Top 10 Most Overrated Rock Bands of the 1990s

Disclaimer: I do not hate many of these bands, I just think they are the ones who get too much attention compared to other better artists from this decade

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. more.

Musically this band is ok but to compare with the other Seattle bands like pearl jam, soundgarden and alice in chains I'm gonna rank nirvana 4th because nirvana is kinda punk rocker band their sound obviously punk in nature!

Because of Kobain's death its heavily overrated. Before Kobain's death it was an unimportant band with only one hit... teens like... - Xenothor

I respect what this band has done to the music industry. However, I think they are kind of mediocre in comparison to most other bands of the grunge era like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, and most people only know them and consider them one of the greatest rock bands of all time for one okay song that is far from their best, let alone the greatest song of the 90s. - IronFist13

The album nevermind is really a very good album, a real classic. - Jph

Although they are one of the best 90's bands I guess they are kinda overrated. - DarkBoi-X

2 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).

Nah I think they deserve their praise. - DarkBoi-X

Often considered one of the greatest music artists of the past 30 years when their music is just average. - IronFist13

Much better than Nirvana in my opinion. - Userguy44

Nah defiantly right there with Nirvana. - htoutlaws2012

3 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. more.

Again, I don't hate this band, but people sometimes overhype them to extreme levels - IronFist13

Don't like

4 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.

Good band, but rather overrated - IronFist13

5 Smashing Pumpkins 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.

The singer sounds like DoodleBob.

6 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". more.

80s material was great and deserving of all the praise it gets, 90s albums however, were hit or miss. I mean you had gems such as "Bleeding Me" and "Fuel" released during this decade, but you also had "Enter Sandman", which alone put them on here, let alone the entire Black Album - IronFist13

Wait a moment... You think "Enter Sandman" is a bad song?! No, it isn't bad. It's much better than "Bleeding Me" and "Fuel". And the Black Album isn't bad either. It got hated only because it wasn't thrash metal. But it's still good heavy metal. - Metal_Treasure

Load and Reload weren't good enough for Metallica. But the Black Album, Garage Inc. (1998, with covers) and S&M (1999, live album with San Francisco Symphony) were really very good. - Metal_Treasure

I wasn't saying "Sandman" or the Black Album were bad, I was just saying they were incredibly overrated. If anything I'd say "Mama Said" or "Unforgiven II" were actually bad - IronFist13

James Hetfield used to have long hair. Why?!

7 Blink 182 Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.
8 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.
9 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. more.
10 Creed Creed Creed was an American rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

Millions of people actually bought and liked this crap? The best thing to happen to this band was hiring Miles Kennedy and changing their name to Alter Bridge, and yet they were more successful with one of the worst vocalists of all time (Scott Stapp) and showcased less talent than they would later show as AB. - IronFist13

Creed is underrated actually, I don't know anybody who actually likes this band in real life. - htoutlaws2012

The Newcomers

? Starset Starset Starset is an American rock band from Columbus, Ohio, formed by Dustin Bates in 2013. They released their debut album, Transmissions, in 2014 and their second album, Vessels, on January 20, 2017. The band has found success in expanding the ideas of their concept albums through social media and YouTube, more.

The Contenders

11 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. more.

Not terrible, but a little on the overrated side - IronFist13

12 No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California, that formed in 1986. Since 1994, the group has consisted of vocalist Gwen Stefani, bassist and keyboardist Tony Kanal, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Dumont, and drummer Adrian Young.
13 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
14 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.
15 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

They got overrated in the 2000s - Metal_Treasure

16 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 more.

They weren't overrated until the early 2000s...

Nobody knew them until the 2000's hit. - htoutlaws2012

17 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Always have been overrated. - Userguy44

18 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

No no. They are overlooked and they deserve their praise. Layne was a really good singer and Jerry was a great guitarist and songwriter. - Userguy44

19 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.

Absolutely! - Userguy44

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

Not overrated - venomouskillingmachine

21 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 more.

They deserve all the praise they get - venomouskillingmachine

22 Winx Club Winx Club Winx Club is an Italian animated television series directed, created and produced by Iginio Straffi and his company Rainbow S.r.l.

Nice song but I have heard better - bennyQ

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