The Top Ten Worst Singer/Songwriters

The Top Ten

1 Bret Michaels Bret Michaels Bret Michael Sychak, professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and reality television personality.

A song is like a poem that is often read musically. Songwriting is not really easy as it seems. Poor writing skills gives away a poor quality song. If there are no good songwriters then what's the point?

Bret, your songs are worse than barbie's theme song.

Yes, Bret your songs are not that good. Stop crying about it.

Terrible voice and lyrics...

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2 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".

Yeah I agree, the only U2 song I like is Mysterious Ways because of the guitar rift

Whats the difference between god and bono
God doesn't think he is Bono!

His strained nasal sound and improvising style are an embarrasment to listen to.

ono bobo

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3 Axel Rose

Haha. First learn to spell his name, then insult him. Rose was a good songwriter, November Rain, Patience and Estranged were beautifully written songs.

This list is the single stupidest list I've ever seen. - RalphBob

If I were to make a list about the worst lists on this site, this would take the top 9 spots.

Not to mention, he is racist.

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4 Rob Thomas Rob Thomas Robert Kelly "Rob" Thomas is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty.
5 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

Bob Dylan is amazing.

Why is he even on this list? Anywhere?

These lists are unbelievably stupid. To have Bob Dylan in the Top 5 is such a godawful atrocity that it makes me want to kill every idiot that voted on this list. Do you people even listen to Bob Dylan? Are you all completely brainless, dickless and hopelessly stupid? I hope everyone involved in the making of this website is massacred on Desolation Row.

Mr. Mumble!

6 Michael Bolton Michael Bolton

He only does cover songs that are just okay. Once he was singing The Star Spangled Banner and he read the lyrics of his HAND. You know that someone isn't a good singer when that happens. - bbfan132

7 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claiming he was Part-Indian) and he is Christian. He is the son of an author, Pattie Mallet. more.

Justin Bieber killed real music! Freddie Mercury was the greatest man to sing ever! Come back Freddie! I love you! We all love you! You are the best!

Nikki Minaj
Taylor Swift
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
One Direction

How could Bob Dylan be worse than this FREAK and Demon Justin Bieber! What kind of sorcery is this crappy thing in this list! This DEMON should be number 1 ONE at all times in WORST SINGER - SONGWRITERS. His SONGS can KILL a person and Especially above all things his VOICE is really bad, irritating, like in hell that SUCKS! Worse than a mosquito's sound.

He always make lists of worst things.
Yes, he's pretty bad.

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8 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political more.

For God's sake, get Freddie Mercury and Bob Dylan out of the top ten! - PetSounds

Worst musician on the planet. Horrible voice!

He can't sing. At all. - RiverClanRocks

9 Kenny Loggins Kenny Loggins Kenneth Clark Loggins is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His early songwriting compositions were recorded with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970, which led to seven albums, performing as the group Loggins and Messina from 1972 to 1977. As a solo artist, Loggins experienced a string of more.
10 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about more.

She is just awful. All of her songs have one meaning: YOU'RE A DICK, IT DEFINITELY ISN'T MY FAULT THAT MY RELATIONSHIPS NEVER WORK, I'VE HAD SO MANY BOYFRIENDS IT CAN'T BE MY FAULT! She is talentless, overrated, rinse and repeat, pop trash.

Taylor is gorgeous, but after seeing all those breakup songs, I came to the conclusion she must have a terrible personality. Especially when, according to all her songs, it's always her exes' fault. All her exes should get together and make a song called "Maybe Your a Problem". by the way, whoever added Jon Bon Jovi in this list is an idiot and gives humans a bad name.

Taylor Swift is a bad songwriter and Justin Bieber doesn't write his songs.

"You call me up again just to break me like a promise,
So casually cruel in the name of being honesty
I'm a crumpled up piece of paper lying' here"

Ahem? Watcha say?

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The Contenders

11 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

Shame on the damn lister he put singer legends like phil, chester and freddie on the list... Doesn't have any damn taste of music X ( duffer!

Freddie is the best he gave us bohemian rhapsody, don't stop me now, somebody to love and we are the champions and many many more

Although a lot of his songs were absolutely amazing. Some of his song such as bohemian rhapsody are, when assessed in reality, are songs with poorly held focuses and less than tolerable lyric structure. Please do the world a favour and get off the hype train people.

Are you joking Freddie Mercury was Awesome the best some people out there don.t Know There Music

12 Rebecca Black Rebecca Black Rebecca Black is a YouTube personality and singer who's infamous for her single "Friday," which was once the most disliked video on YouTube. She has also released other songs, including "My Moment" and "Saturday".

