Most Overrated Singers of the 20th Century

The Top Ten

1 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically more.
2 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his more.

Bloody dickward, just popular for being a "rebel" for the most depressing generation of all time - the 90s.

3 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

Overhyped not overrated

Queen had way more bad music than good. When Freddie and his one dimensional voice took control, they went in the toilet.

Nope! He deserves all the praise what he gets.

Difficult to say who is more overrated, Freddie Mercury or Michael Jackson. MJ was legitimately the biggest star in the world for several years, even if undeserving, but Freddie and Queen were never the biggest stars in the world- strictly middleweights during their era. Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, and even Elton John were a much bigger deal at that time.

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4 K.S. Chithra K.S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

More overrated than Freddie Mercury. - Userguy44

Brilliant singer in the world..

LOL I never heard about her...

Best singer

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5 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

As much as I do enjoy Billie Joe I will admit he's a bit overrated and his singing isn't best but his guitar skills make up for it in my opinion.

6 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Overrated as a singer (his singing ability is not great) but he's a great songwriter. - Metal_Treasure

But who and how many claim his singing ability is great? Wouldn't that need to be a majority of people to label him among the most "overrated"? - Billyv

He's definitely better than Axl Rose - BrianScott01

He's underrated as a singer! everyone hates his voice but it's actualy very expressionistic. a true dylan fan knows that his voice is a big part of his songs. - RecklessGreed

Here's someone who "gets it" and can see past the common and superficial. Well said. - Billyv

7 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.
8 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top more.

First album was great. Second album was good. Third album was alright, a few good tracks but also a few very forgettable tracks. After that her music (and not to mention her voice) all went down the drain fast. Ever since the disaster known as "Butterfly" she started to remake the same boring soulless crap again and again, and she also managed to take good hip hop songs and ruin them, the most notable being "Breakdown." Ugh, I hate that song. And I loved "the Crossroads." - DaWyteNight

9 Sade Sade Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
10 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

He isn't even a good singer. - BrianScott01

The Contenders

11 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.

Rolling Stones is a great rock band, but he has terrible voice!

He has the perfect voice for the Stones' brand of rock 'n' roll and R&B. His problem has always been articulation---you need the Rosetta Stone to figure out what the hell he's saying. And to be honest, the Stones have always been a studio band. Big disappointment live.

12 Aaliyah Aaliyah Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. more.
13 Bono Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".
14 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

Maybe for you somekindofaguy, but when you see the sales of his records ( biggest selling individual artist of all time ) it says " not overrated " but " true facts of being best ".

15 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.
16 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

I just don’t get her. Always found her voice to be harsh and her loud ornamentation to be overdone and actually detract from a song. It works on a few numbers..Respect, Think...that are in your face. Otherwise it was always too much, too often.

17 Monica Monica Monica is an R&B singer who was most popular in the 90s. Her most well-known song was "The Boy Is Mine" with R&B singer Brandy.
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19 John Denver John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s.
20 Steve Perry Steve Perry Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.
21 The Notorious B.I.G. The Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only more.

Loser snd the world is better ofg without him. But Puffy is a no-talent phaggot. Thanks foe that P.O.S. Biggie

22 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

I like Michael Jackson, but to be honest, a kinda overrated.

23 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

His pure voice is good to excellent. His falsetto...not so much.

24 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
25 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of more.
26 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969 in Baldwin Hills, CA, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, more.
27 Eazy-E Eazy-E Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications more.
28 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.

I doubt she’s had her career since she was around 11 years old. Lmao - Misfire

If singing like a black soil singer is your one qualification, then you nailed it. But your songs are annoying, repetitive, and your public image could use a booat.

29 Childish Gambino Childish Gambino Donald McKinley Glover Jr. is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ. more.

All politics, stupid music. Stick to T.V. and stop ruining Star Wars.

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1. Mariah Carey
2. Aaliyah
3. Madonna
1. Madonna
2. Bob Dylan
3. Billie Joe Armstrong
1. Axl Rose
2. Bono
3. K.S. Chithra

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