Top 10 Over Rated Acts in Music Today

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The mainstream music industry does a good job of catering to low expectations.  Such expectations are consistently low thanks to the lack of opposition within the music industry (that’s what indie music is inherently for).  The industry wouldn’t be what it is without being an absolutely totalitarian entity, one that holds a dangerous amount of sway over the public consciousness.

Too many listeners are lazy.  Too few have discerning tastes, and, as such, groupthink frequently takes hold and creates a consensus from a very narrow stream of selections.  That is the main stream.  For those who know better and want to be in control of their ear’s digestive tract, refuge lies in underground resistances where complex and carefully crafted sonic arrangements run free and unchecked. Unfortunately, the little voice is too often stamped out like an ant crawling in the kitchen of giant breakfast-eaters.  Things have a habit of getting blown out of proportion; here are a few examples in extremely recent music history of overrated acts which fly high above the rest:

10. Kanye West

His ego is similar in size to Lil’ Wayne’s, but doesn’t make his eyes bulge out of his head or result in imprisonment.  Kanye’s ego stems from his skill as a rapper which he, like Wayne, confuses with real life.  His sense of entitlement leaks beyond the studio and into his very functionality as a human being, by which he thinks he can interrupt award ceremonies to make statements which, to him, are revelatory and justified.  Just because he can both speak into a microphone, with and without Autotune, as well as operate Pro Tools, he is a genius like so many “apparent” in the rap industry.  If only inheriting genius were as easy as sampling Daft Punk…

9. Nirvana

This band isn’t around currently, for obvious reasons, though it seems always to be treated as though it fits in a larger pantheon of great rock musicians including the likes of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin.  This is a delusion.  With only three albums to speak of, it’s hard not to think that part of this rushed status has something to do with Kurt Cobain’s suicide.  There are much better examples of artists who emerged from the 90’s grunge movement- ones who didn’t make a conscious and painstaking effort to be so sonically dissonant (i.e. unlistenable).  Cobain despised the songs (Smells Like Teen Spirit in particular) his fans actually liked and actively sought to make music contrarily to this fact, playing poorly and sloppily to discourage enjoyment.  While Nirvana may be talent in its own way (its very own way) and the group may have tried to be true to self (which is highly respectable), people need to quit jumping the gun (no pun intended).  Start by using the phrase ‘musical genius’ more deliberately.

8. Ke$ha

This girl is just like Lady Gaga, only without the class (that’s hard to do).  I challenge you to find a dorm of party sluts getting ready for a night of regret without hearing “Tik Tok” being blasted and sung along to incessantly, brain cells at an all time harmonized low.  Her songs are repugnant slop, chock full of embarrassingly self-degrading lyrics (brushing teeth with Jack Daniels?). Watching her perform on SNL was just humiliating, mostly because she had no studio synthetics to hide behind (and lip syncing has been long since forbidden ever since Ashley Simpson).  Her glow-in-the-dark face paint and trademark –‘un-showered’ appearance at least partially distracted from the cacophony; but,  unfortunately, not enough.

7. Green Day

When you ask someone if they like Green Day, one of two responses is typically offered: either a) yes or b) I liked old Green Day.  The reason being that they used to make punk music as legitimate punks, and played all the power chords and walking bass lines you’d expect from a young 90’s punk rock band.  Now, in the 10’s, they are overrated thanks to the commercial success of American Idiot (currently adapted for Broadway) and its unyielding permeation through the FM airwaves (for years straight following its release).  Listening to Boulevard of Broken Dreams out of choice is impossible without also cringing.  It’s hard for such a successful (not to mention rich) band of eyeliner-coated, near 40-year-olds as Green Day to feign their status as punks, though they try very hard.  Calling them a modern-day Clash, which has been done on too many occasions, is like calling Steel Panther a modern-day Van Halen:  they only steal the sound of the band they adore and cop the respective style.  Know Your Enemy contains a simplistic three minute-long riff repetition that is too similar to Police on My Back to not be called plagiarism (kind of like how M.I.A. “sampled”- an industry euphemism for plagiarism- a loop from Straight to Hell off of Combat Rock).  These guys apparently don’t realize that they are the enemy.

