Hated Musical Acts

Can you name these bands or singers who are widely loathed?
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First submittedFebruary 6, 2015
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Musical Act
This Canadian parlayed 40 million Twitter followers into a career as an underwear model
Justin Bieber
Apple polluted our music collection by automatically downloading their latest album
U2
These male models got busted for lip-synching in 1989
Milli Vanilli
He beat up Rihanna
Chris Brown
This hardcore duo dress up like the Joker and spray Faygo everywhere
Insane Clown
Posse
This Christian-themed group was voted worst band of the 1990s by Rolling Stone magazine
Creed
This Chicago rapper is a musical genius, a fact about which he never ceases to remind us
Kanye West
This Canadian band is so hated that 55,000 people signed a petition against
their performing at a football game
Nickelback
This smooth jazzing saxophonist is the epitome of elevator music
Kenny G
She broke up the Beatles
Yoko Ono
The followers of this nu metal band "Broke Stuff" at Woodstock 1999
Limp Bizkit
To the extreme, he'll wax a chump like a candle
Vanilla Ice
For my money, it doesn't get much better than when he sings "When a Man Loves a Woman"
Michael Bolton
This TV accordion player was hated by an earlier generation
Lawrence Welk
Maybe we're jealous that this singer-songwriter has dated Taylor Swift, Katy Perry,
Jennifer Aniston, and Jessica Simpson
John Mayer
It's cool to hate this group known for their one song "All Star"
Smash Mouth
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Level 79
Feb 7, 2015
I grew up watching Lawrence Welk with my parents. I hated it at the time, but now that I'm older, it's more of an interesting look at what used to be considered "entertainment".
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Level 63
Jan 18, 2016
I love The Lawrence Welk show...my Nana used to watch it on PBS lol
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Level 89
Feb 9, 2015
I understood the inclusion of most of the bands on the list, but Smash Mouth seemed a non sequitur. Have I just missed the vitriol for them? I would've expected to see Cold Play, Adam Levine and the other 4 guys, or even Green Day before them.
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Level ∞
Feb 9, 2015
Yeah, I didn't know that was a thing. But Smash Mouth kept on appearing on most-hated lists so I added them.
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Level 76
Mar 13, 2015
Smash Mouth was basically Nickelback before Nickelback became Nickelback. Those guys were/are horrible. Very surprised Miley Cyrus wasn't on the list.
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Level 73
Mar 13, 2015
I don't understand why it was cool to hate Smash Mouth. They were one of the very few bands with multiple top 40 hits in the late '90s/early 2000's that I actually liked.
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Level 62
Mar 13, 2015
I liked them when I was 7 and so did my old grade school friends. It's now a running joke and a source of embarrassment among us. They were featured in Shrek, so I probably shouldn't hate them too much. After all, Shrek is...
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Level 59
Mar 13, 2015
Really?!! Smash Mouth has been the butt of jokes for my friends for years! Whenever we hate something we always just say "that's smash mouth"....They're kind of like Chumbawumba..which I was surprised wasn't on this list
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Level 87
Mar 13, 2015
Ha. As a Michigander who has never been to the UK nor ever paid any attention to British pop music, I can easily say that Chumbawamba is my favorite Burnley based musical act.
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Level 63
Jun 8, 2015
Except Chumbawamba aren't really "pop", that one "hit" they had, yeah, I'm sure that wasn't intentional. They have a lot of material that probably wouldn't be played on general stations. Too political.
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Level 81
Mar 13, 2015
I hate them. If that's worth anything.
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Level 35
Mar 15, 2015
Coldplay? You either like or don't like Coldplay. Why would you hate Coldplay?
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Level 79
Mar 15, 2015
It's mainly their sucking. At music. And his terrible voice. To me, they are more like rubbing styrofoam together than Nickelback and Creed combined.
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Level 53
Mar 17, 2015
I myself do not feel strongly about Coldplay, but I strongly support the lyrical new-hole-tearing that was penned by Packerswin14. That was just good writing, friend.
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Level 67
Dec 29, 2016
If you could like comments on this site, I would give a like to Packerswin14 for this one.
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Level 83
Mar 18, 2020
I actually like Coldplay (casually), but Packerswin14's comment made me laugh.
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Level 90
Jul 31, 2017
Smash Mouth is the Guy Fieri of the music world
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Level 81
Dec 22, 2018
I've taken this quiz twice and both times I ended up regretting it at the end because the second I read the last clue that horrible HORRIBLE song is stuck in my head again. God. Damn it.
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Level 81
Feb 9, 2015
Kanye West, isn't that the dude whose only claim of fame was a couple of months ago when he did something together with Sir Paul and his fans kept tweeting about how nice it was of Kanye to boost the fame of this unknown Sir Paul?
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Level 53
Mar 13, 2015
'Only claim to fame'? You serious?

