Most Overrated Things In Music

These are the things in music that people seem to care about, and probably shouldn't. Music is about producing a work of art that sounds good and evokes an emotion. All this other stuff is mindless filler, detrimental to the music, or just a waste of time talking about.

What is not included in this list is specific people, bands, or songs. Those are better left in other lists.

The Top Ten

1 Auto-Tune

Electronic music is being criticised because people in pop and rap have used this to sound like trance. Let me establish the difference. Pop and rap artists are covering up the fact that they never bothered to learn to play a musical instrument or read musical sheets, and so are passing it off as music because a computer can fix the sound. Except that it still sounds like a line of ducklings being crushed by a farting elephant. Electronic artists take their time to create unique sounds which are done by precise control of every electronic wave signal, to make sure it is perfect, and they're often controlling fifty dials and keyboards at once. In short, the latter only takes talent. Autotuning is ridiculous. - PositronWildhawk

I'd rather have autotune over someone WHO CAN'T SING IN THE SLIGHTEST. - SwagFlicks

fire flies and every other mass produced club, dance song or rap artist trying his/her hand at singing or to cover-up there lack of talent. -

Autotune can be fine when you use it correctly. But some music artist in the mainstream abuse of autotune, even rappers use autotune. they don't need autotune because rap is just talking in a beat

No, you guys misunderstand. If used correctly (which I have heard various times) then it sounds great! It's a hit or miss type of thing in music. Overall, though, it can be useful. Shouldn't be at #1. - Donut

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2 Dancing Ability

Guess what... when listening to the album, I can't see your moves. Who cares if a singer can dance? If I want to hear good music, I'll listen to people who focus on the music. If I want to see someone dance, I'll watch someone who excels at dance. Why bother with someone who is just above average at both? And especially why go to a concert to watch a "singer" who has to lip sync their own songs so they can put on a show?

Dancing should really not matter to the listeners of a band, and that goes any way. It's fine for band members to dance to their music- a tad dorky, but still fine. And if they don't, who cares? It's the musician's choice, and the music that matters. - pandagirl

dancing is something the audience does a lot of not a real musician. exept maybe a little but music is 4 the ears not 4 the eyes

music is all about ears and not anything else...

so dancing? nope!

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3 Hip Hop / Rap

My god. Rap at number 3; and looking at these comments! What?! No skill? No passion? Terrible lyrics? Rap demands the MOST of all these three things more an any genre. Skill: Rigamortus - Kendrick Lamar, Rap God - Eminem. Passion: Changes - Tupac, New York State of mind - Nas. Lyricism: Stan - Eminem, How much a dollar cost? - Kendrick Lamar, Crooked Smile: J Cole. Rap has changed my life, kept me in school, and got me my good grades, and helped me through all my hardships in life. You people have no right to disrespect some of our ways of LIFE! Kills me to see people criticising my biggest love apart from my family. Think before you speak, unlike 90% of all the pop artists out today.

It's not music. It's angry nursery rhymes with a boring continuous drum beat. - BKAllmighty

Rap isn't bad. Also, it can be really hard to do a lot of times. - Donut

This is bad? Metal is worse. Have fun listening to people screaming to the Devil. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

Metal is not, I repeat NOT DEVIL'S MUSIC! Some metal can be about devils, but NOT ALL OF THEM! - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

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4 Fashion

Unless while you are recording the album you're also jogging in place while wearing corduroy pants, I can't tell what your are wearing when I'm listening and in 99.99 of cases, what you wear has zero effect on the quality of the music. (That .01 is for oddball exceptions like the Barenaked Ladies who make it a habit of recording one song per album while in the nude. They say you can usually tell which song it is. )

if you're good then you are good. no need to dress like an idiot emphasizing you are a gangster or metal or stuff.

It doesn't matter what you are wearing. You look great no matter what clothes you have on. That does Not give you a singing ability. Some of the best singers just wear jeans and shirts but they still sing great and look great. - rose2010

This need to be number 1. Even if you have the worst singing voice of all time, you can still be popular of you dress like a hippie and look hot. Sad But True - NikBrusk

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5 Sex

this is all people talk about now-a-days... get a hobby and some self-worth! -

6 Guitar Hero

Honestly, is there anything worse than someone whose entire body of musical knowledge is limited to the songs from Guitar Hero? True, the game is a great way to introduce the kids of the pop/rap generation to some quality music, but if you are one of those kids, don't assume that this beginner's level course makes you an expert - even if you can beat the song on expert. Expand your horizons a bit. You might be surprised to find that the bands you have come to know from the game actually have other songs, many of which are better than what are in the game. You may also be surprised to find out that in the real world, the quality of guitarists, drummers, singers, etc., extends beyond the ranking system in the game. Who knows, you may even find a decent band or two that isn't even in a Guitar Hero game.

Playing Guitar Hero is fine, even if somebody doesn't want to learn actual guitar. However, that does NOT make you good at guitar or intelligent in the world of music. It is fine if you use Guitar Hero songs as a starting point to like a band, but PLEASE, for any reason, do not call yourself a fan or expert of a band when you have heard one song. In my opinion, there are few more annoying conversations than meeting someone who claims to like Coldplay or whatever music you're into, then your excitement dies when they say they've heard one song on the radio. You have to earn your right to say you are a big fan of a band. At the very least listen to the band, not their one Guitar Hero song. - pandagirl

it's a great game, but there are some posers who think they rock playing a stupid "guitar" and they even don't know the title of the band (or artist).
I bet there are many GH players who like to listen pop or crap most than rock or metal! - rock2metal

Is it really too damn hard to actually take time to learn real guitar playing instead of pretending to play one?

