The Most Infamous Band Rivalries Of All Time

Bands, and particularly their frontmen, have garnered something of a reputation for being brilliant architects of creativity but with an ego to match their successes. With some particularly nasty egos out in the market throughout history, heavy and messy rivalries between artists should come to be expected after a point. Nevertheless, below are some of the most infamous and publicly obvious rivalries the music world has ever thrown up.

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#1 Tupac vs Biggie

Originally a fairly easy rivalry between 'East and West coast' superstars Tupac and Biggie Smalls, the divide between the two artists has the unfortunate right to claim itself as perhaps the most harrowing of any rivalry across the history of music. Lighting the touch paper for the hip hop genre to take centre stage in the American market, both men would find themselves cut down before their peak because of their successes and positions on the hip hop divide. 

#2 Robert Smith vs Morrissey

Both highly influential and successful as leaders of the two biggest alternative bands to come out of the UK, the competition for the bigger ego has bred one of the most long running and perhaps recognised rivalries in music history. It's clear that there is no love lost between these two men over their thirty year rivalry, Robert Smith once claiming that he was going to eat meat 'just because Morrissey said I shouldn't.' 

#3 Nirvana vs Pearl Jam

The two undisputed heavy hitters of the American grunge scene that became so dominant in the 1990s scene, both these bands emerged from the same city and arguably pioneered the same movement. Perhaps it was this closeness that caused so much friction between the two, with Nirvana lead man Kurt Cobain leading the line in labelling Pearl Jam as little more than band jumpers. Battles for chart positions, recognisability in the market and establishing themselves for their cult followings became some of the focal 'battlegrounds' for these two '90s heavy hitters across their feud. 

#4 Blur vs Oasis

The two defining artists of the entire Britpop era in 1990s Britain, the hot feud between bands Oasis and Blur came to shape and mold an entire culture together. Representing a class and regional struggle, all eyes were on the charts for who would come out on top every week. With fierce insults being publicly dished out on both sides to the other side, the disagreements and rivalries between the two bands kept the music world gripped for years. 

#5 Mozart vs Salieri

The brilliant mind of Mozart certainly won the young composer huge amounts of admiration and fans across European society in the day, but with that new found fame came plenty of resentment from some of the more 'traditional' artists of the time. Few had as much as the Italian composer Salieri who, across Mozart's entire rise, was responsible for several obstacles falling in the way and was even suspected in an attempted poisoning of the young Austrian. 

#6 Britney vs Christina

With THAT awkward appearance at the 2003 MTV awards behind them, it was clear that there was no love lost between two of the most successful breakout teenage superstars from the Disney channel. With the mass media hyping up the rivalry to the masses and even giant companies such as Coke and Pepsi choosing their sides, Britney Spears' and Christina Aguilera's rivalry propelled the both of them to being two of the most famous people on the planet.  

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Written by James Metcalfe

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