6. Miley Cyrus

She’s really more of a concept than a person.  Or is that Hanna Montana?  Either way, Disney Channel needs to stop launching children into the music industry and start aiming for outer space (hey there’s a sitcom idea).  Miley Cyrus plays a girl with a dual identity on Hannah Montana, as both a celebrity pop singer and an average teenager just trying to maintain a sense of balance with the help of an equally mediocre father who also pretends to be a country musician.  The show can now be considered semi-autobiographical.  The common Disney Channel transformative/brain-washing tactic is to create hype for some sort of teen-friendly form of hyper-stimulating, sensory-overloading entertainment and sell a spin-off album containing all the music which no doubt got drilled into each viewers skull (see how well it worked for High School Musical and it’s every sequel?).  The hook here is that the show is actually about the musician who sings these trashy songs, and thus she becomes one.  Miley needs not move a muscle.  Look for her latest album where her preconceived persona takes on the shape of a rebellious teen (ironic considering how well she follows suit and is inflated out of control).

5. Taylor Swift

What is there that needs to be said about Taylor Swift.  She’s an ingenuous teenager, she plays a sparkly guitar on stage, and she is a genuine sweetheart in the face of a sea of enabled and self-entitled teens. Her music? It’s too pure to even hear (like a dog whistle), pure meaning heavily-synthesized.  It needs not even exist.  She’s won several awards for being likable (as per how the industry operates), including an MTV Video Music Award, a Country Music award, and a 2010 Grammy for Best Album (to be fair…against a bunch of rubbish, slanting the decision inundatingly in her favor).  Being the best, in industry terms, is defined exclusively by quantity in lieu of quality (this case being the quantity of units sold).  Confusion is shown thusly to trickle up the tiers of the music food chain, feeding a self-perpetuating cycle of awfulness. Or McAwfulness.

4. The Jonas Brothers

They’ve been compared to the Beatles (and not just as a franchise or brand name, lunch boxes and television series included).  These three purity-ring-sporting brothers make squeaky clean, studio-polished Disney Channel pop and have a habit of finding someone in Rolling Stone willing to label them as a modern incarnation of the Fab Four.  Usually that idiot is Rob Sheffield, who also digs Miley Cyrus and writes rock reviews with rap in mind (see his feckless review of JET’s last album).  Everything the Jonas Brothers create, however, sounds hardly more advanced than that Baby Bottle Pop jingle they wrote several years back.  Also, they perform live with backing musicians, which seem to make several of the brothers really just for show.  And they are.  Just see fifteen-year-olds filling their stadium venues (well not lately thanks to inflated ticket pricing) and 3D concert movie premieres; these shows really aren’t about the music played within so much as how dreamy Joe is (who used to date Taylor Swift, both of which have devoted albums to their dramatic break-up) and how adorable the diabetic one is.  And #3…um…well…he’s related.

3. Justin Bieber

Boy can this boy sing.  Poorly.  At age fifteen, with no acne in sight, he is the perfect jail bait for cougars and desperately lonely teachers (such as Tina Fey portrayed in the SNL sketch she shared with him).  He seems to take all of his hairstyling advice from Rod Blagojevich, which is fitting as his music is manufactured and peddled by similarly seedy music industry wrinkle-necks.  Discovered by Usher, and appearing on his label, Bieber is given an arsenal of utensils and studio tricks that can turn any blemish-free twink into the next pop icon (even if Usher can sing without the assistance of Autotune).  R&B and Hip-Hop are the perfect avenues for any hollow vessel that wants public acceptance but has no intrinsic talent.  Preteens don’t care about integrity or artistic craft so long as they can sing along to the radio on the way to the mall (ask any mom on her way to a Twilight premiere).

2. Lady Gaga

Originality no longer exists in the mainstream.  This stripper-turned-musician (or is it the other way around) is an exaggerated pastiche of Bowie’s outer-spaciness, Madonna’s overt in-your-face sexuality, and Britney Spears’ role as a bimbo that makes a peepshow out of a live performance.  Lady Gaga has come out with two albums, both of which contain the word “fame” in the title and break no new ground. Nonetheless, she receives endless radio overplay and plenty of undue praise (like from Sting, who still believes that the Police was the worst thing he was ever part of).  Gaga (like Usher, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and a plethora of others) has been prematurely and fallaciously (not to mention outlandishly) hailed as “the next Michael Jackson” on gossip TV and other filth venues that commonly lack a penchant for making unique analogies. She’s also been the closest thing to publically nude on innumerable occasions, both on and off the stage.  That, more than anything else, seems to explain her frequent landings on Rolling Stone covers (even while she offers no forthcoming material, just clichéd insight and a hackneyed back-story).  A monster indeed, her ego she feeds and from a dumpster she finds ideas and outfit selections.  She seems to take the song Ziggy Stardust a little too seriously, creating an identity solely from its lyrical cues.  There is no visible end to her reign of terror. Gaga was quoted in a recent Rolling Stone article, saying (for apparent shock value) that “all music is a lie.”  No ma’am.  Just yours.

