Most Overrated Songs

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Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

4 Chords, a 2 note verse, a single string bend and a rehash of the vocal melody for the highly acclaimed what fans and "experts" like to call a "guitar solo" all while whining about nothing. Yeah this is definitely the pinnacle of music.

If Kurt Cobain doesn't commit suicide, Nirvana goes down in music history as a mere footnote. However, the man kills himself, and Nirvana becomes viewed as some kind of revolutionary, innovative band. The acclaim given to this band is quite disproportionate to their music's level of creativity and ingenuity.

When this is the only Nirvana song people have heard, I die a little inside.

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2Like a Virgin - Madonna

she was lucky to be that famous


Madonna needs to thank god for her luck.

Horrible song from an even more horrible woman who like to adopt African babies for all the wrong reasons.

3Hey Jude - The Beatles

Juday... juday juday juday... oww!... WOW!... NAH... NAH... NAH.. NAH.. NAH.. NANA.. NAH NANA NAH.. -AWFUL!

Not even close to being one of the best songs by the Beatles, let alone one of the greatest songs ever as it's so often touted to be. Brainless drivel that is well suited to drunken singalongs and nothing more.

"Hey Jude" is a good song, but it's certainly not an all-ending song that people make it out to be.

I'm a huge fan of The Beatles. If any Beatles' songs are going to appear on this list, they should be "Yesterday" or "Let It Be. " Those songs made it to 13th and 20th on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs list, respectively. When I ranked The Beatles' songs, neither of those songs made the top 50.

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4Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Although the lyrics are really, really good, I find the general flow of the music and the tune (especially the opera part) beyond annoying. That is one thing that ruins this otherwise brilliant song.

This has to be one of the most annoying songs of all time. The lyrics are insipid and the music is cacophonous

except for the last part, this sucks big time.

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5Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Stairway is the best song in history, these people who left these comments are MEATHEADS? who don't know there asses from there elbows period!

Great slow song then turns to meandering rubbish halfway thru... Zep is very overrated to begin with

I never understood how this song got this popular. It's really boring, there is nothing interesting about it.

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6Wonderwall - Oasis

It's an average song. It's a watered-down "Live Forever. "

It's an average song. It's a watered-down "Live Forever. "

7Good Riddance (Time of your Life) - Green Day

Did someone graduate? Did someone die? Did some sort of life event end? Yes? Okay, let's play this song, again!


If this song ceased to exist I would say "good riddance!"

8...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
9Crank That (You) - Soulja Boy Tell'Em

No talent whatsoever


The worst song ever made period.

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10Home For A Rest - Spirit of the West


11Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

It's played on the radio way too many times and it just gets so annoying!

This song was voted the number 1 songs of the 80s by VH1, despite that fact there were other songs that are way better than this song in that decade.

127 Things - Miley Cyrus

she sucks :]

13The Boy is Mine - Brandy & Monica

This song was huge for like 6 months straight and it's the most annoying song EVER!!!!!!!!!!

14Yesterday - The Beatles

One of the most overrated songs of all time; even more overrated than Stairway to Heaven and Like a Rolling Stone.

If you REALLY listen to yesterday, you'll realize it's CRAP. McCartney's lyrics are always insipid... Yesterday especially.

A very overrated song!

15Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
16In The End - Linkin Park
17I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

A STUPID SONG! Everybody absolutely ADORED it for the 2 months it was out but I got fed up after 2 days! It's repetitive and stupid!

BUT I do like the black eyed peas

18Imagine - John Lennon

If I was a smelly hippy then I think I might like this song a little more but this song is overrated.


As for songs being overrated then I think Imagine has to be in the top 100 category.


Dreary, pretentious, boring. Sorry, but thats how it is.


Waaaaaay over rated.

20Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit

In all honesty, Fred Durst should have left this song alone... Pete Townshend would even say they destroyed it!

The band itself is overrated and Fred Durst sucks at everything.

21Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

this song sucks

it sounds like a crappy imitation of country music

22Requiem For A Dream - Paul Oakenfold
23Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze

Jimi is the most overrated artist of all time and his most overrated song is easily Purple Haze

24Come Sail Away - Styx
25Go The Distance - Michael Bolton
26Baby - Justin Bieber

eww he just annoys me period. trying to act all gangster with a girl voice, seriously thought he was a girl the first time i heard the song

27Barracuda - Heart

My god this song is annoying. Hell, I can't say I haven't heard a Heart song that isn't.

28Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce

When this song first came out I was in physical therapy, and the therapists would have the radio on the dumb hip-hop station where I was guaranteed to hear this song once every time I went there! I just wanted to buy one of the CD's so I could toss it in the fire and watch it burn. And I don't just say that about any song...

This song was played WAAAAAYYYY TOO MAAAANNNYY times. OMG! I think it is such a stupid song, it reminds me of don't worry be happy. The song was truely overrated; I think everyone just jumped on board and don't know why. This song just got on my nerves.

29Blah Blah Blah - Kesha

She has no talent what so ever.


It's so nasty!

30Rehab - Amy Winehouse
31Tom Sawyer - Rush

Sounds like Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies singing Rock and Roll

Boring and overplayed

32Replay - Iyaz


33Kashmir - Led Zeppelin


34Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith
35Candyman - Christina Aguilera
36Fire Burning - Sean Paul
37Rock And Roll All Night - Kiss
38Hard to Handle - The Black Crowes

Over played to the extreme

39You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift

Its just an above average song that got way too popular as it made girls cry.

40SexyBack - Justin Timberlake


41Money - Pink Floyd
42Yellow Submarine - The Beatles

A HUGE FAILURE. NO point in the song at all only got famous because Beatles sung it.

43Mmmbop - Hanson

Waste of time, space, energy - and the song was just as bad.

44Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da - The Beatles

oh my good god how irritating is this song

45Hello/Goodbye - The Beatles


46Waterfalls - TLC

I just wasn't feeling this song at all. There was a good message but it was just annoying after a while

47Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

so annoying when everyone starts singing along.

48Save the Best for Last - Vanessa Williams
49Alone - Heart

Heart itself is overrated, let alone their music

50These Dreams - Heart

What a horrifically slow and dull song. It was also played to DEATH in the mid 80's, and since alternatives to radio were limited, there was little way to avoid hearing it again... And Again... AND AGAIN! I guess if you couldn't fall asleep, this song would do it!

I would guess that Celine Dion would cite this as one of her most inpirational songs!

51Heartbeat - Don Johnson
52We Built This City - Starship
53Moves like Jagger - Maroon 5
54Born This Way - Lady Gaga Listen to sample
55Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues Listen to sample
56Paradise - Coldplay
57(You're) Having My Baby - Paul Anka
58Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

Seriously, how is this overrated, auto-tuned-to-hell-and-back vomitage not on this list? Every time this song plays on the radio, a little puppy dies. And two little kitties. And your soul, if you're unfortunate enough to be in earshot.

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59Bat Country - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample
60Fireflies - Owl City Listen to sample

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This list was created on March 16, 2007 and has been voted on over 4,000 times.