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    Question Most overrated musical act of all time?

    I think the gold medal goes to AC/DC and Guns 'n' Roses. These are two good bands and honestly nothing more. I'm not taking a shot at them, I enjoy some of their music, it's just that I don't think they deserve the acclaim and critical lauding that they always seem to get from people.

    AC/DC has great guitarwork and some good songs, but other than that, it's just the same "hard rock riff" formula with a somewhat-melodic solo thrown in at the end. And Guns 'n' Roses is just another hair band.

    Who do you guys think is the most overrated artist?

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    I've heard it before, people saying GnR is an overrated band. I have to disagree though. They're one of those rock bands that has their own sound (yes, much of it is due to their singer) and a band that's hard to confuse with any other. If you can create a distinctive sound and produce good songs, for the most part, I'd deem you a solid group, worthy of respects.

    Are we including contemporary hip-hop as contenders for most overrated "band"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beat View Post
    I've heard it before, people saying GnR is an overrated band. I have to disagree though. They're one of those rock bands that has their own sound (yes, much of it is due to their singer) and a band that's hard to confuse with any other. If you can create a distinctive sound and produce good songs, for the most part, I'd deem you a solid group, worthy of respects.
    Good point, but their not "legends of rock" and certainly not one of the greatest acts of all time.

    Are we including contemporary hip-hop as contenders for most overrated "band"?
    The title says "most overrated musical act" so that includes any artist of any genre.

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    I also think U2 is slightly overrated. The only difference is, U2 made really brilliant music in their heyday, have billions of fans all over the world, and definitely could be considered one of the "greatest bands of all-time."

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    Radiohead.

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    If I have to pick only one, it would be Nirvana.
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    You should ask: What is, in your personal perception, the most overrated musical act of all time?

    The intrinsic value of a musical act can only ever be measured by the different subjective rating systems we use personally. And therefore a musical act, like any piece of art can never be objectively overrated. Now if you come up with an objective measurement about a band, like for instance the amount of money it grosses, you have a standard to work from, but then over or underrating a band still happens subjectively.

    BTW. I vote for U2 as well.

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    I disagree with you about GnR, Appetite was probably the most sublime hard rock album during that era of hard rock. However, I do agree with you about ACDC. Also, I don't like KISS. There's not one song I like, and how they're as popular and revered as they are, I'll never be able to understand.

    I will get killed for saying this, but I don't like the Beatles either. I'd never consider them overrated because I know they changed music, but I just can't get into them.



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    I don't agree with you on AC/DC. Overrated by who? Bon Scott era AC/DC and Back in Black were great. Genius. The band knows what they are, the fans know what the band is about. They are a working class band. They are the Jackie Chan of rock. They know what they are about and deliver it.

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    The most overrated band is Radiohead.

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