Top 10 Most Overrated Singers In Rock

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Okay, now I'm going to get bashed on... WORTH IT! (Note: I DON'T HATE ANY OF THESE SINGERS THEY ARE ALL TALENTED! )

The Top Ten

1 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

Number one? If anything, David Bowie is groundbreaking and deserves his attention. - Swellow

How is Bowie number 1 instead of Chester Bennington?

When he started doing ballet on stage with a dancing crew he ended being a rock star.

What? This guy was a legend! He is such a hot guy too, it’s a shame to see him here, :( - DaringXx

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2 Chester Bennington - Linkin Park Chester Bennington - Linkin Park Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.

Nothing special about his voice. It's pretty average. - naFrovivuS

How come he is only #2? He is the most overrated singer I have ever known

I have hated Chester ever since he became Stone Temple Pilot's new vocalist. - NuMetalManiak

His screams are awesome though - Userguy44

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3 Billie Joe Armstrong - Green Day Billie Joe Armstrong - Green Day 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.
4 Kurt Cobain - Nirvana Kurt Cobain - Nirvana 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 ...read more.

His guitar skill made him overrated not his singing. He's a better singer than a guitarist. - Userguy44

Should be #1

5 Matthew Shadows - Avenged Sevenfold
6 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

I feel as if he overhyped himself way too much.

He's okay but he isn't a very good singer. His voice is average. - Userguy44

The thing about Ozzy was how he used his voice not the sound of the voice itself. And he was a great performer and frontman, in my opinion not overrated - rportah

He's so whacked out on narcotics he's bitten off animal heads, and his age has deteriorated his voice. ewww - Swellow

7 Freddie Mercury - Queen

Never produced the range on stage that he did in the studio, post 1980 (give or take). People RIDICULOUSLY overestimate his vocal range; I heard one Queen fan claim it was seven octaves. HA! Map it out on a piano. The occasional studio high note, e.g. the bridge in "Under Pressure," does not equate to a commanding range. He did most of his singing in the high baritone range which spanned maybe 2-3 octaves. Last but not least, an overly emotive delivery with occasionally annoying tremolo rather than a sincere delivery with a warm vibrato.

This has to be one of the most ignorant comments. 2-3 octaves? LOL. Get your facts straight. Freddie's range in the modal register was 4 octaves. With falsetto register it was over 4 octaves. He had an incredible control over his voice. Not to mention his power and projection. - Metal_Treasure

Completely over-rated, he is not qualified to carry Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, or Elvis Presley's luggage. Rolling Stone magazine had him rated at #18 all time rock singers, which is about right at best.

Well said. Freddie Mercury is good, but I find his voice nondescript. Other classic rock singers possess more unique, erotic, or beautiful voices. Including Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Jon Anderson, Justin Hayward, Ian Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, et cetera. - Crwth

Who added Freddie to this list? Yes, Freddie is praised but he is praised for a reason. This doesn't mean overrated. He deserves the credits. Overrated is somebody who isn't very good but people believe s/he is. - Metal_Treasure

Sorry, but I agree with Metal_Treasure. Freddie deserved his praise. Period... - Userguy44

Overhyped, overrated and overvoted.

Sorry, but no. I respect your opinion, but Freddie deserved every praise. - Userguy44

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8 James Hetfield - Metallica James Hetfield - Metallica James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Sings One Note. Badly.

Get your facts straight - his range is 3 octaves, 3 notes. Luciano Pavarotti range is 2 octaves, 2-1/2 notes. I'm not kidding. - Metal_Treasure

9 Jared Leto - 30 Seconds to Mars Jared Leto - 30 Seconds to Mars Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and director. He is well known for being the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars.
10 Brian Johnson - AC/DC Brian Johnson - AC/DC Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing ...read more.

Bon was better in every way. - Userguy44

He’s pretty good.

The Contenders

11 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.

He is a good song writer, but his voice is terrible.

12 Dave Mustaine - Megadeth Dave Mustaine - Megadeth David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

How is he under James Hetfield and Freddie Mercury? This guy is a mediocre singer. Deal with it. - Userguy44

He's a good guitar player,composer and lyricist but damn his voice does really suck - Idiot244

He’s a decent singer, when he talks, it’s awesome.

