I think you should rename this thread, Bands that started off with a full head of steam but petered out. Many of the bands I can agree with, but at the same time their debut or sophomore albums were really good. (U2, DMB, PJ, RHCP, Weezer, Muse, Radiohead, Green Day)
Others I just can't agree with. Foo Fighters are definitely not overrated. They had a lull with a couple of albums but I would say they came back strong with their last outing. If you ever see them live, you would also agree that they are a great show. I also cannot agree with The Black Keys.
I would also agree with Coldplay, Arcade Fire, REM, and just about any rap artist out now.
I would say my two most underrated and now defunct bands are The Matches and Thrice.
I don't think anyone can call a band over-rated if they weren't old enough to experience them. It was mentioned briefly in the thread regarding the Beatles. They seem simple now, but they were mind-blowing because they were completely different. Jimi isn't over-rated, he changed how people played the guitar. Eddie Van Halen too. It's easy to look at these people now but you can't overlook their contribution to music at that time.
Now you've got disney-spawn like Britney Spears, Christina Agulara(however you spell that) and Miley Cyrus who could be judged as over-rated simply because the music was produced for them and just about any similar aged girl with the right looks could replace her.
RE: Green Day
These songs are not at all the same. One is about leaving behind a stage or time period in your life, the other is a critique of American culture post-9/11.
I don't know, when I think overrated I think of bands like Nickleback. Green Day was listed and I think that's crazy. I think RHCP is crazy and Michael Jackson is ridiculous to list. MJ was a game changer.
You could probably just title this thread "What music a lot of people like but you don't" just like any other music thread in CF history. It's a matter of opinion. I would put these on my list:
-DMB (I do like some of their stuff)
I considered Floyd, too, but my opinion about that bad, still, is I can't get worked up either way. It's one of those bands that, if I flip through the radio and it's on, almost regardless of song, I will say neither "Yes, Pink Floyd!!" or "Ugh, I hate this!"
Well all I can say is, Thank God that nobody mentioned the Bee Gees. I'd hate to think that someone would force me to track them down and murder them until they die from it.
If you are going purely by the word "overrated", then the Beatles would be #1 on my list. Yes, they have a few catchy tunes, but almost everyone in the world lists them as the #1 musical group ever, and they probably wouldn't even crack my top 100 bands of all time. I understand they were groundbreaking artists, but that doesn't mean their songs are all that great.
And any rap artist is overrated in my book, but that's probably because I hate rap. Most of it sound like pure noise, and talentless noise at that.
Definitely agree with you here. The Black Keys have consistently put out solid albums since they started, and are the best-sounding band I've ever seen live. As for the Foo Fighters, they had a steady run of good albums, especially compared to some of the other stuff that was coming out at the same time.
It's a fun topic but just because a band jumps the shark doesn't mean they were never legit. I still remember when I bought Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger the day it came out. It totally blew me away and obviously a bunch of other people considering how much it got ripped-off. Just because none of their subsequent records were nearly as good doesn't make them overrated imo. It just means they had a peak.
I'd add that people calling REM overrated have rarely even heard their best music. Accelerate was actually an incredible album from them right at the end, but most of the "REM is overated crowd" think of "Losing My Religion" as their "old stuff" when actually they were past their peak by then. I could listen to their debut EP Chronic Town on a loop from 1982 for a full day. That's almost a decade before what 99% of people think of when they talk about REM.
Classifying The Beatles and Led Zeppelin as overrated = crazy talk.