The Worst Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Worst Bands of All Time

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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.

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

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  1. 1
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    Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 3302
    Down 1043
    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    93
  3. 3
    Up 2953
    Down 1056
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop More
    89
  4. 4
    Up 2863
    Down 996
    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap More
    89
  5. 5
    Up 4120
    Down 2116
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    89
  6. 6
    Up 2653
    Down 1256
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Electro More
    87
  7. 7
    Up 2419
    Down 679
    Hip hop music More
    86
  8. 8
    Up 2418
    Down 870
    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Pop music More
    83
  9. 9
    Up 2012
    Down 735
    Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop More
    82
  10. 10
    Up 2038
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music More
    81
  11. 11
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    Nu metal, Rap rock, Rapcore More
    80
  12. 12
    Up 2236
    Down 978
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music More
    79
  13. 13
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    Pop music More
    78
  14. 14
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    Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music More
    77
  15. 15
    Up 2627
    Down 1417
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop More
    77
  16. 16
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    77
  17. 17
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    Pop music More
    75
  18. 18
    Up 1225
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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    74
  19. 19
    Up 2089
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    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    74
  20. 20
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    Crunkcore More
    73
  21. 21
    Up 1442
    Down 565
    Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music More
    71
  22. 22
    Up 1328
    Down 615
    Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock More
    71
  23. 23
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    70
  24. 24
    Up 1215
    Down 397
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop More
    69
  25. 25
    Up 1373
    Down 596
    Country pop, Country rock, Alternative rock More
    68
  26. 26
    Up 1160
    Down 641
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music More
    68
  27. 27
    Up 1251
    Down 873
    Indie pop, Pop music, Teen pop More
    67
  28. 28
    Up 1325
    Down 760
    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music More
    67
  29. 29
    Up 1023
    Down 622
    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music More
    66
  30. 30
    Up 919
    Down 327
    65
  31. 31
    Up 1135
    Down 578
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal More
    65
  32. 32
    Up 959
    Down 385
    65
  33. 33
    Up 823
    Down 440
    Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop More
    64
  34. 34
    Up 1304
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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic dance music More
    64
  35. 35
    Up 980
    Down 419
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music More
    64
  36. 36
    Up 1080
    Down 671
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop More
    64
  37. 37
    Up 1074
    Down 442
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    64
  38. 38
    Up 1315
    Down 1017
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    64
  39. 39
    Up 846
    Down 380
    Pop music, Boy band More
    63
  40. 40
    Up 1073
    Down 734
    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music More
    63
  41. 41
    Up 1115
    Down 687
    Synthpunk, Pop punk, Synthpop More
    62
  42. 42
    Up 1287
    Down 989
    Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk More
    62
  43. 43
    Up 836
    Down 355
    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop More
    61
  44. 44
    Up 890
    Down 442
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Teen pop More
    60
  45. 45
    Up 928
    Down 491
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop More
    60
  46. 46
    Up 670
    Down 299
    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    60
  47. 47
    Up 885
    Down 419
    Pop punk, Rock music, Teen pop More
    60
  48. 48
    Up 786
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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap More
    60
  49. 49
    Up 813
    Down 405
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    60
  50. 50
    Up 1462
    Down 859
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    59
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