I can't stand her she sounds like a squirrel with helium in her voice and stupid autotunes she's pretty though



(Yeah, Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ark)
Oo-ooh-ooh, hoo yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Seven A.M. , waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
Seein' everything, the time is going'
Tickin' on and on, everybody's rushin'
Gotta get down to the bus stop
Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)

Kickin' in the front seat
Sittin' in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

It's Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody's looking' forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin' down on Friday
Everybody's looking' forward to the weekend

Partyin', partyin' (Yeah)
Partyin', partyin' (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Looking' forward to the weekend

7:45, we're drivin' on the highway
Cruisin' so fast, I want time to fly
Fun, fun, ...more

13 Elton John Elton John

Worst list ever! Elton John was one of the best musicians. Also bob Dylan and Bruce springsteen what the heck? Elton John has not a single bad song.

Agree with poster below, take away the lyrics & what have you got, sorry can't understand his elevation to some kind of legend. A guy like Pete ham of badfinger wrote songs from the heart & for me did more in his short lifetime than Elton John has done in 40 years.

You're very much entitled to your personal preference but you are basically saying that the overwhelming objective position of knowledgeable listeners and musicians is unfounded, that your favorite is "the best" and the conclusions of the vast majority of individuals are faulty and should be disregarded - Billyv

Well screw this list, Elton John is in my top 3 for best musicians ever with the other two being Imagine Dragons and AC/DC! - GaretTheCarrot

Elton John? On this list?

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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 more.

Are you kidding jovi and abba and reo speedwagon and Michael jackson and the bee here all should be at no one you know why and the Beatles and I could name names all day try and get any of there songs out of your head you can't it's impossible it's like my songwriting we are to catchy my name is derham Paul I am a singer songwriter and public performer and entertainer

He's far from the worst but his whole band is so overrated on these websites it's not even funny.

Jon Bon Jovi is an amazing songwriter and singer.

No way this guy should be on here.

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15 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, more.

Seriously bod Dylan on this list what is wrong with world and lil Wayne sucks any day

16 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Wasn't he suppose to have written like thousands of songs and what I heard I don't care for. What do the rest sound like? I am scared.

17 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell

Her songs are amazing but a lot of them sound the same but maybe it's just the way she sings.

She is one of the BEST! Laura Nyro is a little better though but dead.

Super overrated and not that big on that high pitched voice either.

Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Plant, Mayer, Taylor, Duritz, Diamond, Judy Collins, Carole King, Feliciano, Vanessa Carlton, and countless others would disagree with you.

18 Carly Simons

Wasn't she once married to James Taylors?

19 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Miley Cyrus's voice is contralto. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred in the show.

Do you really think your 5 year olds should be listening to lyrics saying I HAVE TO GET MY WAY 24 HOURS A DAY BECAUSE I'M HOT LIKE THAT (can't be tamed)

Who do you think you are? Miley Cyrus is my ROLE MODEL! Get a life whoever put her on this list!

Hey everyone! Miley cyrus sucks no reason why! ;D laugh out loud

20 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

When I'm wrong, I'll admit it. Heart did not write either of their songs that hit number one on Billboard magazine. But since they are not songwriters, that would disqualify them from this list anyway.

Your first point is actually more of a compliment considering what "pop" music sounds like these days and your second point is just a flat out lie.

According to Billboard magazine, your first point is actually false. Both Alone and These Dreams (sung by Nancy) are number one hits.

No song she has ever written has hit #1 on the Pop Charts and she not that good of a singer either.

21 Britney Spears Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar more.

Very love love love

22 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. more.

This ugly walking plastic barbie doll can't make a song with lyrics that's actually make sense for a rat's ass. Nobody give's a crap about you being a stupid hoe ( based on her song " stupid hoe") even if you are one. And this song is suppose to be a diss to Lil Kim. Like any other Nicki Minaj wanna be, she goes on the stage, show's off half her plastic a$$ waving it back and forth singing " you a stupid hoe " over and over again. And when she get's off the stage she has her fan's saying " that was the best song and performance ever". If I was in the crowed I'd throw a water bottle at her and be like : THAT WAS THE WORST PERFORMANCE EVER, PLEASE EXIST ON THE RIGHT AND NEVER COME BACK. If we have wack rapper's like this than the hip hop industry could be in big trouble.

Ahahaaha I'm laughing my ass off. Nicki Minaj, in #21, and you have Bob Dylan in #4 and FREDDIE MERCURY in #10 and Elton John in #11 and Bon Jovi in #12... Okay... Calm down... Bob Dylan... is an exceptional songwriter. FREDDIE MERCURY IS A LEGENDARY SINGER/SONGWRITER. Dude, we're talking about Freddie Mercury here, who singlehandedly wrote one of the greatest songs ever, Bohemian Rhapsody, and one of the greatest anthems We Are The Champions, along with many many other great songs. His song writing skills are original, and produces music like no other. He is in the #10 spot in the Greatest Singer/Songwriter list (which I think he deserves higher), HOW IN THE WORLD CAN HE BE IN #10 HERE?!

Nicki Minaj, lower in the list... This is crazy. She raps, right, but she raps nonsense. She brings shame to rap music. Seriously, I used to like rap, until the existence of people like Nicki Minaj and Soulja Boy.