1. Lil’ Wayne

Little (or Lil’ to those who fear syllables) Wayne is the quintessential example of a music artist (namely rap) whose ego vastly outweighs his talent.  Proof?  He has a tattoo above his right eyebrow which states “I am music,” as if he is a genie and the Descartes quote “I think therefore I am” applies to him in a supernatural way.  Rolling Stone tossing around the title ‘musical genius,’ as it does so liberally in his direction, doesn’t help any.   Wayne made quite the imposing gesture by hyping his conversion to a rock musician, marked by his rock crossover album called Rebirth.  Not surprisingly it failed, drowned in a pool of poorly contained ambition.  His definition of rock is apparently something like Kanye West’s 808’s and Heartbreak, featuring nothing but studio software loops, samples of synthesized instruments, and about a gallon of auto-tune providing the vocal melody.  As far as rap music goes, he may deserve credit for his virtuosity within particular conventions, but a genre that lacks melody and little more than vocal dexterity and intrinsic rhythm just does not transfer directly to its antithesis.  Instrumental skill and tonality is a must in the realm of quality rock music.  You can’t just point a gun at a guitar and tell it to play (he learned that the hard way).

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107 Comments

  1. I think that Ke$ha’s songs, though trashy, are catchy and upbeat. Lady Gaga is absolutely not overrated! Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, on the other hand are talentless people. The only reason Miley became famous was because of her dad. They had originally offered the role of hannah montana to Jojo, but she turned it down saying that the role just ‘wasn’t her’. Justin Bieber became famous because he sounds like a girl and its incredibly amusing:)

  2. Wait… What? Nirvana? Green Day? Lady Gaga? Are you serious?

    Nirvanaâ??s music obliterated everything the â??80s stood for, and carved a new defining sound for the â??90s. They are appreciated and loved with a reason. The fact that they only have 3 albums, and, I quote: ” it seems always to be treated as though it fits in a larger pantheon of great rock musicians including the likes of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. ” doesn’t mean that they’re not good. Do you even know how many albums Hendrix made during his lifetime? Three. Yup. And if you knew that, why do you compare Nirvana with Hendrix and point out the fact that they only made 3 albums?

    Green Day… Why do you think it’s bad they keep playing songs from American Idiot on radio? Listeners love it, they love listening to it, people want their radio being listened, so they play music listeners want to hear. What’s the problem there? It’s not Green Day’s fault they make good music.
    So what if Billie wears eyeliner? Alice Cooper does it too (and many others), and he is app. 20 years older than him. If you’re a punk-rocker you are allowed to look pretty much any way you want to. Green Day has made a lot of quality music. So yes, the new album is a little different, and a little worse than other ones, but that doesn’t change the fact that they have 6 excellent albums (7 if you count A.I.) behind them, and that they made earned the fame and money they have now,

    Lady Gaga. The best new artist world has ever seen. She built her career in less than a year, and yes, she IS great. She makes her own music, writes her own lyrics, never lip-syncs, and does an amazing job performing live. And no one can confute that. So yes, maybe Madonna and Bowie are her idols, and maybe she resembles to them, but everyone has to have someone to look up to. And she has made an excellent combination of those two, and made them a lot more interesting and better. Her originality is doubtless, and her songs are popular and entertaining. She likes 80’s, but she has adjusted herself and her music to the new era, and did an excellent job. She knows what she likes, knows what people like, and uses her knowledge for making music. Gaga is a well educated musician, with great talent for playing piano and singing.. and dancing.

    In my opinion, every artist that is loved by many and has at least average songs (as long as they don’t suck really hard) deserves the fame he has and is not over-rated. Well people can’t be that stupid, can they? I don’t like Justin Bieber either, but if he really was THAT bad, would he have millions of fans? Only his facebook page has 16,000,000 fans.
    There are just better and worst artists, there are not over-rated ones. As long as people love them, their music, and as long as it makes them feel better, they are worthy. All of them.

