Today we’re counting down the Top 20 Most Overrated Artists Of All Time, as voted for by NME.COM users, ie YOU. The first in our list are screamo-electro twosome Crystal Castles. Pic: Andy Willsher
Lily Allen lands herself 19th in our countdown of overrated artists. It seems a lot of you take umbrage with the idea of her as a nation and an era’s spokesperson. You mean you don’t think “fuck you, fuck you very much” is lyrical genius? Pic: PA Photos
Metallica racked in enough votes to come 18th in our list of overrated artists. We’re trying to keep the news from the guys lest they end up back in group therapy. Pic: Danny North
Maybe it’s these press shots that make him look as plastic as the taxi driver from ‘Total Recall’. Maybe it’s that prolapsed album ‘Relapse’. Or maybe all the people he’s mocked over the years are making a stand. Whatever has happened here, Eminem’s at 17.
We’re not sure what part of their IKEA flatpack, Prodigy-ripping drum and bass metal you’re not keen on, but for some reason you voted Pendulum 16th. Pic: Danny North
The 15-year wait for an album, the storming off stage, the titanic ego, and THAT hair… Guns N’ Roses have blown it over the last two decades. They make 15th.
Our Radar tour headliner has bagged two massive hits this summer. However, there’s a fair few haters out there, La Roux’s the 14th most overrated artist of all time. Pic: Tim Cochrane
It seems Green Day have as many detractors as they have legions of fans. They’re in at unlucky 13. Maybe if the drummer changed his name from Tre Cool? Pic; PA Photos
Snow Patrol have sold over seven million albums worldwide. Almost as many voted them overrated to slot them into 12th place.
Coldplay have sold significantly more albums (some 50 million). There’s also significantly more voting them overrated, so they make 11th, a shade off the utter humiliation of the top ten. Pic: Tom Oxley
10th in our list of overrated artists is snake-armed, humourless diva Madonna. It seems even Jesus can’t save the prima donna from your ire. Pic: PA Photos
Hardcore punks selling out for a million-dollar deal? That was too much for a lot of you to stomach. Or maybe you just find them too shouty. Either way, Gallows hit ninth position. Pic: Danny North
The guy might be fresh in his grave, but you’re a ruthless lot. You voted the King Of Pop eighth in the Most Overrated Artists Of All Time list. Actually, is he in a grave yet?
He’s won so many awards they have their own Wikipedia page. But a sneaking suspicion that said page might be written by the man himself – plus an ego the size of Jupiter – hasn’t helped Kanye West. He’s at Seven.
You could never accuse the Gossip of blending in. Uncompromising and confrontational to the last, they were always bound to annoy as many as they wowed, and so they make sixth place in our poll.
The blanket TV and radio coverage, that hat and those glasses, the way Bono has to sing every note to the gods above (he’s even doing the cricked neck thing in this picture)… U2 prompted enough of you to vote for them, and they make fifth place. Pic: Ed Miles
We love Johnny at NME. The tight trousers, the rocking up to gigs on a Harley, the constant stream of gibberish – it’s what you want in a rock star. Umpteen million of you disagree though, and Razorlight make fourth place. Pic: PA Photos
The first of an emo double-whammy at the top of the list, Fall Out Boy are in third place. Seems the charity work couldn’t help them in the end.
Slightly more annoying than Fall Out Boy, in your eyes, are My Chemical Romance. Are Daily Mail readers voting in record numbers, or are Gerard and the rest simply way more popular than they deserve to be? Pic: Dean Chalkley
She burst onto our consciousness this year a flash of firey breasts and raunchy pop tunes and has been omnipresent ever since. But it seems the lady doesn’t deserve the hype. She makes the top spot in our countdown of the Most Overrated Artists Of All Time. Pic: PA Photos