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7 Popularity

Only because it's popular doesn't mean it's good

Popularity can be earned very easily nowadays. - zxm

8 Playing Speed

I have multiple friends or people in my class that think their music tastes are superior because the bands play faster. Nothing infuriates me more in music than people looking down on slower music as a whole and thinking "the faster, the better." Who cares how fast a song is? What matters is how good it sounds. - pandagirl

Who cares how many notes per second you can play or how fast you can hit the double bass if it doesn't sound good? If two notes sounds better than ten notes in the same times period, play two.

Speed is a tool to be used with caution. It should only be used at given times to give the music an edge and emotion. Overuse is just noise!

Playing fast just means you have less time to enjoy the music.

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9 Money

I can't stand it when people are always talking about how much money they have. It is so annoying when these rappers constantly rap about one hundred dollar bills like they can't come up with something else.

10 Labeling Bands as Sell Outs

So you like their earlier stuff and think a band sold out because now their music is different. Guess what... musicians mature, tastes change. Just because you have listened to their first two albums 300 times each doesn't mean that the band has to pamper to you. In fact, you should respect a musician who makes the music they like and could care less what you think.

Honorable mention also to people who automatically label a band as a sell out once they make it on the radio. So their sound may have changed a little bit but it seems to be working pretty well for them. You may have liked their earlier sound more, but considering how popular the band has become and how many people like their new sound, maybe it is your tastes that are off and not everyone else's.

If I was in a band and had to play the exact same sound for the rest of my career, I'd probably end up hateing the music I once loved.

Don't get all pissy when bands try something new, if you don't like the sound so be it. Go listen to their old stuff or wait for another new album.

Usually a band progresses and gets better over time, and usually, more experience makes them better, so what is so bad about their latest stuff? Not to mention, if a band becomes popular, are they bad people? No, it just means that you don't have a right to brag about how you "Found your own Band" that plays just for you. At least in your own mind anyway.

Yeah, I hate this kind of thing. They changed, they grew more comfortable to their music. They quit experimenting! When they stop experimenting it may mean they've found their sound so more people can consistently enjoy their music. - Donut

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The Newcomers

? Pop Music

Pop music is that one genre that we're all exposed to.It's the one that's brainwashing us to always like it, and possibly even making us stupid - pineliek

The Contenders

11 Epic Solos

Thanks for the 5 minutes of high pitched wailing on the guitar. I needed a bathroom break anyway. Your display of technical ability may overcome the fact that the noises you are making sound like crap for a few seconds, but please keep it short. If you are going to play good music that fits within the theme of the song, feel free. But if you are going to play for the sake of playing in your 3 minutes of fame, at least make sure there is something interesting on the big screen so I have something to occupy my mind.

What?! If it's not the same thing over and over and you have time to spare, these can be really cool to listen to. - Donut

If it sucks then it sucks, if its legend then its legend. But this is not overrated. - zxm

12 Dance Remixes

So basically, you took an existing song, sped it up a little bit, and put a throbbing bass beat behind it so rhythmically challenged people know when they are supposed to move. No thanks. If the song was any good, I'll stick with the original. If not, you certainly didn't make it any better.

It's good to remix the worst songs like we built this city but everything else... just no. - booklover1

many of the remixes often ruins the original song, if it sounds good, don't remix it

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13 Rock and Metal

Don't misunderstand me, I love this genres, but I think they aren't the only good genres out there. And, for the Dancing Ability comment: Music isn't only of ears, is also of heart =) - mattlol

Does rock and metal only means bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, Metallica or Iron Maiden? Didn't other genres use rock musical style in their songs? Bob Dylan, Maroon 5, Stevie Ray Vaughan or Neil Young. - zxm

This is actually underrated. I could name a bunch of bands that most people have never even heard about. That'd take a lot of space, though. - 906389

Don't be hatin. What did this do to you? I'm gonna make a list of some of the bands I know just because of this.
Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Steppin Wolf, Dire Straits, Genesis, BOC, BTO, MTB, Pat Benetar, Lynard Skynard, Ozzy, CCR, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, Aerosmith, Metallica, Yes, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Eagles, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, The Who, Van Halen, Flying Heads, The Ramones, Eric Clapton, Rush, Disturbed, Jethro Tull, Boston, Alice Cooper, U2, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Free, Supertramp, Deep Purple, The Kinks, Kiss, The Doobie Brothers, ELO, T. REX, Steve Miller, The Police, Pearl Jam, The Cars, The Cult, definitely Leppard, Foreigner, Guns N' Roses, Styx, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Meatloaf, Motley Crue, Tom Petty, The Stray Cats, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Nirvana, RHCP...
And lots more... I actually missed a few. I just copied off a list I wrote a while ago. Have fun. And if you think some people like Justin Beiber are ...more

14 Good Looks
15 Being the Influencer

By no means is this meant to be a knock on the trailblazers of music, but the actual music they created does need to be put in perspective. Just because one band influenced another doesn't necessarily mean that the original is always better than the descendant. Just because one musician tutored another doesn't mean that the pupil can never exceed the ability of the teacher. If that were the case, then music would always be heading downhill.

Just because a band is credited with starting a genre doesn't mean that they will always be the greatest band within that genre.

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16 Vocal Runs

Sure, you can sing all over the place, but can you hold a note?

nowadays... no one can sing anymore:(:(

17 The Whistle Register

Very rarely sounds good. Once again, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Never impressed me and trashy Mariah Carey's music proves that - Alexandr

18 Song Difficulty
19 Undertale's Soundtrack

Pretty good, but it's not the best videogame music-wise.

20 Parappa The Rapper's soundtrack

If you're a truly hardcore music fan,

you should know that Um Jammer Lammy objectively has way better music than Parappa 1 (Parappa 2 is a bit more debatable, however) - xandermartin98

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