    Greetings from Croatian girl.

    • Hahahahahahaha! I’m still laughing over the comment that Lady Gaga (or Lady Caca as I call her), is the best new artist the world has ever seen! Are YOU serious? Bowie is one of her idols? (Or so she says). If he really was, than she wouldn’t have mentioned “Let’s Dance” as her favorite Bowie album. (No serious Bowie fan would ever do that.) And she’s an excellent combination of the two? (Bowie and Madonna) Just tell me; in what way, shape or form is she at all similar to the great Bowie? I see no (even vague) similarities in her music whatsoever. Nirvana, Green Day and (especially) Lady Gaga all belong on this list along with everyone else on it…

  3. you can criticize wayne all you want for his rock crossover because that was garbage. But when we’re talking hip hop, wayne’s concepts, metaphors, and out of the box rhymes surpass some of the best writers in hip hop and he doesn’t even write his lyrics! While yes his subject matter may largely consist of p—sy, money and weed –but considering the amount of content he has put out, we’re talkin over 20 mixtapes and like 8 studio albums, it’s amazing how he doesn’t run out of things to say. From another MC’s point of view, this guy is your modern day premier MC and should not be on this list. I think you indie rock/hardcore/metalcore/etc scenesters should do your research in hip hop before thinking you can ctriticize. I’m sorry that you’ve only heard Lollipop, go listen to Dr. Carter and maybe you’ll learn something.

  4. “As far as rap music goes, he may deserve credit for his virtuosity within particular conventions, but a genre that lacks melody and little more than vocal dexterity and intrinsic rhythm just does not transfer directly to its antithesis. ”

    This is possibly the dumbest sentence I have ever read. It sounds like you’re just using a bunch of big words (incorrectly) just to make yourself sound smart.

    As for the list, it sounds like you just hate them because they’re popular.

    • You basically just summed it up. Once he brought Indie artists into it, I knew it was going to be full of hate and bias. Some people just cannot love and respect all music and artists.

      • No indy artists were brought into it…? Except the line about Daft Punk, but that was in reference to the songs Kanye West stole…err sampled rather.

    • Those “big words” aren’t really so big if you’ve ever set foot inside of a college classroom. You seem easily frustrated/intimidated by words you don’t understand…Go read the funny pages if it’s too tough for you to swallow.

  5. Everything you said is based on opinion, not fact. It’s also laughable because I don’t remember any critics really praising Miley, Ke$ha, Justin or JB. What no Rihanna. She has zero musical talent. JB is underrated. IMO

    Yeah, I admit their voices are terrible, but I really think they have talent and should make more mature music. Chris Brown is the only artist of this generation that can dance like MJ, period. Nope. Not even Usher, Ne-Yo or Omarion can touch him.

    • Dancing has nothing to do with creating music, but in response to no critics praising the aforementioned acts: apparently you’ve never read an issue of Rolling Stone or a music review by Rob Sheffield; all he does is offer them witless praise, and I’ve pretty sure I’ve seen a Miley Cyrus album get more stars in a review than an actual accomplished-in-own-rite, self-written musician appearing only a few columns away. Substance fails to be adequately appreciated these days.

  6. We'll just say Zepfan on

    I don’t quite see how anyone could think that Kanye West, Lady GaGa, Miley Montana, Ke$ha, or anyone one this list that’s recent in the music business is in anyway talented. I do like old Green Day and some Nirvana songs. I think that Katie Perry should also be on the list. California Girls? Sounds like just awful pop mixed with washed up rap. Teenage Dream? F&ck that song. If anyone says that anyone of these people should be on a greatest anything list except disappointment, then they should be reminded that people who listen to the correct music will take it as a huge affront. I personally have had to suffer through all these terrible, terrible “artists” (if you wish to call them that), with sisters caught in the music mob mentality. Forced subjugation seems like the only way this music will thrive, although the ADD culture of today will soon pass on, anyone remember Avril Lavrine, neither can I, I don’t even think I can spell her name, but she was a pop star at some god awful point.

