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The Most Vicious Put-Downs In Music

  • When La Roux was asked to discuss her work with the Kanye West by The Sunday Times, Jackson replied: "No, fuck him! Nobody likes him." That's Yeezy told. Here's 58 more of the harshest snipes in music.

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    Added: 22 Jul 2014

  • James Blunt has criticised Damon Albarn for hiding his upper-class background. He told The Sun newspaper: "I was just the only one who didn't hide my accent. I mean, come on, Damon Albarn, he's right up there. He's got an orchard full of plums in his mouth and a silver spoon stuck up his arse."

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    Added: 14 Apr 2014

  • Hudson Mohawke and Zomby locked horns at XOYO in London (March 7). Apparently there was a physical altercation before it descended into a heated Twitter battle with Zomby firing thi charming insult: "You’re the only person on planet earth who makes Givenchy look cheap u sweaty unwashed tramp."

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    Added: 10 Mar 2014

  • After a ruckus at the NME awards this year between Idris Elba and Liam Gallagher, the actor played 'Wonderwall' in a DJ set. Asked by GQ if he was taking a shot at Gallagher by playing the song, Elba responded: "No! Fuck that idiot. No. I don’t even know what his songs are about now or what band he’s in now. No-one gives a fuck, yeah? He was popular when he was in Oasis."

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    Added: 08 Jun 2011

  • Azealia Banks calls Kreayshawn a: "dumb bitch. And you can't rap. I'll sit on your face...Face back slut," after the 'Gucci Gucci' rapper retweeted a link to Banks' '212' video but from a pornographic website. Kreaysawn appeared confused saying: "Did I just get smashed on twitter because I was supporting a fellow female? I sure did...*confused*"

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    Added: 07 Dec 2011

  • In his song 'Yonkers', Tyler, The Creator raps about stabbing Bruno Mars "in his goddamn oesophagus". Mars responded to the threat, telling Spin that he "has to wait in line if he wants to stab me". Looks like Tyler wasn't the first guy to threaten Mars. Ah, the consequences of fame. Here are a few more memorable insults...

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    Added: 26 Apr 2011

  • Lily Allen on Cheryl Cole: "I may not be as pretty as you but at least I write and sing my own songs without the aid of autotune. I must say taking your clothes off, doing sexy dancing and marrying a rich footballer must be very gratifying, your mother must be so proud, stupid bitch." (Myspace blog, 2007)

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    Added: 09 Sep 2010

  • Bono on Chris Martin: "[He's] a completely dysfunctional character and a cretin. But he happens to be a great melodist." (Radio 1, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Ian McCulloch on U2: "It was like, 'Wanted: spud-peeler who can sing.' And they were like, 'Yes! I can peel the spuds, and you can tune the guitars'." (Flaunt magazine, 2008)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Faris Badwan on The Enemy: "You've got to hand it to these boys. They're hungry, young and they've defied natural selection." (NME Awards, 2008)

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    Added: 19 May 2009

  • Wayne Coyne on Arcade Fire: “They have good tunes, but they're pricks, so fuck 'em." (Rolling Stone, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Win Butler on Wayne Coyne: "I hope I was less of a 'prick' than telling Rolling Stone that a bunch of people I don't know at all are really assholes." (Arcadefire.com, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Liam Gallagher on Radiohead's new album 'The King Of Limbs': "Them writing a song about a fucking tree? Give me a fucking break! A thousand year old tree? Go fuck yourself!" (The Quietus, 2011)

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    Added: 25 Feb 2011

  • Alan McGee to Brian Eno: "Was it your idea to dress Coldplay up as The Beatles? And when are you going to make a decent record again? The last one was in 1972, cunt.” (Twitter, 2009)

