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"

My favorite song by Bohemian Rhapsody is Queen - RoseWeasley

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

What about you guys? What's your favorite Smells Like Teen Spirit song? (By the way this mistake also happened to me in case of Radioactive, because Radioactive sounds more like a band name than Imagine Dragons, and I didn't hear the lyrics clearly). - Alkadikce

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.

2 They spell the name of the artist wrong

I love the Beetles so much - Misfire

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

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

The general public can't spell anything correctly.

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

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

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.

Probably every musician has a better song than their best known hit. - Alkadikce

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 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

6 They fail to sing along any song of that artist

I’m bad at lyrics so... - Misfire

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

7 They claim that artist has no bad songs

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

Every artist makes mistakes. They're human. I think it's unhealthy to hold a bad song or album against an artist if the rest of their catalog is mostly great. - Gg2000

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 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."

10 They like them only for their looks

BTS fans in a nutshell. - RiverVibeZ

The Contenders

11 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

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

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 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

16 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

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

It's really aggrovating

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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