    • Lady GaGa, Kanye West, and Kesha do have talent. Deal with it. GaGa can play the piano, she writes her own stuff, her voice isn’t huge, but it’s good, and she can dance a little bit. Kanye has produced a lot of hits, and he’s a pretty good rapper. Kesha writes her own stuff. No, it’s not John Lennon, and her stuff is annoying, but she writes. Just because you don’t like an arist, doesn’t mean they’re not talented. Now, there is an Artist I call untalented, and her name is Rihanna. She cannot sing, write, produce or dance.

    • Absolutely! And it received its critically acclaimed label from real music critics, not people who only like one genre. Every time I look at this list it pisses me off. Eminem, for people who follow rap music, is a white Joe Buddens. Take away the fact that he’s a decent white musician in a genre of music populated by Blacks and he is pretty much out of everyone’s top ten greatest rappers. Elvis Presley is another musician who is ridiculously overrated and pretty much stole Chuck Berry’s complete style. The number one most overrated act in music ever??? The Beatles

  7. I agree with every single artist on here, except maybe Nirvana. They may be overrated, but they’re still a respectable band and great to listen to, but hey, the list is over-rated acts, although if it was strictly for today it would’ve been more appropriate. I’m glad to see names such as Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kanye, Jonas Borthers, Hannah M., Lil Wayne, and thank god Kesha. My god, when it comes to the jonas bros, hannah montana, and kesha (HORRIBLE) there is absolutely no talent whatsoever. Kanye and lil wayne may have style, but rap is not the place to ONLY exaggerate your “greatness”, especially wayne’s case when he uses lyrics that don’t make sense at all: “I’m stuck in a maze therefore I am a-mazing” or something like that bull. Lady gaga is just one annoying and mentally challenged chick who needs to be in the hospital and not on stage, while beiber’s popularity really pisses me off when I see acts like Damain Marley, Pantera, or for god’s sakes even Poets of the Fall get so much less publicity for so much more talent and artistic and musical value.

  8. I don’t know anyone (apart from tweens) who rates Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers or Justin Bieber in the first place, so your list to me is somewhat redundant. As someone who actually listens to and enjoys rap music I feel Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne are two of most inspired and original artists within a genre that is currently unimaginative and stale. Surely only a fool would include a band that is as influential in rock music as NIrvana in a list of overrated acts. I certainly agree with your inclusion of Lady Gaga and Ke$ha and although I wouldn’t have chose them you put forward a good argument for the inclusion of Green Day who really should have called it a day years ago.

  9. Nobody even listens to the Jonas brothers anymore, so I have no idea why they’re on your list. lol. But to me, musicians are popular for a reason. If you think about it. I mean, we are not FORCED to listen to these artists. Nobody is holding a gun to our head. They were doing that in the 70’s when hip hop was a new musical art form. They would take rock beats, remix it, and talk over it, and break dance to them. You just seem biased. And besides, did you hear My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? Amazing. 😉 To me, mainstream artists, at LEAST, are very diverse in their sound, whereas indie artist artists offer the same thing. To me, people like Kanye and Lady Gaga are pushing musical boubdries more than those so called indie bands.
    p.s. led zepplin stole all their music.

  10. But I gotta say, I am tired of Taylor Swift fans. They treat her like the second coming. lololololo

  11. We'll just say Zepfan on

    I don’t know who you are, atmie, but I am personally insulted by the comment on Zeppelin, like others; however that is not the issue. While nobody is forced to like it, people choose to like it because they hear they are supposed to. Does it really take any thought or ingenuity to write a song these days? Unfortunately, with “devices” such as autotune, talent has been taken out of music. Instead of having instruments, you can hire your little sister to make something on GarageBand. Instead of being a good singer, you can use autotune to appear visionary. I will give some credit though. It seems people have found away of making music that takes no effort whatsoever and yet is profittable because, in the case of Kesha, they are strictly about getting drunk, and those are the songs clubs will play because it encourages people to drink and spend money. So the club scene and the music industry are now intertwined, and if your a hipster who hates commecialism yet loves those those songs, you’ve got a problem. Also, led Zeppelin made blues songs better, they didn’t steal anything, well litteraly yes but in terms of quality it is a vast improvement over anything the lazy bastards today do.

