Overrated Musical Artists Who Get Way Too Much Hype

Even if an artist has numerous hit singles or a trophy case full of Grammy Awards, it doesn’t mean they’re anything special outside of gaining critics’ approval. In fact, many artists like Dave Matthews and Axl Rose are a bit overrated.

From doing nothing more than swinging hair around a la 1980s to stretching into a microphone, here are some of the most overhyped artists ever.

Dave Matthews

This might be hard for some people to hear, especially those who live in New Jersey and New York, but Dave Matthews is nothing more than a tri-state icon who made waves in the music scene for wearing tight jeans and strumming a guitar.

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When it comes to his vocals, Matthews is really is nothing special.

Justin Timberlake

Sadly, after Justin Timberlake released his second solo album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, he went totally mainstream. His range plateaued, and he didn’t release anything spectacular that caught not only critics’ attention but the fans that have been with him since N*SYNC.

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Alas, Timberlake has been doing something right all of these years to have won ten Grammy Awards.

Prince

Prince is one of those performers who wows the crowd. The problem with that is the artist had a solid fanbase and a lot of followers who really didn’t know more than two of his songs.

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With a diverse range and style, Prince never settled on a specific sound. Whether that makes him overrated and hard to follow or incredibly gifted is up for debate.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande might have numerous accolades to her name, including two Grammy Awards, but that doesn’t mean the singer isn’t a bit overhyped by her die-hard fans.

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With vocal skills measuring up to that of Whitney Huston and Jennifer Hudson, one would think Grande would sing more heartfelt songs with more depth and range instead of something that is literally in the same key for three minutes straight.

Madonna

The Queen of Pop, Madonna, shot to stardom in 1983 with her self-titled debut album. Sadly, she should have stuck to the decade because her music hasn’t changed much since the time of big hair and spandex.

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Madonna seems to be doing nothing more than reliving her heyday by continuing to release the same-sounding music and have an eccentric onstage persona.

Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. And while a lot of people can’t imagine the six-time Grammy Award-winning band without their frontman, he really isn’t anything special.

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Steve Granitz/WireImage

Kiedis made a career off making lyrics out of strange metaphors and pretending he knows how to rap.

Neil Young

Grammy Award-winning singer Neil Young might have a few of the prestigious accolades to his name and many more, but that doesn’t deter from the fact that many people think the Canadian artist is overrated.

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Chris Walter/WireImage

The reason is his voice sounds whiny at times, which doesn’t make his music over appealing to listen to regularly.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez has many accomplishments to her name, including some iconic films and songs. Sadly, the latter isn’t for everyone, with some people thinking JLo is overhyped because of her media coverage.

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Maybe she got the hint because JLo really hasn’t released an album since 2014, focusing on her film career instead.

Jimi Hendrix

There is a reason Jimi Hendrix s considered “the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music” and not the greatest singer. The man could play the guitar and bring people to their knees.

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But when it came to his singing, it really wasn’t anything special, especially at a time when so many great artists were popping up.

Bon Jovi

Starting his career in the 1980s with a band, Jon Bon Jovi should have called it quits when Richie Sambora opted to leave. And that was 2013! The issue with Jovi is all of his songs sound similar, a stereotypical arena rock anthem.

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One reviewer summed this particular musical artist up perfectly, saying, “Bon Jovi is rock for people who don’t like rock.”

Axl Rose

The lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose, made a name for himself by screaming into a microphone and swinging his hair back in forth in a way that would make Willow Smith proud.

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But, as far as frontmen for 1980s hair bands go, Rose is a bit overrated in the fact that all of his songs sound the same, with a minimal range that starts blending together.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has been honored with awards left and right, including 11 Grammy Awards, but there is something a lot of people can’t shake off (pun intended). One reviewer of Swift’s music wrote, “It’s one thing to be a musician, but be a little creative.”

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“And creative is one thing she’s NOT. It seems like all she ever sings about are breakups and constantly comparing herself to popular people, and nothing else, which gets kinda boring after a while.”

Elvis Presley

The King, Elvis Presley, was one of a kind when he came onto the music scene in the 1950s. He was swinging his hips and singing in a sultry blues voice no one had really heard before.

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Maybe it’s because of the various genres available to listen to, but many people find The King’s lyrics to be lacking any emotional depth.

Billie Eilish

Unfortunately, it seems as though Billie Eilish made a music career out of being sad. At least, that’s what many reviewers think of the young artist and her music.

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One person called her “Nothing special. She makes money off of her young fans by acting sad. Bad Guy has been the most overrated song in the last century. Also wins awards by doing Nothing.”

Mariah Carey

Many people agree that while Mariah Carey has some good stand-alone albums, she really doesn’t know how to compile an album correctly. A weird thing, considering how long she has been in the industry.

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Ke.Mazur/WireImage

One reviewer wrote, “The one thing that bugs me about Mariah is her inability to make a consistent album. Somebody needs to watch over her while she’s making these albums…Her songs are great as stand-alone songs, but trying to listen through her albums is very hard.”

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani broke through the music scene in the mid-1990s as the lead singer of the ska band No Doubt. While No Doubt was huge, once Stefani went solo, things kind of went south.

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The thing is, all of her music sounds so similar to the original bands that it is hard to differentiate between the two. When artists go solo, they tend to find their own sound and style. Stefani didn’t.

Stevie Nicks

As it turns out, swaying around with a fringe saw and tambourine doesn’t do it for everyone. While Stevie Nicks made a name for herself with Fleetwood Mac and their album Dreams, she doesn’t do it for people when it comes to solo works.

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Her sound is unique, but, unfortunately, everything meshes together and sounds oddly similar.

Eric Clapton

Even 18 Grammy Awards doesn’t detract from the fact that Eric Clapton is an overrated singer. While his guitar skills are pretty much unparalleled, Clapton should have left singing to someone else.

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Clapton hasn’t really changed his tune since he stepped onto the music scene in the 1960s. He’s even considered lazy by other musicians because he hasn’t demonstrated any growth in his craft.

Bob Marley

Bob Marley is really good for a certain mood, such as lounging on the beach all day. His music is lazy, which wouldn’t be bad if he had other tempos in his track set.

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Alas, Marley sings about the beach, waves, drinking red wine, little birds, and how being single is better than having a woman in life.

Cyndi Lauper

A 1980s singer through and through, Cyndi Lauper was at the height of her fame throughout the decade. Sadly, her sound didn’t advance with the times, and she was left behind with her high-pitched “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” sound that people tend to confuse with Madonna.

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Granted, she did win a Tony Award for composing Kinky Boots, so she has that going for her!