Top Ten Signs of Fake Fans of a Music Artist

Fake fans are people who claim they are the fans of a specific singer or band, but they know 1-2 songs by them, and don't even know the names of the members etc. They are often characterised by wearing a T-shirt with the music artists's name on it.

The Top Ten

1 They say things like "Nirvana is my favorite Smells Like Teen Spirit song"

If I'm being completely honest I don't really like the idea of calling out someone for not being a true fan of an artist but this item still cracks me up. - Powell

It took me a few seconds to read this correctly.
But I disagree with anyone who says this. King Crimson by Starless is my favorite.

Hey. Wanna know what my favorite song is? The Who by Baba O’Riley! Oh I love that song! - JoeBoi

Personally, my favorite song is Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden. - The_Crimson_King

2 They spell the name of the artist wrong

I think that it's perfectly reasonable if you misspell a band name like Meshuggah. - The_Crimson_King

The general public can't spell anything correctly.

I love the Beetles so much - Misfire

Zain Malik, Neil Horan, Lewis Tomlinson. enough said. - Ilovestephanie

3 They compare that artist to the worst they know about

Are you really an e.g. Metallica fan if you say things like "Fade to Black is still better than Friday"? Why don't you compare your favorite music artists to the ones widely considered best? Or there's a YouTube comment below Maiden's Fear of The Dark "better than any modern trap musics" with 305 likes. Come on, are you listening to it because there's worse? - Alkadikce

Gentle Giant is so much better than 6ix9ine.
It sounds dumb because it's so obvious I'd say that.

4 Their favorite song from that artist is the most famous one

It depends on what artist is it. Sometimes their best songs are their most popular songs and sometimes their worst songs are their most popular songs. - AlphaQ

That's not really a bad thing. If they can at least identify more songs from them they enjoy then that sounds like a true fan there.

Some Examples: Journey- Don't Stop Believin, Led Zepellin- Stairway to Heaven, Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody, Beatles- Hey Jude, Rolling Stones- (i can't get no) satisfaction, Eagles- Hotel California, Duran Duran- Hungry Like The Wolf, Metallica- Nothing Else Matters, and so many more. - KillerQueen1774

This really depends on the band, if the band in general is really popular there is nothing wrong for example: if you like AC/DC: Back in Black, The Rolling Stones: Paint It Black, Red Hot Chilli Pepper: Under the Bridge, Aerosmith: Walk This Way, the Beetles: Hey Jude.
All of those songs are great and I wouldn't fault them for it being a fans favorite song - germshep24

5 They fail to sing along any song of that artist

I mean, some songs can be really fast so it can be hard for the fans to keep up with it. - AlphaQ

I think is is only true for pop, country, and more poppy rock bands, since these songs were specifically made to me mindlessly sang too - germshep24

I think you don't have to know the lyrics of ten songs if you are a fan, but at least don't show that you don't. - Alkadikce

I like Iron maiden and I'm having troubles singing their songs. Does that make me a fake fan? - LightningStrike

6 They disrespect people who only know one song of that artist

Oblivious to some other items, but for a real fan, it is still better than someone who has never heard of that singer/band/composer. - Alkadikce

7 They claim that artist has no bad songs

Every artist has its terrible songs. Eminem had FACK, Tyler the Creator had BSD, Kanye West had I am a God. The only artist with 0 bad song is Submarine Man. - AlphaQ

Every single music artist has made at least one mediocre/bad song. Even critically acclaimed bands like Queen, The Beatles, Iron Maiden have a few crap songs in their catalogue. - RiverVibeZ

Well, if you listen through a certain artist's discography and thoroughly enjoy each of their songs, I see nothing wrong with saying this, I don't expect everyone to be a music critic. - The_Crimson_King

True fans mostly realise that even their favorite band/singer is sometimes in bad moments. Here comes the usual unoriginal YouTube comments with the folder and warning icons. - Alkadikce

8 You ask them why they like that artist and they reply "because it's great!"

Another "reasons" that prove that s/he does not know why are they good: They rock! He's a legend! It's no problem if fans are saying these, just if they are using them as reasons.

Also when we ask some people why they hate a band: because they suck! - Alkadikce

9 They start a comment with "I'm a fan" but everything after that is so mean that even a kid would understand it was written by a hater and not a fan

I am a fan but I hope this artist stops making music because he's a talentless hack. - AlphaQ

Unless it's constructive criticism on how certain flops could've worked.

I'm a fan of Anathema, but I'd still love to rip apart their first few releases. - The_Crimson_King

10 Fans of metal bands who only like the non-metal songs by those metal bands

Ex. Metallica fans who only like Nothing Else Matters (it's a power ballad, not a true metal song).
Also, I had this conversation in my real life:
"We are Metallica fans, too! "
Me: "Great! What are your favorite songs? "
"Turn the Page".
(Turn the Page is a cover of Bob Seger and it isn't a metal song) - Metal_Treasure

This could work with other genres as well. Example:
"I'm the biggest Genesis fan ever! They're the definition of prog! "
"What's your favorite song? "
"Invisible Touch."

The Contenders

11 They like them only for their looks

BTS fans in a nutshell. - RiverVibeZ

12 They mention the most basic information about the band/artist as an attempt to seem informed

Gentle Giant broke up in 1980.
You've been blessed with the most important of knowledge.

13 They can't tell the difference between November Rain and Purple Rain

Lol what - Misfire

Added this one because why not - LightningStrike

14 They spell it Freddy Mercury instead of Freddie Mercury

I've seen a lot of times - KillerQueen1774

15 They wear the T shirts of the bands but they don't really know the songs at all if you try to ask them

Oh but I love my Tame Impala shirt so much and I've always been such a huge fan, their song Stupid Hoe is so inspirational! - AlphaQ

It's really aggrovating

16 That is the only artist they know in its genre

This is also perfectly fine, just so long as you don't claim to be an expert of said genre. I may listen to Prog very frequently, but I don't consider myself to be an expert on the genre. - The_Crimson_King

I didn't say you have to be an expert. It's just that you usually check other similar artists if you really liked that one to find more great music. - Alkadikce

Always happens with grunge (you know which band) and nu metal (you know which band). If someone really like that artist, s/he will probably look for some similar music. - Alkadikce

Not really - blackflower

17 They don't know the names of any of the band members

Welp, I'm guilty of this but I don't think that not knowing every band member's name makes someone a fake fan. - RiverVibeZ

18 They spell that artist's name with a small letter
19 They only know, acknowledge, and appreciate the vocalists, or well-known members
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