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 ...read 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. ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read 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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read 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 ...read 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). ...read 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

Poppycock!

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 ...read more.

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 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

The final countdown is not the only song they made! - Userguy44

17 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 ...read 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.

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 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

Very, Very Overrated

20 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 ...read 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

21 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

22 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Metallica doesn't deserve to be on this list. Yeah, sure they did make some bad albums (i.e. St. Anger). But the good ones out-number the good ones (i.e. And Justice For All, Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, their self-titled album). James Hetfield's voice is recognizable and immortal. I don't know why this is on here. - Nightfire

23 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 ...read more.

This is 50/50 for me

24 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

THE most talented band to take the stage. Anyone who plays an instrument will agree with me. The average rush song sounds like there is about 7 people playing, but in reality there are only 3 of them! Its amazing - ryanrimmel

Probably Rock's third-best trio, but definitely behind The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Cream.

Definitely Rocks worst band barely beating Twisted Sister and KISS. Now That's Bad.

25 Survivor Survivor Survivor is an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1978 by Jim Peterik. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s, garnering many charting singles, especially in the United States.

They did have another Top 10 hit, "High on You", plus the top 10 song "I'm Your Vehicle" by the Ides Of March is the same singer. The entire rest of the band was killed in a plane crash when he had accidentally missed the flight, and that is why his next band was called Survivor.

I agree, complete one hit wonder - ryanrimmel

Definitely agree with this one. Only known for like one song.

"Aren't they that group that made Eye of the Tiger? " ~ Almost everyone you talk to about Survivor. - MontyPython

26 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 ...read more.

They were not even the most popular band of their own late-70's time period. Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, the Eagles, and even Elton John were much more popular at that time. They got an artificial boost due to one good performance at Live Aid, and inclusion in the "Wayne's World" movie. Enough of them already!

27 Blink-182 Blink-182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) ...read more.
28 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.
29 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.
30 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.
31 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

How can they be overrated if everyone hates them?

32 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 ...read more.
33 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.
34 ZZ Top ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.
35 Beastie Boys Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys are an American Rap/Rock group that was formed in 1981 by its three original members, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch.
36 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.
37 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.
38 The Jackson Five The Jackson Five The Jackson 5, or Jackson Five - and The Jacksons in later years, is an American popular music group. Formed in 1963 under the name the Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon.
39 Motley Crue Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.
40 Motley Crue Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.
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