According to wikipedia, West has "sold more than 21 million albums and 66 million digital downloads.[2] He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all-time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his age.[3] Time named West one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2011. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists.[4] Three of his albums rank on Rolling Stone's 2012 "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list; two of his albums feature at #8 and #1 in Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2010-2014.[5]"

Despite all this, he's still hated. And there are still ignorant people like yourself who think he's only known for one song.

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Level 35
Mar 15, 2015
So is the Bible. Still not a great piece of literature.
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Level 28
Mar 8, 2016
This was 100% posted by Kanye.
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Level 53
Mar 17, 2015
If Kanye is only known for one thing, it's probably for when he crashed Taylor Swift's Grammy acceptance speech to basically give everyone there the finger and make himself look like an idiot.
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Level 73
Feb 20, 2015
Loved the office space reference here.
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Level 68
Mar 13, 2015
Re Yoko Ono: 1. She probably did not (at least singlehandedly) break up the Beatles. 2. Does she really qualify as a singer?
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Level 67
Nov 5, 2015
She absolutely does qualify as a singer, she did a lot of music both by herself and with John Lennon, even if most of it wasn't very good ...
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Level 65
Sep 30, 2018
"Wasn't very good" is an ENORMOUS understatement. It's like saying New Orleans got a "bit of rain" when Katrina made landfall. They're both absolute disasters. Yoko Ono deserves every bit of her horrid reputation not only as an artist but also as a human being.
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Level 59
Mar 13, 2015
limp bizkit sang break stuff not broke stuff.
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Level 81
Mar 13, 2015
Which wouldn't make for a good clue unless their fans repeatedly or habitually break stuff at Woodstock, as opposed to doing it once in the past.
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Level 49
Mar 13, 2015
I'm not sure Milli Vanilli were hated. People recognised they were exploited, and damn those songs are still catchy. Also, were "Walking On The Sun" and their cover of "I'm a Believer" not hits for Smash Mouth in the US?
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Level 81
Mar 13, 2015
I'm sure. They were hated.

If you wanted to add another similar but older group to this list you could put on The Monkees. My dad likes to tell the story about how disappointed he felt when it came out that they didn't play their own instruments and how he went home and smashed all his records.

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Level 78
Aug 25, 2016
If he'd been a girl he probably wouldn't have cared. I still have all my Monkees albums. We were buying them because Davy was so cute!
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Level 81
Mar 13, 2015
Great list, but what about the Black Eyed Peas? Britney Spears? Miley Cyrus? Katy Perry? maybe Green Day or Dave Matthew's Band. ... it's alright, as long as you got Nickelback and Kanye West I'll forgive any other omissions.
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Level 30
Mar 13, 2015
Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, One Direction are all cited as examples of ghastly music too. Certainly more so than U2!
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Level 58
Mar 13, 2015
Was it really about U2 or was it more that Apple shoved it down everyone's throat whether they wanted it or not?
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Level 81
Mar 13, 2015
Oh yeah, Nicki Minaj definitely. I don't hate her quite as much as most people do I think. :D But she is definitely oft-loathed.
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Level 42
Mar 13, 2015
U2 get a lot of hate, primarily because people don't like Bono but also because their music quality has gone downhill since becoming big.
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Level 43
May 18, 2015
Classic U2 is great, Modern not so much
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Level 72
Aug 8, 2016
Surprised at the lack of Iggy Azelea, but maybe it's because she's so newly-hated.
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Level 62
May 21, 2017
Really? Ive never met anyone who hates her
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Level 81
Dec 22, 2018
I've seen a lot of hate directed at her online.
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Level 61
Mar 13, 2015
Ahh Creed! Apparently I blocked them from my memory.
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Level 30
Mar 13, 2015
Never heard of Clown Posse or Lawrence Welk, and didn't get the clue for Vanilla Ice. Got all the others though.
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Level 78
Mar 13, 2015
Getting Lawrence Welk makes me feel very old. For When a Man Loves a Woman I was surprised to learn that Percy Sledge was hated, then realized his name wasn't accepted.
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Level 44
Mar 13, 2015
You misspelled Nickelback
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2015
Fixed
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Level 62
Mar 13, 2015
I never knew so many people petitioned against Nickelback! I certainly don't blame them, though.
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Level 24
Mar 13, 2015
Why don't you add Miley Cyrus?
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Level 66
Mar 15, 2015
Kanye West is an egotistical a**hole, and often makes people cringe (especially those from Chicago), but he is actually extremely talented, and undoubtedly a great creator of music
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Level 81
Aug 27, 2019
I was with you up until the 2nd line
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Level 61
Mar 16, 2015
I don't get why Nickelback are so hated. I actually like them, and where the hell is One Direction.
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Level 67
Mar 30, 2015
I thought Smash Mouth was hated because he wouldn't eat the eggs.
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Level 72
Apr 29, 2015
I wasn't aware that U2 was a "hated" band. Seems like they're one of the most beloved bands of all time to me...
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Level 43
May 18, 2015
You must not hear all the hate on Bono then. I hear a lot of people saying he should quit, that he's in it only for the money now.
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Level 72
Aug 8, 2016
Bono gives away more money than all of us, put together, will ever earn. I give him props even if for that alone.
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Level 66
Oct 25, 2016
U2 is fine, and loved around the globe. People just hate Bono as an individual.
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Level 64
Jun 7, 2017
Their older classics are great but the mentioned album was worth as much as it cost iTunes users: Nothing.
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Level 32
Oct 29, 2015
i would include Mariah Carey (but i might be the only hater there)
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Level 73
Dec 16, 2015
No, you're not.
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Level 67
Nov 19, 2015
Taking this quiz a second time, I realised that the Ice Ice Baby lyrics are wrong. It should be:

"To the extreme, I rock a mic like vandal, Light up the stage and wax a chump like a candle."

However, I am not enough of a fan to force the issue, and in fact quite like the idea of Vanilla Ice's lyrics having so little meaning that it doesn't matter which way round you put them.

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Level 56
May 2, 2017
Nice Office Space reference.
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Level 65
May 21, 2017
Wham.
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Level 81
Aug 29, 2017
I remember back in the late 70's, Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" was played so nauseatingly often that one DJ proudly declared that was the final time he was playing it...then leaned back on air and smashed the LP on a table. It was hilarious.
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Level 48
Dec 22, 2017
The nonsense about U2 is ridiculous. People got a free album and they hate them for it...F U! Don't listen to it. How many bands that are HUGE give their new albums away. People are stupid. Also they, U2 are great. While I agree that their more recent stuff isn't as classic as Boy, War, etc. they are still very good and great live. As to Bono personally, people are just jealous. He is an excellent human being, not pretentious at all.
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Level 73
Jun 19, 2018
I like free stuff. Just not when it's shoved down my throat. Not only did they force you to have the album, they made it impossible to delete it.
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Level 81
May 28, 2018
This time around I couldn't remember the name of Nickelback, so I googled "worst band of all time" and it was of course the first one mentioned.
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Level 56
May 28, 2018
No Jedward?
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Level 82
Jun 2, 2018
Before I started the quiz, I thought of Nickelback. And then I somehow forgot to type them in! Had no idea they were Canadian.
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Level 83
Jul 5, 2018
No Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Zamfir the pan flute guy or a collective anyone who got to the finals of American Idol, Got Talent, et all? Miley?
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Level 81
Aug 27, 2019
People hate Whitney Houston?
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Level 42
Aug 9, 2018
Can't believe that the spice girls are not on this list and that John Mayer is
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Level 37
Nov 11, 2018
I will ABSOLUTELY not stand for this Smash Mouth hatred, nobody hates them!
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Level 81
Dec 22, 2018
You're being sarcastic, right?
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Level 83
Dec 22, 2018
Creed sounds like every other monotone angsty heroin death band in the 1990s. How to distinguish them for hatred?
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Level 75
Dec 22, 2018
Am I missing something with Smash Mouth? All Star is a good song. I'm not familiar with their other songs, but why would they be hated?
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Level 81
Aug 27, 2019
That song is horrible
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Level 20
Feb 4, 2019
add super bowl halftime 2019 with didnt play sweet victory
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Level 90
May 6, 2019
It's a shame people only remember Kanye West for his downfall. If people were willing to look past it, they would see that his first 6 albums were actually beautiful and transcendent. I know there is a bias against hip hop in general on this site, but those albums are considered classics. If we hated celebrities for their bad moments, there wouldn't be many people left to celebrate.
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Level 81
Aug 27, 2019
he can't rap, can't rhyme, can't sing, can't sample, pretty pisspoor lyricist... I'll never understand why people think Kanye is talented. What does he do well?