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
6,295 4,010
Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

2
5,173 1,667
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
4,183 2,928
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
4,839 2,772
Limp Bizkit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Rap rock, Rapcore

5
4,530 2,992
Creed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

6
3,259 2,327
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
2,938 2,912
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
2,964 1,251
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
3,362 2,584
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
2,652 719
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
2,126 1,600
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KatyaDjirkinov added Pop music, Rock music, Acid rock

12
2,023 1,458
Daughtry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

13
2,402 2,254
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

14
2,249 2,761
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

15
3,214 2,986
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
2,266 1,758
Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

17
1,791 1,579
Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
2,095 792
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
2,075 2,655
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
2,073 3,055
Korn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

21
2,269 2,243
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
1,402 768
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
2,169 2,825
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
1,877 1,489
Bullet for My Valentine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Thrash metal, Emo, Metalcore

25
1,777 2,001
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
2,070 1,028
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
1,420 523
Brokencyde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
but chickens double d added Crunkcore

28
1,804 631
30 Odd Foot of Grunts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

29
1,808 1,125
Phish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

30
1,245 1,544
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
2,326 1,277
Chumbawamba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, World music, Dance

32
1,197 476
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
909 616
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
1,852 1,455
Hole is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

35
1,047 1,252
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

36
914 1,057
Staind is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

37
1,812 2,220
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

38
633 298
Emmure is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

39
1,431 692
The Mr. T Experience is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Punk rock

40
1,344 1,400
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
827 479
Asking Alexandria is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

42
1,030 868
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
1,248 464
The Cockroaches is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
thecollo67 added Pub rock, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

44
844 1,145
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

45
1,386 961
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

46
867 923
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

47
1,702 1,542
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

48
1,787 2,474
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
KatyaDjirkinov added Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

49
1,200 464
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50
1,212 467
Anorexia Nervosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
RobinGallego added Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal