Top 10 Most Overrated Rock Bands of the 1960s-1990s

Clearly you guys don't understand that when I refer to Classic Rock I`m not referring to the genre I`m referring to rock of the 60's-90's. Anyways let's count down the most overrated of them all! Lastly no bands from the 2000's or 2010's and I`m NOT including Metal bands. 1. Metal is not a sub genre of Rock. 2. Metal doesn't belong on Rock lists. 3. Metal deserves their own lists...

The Top Ten

1 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.
2 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.

Its hard for me to consider nirvana as a classic rock band at all. They have a more modern alternative sound.

Anyway, people do worship nirvana and Kurt as if they're god, and can only name one song. But they still are probably the best band of the 90s, and the most popular grunge band. - ryanrimmel

It bugs me that 99% of teenage girls think Nirvana is a clothing brand sold at Hot Topic. - Brobusky

Ugh, get them to #1! - Brobusky

Seriously they suck! only good songs are - Smells like teen spirit and Heart shaped box.

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3 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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.

I've said it many times before and I will say it again - they are the most overrated band of all time. People didn't believe me but now there are lists you can check out and be convinced:
Top 10 Songs That Led Zeppelin Ripped Off
Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs That Were Ripped Off From Another Artist - Metal_Treasure

Including no other guitarist could shred like Heartbreaker, which is now most famous in guitar style in rock and metal, no other screamer like Robert plant influenced in screaming in the 60s, - zxm

There she is! The good ol Led Zeppelin finally made the list rightfully so. - MontyPython

The two first albums are ok, than it becomes more and more mainstream crap. And most people are interested in their crap period. Overrated.

But the two first albums contained mostly ripoffs, especially the debut, so... - Metal_Treasure

Zeppelin isn't overrated.if it was still activate then they would burst out Metallica or iron maiden's ass

4 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.

Green Day isn't classic rock at all. They are more of a pop punk type thing, they play completely different from any other classic rock band.

I do, think they are overrated, but mostly because my sister played them all day, every day, and I grew really sick of them really fast. And I just don't think they are a punk rock band at all, and they are looked at on this site as the best punk band. - ryanrimmel

Are you kidding me? No. Green Day makes amazing music. They're extremely diverse, have experimented with so many genres, Tre Cool is a phenomenal drummer, their lyrics are actually good, & his voice is not whiny or scratchy like most classic rock bands(Green Day's not classic). They are NOT overrated.

Well classic rock is regular, mainstream rock from the 60s on, Green Day is not that. - ryanrimmel

Not a classic band, but a great one indeed. - naFrovivuS

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5 Poison Poison Poison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
6 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 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to more.

This is a good example of overrated. All of their songs have a similar subject, but hey, they sure know how to rock with their instruments. - MontyPython

I disagree, there isn't an AC/DC song that isn't great/popular. They deserve to be one of the most popular rock bands of all time - ryanrimmel

Lol AC/DC is Australian. Granted Malcolm, Angus, and Bon Scott were born in Britain but the band was formed in Australia. - IronSabbathPriest

Metal sucks all together

7 Heart Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

My boss saw heart a few years ago. She described it as "a bunch of menopausal women running around and screaming." Yeah I'm not a fan of female fronted bands for the most part - ryanrimmel

Heart is a rather overrated band at times. Ann and Nancy sure are talented though. - MontyPython

I'm so sick of heart. Not saying no talent. Just overplayed and dull..

Overplayed, and barracuda sucks

8 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

Oh no. They revolutionized rock music, and made it popular in the first place. They started the British Invasion!

Although I can see the overrated thing because of all the teenagers wearing Beatles shirts, when in reality they only know a few songs. - ryanrimmel

Oh, I did not get it before, is "difficulty to master" the measuring criteria? In that case, not a single act listed on TTT for the past year or so should be rated "good", as they are all rock, metal, pop, or at best pop-opera which is sometimes called classical crossover. Now and then somebody does mention Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, etc, or very occasionally Luciano Pavarotti is listed on a singers list, but God forbid that anybody at TTT has even heard of Enrico Caruso, or Maria Callas.
If you want to be picky, Classical artists make any and all "contemporary" musicians sound like children.
Within the confines of how the polls here are customarily done, and that is excluding the historic greats of music, it is not possible for the Beatles to be over-rated, they are the GOAT by 100 miles.

Actually I do believe classical is the most talented music genre. - IronSabbathPriest

Please explain, how the biggest-selling act in the history of music, with the most #1 albums, the most #1 singles, the most influence, and the most enduring popularity can be over-rated?

Decent? Seriously? It's pretty obvious you didn't give them a listen. You're just saying this because they're iconic. - MontyPython

I'm not a fan of The Beatles but I don't dislike them either. But they are overrated. There's even a interview from 1966 ( the T.V. program " A whole scene going on " ) with Pete Townsend from The Who, who says that when you listen closely to the music of The Beatles, you are listening to a " not that good band " like people are trying to tell ( and this is 1966! ).

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9 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Anthrax is one of my all time favorite bands! They aren't overrated at all - ryanrimmel

10 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.

The Contenders

11 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).
12 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

Question is: do you or did you ever listen to these bands before? Or are you just saying they are overrated without giving them a listen? Because what I'm confused about is why, for example, Led Zeppelin isn't on the list. They're one of my favorite bands, yes, but they plagiarized so many other artists that it makes them overrated at times.

Europe is pretty much known for the Final Countdown, which make them not overrated whatsoever.

Bon Jovi is a rather cheesy band at times with lots of people only knowing their hits and nothing else, so why wouldn't they be on the list? - MontyPython

The Rolling Stones are great! One of the most influential bands of all time! They aren't overrated in any sense - ryanrimmel


13 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history more.

Dude I bet only a third of the users of this site know this band. I mean, they only made one album and that's it. People think stuff like blink 182 is punk. Sure in a way it is but punk was really bands like this. - cjWriter1997

I dunno... They revoloutionized the punk rock genre and inspired Nirvana and Green Day. - MontyPython

14 X Japan X Japan X Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.
15 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.
16 The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances more.

Every Westcoast band ( who made it ) from the sixties was overrated. If you listen to Westcoast garage-punk bands of the sixties ( who didn't make it ) and the Grateful Dead ( who made it ) now in the 21th century, it's clear that the groups who didn't make it were in fact much better. Proves that they are really overrated.

17 Europe Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.

Europe and Survivor can be called one hit wonders but they are not overrated because you don't see them in the Top 10 of every rock list. And most of the people don't think they are the greatest bands of all time. - Metal_Treasure

Final Countdown is a good song, but they're a one hit wonder - ryanrimmel

18 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

You had Journey as your most unique rock band... - ryanrimmel

I did but due to strange amount of votes, Three Days Grace was number one. I don't hate Journey but I will admit their kinda overrated. - Jeffery0206

19 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled more.

They are overrated. No particular reason. They just are. Or I'm just trying people mad, and I actually love them.

Make them number one on this list. In fact, make them the only band on the list. - AdoofusHitmanler

20 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

I disagree - I think they are actually underrated. - Metal_Treasure

My Favorite Seattle Grunge Band. - RogerWatersfan1999

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