10 Artists We Love to Hate…

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We all know how to spot them: the colossal egos, the public outbursts, the outfits no mother would approve of.  These are the defining characteristics of the artists we love to hate.  All that’s required to join this exclusive club is a healthy sense of self-worth and a willingness to make terrible choices that millions of people will scrutinize.

Here is a list of today’s top ten members:

 

  1. Nickelback

Nickelback “Photograph”

This band of Canadian bros took everything we loved about Nirvana, jacked it up on monster truck wheels and packaged it to look great on Walmart clearance shelves. The fact that they’ve sold 50 million records around the world coupled with near universal derision from music lovers shows that we really do love to hate Nickelback.

 

  1. Skrillex

Skrillex “Bangarang”

Dubstep icon Skrillex is known more for his genre-defining haircut than for any of the tabloid faux-pas that define so many others on this list. When your music sounds like monster farts, however, you don’t really have to do much to get people scratching their heads. Before re-emerging from a warehouse party as Skrillex circa 2010, Sonny Moore fronted screamo band From First to Last in the 2000s, only reinforcing that this man has an uncanny talent for spearheading lame musical fads.

 

  1. Axl Rose

Guns n Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine

This hair metal prima Donna almost doesn’t deserve to be mentioned because he’s put out such little new material in recent years. The decade long wait for ‘Chinese Democracy’ along with tales of concert no-shows suggest that the Guns n’ Roses frontman may just run on a different timeline than the rest of us. Or maybe he’s spending all that time primping his cornrows. Either way, you should know something’s gone awry when all your original band members have left and your replacement guitar player is wearing a KFC bucket for a hat.

 

  1. Scott Stapp/Kid Rock

Creed “Higher”

This dynamic duo gets paired together for a notorious stint on tour (4) involving some groupies and a couple of our favorite turn-of-the-century rockers. One might expect such debauchery from the king of trailer park rock, but Creed frontman Stapp may have lost a few true believers when he welcomed this ménage-a-trois with arms wide open.

 

  1. Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey “Born to Die”

Queen of Americana mope cabaret Lana Del Rey received an immediate backlash after a subdued (and out of tune) performance on Saturday Night Live in 2012. It seems Lana may be better suited for dramatically taking long, slow drags off a cigarette than for singing on stage. It’s alright though – soon enough James Dean will show up on a motorcycle and they’ll ride off into a sultry, never-ending sunset.

 

  1. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber “As Long As You Love Me”

Ever since Justin Bieber morphed from child YouTube sensation into a full-fledged teen pop star, the world at large has been subject to an increasing stream of questionable choices from the Billboard chart topper. One particular quote stating that Holocaust victim Anne Frank “would have been a belieber” left many wondering if the Biebs had taken a detour off the deep end. After an arrest in 2014 for drunk driving and assault, it appears that Bieber has become not just a menace to our eardrums, but to society as a whole.

 

  1. R. Kelly

Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly”

This smooth voiced hit maker is living proof that fame gives you a get-out-of-jail-free card. After an incident involving a video camera, a questionably legal fan, and R&B’s golden child himself, the public began to gather that no one was safe from the crooner’s Midas touch. Once the proverbial sour taste left our mouths, we were left wondering what other secrets R. Kelly might keep trapped in the closet.

 

  1. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

Does every pop star groomed by the Disney Channel have to have a good-girl-gone-bad phase? If so, none come close to the candy-colored, bong-ripping outrageousness of Miley’s latest foray into pop music. Pals including Robin “I know you want it” Thicke and mustache-creeper extraordinaire Terry Richardson must have father Billy Ray nursing an achy breaky heart.

 

  1. Kanye West

Kanye West “Good Lyfe”

When it comes to artists we love to hate, “College Dropout” superstar Kanye West may as well be the head of the alumni association. Between his takeover of Taylor Swift’s VMA award speech, his self-proclamation that “I Am a God,” and the bizarre green-screen love session that is the video for ‘”Bound 2”, Kanye has no trouble proving that his ego is big enough for all 10 positions on this list. The only reason we gave him the number 2 slot is because he’s almost trying too hard to earn our seal of disapproval.

 

  1. Bono

Bono “Where the Streets Have no Name

It’s one thing to express a never-ending spiritual quest in songs such as “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” but when you try to be a superhero for the entire continent of Africa it starts to look a little like a savior complex. Either way, when you make your new album mandatory listening for every iPod owner on the planet, you may just be admitting that people are having a hard time caring about your band anymore.

 

 

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18 Responses

  1. Tone

    Skrillex doesn’t belong on this list. Like him or not, he’s forged his own sound and has helped many artists rise to the top. He’s also a super nice dude — probably one of the friendliest and most down to earth on his level.

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  2. joe

    Crappy article, I knew it from the beginning and I was sure the moment I read the line of Lana del rey’s SNL performance. It was ages ago, it was her first live performance ever, plus you know nothing to hate on such artists!

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  3. Jason

    Meanwhile…Bono and company continue their sold out tour because nobody cares about them…

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  4. Anonymous

    This whole article just seems like it was written by a musician who isn’t doing so well.

    Even if it’s not, the author should probably just concentrate on what they do like rather than what they don’t and tell us about that.

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  5. jamie

    this writer is negative and throwing out hate, get a new perspective this isn’t 1980.

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  6. alexis arrieta

    you don’t know shit lana didn’t have
    father promoting her she worked hard
    do you get recognized in the open mic.

    p.s your website is shittie
    and don’t tell me this is your full time job XD

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    • Anonymous

      This article is so stupid. Lana Del Rey is one of the most talented artists out there.You can’t judge based off of one performance.

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  7. Anonymous

    re: bono
    yeah, cuz having a spiritual (not material) perspective on life, and walking the walk and trying to help people (charities) is SUCH a bad thing. better that he sang about cash & chicks and just dealt in real estate.

    i’m not an enormous fan of u2’s music, but you have to be a seriously angry/unevolved individual to get mad at a guy who is a positve role model & actually using his position to do some good (see also Matt Damon). getting mad at oprah but giving kim kardashian a pass says more about the individual than the celebrity

    ps the weird thing is, i though Lana Del Rays first album had some good songs and great production

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  8. Jay

    File under biased personal opinion. Terrible article, terrible journalism, and terrible decision to publish this. I guess anything can substitute for an article these days. Don’t know much about this website but this has surely discredited it for me!

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    • Victoria

      Wow. I think it’s really well written… Everybody loves a little tongue-in-cheek!

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  9. Gwen

    “the colossal egos, the public outbursts, the outfits no mother would approve of.” LANA is not known for any of these! Do you even know anything about her?

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  10. It's Rodney

    I lol’d. You guys take this stuff waaay too seriously. I thought this piece was great.

    Reply

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