Most Overrated Hard Rock Artists


The Top Ten

1 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Christangrant and somekindofaguy, your comments are always based on ( and not only on this site ) covers by bands or individual artists. Led Zeppelin did covers, Elvis did covers etc... So what? Their covers are better than the originals. That's what makes artists like them great! Writing your own songs doesn't define talent. Led Zeppelin is overrated because they did a lot of covers? What about the talent as musicians of John Bonham? Jimmy Page? Robert Plant and John Paul Jones? If you're better or think that you're better and more talented, only then write something negative about Rock icons!

@Visitor Where did I or him say that we are better than Led Zeppelin besides I don't even hate Led Zeppelin, they "plagiarized" too many of their songs and yes this is a FACT all but one song on their debut were uncredited covers and the one song was just a boring instrumental. I prefer many hard rock artists over Led Zeppelin not just because they plagiarized songs but because the other artists make better music plus I'm allowed to have a negative opinion on Led Zeppelin its people like you that give their fans a bad name. - christangrant

I could write an entire song using the song titles of the songs they ripped-off

They ripped off loads of songs - christangrant

2 Guns n Roses 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 more.
3 Black Sabbath 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. more.

I agree - they are very overrated. - Metal_Treasure

4 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 more.

Dissagree entireley at least AC/DC didn't ripoff loads of songs like Led Zeppelin did - christangrant

5 Poison Poison Poison is an American glam and hard rock band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
6 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 more.

Bon Jovi is actually over hated. People say Bon Jovi's voice is bad, which is causeless.

I hate bon jovi - EliHbk

7 KISS KISS Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.
8 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and more.

Nah here's a band that should be here except Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Guns n Roses...

9 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

Worse than Nickelback. - BrianTran12

I wouldn't call them underrated. They're extremely influential and, well, to put it bluntly everyone knows who they are. They're not overrated either though. - IronSabbathPriest

False they are Underrated - christangrant

Usually my opinion is very similar to IronSabbathPriest's but here I slightly disagree.
Many people have heard of Smoke On The Water or their name. And this is all. Even people who call themselves metal fans believe Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath invented metal when Led Zeppelin were never metal. Deep Purple were much more innovative and creative than these 2 bands but Deep Purple don't get the credits they deserve. - Metal_Treasure

1 Comment
10 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 more.

Overrated in general.

They are a bit overatted but they are almost 5% hard rock...

That's why they're overrated. Only 5% of their songs are hard rock and yet they're in top of best hard rock bands. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Whitesnake Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

Yes, while people think their only good song is Here I Go Again they are totally overrated, I agree!

No, try underrated - would be closer to the truth. - Metal_Treasure

They aren't overrated - christangrant

12 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

I believe the Who were classified as hard rock by mistake. Actually they are hardly hard rock, and rest of their songs are more like heavier art rock songs, because the classical influence on their music is easily audible. And their earlier songs in the middle '60s were beat/pop rock stuff played wilder.

13 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

Underrated is the better word to describe this band - christangrant

Haha, in fact they are very underrated. - Metal_Treasure

14 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.

Wait a minute, how the hell this group didn't make it? Most overrated band in history. - MC1989

BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Greatest Hard Rock Artists Top Ten Hard Rock Artists of the 21st Century Top Ten Music Artists that Have Both Power Metal & Hard Rock Songs Top Ten Most Underrated Hard Rock Albums Most Influential Hard Rock Bands

List Stats

14 listings
2 years, 206 days old

Top Remixes (4)

1. AC/DC
2. Led Zeppelin
3. Bon Jovi
1. Led Zeppelin
2. Guns n Roses
3. Black Sabbath
1. Led Zeppelin
2. Black Sabbath
3. Poison

View All 4

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.