The one who ruined this list is SelfDestruct. He's responsible for putting John Lennon, Elton John, Jackie Evancho, and Freddie Mercury as high as they are. He's also the reason Soulja Boy, Rick Ross, and Sage the Gemini are as low as they are. HE'S the reason that this is the worst list ever.

Anyway, yeah, too much is already said about Nicki. - WonkeyDude98

Don't get me wrong I would definitely sleep with her. But she'd have to be gagged the entire time, because if she opened her mouth once at any point during sex, I'd have to strangle her in self preservation. Her songs are >that< bad.

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23 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, 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. more.

In what way is he one of the worst? And David Bowie is a legend.

May as well burn this list.

Really? Any one if his songs easily tops almost everyones on this list.

Spaceman, berlin,... that's about it, al he can sing about.
So songwriter is not his forté.

24 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. more.

Katy Perry doesn't write MOST of her songs. So why is she here?

You need to have music taste about this Freddie, Elvis, Bruce, MJ, Queen, Prince, Katy Perry, Whitney, Mariah, Celine, Pink and other singer unlike Miley (a bit) Kesha (a very bit) Bieber, Gaga and Nicki can you hear their song - Musicinlifes

Saying that she wouldn't make it on American Idol sounds more like a compliment to me.

Just terrible, even in this stage of fame I don't think she would make it on a mercian idol, or even the voice, heck! Not even all the T.V. shows!

25 Soulja Boy Soulja Boy DeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

Sucks. How did freddie mercury get on here? , he was way better then soujaboy. - AmINumberOneYet

How is Soulja Boy not #1?

26 Ville Valo Ville Valo
27 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . more.

Her lyrics mean nothing and she just wants attention from guys by dressing the way she does. I would give her more respect if she dressed normally and sang actual lyrics, not just things that pop into her head

Awful, horrible, stupid, meaningless lyrics. She is the worst singer and songwriter ever.

Nonsense and bad metaphors.

28 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson

It turns out neither Nancy nor her sister, Ann, had anything to do with writing either of the two Heart songs that made number one on Billboard' magazine. But Nancy did sing These Dreams, so your statement is in error.

Actually, according to Billboard magazine, These Dreams (pretty much the only Heart hit sung by Nancy) did hit number one. Not that I think it really matters.

Not a great vocalist nor songwriter. No great number ones from her.

29 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington 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 has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.
30 Tamer Hosny Tamer Hosny
31 Jared Leto Jared Leto
32 Rick Ross Rick Ross William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper and entrepreneur .

It would be difficult to describe the sounds he makes as singing and impossible to describe what he writes as songs so he is the worst at both.

Wrote most of his "songs" in prison and I guess he should have stayed there

33 Patrick Stump Patrick Stump 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.

Everything he writes is totally nonsensical and makes no sense! But how are axl rose, bob dylan, bruce springsteen and freddie mercury here in the list?! They are legends and the best song writers and singers the world has ever seen! - winner333

He shouldn't be here. This list is messed up.

34 Josh Groban Josh Groban

EXCUUSE ME?!? Well, Josh Groban happens to be one of the best singers in the UNIVERSE! Not only is his voice ANGELIC he's kind and humble and let me just say, David Archuelta and Tay Swift SHOULD NOT BE ON THIS LIST?!?!? And anyway, where's Miley Cyrus?

35 David Archuleta David Archuleta David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.
36 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has more.

Bike a vermin? What the hell does that mean?

37 Phil Collins Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

It's saddens me that he ruined a once great band

38 Gotye Gotye Wouter Andre "Wally" De Backer, better known as Gotye, is an Australian-Belgian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of Gotye's given Dutch name "Wouter".
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40 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian pop singer . Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning more.
41 Ke$ha Ke$ha Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. Kesha is an animal rights activist and she works for H.S.I. (Humane Society International). Kesha also stands up for L.G.B.T. rights in America
42 Liam Gallagher Liam Gallagher William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye.

Whines unbearably when he sings the reason people like this guy or oasis I have no idea

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43 Patrice Wilson Patrice Wilson Patrice Wilson is a Nigerian-American musician who is best known for being the writer and producer of Rebecca Black's infamous song "Friday". His music has been negatively received, due to poor writing and use of AutoTune.

He created some worst song like friday, Chinese food, my jeans. His fault for making rebecca, alison, and jenna viral singers

He made Rebecca Black look like a fool.


44 Matt Redman

His songwriting is terrible! "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)"? Winner of two Grammy Awards? Don't make me laugh!

45 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles more.

Who the hell do you people think you are? Adele writes FEELINGS! Something I can't say about most of the other pop artists out there in this age.

46 Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Chaim Witz, known professionally by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and television personality.
47 Celine Dion Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

What she isn't even a songwriter!?

48 Jarvis Cocker
49 is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor known for being the lead vocalist in The Black Eyed Peas. He was born in Los Angeles, California. He has released several solo albums such as "Songs About Girls" and "Will Power" .
50 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
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