13 Suzuka Nakamoto Suzuka Nakamoto Suzuka Nakamoto, known by her stage names Suzuka and Su-Metal, is a Japanese idol, singer and model. She is represented by the talent agency Amuse, Inc. and has been a member of three musical groups formed by the company: Karen Girl's, Sakura Gakuin, and Babymetal.
14 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. He is famous for his band's hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer“ released in 1986. He ...read more.

He lost his voice but he had a great voice in their good era's - Userguy44

Best still great!

15 Amy Lee - Evanescence

Definitely not. Who added her? Amy's voice is very beautiful. - Userguy44

16 Axl Rose - Guns N Roses Axl Rose - Guns N Roses 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.

His range is very good. But his voice is average. - Userguy44

He sucks scums and posers

#1 as well

He’s a terrible singer, he sounds like a dying crow.

17 Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur.

It's a battle but Hetfield is worse.

18 Geddy Lee - Rush Geddy Lee - Rush Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

I don't think he's overrated.
1. He gets credit for his bass skills not for his vocal skills.
2. His voice is naturally high.

His voice kinda sounds funny. But it isn't the worst. - zxm

Agreed. He gets credits for bass playing. But this list is for overrated singers. Bass playing skills are not related to singing. - Metal_Treasure

19 Patrick Stump - Fall Out Boy Patrick Stump - Fall Out Boy Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and composer of Fall Out Boy, an American rock band from Wilmette, Illinois.
20 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.
21 Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.
22 Adam Gontier - Three Days Grace Adam Gontier - Three Days Grace Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.
23 Scott Stapp - Creed Scott Stapp - Creed Scott Stapp is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of hard rock bands Creed and Art of Anarchy. He also has two solo albums: The Great Divide and Proof of Life.

I wouldn't call Scott Stapp overrated, everyone loves to hate on Creed, including Scott too. - Mumbizz01

He Looks So Depressed In This Image - s646451

24 Hayley Williams - Paramore
25 M. Shadows M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.
26 Steven Tyler - Aerosmith Steven Tyler - Aerosmith Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

He has a great voice! - Userguy44

27 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
28 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.
29 Chad Kroeger - Nickelback Chad Kroeger - Nickelback Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.

He is so much hated that I would never say he's overrated. Overrated is somebody who isn't good but people think s/he is great. - Metal_Treasure

Everyone hates him so how is he overrated? - christangrant

GET FREDDIE MERCURY OFF MY LIST... - MontyPython

30 Jonathan Davis - Korn Jonathan Davis - Korn Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.
31 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.
32 Bob Seger Bob Seger Robert Clark "Bob" Seger is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s.
33 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. ...read more.
34 Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.
35 Bryan Adams
36 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".
37 Anthony Kiedis - Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Kiedis - Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Kiedis is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its inception in 1983.
38 Gerard Way - My Chemical Romance Gerard Way - My Chemical Romance Gerard Arthur Way is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released ...read more.
39 ZP Theart - Skid Row, DragonForce ZP Theart - Skid Row, DragonForce ZP De Villiers Theart is a South African singer, songwriter, and the lead vocalist for Skid Row. Theart first garnered attention as the original singer of British power metal band DragonForce.
40 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the ...read more.

Nice enough guy, love Nirvana, like "Everlong", but...let's face it, he's a better drummer than singer. - truckturner

Get him higher! - Userguy44

41 David Lee Roth David Lee Roth David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality.
42 Adam Lambert Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.
43 Fred Durst - Limp Bizkit Fred Durst - Limp Bizkit William Frederick "Fred" Durst is an American musician and film director. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he has released six studio albums.

How is he overrated when he's mostly hated? - Userguy44

44 Troy Sanders - Mastodon Troy Sanders - Mastodon Troy Jayson Sanders is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he plays bass and shares lead vocal duties with guitarist Brent Hinds and drummer Brann Dailor.
45 David Draiman - Disturbed David Draiman - Disturbed David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.
46 Billy Corgan - The Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan - The Smashing Pumpkins William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.
47 Brann Dailor - Mastodon Brann Dailor - Mastodon Brann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.
48 John Cooper - Skillet John Cooper - Skillet John Landrum Cooper, professionally credited as John L. Cooper, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He has been the lead vocalist, bassist and co-founder of the Grammy-nominated American Christian rock band Skillet since 1996.
49 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

So Overrated He On This List Twice Ehh? - s646451

50 Serj Tankian - System of a Down Serj Tankian - System of a Down Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.

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2. Matthew Shadows - Avenged Sevenfold
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