Top 10 Reasons Why is Nirvana is Overrated

Nirvana is a good band but they are extremely overrated and that's what this list is about reasons why they are overrated

The Top Ten

1 People Claim Kurt Cobain is the Greatest Guitarist When He Himself Says He Isn't

Nickelback is better than Nirvana

He sings like a goose

Its basic

His guitar playing skills were very basic. I didn't even need his confession to make this conclusion. The solo to Smells like Teen Spirit is one of the easiest solos of all time. - Metal_Treasure

2 They are Considered the Best Band Ever Just Because of One Song They Made

And that song sucks and isn't even their best

That's true and so illogical to regard a band as the best for one song - Ananya

And That song is Smells Like a Overrated Song - christangrant

And that song is REALLY annoying!

3 People Claim Kurt Cobain is the Greatest Vocalist of All Time When There are Better

Layne Staley and Chris Cornell are so much better that I would say they are from a different league - whole another level of vocal skills. - Metal_Treasure

True but at least he sounded somewhat better than Scott Weiland in my opinion.

Example Layne Staley and Chris Cornell were better vocalist than he was - christangrant

True. Cornell was miles better, and Staley and Vedder were both better. Even Weiland probably had a better voice than Cobain did.

4 They Overshadow Other Bands that are Better Than They Are

Pearl Jam does more complex arrangements on most songs than Nirvana could have attempted.

Example Soundgarden Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains are better than Nirvana - christangrant

In terms of musicianship, all 3 bands from the Big-4 of grunge were actually better. Strange, eh? - Metal_Treasure

Alice In Chains' songs are better. - zxm

5 Their Songs are Simple

Yes, and namely this is the reason they became the most popular grunge band. The majority of people like simple songs. - Metal_Treasure

Because Kurt isn't a great guitarist the songs are really simple - christangrant

And boring. - Ananya

6 Nevermind Isn't as Good as People Make It Out to Be

Sure it's their best with the other 2 sucking even more. Bleach being a dull Melvins cover album and In Utero with it's lame attempts at grit and throwaway "experimental" songs. Alice in Chains were the far better band with the far better albums, hands down.

Nevermind is a good album, but why do people treat it like it's the best grunge album? It's not the best grunge album, or even the best Nirvana album. In Utero makes Nevermind look like garbage. - Metarock

I agree Bleach is a lot better for its rawness.

I love the cleanness of Nevermind but In Utero is much more interesting and better. - cjWriter1997

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7 They Only Made 3 Studio Albums

Lets see if they are the greatest band ever then why don't they have more albums oh wait we all know why - christangrant

Its because Kurt Cobain died. - zxm

Just because Kurt died doesn't change the fact that they only made 3 albums, 1 that was ok, 1 bad one and 1 that is overrated as all hell - kempokid

8 Nirvana is More of a Brand Than a Band
9 Come as You are is a Ripoff of Another Song

The riff sounds similar to Eighties - Killing Joke - christangrant

Still a damn good song

And it’s also literally their only good song.

10 People Claim Kurt Cobain is the Greatest Rockstar of All Time Just Because He's Dead

Kurts death has a lot to do with their popularity

Just like Hendrix. While Hendrix was really good at guitar he wasnt the best but just think of it if cobain was still alive nobody would say he's the best

The Contenders

11 They Aren't the Best Band in Their Genre

Alice in Chains Soundgarden and Pearl Jam are better than Nirvana - christangrant

Agreed here. there are better - zxm

Still a good band but plenty better ones excluding Pearl Jam. I don’t like Pearl Jam for some reason. I can’t get into them

12 Their Songs are Very Radio Friendly

Mainly the songs on Nevermind - christangrant

Depends on the song but songs like Rape Me aren't what I'd call radio friendly...

Cough cough, rape me, moist vagina, territorial pissings, cough cough.

13 Their Career Only Lasted Eight Years

Exactly and that's why they shouldn't be on the top ten of the greatest bands of all time. - Soulstealer

That’s because kurt died...

14 They're Manufactured

Nirvana is the worst band ever.

15 People make them sound much better than they are simply because Kurt Cobain is dead

Sadly this judgmental trope repeats itself throughout history

16 Kurt’s vocals are equivalent to those of a whiny three-year-old

I mean, have you heard Chris Cornell sing? Now THAT’S a voice!

17 They Were Responsible for the Downfall of Metal in the 90s

Because of how overrated they were Metal Bands weren't getting the attention they deserved the only metal bands that got attention were Metallica and Pantera - christangrant

I don't agree with this reason.

I don't think this was a good reason on this list but everything else was a good reason - christangrant

Here I don't agree. It's their credit they could made grunge popular. - zxm

18 Cobain Can't Sing
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Top Remixes

1. People Claim Kurt Cobain is the Greatest Guitarist When He Himself Says He Isn't
2. People Claim Kurt Cobain is the Greatest Vocalist of All Time When There are Better
3. They are Considered the Best Band Ever Just Because of One Song They Made


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