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    Added: 18 May 2011

  • Brian Eno to Alan McGee: "Fuck off, wanker." (Twitter, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Miley Cyrus on Radiohead (after being 'snubbed' by the band at the Grammys): "I was so upset. I wasn't going to watch. Stinkin' Radiohead! I'm gonna ruin them, I'm going to tell everyone." (Johnjay and Rich radio show, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Radiohead on Miley Cyrus: "When Miley grows up, she'll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement." (Manager's press statement, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Richey Edwards on shoegaze bands: "I will always hate Slowdive more than Hitler." (NME, 1991)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Johnny Borrell on The Kooks: "That record is the most horrible thing I’ve ever heard. It sounds like the band are literally rolling over, sticking their arse in the air and begging Radio 1 to fuck them." (NME, 2006)

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • Pete Doherty on Razorlight: "Johnny Borrell is a poisonous snake." (NME 2005)

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    Added: 03 Apr 2012

  • Cheryl Cole on Pete Doherty: "[He] is not a poet. He writes shit. He is a waste of fresh air." (The Sun, 2007)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Noel Gallagher on Kaiser Chiefs: "I did drugs for 18 years and I never got that bad as to say, 'You know what? I think the Kaiser Chiefs are brilliant'." (BBC Newsbeat, 2008)

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    Added: 20 Apr 2012

  • Beth Ditto on Katy Perry: "['I Kissed A Girl' is] a boner dyke anthem for straight girls who like to turn guys on by faking gay. She's just riding on the backs of [lesbian] culture." (The London Paper, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Katy Perry on Beth Ditto: "I'm not impressed. I've learned in the past year that one artist should never insult another artist's music — it’s tacky." (The London Paper, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Paul Weller on Freddie Mercury."He said he wanted to bring ballet to the working classes. What a cunt." (Uncut, 2006)

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    Added: 05 Jun 2009

  • Trent Reznor on Chris Cornell: "You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record? Jesus.” (Twitter, 2009)

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    Added: 22 Mar 2011

  • Chris Cornell on Trent Reznor: "Has anyone seen Judas? He was here a minute ago."

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    Added: 05 Jun 2009

  • Morrissey on Robert Smith: "A fat clown with make up weeping over a guitar." (NME, 1989)

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    Added: 20 May 2009

  • Noel Gallagher on Jack White: "[He] did a song for Coca-Cola. He's meant to be the posterboy for the alternative way of thinking. And he looks like Zorro on doughnuts." (NME, 2005)

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    Added: 16 Apr 2012

  • Eminem on Moby: "You thirty-six year-old bald-headed fag, blow me!" ('Without Me', 2002)

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    Added: 20 Aug 2011

  • Moby on Eminem: "He should lighten up. I mean, my mom was a bitch too, but I don’t go writing songs about it." (MTV, 2003)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Corey Taylor on Coldplay: “['Viva La Vida'] is one of the most self-celebratory pieces of shit I've ever fucking heard in my entire life. It's music to wipe your ass to.” (MTV2, 2008)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Noel Gallagher on Keane: "Traditionally speaking, the three biggest twats in any band are the singer, the keyboardist and the drummer. I don't need to say anything else." (NME, 2008)

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    Added: 15 May 2009

  • Patrick Wolf on La Roux: "The week I was dropped they signed her, and all the money that had been going into me was going into her. It was like they took Patrick Wolf and put it into a girl. Where I'm from, it's not challenging." (The London Paper, 2009)

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    Added: 11 Jan 2012

  • Jon Bon Jovi on Axl Rose: "That motherfucker hasn't made a record in 13 years and he gets all that attention. You know what I've done in 13 years? A lot." (New York Post, 2006)

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    Added: 28 May 2009

  • Courtney Love on Dave Grohl: "Dave gets to walk away unscathed and be the happy guy in rock, when he's one of the biggest jerks. He's been taking money from my child for years." (Spin, 2005)

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    Added: 14 Mar 2011

  • Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic on Courtney Love: "Irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable... a greedy prima donna with a waning recording and acting career." (Lawsuit, 2003)

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    Added: 20 Jan 2012

  • Sharon Osbourne on Bruce Dickinson: "[He] has a chip on his shoulder. The bottom line is, it’s not my fault that his solo records are shit." (Attitude, 2005)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Bruce Dickinson on Sharon Osbourne: "In her world, facelifts are really important. In my world, I don’t give a fuck. I get old and I get wrinkly. Who gives a shit?" (Close-Up magazine, 2006)

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    Added: 05 Jun 2009

  • Josh Homme on Sharon Osbourne: "The question is, do I actually care if Sharon likes me? It's like, 'Hitler doesn't like you.' Big deal. What's she going to do, breathe on me?" (KTVU.COM, 2007)

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    Added: 05 Jun 2009

  • 50 Cent on Kanye West: "It’s not possible for Kanye to beat me. It's like the teddy bear versus the gorilla. Kanye sucks." (AJ's Playhouse, 2007)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Kanye West on 50 Cent: "It's almost like if a little kid walks up to you at the airport and is like, 'Man, I love you so much' - and then you spit on him." (MTV, 2007)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Etta James on Beyonce. “She's gonna get her ass whupped. I can't stand her. She has no business up there, on a big ol' President day, singing my song ('At Last') that I've been singing forever.” (TMZ, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Tom Clarke on Arctic Monkeys: "[The first album] was top. And then I was bitterly disappointed when I got the second – just dull." (The Mirror, 2008)

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    Added: 09 Jul 2009

  • Liam Fray on The Enemy: "That band are a bunch of little fucking pricks." (NME, 2007)

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    Added: 03 Jun 2009

  • Liam Gallagher on The Enemy (who were originally lined up to support Oasis at Heaton Park): "Having read an interview with Tom Clarke apparently Oasis are past it? Do you want to go on first or what, you little fucker?" (Twitter, 2009)

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    Added: 08 Sep 2011

  • Marilyn Manson on My Chemical Romance: "These people are doing a really sad, pitiful, shallow version of what I’ve done. If they want to identify with me then here’s a razor blade. Call me when you’re done and we’ll talk." (The London Paper, 2007)

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    Added: 27 Apr 2012

  • My Chemical Romance on Marilyn Manson: "If Elvis Costello said we sucked we would think about it a bit - but usually it is comments from someone with a new record to promote, so the remarks ring hollow." (Rock Sound, 2007)

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    Added: 17 Nov 2010

  • Kurt Cobain on Axl Rose: "Ever since the beginning of rock and roll, there's been an Axl Rose. And it's just boring. It's totally boring to me. He's such an egotistical person that he thinks that the whole world owes him something." (Melody Maker, 1991)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Christina Aguilera on Fred Durst: "You didn't get no nookie! Screw you! He made such an ass out of himself and looks like a scumbag to everyone. End of story." (MTV, 2003)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Lily Allen on Victoria Beckham: "The Beckhams are sickening. Everyone knows Victoria is a monster. I’d rather shoot myself between the eyes than be a WAG." (SoFoot Magazine, 2009)

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    Added: 03 Jun 2009

  • Perez Hilton on Lily Allen: "She has no sense of humour. She takes herself way too seriously." (PerezHilton.com, 2009)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Mike Patton on Red Hot Chili Peppers: "They had us [Mr Bungle] kicked off several festival bills. That's so fucking pathetic! I mean, this guy's selling a million records, we are not even a speck of dust on this guy's ass. What's the fucking problem?" (The Onion, 1999)

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Sammy Hagar on David Lee Roth (pictured), who preceded him as vocalist in Van Halen: "He's half the singer and half the performer he used to be. He spray paints his hair on, and acts like it's 1982. It's like Liberace. It's a joke."

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Frank Carter on Sex Pistols: "They were a bunch of junkies. They mean nothing to me. They were intent on destroying everything, themselves first." (ShockHound.com, 2008)

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • Mark 'E' Everett on The Beatles: "John Lennon sings about peace because he's a woman-beater. Hippies are so full of shit." (Uncut Magazine, 2009)

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    Added: 26 Jun 2011

  • Morrissey on Elton John: "He is pushing his face in all the time and telling us about his private life. Nobody's interested. He should just go away." (NME, 1987) Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 04 Jun 2009

  • Lars Ulrich on Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "He was in our band for a year, and it was 22 years ago. It's sad and pathetic that [being kicked out] still can be that big a deal." (So What!, 2006)

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    Added: 16 Sep 2011