The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

Over 39.1K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Worst Rock Bands of All Time
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Bands only -- no solo artists

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. This list features the absolute worst rock bands of all time, ranging from Insane Clown Posse to the Cockroaches. 

While many of these bands may have had wildly successful careers and contain lots of talent, such as Nickelback, Maroon 5, and My Chemical Romance, that doesn't mean that they're great rock artists. 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 whom you think are the worst. 

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  • Blood on the Dance Floor
    Synthpop, Electronic music, Alternative dance
    8,088 votes
    • Albums: Evolution, Bad Blood, All the Rage!!, Anthem of the Outcast, My Gift & My Curse!

    With a penchant for mixing electronic beats with embarrassingly bad lyrics, Blood on the Dance Floor's discography is a treasure trove of tasteless tunes. The song "Sexting" exemplifies this, featuring lyrics that are both juvenile and disturbingly explicit.

  • Insane Clown Posse
    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap
    15,194 votes
    • Albums: A Carnival Christmas, The Wraith: Shangri-La, The Wraith: Hell's Pit, Forgotten Freshness Volumes 1 & 2, Carnival of Carnage

    This "horrorcore" duo is notorious for their gimmicky face paint, offensive lyrics, and cringe-worthy live performances. Their most infamous song, "Miracles," features laughable lines about the mysteries of magnets and showcases their inability to comprehend basic scientific concepts.

  • Jonas Brothers
    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music
    1,476 votes
    • Albums: Jonas L.A., A Little Bit Longer, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, It's About Time

    Disney's manufactured pop-rock trio became famous for their cookie-cutter image and shallow songs aimed at impressionable tweens. Despite their wholesome appearance, tracks like "Burnin' Up" offered little in terms of musical substance or originality.

  • Brokencyde
    4,988 votes
    • Albums: The Broken!, BC13, I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!, Guilty Pleasure

    Described as a blend of emo and crunkcore, Brokencyde's music is an assault on the eardrums with their abrasive vocals and repetitive beats. Their song "Freaxxx" epitomizes their lack of talent, showcasing both obnoxious screaming and cringe-inducing autotune.

  • JLS
    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
    2,715 votes
    • Albums: Evolution, Outta This World, JLS, Jukebox, Wishing on a Star

    British boy band JLS gained fame with mediocre pop tunes that reeked of desperation to become chart-toppers. Unfortunately for them, songs like "She Makes Me Wanna" only served to showcase how unremarkable they were in comparison to other acts in the genre.

  • 30 Odd Foot of Grunts
    4,457 votes
    • Albums: Other Ways of Speaking, Bastard Life or Clarity, Gaslight, My Hand, My Heart

    Led by actor Russell Crowe, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts attempted to break into the rock scene with forgettable melodies and painfully cliché lyrics. Tracks like “Sail Those Same Oceans” proved that Crowe’s talents were better suited for the silver screen than the recording studio.