Everyone's musical tastes are different. Some artists have cultivated devoted followings and are universally loved. Others, however, draw mixed reactions from listeners. Here, we have compiled a list of 25 musical artists that people can't stand to listen to anymore.
Nickelback has become the epitome of polarizing music. One contributor likens Nickelback to the universal symbol of “embarrassing songs you secretly sing along to.” While some listeners appreciate their catchy hooks, others find their music formulaic and lacking in originality.
2. Ed Sheeran
Many feel Ed Sheeran's music has become overly saccharine and predictable. While his songwriting skills are widely recognized, some listeners desire a greater variety in his musical style.
3. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber's teenage heartthrob image grated on many people's nerves, including mine. Whether it's his early pop hits or his recent reinvention, Bieber's music continues dividing listeners, who can't decide if they hate him, just that they would rather live under a rock than listen to Bieber.
4. Rebecca Black
Rebecca Black's viral hit “Friday” made her an overnight sensation. Still, it also placed her on many people's “do not play” lists. Someone humorously remarks that the song “Friday” was an earworm that wouldn't let go, even as it drove them to madness.
Some top music fans playfully note that Pitbull's music can feel like a never-ending loop of similar beats and repetitive lyrics. While his songs dominate the charts, we've all grown tired of his signature sound.
6. Lil Pump
Lil Pump had one hit song, “Gucci Gang,” where he said “Gucci Gang” enough times to make your ears bleed — rest in peace to lyricism. According to someone, his music “represents everything that's wrong with the current state of hip-hop.”
7. Yoko Ono
Fans of Yoko Ono are familiar with her avant-garde style. She is most famous for her association with John Lennon, which has made her a divisive figure in the music world. However, her unconventional approach, which makes her songs “challenging” to listen to, continues to polarize listeners.
8. Insane Clown Posse
Insane Clown Posse has a dedicated fanbase known as the Juggalos. However, some have noted that ICP's music is an acquired taste, and only some are willing to “acquire” it. Their eccentric personas and controversial lyrics have alienated many listeners.
9. Taylor Swift
While Taylor Swift enjoys immense popularity, some have grown tired of her ubiquitous presence in the music industry. According to one, “Taylor Swift's music, especially her earlier country-pop phase, became overplayed and cliché.” There are only so many ways to sing about a broken heart, and we have had it all.
10. Cardi B
Cardi B's unfiltered personality and explicit lyrics have made her a divisive figure in the music industry. While some might appreciate her boldness, humor, and unapologetic style, others find her music too explicit and lacking substance.
11. Kanye West
Kanye West is no stranger to controversy. While some admire his artistic innovation, others find his persona and antics overshadow the music and would prefer never to listen to him again.
12. Post Malone
Post Malone's fusion of hip-hop, rock, and pop has garnered him a massive following. However, many music lovers have noted that his music can feel repetitive, with similar themes and melodies, and listeners have grown weary of his formulaic approach.
13. Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons' anthemic rock-pop sound propelled them to great commercial success. Still, it becomes annoying when an artist's music is played on every radio station, exhausting listeners, as with this famous band. Folks want a break!
14. Maroon 5
Maroon 5's evolution from alternative rock to pop has drawn mixed reactions from listeners. An ex-fan said it best: Maroon 5 went from creating unique songs to ones made for radio.
15. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake's solo career has been met with both praise and criticism. Despite achieving tremendous success and support as a pop star, some listeners yearn for a more genuine and less polished sound.
16. Katy Perry
Katy Perry's sugary pop hits have dominated the airwaves for years. Now, people believe Perry's music is like a guilty pleasure that has turned into a toothache. Let's blame this on her catchy hooks and bubblegum pop aesthetic, which have led some listeners to seek a break from her infectious tunes.
Coldplay's anthemic and emotional rock sound has garnered them a massive fanbase. But as one contributor suggests, Coldplay's music can make you feel trapped in an endless loop of melancholic anthems. People want something different. Regular is boring.
18. The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers' infectious EDM-infused pop tunes have dominated the charts for quite a while. But their consistent production style and reliance on guest vocalists have caused some listeners to grow weary of their sound.
19. Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit's fusion of nu-metal and rap-rock made them prominent in the late '90s and early 2000s. However, fans are remarking that their music hasn't “aged well” and has “become a relic of the past.” Their aggressive sound and controversial lyrics have caused many to move on from their angsty anthems.
20. Meghan Trainor
It is no lie that Meghan Trainor's catchy, retro-inspired pop songs have brought her success. Some people expressed themselves freely that Trainor's music feels repetitive, with constant themes of self-empowerment and body positivity.
6ix9ine, known for his flamboyant persona and controversial antics, has amassed a significant following. However, his public image and legal troubles have caused many to distance themselves from his music, which many would hardly consider “music.”
22. Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas' music has become nothing more than overplayed party hits. Their repetitive hooks and commercial appeal have led to apathy from listeners.
23. Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo's catchy R&B-infused pop tracks have garnered him chart success universally. But closely examining things, Derulo's reliance on similar themes and melodic patterns has caused some listeners to tire of his music.
24. Mumford & Sons
Someone once said that the name sounds boring, like something that should've been the name of an enterprise or something. The obvious truth that everyone who knows Mumford & Sons know is that their folk-rock sound gained them a dedicated fanbase. However, as some persons have complained, Mumford & Sons' music can feel overly earnest and lacking in musical progression.
25. Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy is another one that people have grown tired of. Their pop-punk and emo-infused sound resonated with a generation so well. Nevertheless, someone noted that Fall Out Boy's music has not changed at all since the early 2000s. Their consistent style and perceived lack of musical evolution have caused some listeners to move on.
Boloere Divine Seibidor, fondly called B.S., is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sights. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.