The Most Vicious Put-Downs In Music




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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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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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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)

8U2 sighting - France

U2's leadsinger, Bono is spotted at his hotel in Paris, France. Pa Photos
Bono on Chris Martin: "[He's] a completely dysfunctional character and a cretin. But he happens to be a great melodist." (Radio 1, 2009)

9Music - V97 Festival

Echo & the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch performing on stage at V97 Pa Photos
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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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)

11T in the Park - Flaming Lips

The lead singer Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips at T in the Park at Balado, Kinross in Scotland during the opening acts of the 10th Anniversary of the Scottish concert. Pa Photos
Wayne Coyne on Arcade Fire: “They have good tunes, but they're pricks, so fuck 'em." (Rolling Stone, 2009)

12Carling Leeds Festival 2007

Arcade Fire perform on the Main Stage at the Carling Leeds Festival held at Bramham Park, Leeds. Pa Photos
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." (, 2009)


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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)


15Treat Yourself - Lydian Bells

A specially commissioned sound work by Brian Eno (pictured), entitled 'Lydian Bells' is among the contemporary art works in 'Treat Yourself', a new Wellcome Trust exhibition at the Science Museum in London. * The exhibition, which opens to the public Friday 23 May, aims to illustrate the modern and historical ideas that people hold about keeping themselves healthy Pa Photos
Brian Eno to Alan McGee: "Fuck off, wanker." (Twitter, 2009)

16Baby Names

FILE - In this April 23, 2009 file photo, U.S. singer and actress Miley Cyrus arrives for the British Premiere of the film ' Hannah Montana', at a Leicester Square cinema, in London. Barack and Miley moved up, but the classics still rule. Emma is the top baby name for girls, Jacob for boys. Miley, as in popular teen singer Miley Cyrus, moved up 152 spots to No. 127. But her stage name, Hannah _ as in Hannah Montana _ fell from No. 9 to No. 17. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, FILE) Pa Photos
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)

17Radiohead in concert - Massachusetts

Radiohead perform at the Comcast Centre in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Pa Photos
Radiohead on Miley Cyrus: "When Miley grows up, she'll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement." (Manager's press statement, 2009)

18manic preacher

The Manic Street Preachers performing live in Brighton. Pa Photos
Richey Edwards on shoegaze bands: "I will always hate Slowdive more than Hitler." (NME, 1991)



21Showbiz Review 2008

File photo dated 17/09/08 of Cheryl Cole during the Fashion for Relief show during London Fashion Week at the BFC Tent, Natural History Museum, London. Pa Photos
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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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)

23Daniel Merriweather Concert and After Party - London

Beth Ditto attends the afterparty for Daniel Merriweather's gig at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London. Pa Photos
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)

2451st Annual Grammy Awards - Show - Los Angeles

Katy Perry performs on stage at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Pa Photos
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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Paul Weller on Freddie Mercury."He said he wanted to bring ballet to the working classes. What a cunt." (Uncut, 2006)


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)

27Chris Cornell performs at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada

American rock singer-songwriter CHRIS CORNELL performing at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Zhang Pa Photos
Chris Cornell on Trent Reznor: "Has anyone seen Judas? He was here a minute ago."

28Music - Morrissey

Musician Morrissey. circa date 1993. Pa Photos
Morrissey on Robert Smith: "A fat clown with make up weeping over a guitar." (NME, 1989)


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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)


31Nike Human Race Event - London

Moby performs during the Nike+ Human Race event at Wembley Stadium in north London. Pa Photos
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)

32"Subliminal Verses World Tour" - H.P. Pavilion

Corey Taylor and Slipknot perform. Pa Photos
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)

33Oasis Photocall - London

Oasis band member Noel Gallagher is pictured during a photocall at Wembley Stadium, where the band announced their biggest ever tour of open air venues in the UK and Ireland next summer. Pa Photos
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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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)

35REPORTERS Jon Bon Jovi concert in Amsterdam

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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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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)


38American Idol Top 13 Party - West Hollywood

Sharon Osbourne attending the American Idol Top 13 Party held at Area in West Hollywood, CA. Pa Photos
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)

39SHOWBIZ Reading 22

NO MERCHANDISING: Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden performing on the Main Stage at the Reading Festival, Sunday 28 August 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Pa Photos
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)

40KROQ Weenie Roast

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs during the band's set at the KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2007 in Irvine, Calif., Saturday, May 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Pa Photos
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)

41Christian Audigier birthday party - Cannes

50 Cent performs at designer Christian Audigier's 51st Birthday Party held at VIP Room during 62nd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France Pa Photos
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)

42Z100 Jingle Ball Concert

Singer Kanye West performs at Z100 Jingle Ball 2008 at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) Pa Photos
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)

43Etta James in concert - Vancouver

R&B and Blues performer Etta James sings to a sold out house at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, near Vancouver, BC, Canada on January 30, 2009. Pa Photos
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)

44Style: "Portrait B&W - high key"

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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)

45The Courteeners live - Nottingham

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Liam Fray of The Courteeners performs on stage at Nottingham Trent University in central Nottingham. Pa Photos
Liam Fray on The Enemy: "That band are a bunch of little fucking pricks." (NME, 2007)



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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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)

49Music - Nirvana Feature

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain photographed in the studio Pa Photos
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)

50Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera performs at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) Pa Photos
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)

51Lily Allen in Concert - Los Angeles

Lily Allen performing 'It's Not Me, It's You' in Concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Pa Photos
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)

52Miss USA Pageant 2009 - Las Vegas

Perez Hilton arrives at the Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, USA Pa Photos
Perez Hilton on Lily Allen: "She has no sense of humour. She takes herself way too seriously." (, 2009)


Mike Patton and his new band Tomahawk photographed performing live in Italy Pa Photos
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)


David Lee Roth performs with Van Halen at Madison Square Garden Friday, May 23, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) Pa Photos
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."



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)

57Morrissey Performs Live on the "Late Late Show" - LA

Singer Morrissey performs during a segment of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at CBS Television City, Los Angeles. Pa Photos
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


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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