A great way to kill time over a beer (or a month depending on passion of the topic) is discuss which singers are overrated. There may be some cases where everyone is in agreement, but what you will find more often is that you will disagree on many more.
This list focuses on the mainstream, I’m sure there are hundreds of indie bands with sub-par vocalists (and many more that kick ass), but I’m going to go with the majority here. Also, the focus is going to be pop and rock. I’m not going to pretend I can tell a good country singer from another, and hip hop, well that’s an entirely different skill set altogether.
A few have always walked the line and it’s really based on personal preference. I believe Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), the late Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) and Neil Young are average to good lead singers – some will adamantly disagree. In the pop world you could make the argument that Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson are severely overrated, but I don’t think people focus solely on their voices; instead, it’s the songs and performances that made them elite pop stars. Anyone who claims Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose are overrated I disagree with; in fact I would put both in my top 10 rock vocalists of all time. Just needed to get that out of the way and move on. Here are the 15 most overrated lead singers of all time.