Top 3 Most Overrated Artists contest in R&R.

I nominate
#1 KISS (What is R&R hall of fame after all?)
#2 Jonn Bon Jovi (actually can share same spot with Kiss)
#3 Rolling Stones (mostly they just don't make sense and hardly ever I can note of anyone being any good there)
Any band's most enthusiastic fans can be off-putting and make them seem over-rated. Never more true than with the Dead. I've been to live shows of theirs that seemed fantastic but later the tape of the same show seemed lackluster. You gotta be there.
The reality is though, some people have very bad taste in music. Not me of course.
Loomisjohnson-You nailed the qualifying explanation regarding critical acclaim but sales are just as important. I would include...1.Robert Zimmerman, just too many poor recordings with rambling/silly lyrics. 2.Red Hot Chili Peppers not because there a "chick" band but do they even have one decent song? 3.White Stripes, does making quirky noises on guitar qualify as talent? Speaking of talent Meg White is probably the worst drummer ever on a platinum(sales) rock recording!
Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan), now I know this thread is getting ridiculous! Thank you Dayglow, for mentioning the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They would certainly be in my top ten of overrated groups (R&R Hall of Fame, notwithstanding).
Okay, this may get some folks P.O.'d, but:

Guns 'n' Roses
Foreigner, Journey, Toto, REO Speedwagon, Boston
Bon Jovi

and all-time favorite overrated band: Skid Row
Just 3? I could go on for days with a list. Here are my hard rock/metal choices.

Mötley Crüe
Def Leppard
There's good taste, bad taste and no taste at all. Then there's plain ignorance.
A good bit of that on display in this thread.
07-04-14: Czarivey
Wildoats, I just realized recently I have bad taste!----I agree
All folks who don't listen or don't like Stones, Dylan and Beatles usually have very bad taste in music and in rock'n'roll in particular. How come you don't listen to the most recorded music in the World?
Cz- didn't you start this thread by saying that the Stones were overrated? And now you are saying that those who don't listen to them have bad taste in music? I'm lost....
Has anybody said Aerosmith yet? God awful, yet so popular. They were a great hard rock band in the 70s, but the 2nd version of the band sucks. "Love in an Elevator," what crap.
+1 lowrider. it's great that aerosmith gave up the crack pipe and got healthy, but it unfortunately didn't help their music. not sure if anyone mentioned rod stewart, another once-great who sunk to the lowest form of pop drivel
True about Aerosmith regardless of their trips and wrists full of crack-cocain. Rod Stewart is unique performer sucked anywhere he's ever been weather as side performer or solo. He's often or even always out of key (problems with hearing for music I guess). I'd say same about Mick Jagger that spoils Rolling Stones. Instrumentally they're OK.
Someone swapped me Aerosmith tickets for guitar lessons (I would not have gone otherwise) in the late 80's. It was one of the best live shows I've seen. I was surprised and totally knocked out by their performance.
Tostadosunidos drives home a good point, artists you may think are overrated may still be really good performers. I can think of many that fit that bill. Rod Stewart was one of the best performers I've ever seen (when he was young.)
Was 3-dog ever rated any descent?
Only last year they were inducted to R&R hall of Fame hek knows for what reason. This Hall of Fame really turns into Hall of Shame.
Dweller - I included Grand Funk solely and expressly for their pretentious faux magnum opus "I'm Your Captain". I feel revulsion just typing it. Unforgivable.

Czarivey - It's the Hall of Everybody. Early inductees were entirely worthy but as time has passed, standards have lowered. Is Lulu in there yet?
Three Dog Knight was okay--I mean, they were talented guys but basically a cover band.
Aerosmith was a 3rd rate rock band in the 70's. They became a 1st rate band after all the great bands died out. Compared to what came later, Aerosmith is great. 3 Dog Night was so big in the late 60s early 70s that Stevie Wonder opened for them at the Garden. Hall of Fame? It is what it is.
I saw Grand Funk Railroad by accident at the Fillmore East when their 1st album came out. They were 2nd billing to Fat Mattress 3rd (Noel Reddings' band), and Jethro Tull top billing. I say by accident 'cause I went to see Tull and had no idea who they were. They were amazing! Their 1st 2 albums were ton's of fun!
The Rolling Stones after Brian Jones. Whatever Jagger is, he is not Rock and Roll. Their output has been dire for decades.

Prince. Apart from a mild Hendrix influence, his whole career has been based on scandal and hype. Ultimately only the songs remain, and I can't find a single one I like. Even Raspberry Beret runs out of ideas too soon.

Can't think of a third act, but have to admit that Adelle and Mariah Carey have the ability to induce pain whenever they open their mouths.

If Jagger wasn't Rock and Rock then why would he say, I know, it's only Rock and Rock?


You must have misread the title of this thread. They’re asking for “overrated bands,” not legendary performers that are the epitome of what rock and roll is all about. The three you mentioned are in my top ten of favorite groups. One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.