7 December 2017 | Live

From protest to potato peelers: Music’s biggest feuds ranked in order of ridiculousness

We take a look at some of the most prominent squabbles in modern day music


Written by Rosie Dodds

What’s the meanest thing that you can say in 140 characters or less? The birth of the internet has blessed us with many things: new ways of communicating, online banking, Netflix, and of course, the Twitter snub. But what happens when you have the support of the masses behind you? What arises when the only thing that can match your overbearing ego is the valiant support of your dedicated fanbase? Enter the Twitter feud, a taste of revenge best served to 100,000+ followers.

From the justified to the ridiculous, below are the most notable conflicts that the music industry has given us in the last few years.

Pussy Riot vs. Putin

Now, if there was was ever a worthwhile fight to pick, it would probably be with Putin, and that’s exactly what Russian punk band Pussy Riot did. Armed with their pro-LGBT and feminist lyrics, the band bravely took to the streets of Moscow to perform their music as a form of political protest. In true dictatorial fashion, Putin arrested three of the band’s members on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hated”, but the incident attracted the attention of other musicians and human rights activists around the world.

Miley Cyrus vs. Sinead O’Connor

The internet is never the best platform to air out grievances against your contemporaries, but then again, there will always be a few casualties who really just had it coming. After taking offence to Miley Cyrus’ claim that the video for Wrecking Ball was inspired by Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor penned an open letter to Cyrus, warning her of the exploitative powers of the industry. Taking O’Connors words as criticism, Cyrus retaliated by supplying her followers with a series of tweets mocking O’Connor’s struggle with bipolar disorder. Needless to say, we’re with Sinead on this one.

Drake vs. Chris Brown

Moving into a slightly more ridiculous realm is the ongoing feud between Drake and Chris Brown. A classic tale of unimpeachable machismo, the two boys allegedly butted heads over Rihanna at WIP Nightclub in New York back in 2012. Miraculously the pair managed to briefly rekindle their friendship in 2014 - yes, despite all of Brown’s nasty comments about Drake’s eyebrows - but within a year they were at it again after Drake was accused of being linked to another of Brown’s exes, Karrueche Tran.

Wiley vs. Dizzee Rascal

“I’m not the Godfather, I’m the GOD,” said one. “You owe your success to me, I hooked you up,” said the other. Five Tweets into their row and Dizzee Rascal’s and Wiley’s respective insults are pretty much indistinguishable from one another. The feud started with an altercation in Ayia Napa, but quickly descended into a predictable stream of he said/she said, swollen egos, and yes you guessed it, masculine pride.  

Katy Perry vs. Taylor Swift

Despite their once cordial friendship, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift haven’t been pals since Perry committed the ultimate sin of stealing three of Swift’s backing dancers during the middle of her Red tour. We’re guessing that Swift was pretty cross, because she quickly penned Bad Blood in response to the insult, which was of course followed by Perry’s Swish Swish.

Azealia Banks vs. The World

With victims including Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, Pharrell Williams, and Iggy Azalea, it’s fair to say that Azealia Banks is pretty ruthless when it comes to sending out hate on Twitter. Whether she was trolling the innocent or calling out people who actually deserve it, Banks was a master at condensing her outrage into Twitter’s 140 character limit, before her account was suspended that is.

Noel vs. Liam

Taking the crown for the most ridiculous - and most drawn-out - feud is the rift between Noel and Liam Gallagher. Despite Oasis’ overwhelming popularity, there’s only so much infighting, public snubbing, and tambourine related violence that a band can take, and consequently the duo split in 2009. However, the brothers’ special form of sibling rivalry has followed them well into the 21st century, most recently culminating in a dispute over a potato peeler and a pair of scissors. Yes, you did read that right.