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
7,241 4,591
Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

2
6,122 2,022
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
5,534 3,267
Limp Bizkit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Rap rock, Rapcore

4
4,950 3,417
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

5
5,194 3,415
Creed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

6
3,820 2,743
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
3,466 1,490
Color Me Badd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
slackMFr added Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

8
3,240 903
Blood on the Dance Floor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Synthpop, Electronic music, Alternative dance

9
4,008 3,052
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
3,435 3,508
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

11
2,520 1,896
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KatyaDjirkinov added Pop music, Rock music, Acid rock

12
2,490 1,779
Daughtry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

13
2,716 2,145
Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

14
3,771 3,450
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

15
2,652 3,291
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

16
2,484 975
Tokio Hotel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Pop punk, Rock music, Teen pop

17
2,490 1,283
Black Veil Brides is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

18
2,839 2,798
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

19
2,592 3,179
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
2,152 1,906
Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

21
1,742 646
Brokencyde is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Crunkcore

22
2,585 2,622
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

23
2,649 3,292
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
2,359 3,632
Korn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

25
2,085 2,315
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

26
1,721 953
Sleeping with Sirens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Pop punk, Emo, Pop rock

27
2,070 747
30 Odd Foot of Grunts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

28
2,155 1,790
Bullet for My Valentine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Thrash metal, Emo, Metalcore

29
2,701 1,447
Chumbawamba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, World music, Dance

30
1,104 677
Asking Alexandria is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

31
1,460 586
Blue is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
robin-powell added Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

32
2,199 1,664
Hole is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

33
887 409
Emmure is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

34
2,147 1,640
Phish is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

35
1,193 831
Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

36
1,508 1,885
3 Doors Down is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Nu metal, Rock music, Acoustic music

37
1,602 1,604
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
JosefMueller added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

38
1,654 795
The Mr. T Experience is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Punk rock

39
808 402
The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Christian hardcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

40
1,462 549
The Cockroaches is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
thecollo67 added Pub rock, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

41
1,140 1,348
Staind is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

42
1,642 1,120
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

43
848 360
Design the Skyline is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Deathcore, Mathcore, Metalcore

44
1,320 1,322
311 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
muzziac added Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion

45
1,272 1,589
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

46
1,384 543
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KatyaDjirkinov added

47
1,266 1,129
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
S├ębastien Howald added Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

48
1,398 552
Anorexia Nervosa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

49
1,940 1,778
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

50
2,041 2,723
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore