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Here Are America’s Least Favorite Musicians

Photo courtesy of The Richest. Modified by Curiousmatic.

In 2013, Public Policy Polling (PPP), a company known for its accurate pre-election polls, asked America a crucial question: who’s your least favorite musician?

Here are the results:

1. Chris Brown

Unfavorability rating: 57%

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This should come as no surprise: aside from assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, Chris Brown has allegedly been in fights with nice guys Drake and Frank Ocean, and a bunch of other people.

2. Justin Bieber

Unfavorability rating: 54%


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As a survey of nationally registered voters, the PPP obviously missed the Bieb’s crucial pre-teen demographic. But with his recent anti-social behavior, such as DUI street racing in a Lamborghini, an assault on a limo driver, and childishly resisting defense lawyers at a deposition, his current rating might not be that far off.

3. Lady Gaga

Unfavorability rating: 50%


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Are people tired of the fake-blood dance shows, or the raw meat dress? Or is it the appropriation of LGBT and/or oppressive burqa fashion? Unfortunately, the PPP survey does not address why 50% of American’s don’t like Lady Gaga.

Limited sample size

Those three were the only ones in the PPP poll with an unfavorability rating of 50% or more; Jay-Z and Rihanna were next, with 44% and 39% unfavorability ratings respectively.

Of course, while it was a legitimate survey with a 4.1% margin of error, it doesn’t show the whole picture: respondents only relayed their feelings on 11 musicians in total (the most favorably rated were Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Adele).

It did ask about genres, and classical, country, jazz, pop, R&B and rock all came out with 50% or more. Rap, however, ended up with 68% unfavorable rating.

Not surprisingly, 17% of respondents said they had been to “the club”, 75% said they have not.

For a broader (though perhaps not highly scientific) look at which bands Americans hate, check out this map of least-listened-to Top 50 bands on Spotify, by state:


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Ole Skaar