The Worst Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians
Ultimate List
558  items 292,420 votes 16,858 voters 458,923 views more info

The Worst Bands of All Time

List Criteria: Include all singers, rappers, pop stars, and bands that suck

The worst bands in music history, ranked by music fans (and haters.) This list contains the most awful bands to listen to from throughout the history of recorded music, suggested and voted on based on a variety of metrics, including popular bands least deserving of their fame and fortune, artists who shamelessly ripped off other, superior acts and just bands that don't know how to play their instruments or write songs. Obviously, the majority of choices will be rock bands, but any "musical group" or bands are technically eligible. Think the worst band of all time is a jazz band? Hate polka bands as much (or more) than Nickelback? Suggest your least favorite group by making your own list and including them! (Please, don't include individual musical artists who aren't in bands. You may hate Sting, but unless you also hate The Police, save it for another list!)

What makes a band go from just being terrible to epically earning "Worst Band of All Time" status? For some, there's an original inkling of a good sound in there that just gets weighed down by poor decisions, excessive drug use and bad production. For others, it's a total lack of songwriting ability that renders the band - as a whole - incapable of producing quality music. Some bands just have no business being together in the first place, so incapable are they of playing in sync and producing pleasant music. And then some bands may have limited talent but waste it by producing songs and albums that are overblown, slickly commercial and hollow.

This list collects all these examples of terrible bands with no business recording music, and more. It will be a great guide for keeping track of musicians and artists to avoid next time you are on iTunes or Amazon.
  • 102 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 7073
    Down 1862

    Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B

    open
  2. 2
    Up 4260
    Down 1393

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  3. 3
    Up 4000
    Down 1430

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

    open
  4. 4
    Up 3614
    Down 1285

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

    open
  5. 5
    Up 4971
    Down 2698

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    open
  6. 6
    Up 3350
    Down 1603

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Electro

    open
  7. 7
    Up 3034
    Down 872

    Hip hop music

    open
  8. 8
    Up 2798
    Down 1004

    Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

    open
  9. 9
    Up 2638
    Down 840

    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music

    open
  10. 10
    Up 3132
    Down 1112

    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Pop music

    open
  11. 11
    Up 2795
    Down 740

    Pop music

    open
  12. 12
    Up 2835
    Down 1315

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

    open
  13. 13
    Up 2695
    Down 1462

    Nu metal, Rap rock, Rapcore

    open
  14. 14
    Up 3098
    Down 1227

    Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music

    open
  15. 15
    Up 1818
    Down 631

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

    open
  16. 16
    Up 2849
    Down 1143

    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

    open
  17. 17
    Up 3135
    Down 1810

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

    open
  18. 18
    Up 2832
    Down 1001

    Pop music

    open
  19. 19
    Up 1854
    Down 646

    Crunkcore

    open
  20. 20
    Up 2621
    Down 1772

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    open
  21. 21
    Up 1987
    Down 789

    Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

    open
  22. 22
    Up 1732
    Down 949

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

    open
  23. 23
    Up 1772
    Down 859

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    open
  24. 24
    Up 1647
    Down 781

    Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

    open
  25. 25
    Up 1576
    Down 513

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

    open
  26. 26
    Up 1787
    Down 776

    Country pop, Country rock, Alternative rock

    open
  27. 27
    Up 1571
    Down 1090

    Indie pop, Pop music, Teen pop

    open
  28. 28
    Up 1704
    Down 982

    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

    open
  29. 29
    Up 1427
    Down 577

    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  30. 30
    Up 1743
    Down 829

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic dance music

    open
  31. 31
    Up 1565
    Down 982

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

    open
  32. 32
    Up 1317
    Down 828

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

    open
  33. 33
    Up 1357
    Down 586

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

    open
  34. 34
    Up 1123
    Down 635

    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop

    open
  35. 35
    Up 1707
    Down 1357

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

    open
  36. 36
    Up 1391
    Down 726

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

    open
  37. 37
    Up 1135
    Down 492

    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

    open
  38. 38
    Up 1078
    Down 499

    Pop music, Boy band

    open
  39. 39
    Up 1203
    Down 650

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

    open
  40. 40
    Up 1153
    Down 574

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Teen pop

    open
  41. 41
    Up 1354
    Down 1000

    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

    open
  42. 42
    Up 1328
    Down 836

    Synthpunk, Pop punk, Synthpop

    open
  43. 43
    Up 1169
    Down 566

    Pop punk, Rock music, Teen pop

    open
  44. 44
    Up 1063
    Down 513

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  45. 45
    Up 891
    Down 420

    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    open
  46. 46
    Up 1110
    Down 687

    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    open
  47. 47
    Up 1522
    Down 1222

    Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk

    open
  48. 48
    Up 683
    Down 207

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

    open
  49. 49
    Up 565
    Down 242

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Electro hop

    open
  50. 50
    Up 893
    Down 636

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

    open
  51. 559 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS + 63 MORE

items 1 - 50 of 558

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists