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

More Nu Metal than Alternative.

17 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. ...read 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...

18 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 ...read 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!

19 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.

Their not half bad actually.

20 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, ...read more.

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

Really... overrated.

21 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. ...read more.

Nu Metal not Alt. Rock.

22 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.

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

23 Queens Of The Stone Age Queens Of The Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, alongside longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita, and recent addition Jon Theodore.

Overrated... but there are more overraed alt. rock bands.

24 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.

This one I can actually agree with..

25 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.
26 The Black Keys The Black Keys The Black Keys is an American indie rock and blues rock duo, that was formed by Dan Auerbach (Vocals, Guitar) and Patrick Carney (Drums). ...read more.

I haven't heard much of their songs, but I heard they are more of a blues rock band. - zxm

Pretty overrated to be honest.

They’re good. - Userguy44

27 Sublime Sublime Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh.

Sounds like a much worse Nirvana enough said.

28 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.

Overhated yes but not overrated.

29 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American Heavy Metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

Their Alt. Metal/ Grove Metal not Alt. Rock.

30 Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of ...read more.
31 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.
32 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

Cheesy band. - Userguy44

God awfully overrated.

33 Trapt Trapt Trapt is an American rock band that formed in Los Gatos, California in 1995, best known for their 2002 single "Headstrong".
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35 Animal Collective Animal Collective Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Its members and founders are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist.
36 The Strokes The Strokes The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998. They consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocalist), Nick Valensi (guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Nikolai Fraiture (bassist) and Fabrizio Moretti ...read more.
37 Weezer Weezer Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.
38 R.E.M. R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.
39 Brand New Brand New Brand New is an American rock band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Jesse Lacey, Vincent Accardi, Garrett Tierney, and Brian Lane; they were joined by Benjamin Homola for their live performances.
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