The 5 Worst Artists in Music History

What distinguishes a bad musician from the "Worst Artist in Music History"?  Some artists have the potential for greatness buried beneath the weight of terrible choices, anger management issues, and shoddy production. Others are unable to create high-quality songs because they have no songwriting skills whatsoever.

Whatever the reason, here are five artists who butchered their music careers:

Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit front-man Fred Durst is responsible for a lot of recycled, nasty, and dull nu-metal music. When he tries to rap while signing, it sounds awkward, and his lyrics carry an immature and exploitive tone that is hard to miss once you start noticing it. His song "Just Drop Dead" included some very obscene details about his relationship with Britney Spears. It's no surprise that he is seen as one of the most forgettable performers in the music business.

Paris Hilton

Kids these days didn't have to live through the bizarre era that was Paris Hilton's short-lived music career. Famous for being a rich heiress who built a reputation for herself in the tabloids, Paris Hilton decided to give singing a shot in 2006. Despite the popularity of her song "Stars Are Blind," Hilton has been called out for her lackluster vocals. Most people believe that it was her wealth that propelled her to fame as a singer, not her talent.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown is infamous for his problematic personal life. While the domestic abuse controversy involving him and ex-girlfriend Rihanna received the most attention, Brown's aggressive nature has also landed him in legal trouble and feuds with other musicians. Some have argued that his talent as a singer and dancer makes up for his troubled past, but his cynics remain unmoved.

Marilyn Manson

Several people are turned off by Manson because of his demonic take on heavy metal music, and he remains one of the most divisive musicians of all time. Younger listeners are especially vulnerable to the potentially corrupting effects of the Satanic and other immoral themes in his music. Sadly, his reputation has only worsened over the years due to his record of lawsuits, disputes, and other controversies.

Soulja Boy

It's safe to say that Soulja Boy is high on the list of most disliked rappers. He gets a lot of flak for having flimsy production, uninspired lyrics, and an overinflated sense of self-importance. The rapper Ice-T even said that he singlehandedly killed hip-hop due to his sluggish lyrics and lack of a strong fan following.

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