Most Overrated Singers of the 20th Century


The Top Ten

1 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone 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 in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has more.
2 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.
3 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.

No - mmarce445

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.

Brilliant singer in the world..

LOL I never heard about her... - somekindofaguy

Best singer

I don't think she's as great as Lata Mangeshkar and neither is her voice as melodious as hers. I feel she's highly overrated. There are singers like Alka Yagnik​ Shreya Ghoshal Anuradha Paudwal Kavita Krishnamurthy Sadhana Sargam who are much better singers and also are versatile

5 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.
6 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a 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 ".

7 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

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

8 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! - somekindofaguy

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.

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 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".
12 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.

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.

13 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. - somekindofaguy

14 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 is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy more.
15 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.
16 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.
17 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. V 1 Comment
18 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.
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1. Marilyn Manson
2. Kurt Cobain
3. K.S. Chithra
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2. Bob Dylan
3. Billie Joe Armstrong
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