  12. We'll just say Zepfan on

    In case I haven’t made my point clear, I will add a comment to each “artist” on the list in order of when I remember them, also adding some misses.
    Kanye-the first time iheard of him, I did not care. I was just realizing popular does not always=talent, you could argue some talent, in vain though, and all talent that may have ever existed vanished via his ego. It turns out that that south park episode was not a bad representation. Ego comes from insecurity, so he just needs to stop making terrible music that he is clearly insecure about.

  13. We'll just say Zepfan on

    Kesha- while I hate her fans with a passion, I am willing to admit she’s got a good agent who turned something devoid of talent and musical diversity to a commercial success. If I might roughly quote David thorne the music industry is both “origional and commercially viable; however, the part that is origional is not commercially viable and the part that is commercially viable is not origional.” seriously, everything is the exact same thing. Her music is kind of like madlibs, where the plot is filled out and everyone thinks of the same thing to fill in the gaps. The plot is the entire song besides vocals, and the fill in the blanks is the words, AND the lack of creativity is the part of the lyrics about drinking, oh sh!t, right, that equates to Kesha not being creative.

  14. We'll just say Zepfan on

    Lady gaga- the shemale of the hour, lady gaga has raped her way into music infamy. As aforementioned, she has completely taken her act from the sovereign of the Guild of Calamatis Intent, David Bowie. So she plays the piano, so does everybody, I can even mash keys that sound pleasent and make billions out of the deal. The other problems I have I will withhold because of it’s similarity to complaints everybody has.

  15. omg people… I dont understand how people can keep defending a drug addict who shot heroin and then shot himself… wtf is the world coming to??

    • I think it’s important to separate lifestyle from talent here – his health issues don’t really have anything to do with this list.

      PS Nirvana rules.

  16. What absolute idiot put Nirvana in this list? Be ashamed of yourself, whoever you are. Go listen to their Unplugged session and tell me again that they are “overrated”. They were one of the most influential bands ever, and the fact that they still manage not only to be played today but also counted in this list of “today’s musicians”, shows that they are timeless. They’ll never get old.
    Also, they had three studio albums, but I maintain that they had 4, as Incesticide had tracks not covered on the other three. And Nirvana had enough demo tracks/ B-sides (many of their unreleased tracks, Aneurysm and You Know You’re Right being the best examples, are actually arguably amongst their best songs) to had produced another two after that. That’s not to mention their covers. As a wise person once said (I think it was actually David Bowie), once Nirvana has covered your song, it’s no longer your song. So true.
    So basically, they deserve a billion times more credit than you just gave them, and come on, it was Kurt’s birthday a few days ago, why not go and edit them out of this list? (I agree with the rest of it by the way)

  17. i agree with your whole list except Nirvana and Green Day, they just got was attention because they are way better then other and for me it’s a good thing, many band don’t get chance like this but i m glad they did, all other stupid pop artists should be banned, they all cant even make their own music unlike the bands, who can at lest attempt to write their own song

  18. I’m surprised that Katy Perry wasn’t on this list, as well as Beyonce, Rhianna, Ciara, Chris Brown, Drake, and countless others. I someone happens to be a fan of the “artists” mentioned… then phooey kablooey!!! Songs back then had a story, actual musicians,singers, talent, chord progressions… everything today’s music lacks.

  19. This is a very great list Ryan, i agree on Nirvana being overated even though i am quite a big fan of Nirvana. Nirvana is actually a great band but has always been taken too seriously by the media, basically the media itself made nirvana overated

  20. Kanye West shouldn’t be on this list. The man has AT LEAST 3 undeniable classics (College Dropout, Late Registration and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) and he’s an above average MC and one of the best producers of all time if not the best. If anything, he’s incredibly underrated especially on the internet excluding most review sites.

  21. How are Nirvana in this list!? I will admit they are slightly overrated but they definitely are not one of the most overrated, and there are plenty of other music ‘artists’ that could be in this list instead.

  22. Keep in mind that some artists have certain subtle or noticeable ways of playing music like greenday.

  23. A very good list indeed – well, nearly. Nirvana should not be on this list, end of. There are so many talentless bands and artists out there.

    Regardless whether you like them or not, or if they started a movement or not, their music inspired and led an entire generation.

    And their tunes were sublime. The Nirvana: Unplugged MTV recording is one of the best unplugged sessions ever made – y’know, back when MTV actually had something to do with the music genre. Nirvana also launched the career or a certain Mr Dave Grohl, who is undoubtedly one of the most important musicians alive today.