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.

1
6,059 3,892
Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nickelback Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

2
4,967 1,627
Insane Clown Posse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Insane Clown Posse Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

3
4,667 2,700
Limp Bizkit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Limp Bizkit Nu metal, Rap rock, Rapcore

4
4,385 2,917
Creed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Creed Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

5
4,011 2,839
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Kid Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

6
3,155 2,255
Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Good Charlotte Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk

7
2,797 2,798
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Fall Out Boy Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

8
2,860 1,224
Color Me Badd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
slackMFr added Color Me Badd Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

9
3,208 2,490
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

10
2,535 701
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 Blood on the Dance Floor Synthpop, Electronic music, Alternative dance

11
2,037 1,542
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KatyaDjirkinov added Starship Pop music, Rock music, Acid rock

12
1,939 1,393
Daughtry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Daughtry Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

13
2,304 2,140
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Panic! at the Disco Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

14
2,158 2,630
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
My Chemical Romance Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

Celebrities With Problem Children

15
3,095 2,864
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

16
2,173 1,682
Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Smash Mouth Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

17
1,706 1,530
Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Puddle of Mudd Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
2,015 772
Tokio Hotel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Tokio Hotel Pop punk, Rock music, Teen pop

19
1,985 2,954
Korn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

20
2,192 2,184
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Papa Roach Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

21
1,334 738
Sleeping with Sirens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Sleeping with Sirens Pop punk, Emo, Pop rock

The Best Frontmen in Rock

22
2,061 2,676
U2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
bigfatsissy added U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

23
1,966 2,547
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

24
1,720 1,934
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Hootie & the Blowfish Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

25
1,818 1,443
Bullet for My Valentine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Bullet for My Valentine Thrash metal, Emo, Metalcore

26
1,990 994
Black Veil Brides is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Black Veil Brides Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

27
1,366 512
Brokencyde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Brokencyde Crunkcore

28
1,763 620
30 Odd Foot of Grunts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

29
1,751 1,087
Phish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Phish Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

30
1,185 1,472
3 Doors Down is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added 3 Doors Down Nu metal, Rock music, Acoustic music

31
2,258 1,241
Chumbawamba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Chumbawamba Rock music, World music, Dance

32
1,154 462
Blue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
robin-powell added Blue Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

33
993 1,169
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Paramore Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

34
853 591
Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Hollywood Undead Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

35
1,777 1,404
Hole is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Hole Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With

36
1,742 2,130
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

37
851 1,016
Staind is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Staind Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

38
1,306 1,343
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
JosefMueller added Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

39
1,393 676
The Mr. T Experience is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
The Mr. T Experience Pop punk, Punk rock

40
594 289
Emmure is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Emmure Nu metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

41
787 455
Asking Alexandria is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Asking Alexandria Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

42
980 832
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
S├ębastien Howald added Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

Every Single AC/DC Song With The Word 'Rock' In The Title, Ranked. (Trust Us. It's A Lot.)

43
1,213 453
The Cockroaches is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
thecollo67 added The Cockroaches Pub rock, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

44
794 1,069
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Avenged Sevenfold Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

45
1,727 2,351
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

46
1,650 1,494
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added WHAM! Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

47
1,333 936
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Savage Garden Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

48
1,171 457
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KatyaDjirkinov added Complete

49
809 882
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Five Finger Death Punch Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

50
1,179 459
Anorexia Nervosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Anorexia Nervosa Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal