Musicians The Worst Rock Bands of All Time  

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List Rules This is a worst of list, so upvote the bands you think are the worst, and downvote the ones you like a little more.

Here they are: the absolute worst rock bands in history, ranked from the most awful bands to the kind of okay but still pretty bad by the Ranker community and real rock purists (probably like you!). This list has the absolute worst rock bands of all time (but some of them are still on the best rock songs of 2018) and includes related corresponding album information and pictures when available.

While many of these bands may have had (or currently be having) wildly successful careers, that doesn't mean they're any good at what they do. These bands are notorious for their crumb-dumb lyrics, ear-splitting melodies, and downright annoying image and persona. What's the worst rock band of all time? That's for you to decide. Look through and vote up the rock and rollers you think are the worst. Know of a rock group that deserves a spot on this list but don't see them here? Feel free to add them, and let the bashing begin.

list ordered by

1
6,413 4,078
Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

2
5,275 1,702
Insane Clown Posse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

3
4,279 2,982
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

4
4,938 2,822
Limp Bizkit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Rap rock, Rapcore

5
4,600 3,039
Creed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

6
3,317 2,371
Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk

7
3,006 2,984
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

8
3,021 1,270
Color Me Badd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
slackMFr added Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

9
3,444 2,647
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

10
2,720 732
Blood on the Dance Floor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Synthpop, Electronic music, Alternative dance

11
2,175 1,634
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KatyaDjirkinov added Pop music, Rock music, Acid rock

12
2,073 1,492
Daughtry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

13
2,294 2,831
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

14
2,454 2,322
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

15
3,276 3,067
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

16
2,317 1,797
Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

17
1,833 1,611
Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
2,137 809
Tokio Hotel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Pop punk, Rock music, Teen pop

19
2,156 2,726
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
2,120 3,121
Korn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

21
2,306 2,291
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

22
1,436 790
Sleeping with Sirens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Pop punk, Emo, Pop rock

23
2,233 2,906
U2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
bigfatsissy added Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

24
1,815 2,029
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

25
1,910 1,521
Bullet for My Valentine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Thrash metal, Emo, Metalcore

26
2,105 1,051
Black Veil Brides is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

27
1,447 536
Brokencyde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Crunkcore

28
1,825 642
30 Odd Foot of Grunts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

29
1,833 1,149
Phish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

30
1,272 1,580
3 Doors Down is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Nu metal, Rock music, Acoustic music

31
2,359 1,294
Chumbawamba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, World music, Dance

32
1,219 486
Blue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
robin-powell added Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

33
931 636
Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

34
1,887 1,479
Hole is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

35
1,075 1,291
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

36
1,842 2,275
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

37
934 1,096
Staind is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

38
651 309
Emmure is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

39
1,111 1,115
311 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
muzziac added Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion

40
1,372 1,425
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
JosefMueller added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

41
1,446 704
The Mr. T Experience is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Punk rock

42
1,058 889
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
S├ębastien Howald added Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

43
849 495
Asking Alexandria is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

44
1,261 471
The Cockroaches is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
thecollo67 added Pub rock, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

45
899 948
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

46
867 1,190
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

47
1,405 979
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

48
1,727 1,580
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

49
1,212 471
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50
1,818 2,548
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music