Most Overrated Music Artists of 2016


The Top Ten

1 The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song "#Selfie", which was a top twenty single in several countries.

Bad - Userguy44

They use the same rhythm (or path as some people call it) of chords in every damn song. They do NOT have any musical talent whatsoever and their albums just keep getting worse and worse.

Do they even have any talents?

They are really annoying and their songs are just mediocre.

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2 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that originates from Columbus, Ohio. Currently there are two members. The lead singer, Tyler Joseph, and the drummer, Josh Dun. At the 2016 American Music Awards, they won two AMAs for Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist. Twenty One more.

I only like 3 songs guess it's heathens ride and I forgot it

Ok, I'm 50/50 on this one. don't get me wrong, I've been a fan of twenty one pilots for years, but I do think people puff them up a lot. I've been to one of their concerts and even though it was literally like the best experience of my life, the setlist was very mediocre and didn't have a lot of their very popular songs (Migraine, Chlorine (which was added recently), Heavydirtysoul, Guns for Hands, etc) While it did have not very popular songs (We Don't Believe What's on T.V., Leave the City, The Judge, etc... (don't GET ME WRONG, I LOVE THESE SONGS SOOO MUCH BUT I don't THINK SOME OF THEM SHOULD BE ON THE SETLIST)) and finally, some songs are very mediocre as well. Like Stressed Out? How did that become so popular?

Honestly, they're not a terrible band, but for HEAVEN'S SAKE, PEOPLE ACT LIKE THEY'RE THE MESSIAH OF MUSIC. Seriously, there are infinitely better bands, and you can trust me; I've listened to their entire discography multiple times and my opinion hasn't changed. - Psi

People really have forgotten what the word overrated means. They aren't terrible, but I've taken a listen to them, and they seem to have declined in creativity with each album. What really settles it is how much their fans claim to be "fans" but only listen to songs off Blurryface, by far their worst album, and yes, Heathens, likely their worst song. They never really had much uniqueness, and their songs already were just suburban white trash cliches. I certainly don't have much positive stuff to say other than, they're, catchy? I guess...other than that, they're simply the most overrated music artist of today.

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3 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

He's worse now

Not overrated just bad in my opinion - Hiimme

BOO - UltimateCraig

I put Drake this "lw" because his music has gotten low accaim and lots of hate as= well - ProPanda

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4 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. more.

Wow, beiber on the top of a top tens list, what a TWIST! Seriously, his new stuff is pretty good, it's time to move on from 2009. - Jackamalio

I mean I find it hilarious if someone who had a better voice than bieber came onto the scene, just cause fan girls don't idolize them, their songs will never reach number 1

He's decently rated as of late, but seriously, I don't think he should be number one. - SwagFlicks

What? It's over 7 years since his debut and you're still raging around the corner? It's time to move on! - Neonco31

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5 Melanie Martinez Melanie Martinez Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.

To be honest I love Melanie and her music (exept the crybaby album) but her 13 year old fans are so rude and they can get so angry easily and even Melanie herself can't stand her fans

Very overrated, but that's because she has a beautiful voice and many like it.

Voted just for commenting. If you guys don't know what you're talking about than just don't. Melanie is awesome: her songs have the whole childhood thing but they do have extremely serious meanings. Her voice is marvelous. And she isn't "another pop hoe". Go build an argument before hating on people. Ya'll dumb though.

Thank god the fanbase hasn't found this yet. I like her but she's overrated. - ProPanda

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6 Halsey Halsey Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known by her stage name Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. She was born on September 29, 1994 in New Jersey. She started her career by releasing songs on SoundCloud, and now she is a well-known pop singer with hits like Bad at Love, and Now or Never. She had originated more.

Shes so overrated!

I love Halsey! Like TOP, listen to her other stuff. - UltimateCraig

New Americana only hit top 60. Chainsmokers were the primary reason of Closer going #1. Colors and Gasoline flopped hard. Outside of her fanbase, no one really liked her. How is she overrated? - ProPanda

Weebs,furries,fortnites,etc:halsey is love,halsey is life
Me:halsey is trash,halsey is a hypocrite (i know that melanie martinez is overrated but halsey is just plain trash)

7 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles more.

Patrick Stump has a better soul voice than anyone

Her voice is good, some of her songs are good but the others are not that good. I think she's so considered because there's no soul singer better than her, but you can't say she is the soul queen. Amy maybe could be but not Adele.

25 was so overplayed, and so was hello. It was a good song, but so overrated

She has a beautiful, strong voice but... ok... let's say it bad, overplayed songs

8 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.

She became famous because of a song that shames skinny girls.

A song about how people shouldn't worry about their appearance gets her famous and she totally ruins it by singing a song about how people should be just like her.

All her songs sucks.I'm even amazed that people liked her song "me too", where in the entire song is basically her bragging about herself. There are idiots that actually love this garbage.

All her songs are about that men suck, and why do suck, basically a ultra feminist

9 Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer-songwriter and model. He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the popular video sharing application Vine.

Seriously, first of all the picture isn't photoshopped, if you had stopped hating and actually went to the gym, you could have a body like that

Is a song on believing on you or feeling happy and excited or anxiety about love and relationships?

So overrated and every song he writes is just about love and relationships

He's great and all; just overrated

He is a good music artist but, does not deserve his fame, + he is overhyped

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10 Rae Sremmurd Rae Sremmurd Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers, Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown (born June 7, 1995) and Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown (born December 29, 1993). They are best known for their platinum singles "No Flex Zone" and "No Type". They are signed to Mike WiLL Made-It's label, "EarDrummer more.

Though Black Beatles was awesome. SremmLife 2 was awFUL. RAE SREMMURD IS THE WIRST BAND EVER. But they getting some hate so I disagree - AlphaQ

The Contenders

11 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. more.

She isn't that great of a singer

eh pass - UltimateCraig

A lot of her music today sounds the same. She's becoming more generic and bland than ever. And am I the only one who's getting this really forced sexy vibe from her music videos? People say that she's pretty, but I can't tell with all the make up caked on her face. She doesn't bother to pronounce her words when she sings. She can hit a few high notes here and there, but that doesn't make her outstanding. Honestly, I've heard better vocals from Demi Lovato!

She's so overrated, it's annoying. Her fans love to say that she's transforming into this ultra sexy idgaf chick, but there is nothing sexy about constantly singing that you take dick! The tactic is so overused, I wouldn't be surprised if she sung about giving head.

12 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 more.

Should be higher.

13 Nick Jonas Nick Jonas Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe.
14 Beyonce Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.

Holy crap! Just saw where the university of Texas is offering a course featuring Lemonade as a major study unit. Gag me with a forklift.

If she was ugly and had a below average figure, nobody would care about her at all.

Geez, her fandom keeps gushing like "Lemonade" is the next "Blonde on Blonde".

LMAO, Blonde on Blonde is a classic rock album. How is it a Beyoncé album?
Also, threatening to kill yourself with a forklift is idiotic. - Swellow

15 DNCE DNCE DNCE is an American pop rock band. The group consists of members Joe Jonas, Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle, and JinJoo Lee.

They suck, but not as bad as Shawn you-know-who... - UltimateCraig

16 Thomas Rhett Thomas Rhett Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr., is an American country music singer and songwriter. His father is the singer Rhett Akins. Rhett has released three studio albums for Big Machine Records' Valory Music imprint: It Goes Like This, Tangled Up, and Life Changes.


17 Luke Bryan Luke Bryan Thomas Luther Bryan, known professionally as Luke Bryan, is an American country music singer and songwriter.
18 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 more.

She can't even sing good and she's such a fake annoying bitch..-_-

19 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, more.
20 Lukas Graham Lukas Graham Lukas Graham is a pop-soul band from Copenhagen, Denmark. It is currently made up of Lukas Forchhammer, Mark Falgren, and Magnus Larsson.
21 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on 16 February 1990 in Toronto, Ontario. He used to upload songs on YouTube in 2010, now he has 3 studio albums. He has won 3 Grammy awards and 9 Juno Awards

The Weeknd was awesome and like the best in 2016 - AlphaQ

Starboy is so generic pop song. This singer deserves the most overrated R&B artist nowadays. - waraypiso

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23 Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.

She seriously makes me sick.

24 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.
25 Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony
26 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

I've liked every single song I've ever heard by Prince. He isn't overrated but underrated. People only really took notice of his most famous songs after his death. - Britgirl

27 Jacob Sartorius Jacob Sartorius Rolf Jacob Sartorius, born October 2, 2002 is an American singer and internet personality, who rose to fame via social media from posting lip-syncing videos on and TikTok. In 2016, he released his debut single "Sweatshirt", which reached the Hot 100 charts in the United States and Canada.

Someone who almost nobody likes isn't overrated - ProPanda

Disgusting disgrace to music. - Catacorn

Welcome to autotune quantization!

I hate him - Neonco31

28 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the more.

She didn't even release any music in 2016! How is she overrated in 2016? - NicholasYellow

Nah. She kaput in 2016 - AlphaQ

29 Robin Thicke Robin Thicke Robin Charles Thicke is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Thicke has worked with numerous artists.

The "thick" part in his name refers to how dense he is, musically and intelligence wise. - Swellow

No. His only song is Blurred Lines in 2013. Forget about hin - AlphaQ

30 Beyoncé Beyoncé Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.

Why is Beyoncé listed twice? - POWERStarz2004

31 Little Mix Little Mix Little Mix are a British girl group formed in 2011, consisting of members Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson.

Just annoyinf

Not really. Can get annoying then fans call them underrated, but I don't see them as overrated - Chatsa2

32 Lady GaGa Lady GaGa Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. more.
33 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.
34 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg more.

He talented but went a bit downhill in 2016 - AlphaQ

35 DJ Snake DJ Snake William Sami Etienne Grigahcine, known professionally as DJ Snake, is a French DJ and record producer.
36 Mike Posner Mike Posner Michael Robert Henrion "Mike" Posner is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and record producer. Posner released his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, on August 10, 2010. The album includes the US Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single "Cooler than Me" as well as the top 20 single "Please Don't Go".
37 Ellie Goulding Ellie Goulding Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding is an British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born on December 30th, 1986 in Hereford, England . She is most well-known in the U .S. for her singles "Lights," "Love Me Like You Do," "Burn," and has been featured in other songs with Calvin Harris and others . more.

I hate her

She is underrated

38 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. more.
39 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. more.
40 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

Sorry guys, but she is incredibly overrated. I don't really like her music much. She mostly reminds me of Lady GaGa who I also dislike. Some of her music is okay, but I would rather listen to P! ATD, TØP, Or My Chemical Romance. But this is only my opinion.

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