Top 10 Bands Which are Killing Rock

This list is made up of those Modern Rock Bands with bad/cheesy/insanely poppy lyrics. Those Modern Rock bands who cater to the lowest common denominator by being as trendy as possible, you know those bands which make people think modern rock sucks. Let's begin!

The Top Ten

1 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

You guys are all ridiculous. I am a huge fan of some of the greatest rock bands of all time, such as Queen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, etc. And I have to say, Imagine Dragons is NOT killing rock. In fact, they are not even a rock band! In an interview in September of 2018 before their release of the album "Origins", Dan Reynolds said, "We are not a rock band. People see that we play loud and I that I can get a bit screamy, and so they stereotype us as a rock band, but we aren't going in that direction. If that's what people think than I'm sorry." So if you guys did a little more digging versus judging, you would see that Imagine Dragons is going more in the direction of pop/alternative. You guys need to get over all of your "feelings" about Imagine Dragons killing rock, because they aren't. Enough said.

Well I am so sorry we can't put THEM UP THERE we can if we want, our opinion - Wolfstar

I wake up thinking "Believer" to myself

It's a sad state of affairs when IMAGINE DRAGONS is currently the most commercially successful "rock" band in the world. Screw all this electronically produced pop crap that this band puts out that somehow people classify as "rock music". If you 10 year olds want to listen to a real current rock band, listen to The Struts, Royal Blood or Greta Van Fleet. - phillysports

I agree with that statement its like Imagine Dragons is the only rock band that matters in the world - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

Yup because of their unwarranted and undeserved success more and more rock bands are leaving the genre to turn into electropop garbage that this band does, this band is killing rock music as we know it. - MetalWorldOrder

2 Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed more.

I like Coldplay - iliekpiez

I knew this would be on the list. - Userguy44

Very tough decision. But Coldplay has the WORST NEW ROCK EVER - rizzo824

Early Coldplay was good. But after Viva La Vida they turned so mainstream

3 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

Nickelback good. - Userguy44

It's 2018 and people are still riding the "Nickelback hating" bandwagon. Can we please just agree that Nickelback isn't the worst?

Chad Kroeger is an awful lyricist, and a lot of the hate is justified. - Pagepage21

Not bad - iliekpiez

Nickelback isn't even that bad - B1ueNew

4 Mumford & Sons Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane.

These guys make Folk Rock look like a joke. Their overuse of the word Heart is so annoying, that it makes you wish to never hear the word again for the rest of your life. The lyrics are incredibly cheesy as well.

Killing folk? You don't have to like them, but literally none of these are killing any form of music. Music evolves, deal. These people are very talented, and in Little Lion Man they used to F bomb is a proper way. Again, you don't have to like any of these, but they are not killing a fly. - 445956

5 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and more.

I only like 2 songs by them. - Userguy44

I only like Ride by them. They're extremely overrated and not even rock. When I first heard that Twenty One Pilots were considered a rock band, I was extremely surprised. I never heard any electric guitars or complex compositions (like Metallica with complex compositions), much less any guitar or any instrumental solos. I don't like Twenty One Pilots, but I like Imagine Dragons Less. - PhoenixAura81

I don't mind them. I feel like they manage to combine elements of pop, electronic, hip hop, and rock in a tasteful and interesting way. That's just me, though. I could totally see how someone could find their music boring and insufferable. - phillysports

Good band - iliekpiez

6 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

It's a shame how far Maroon 5 have fallen. In their earlier years, you could actually call them a "rock band" and not many people would disagree with you. They managed to incorporate funky grooves into a pop/alternative rock sound that was actually interesting to listen to. A lot of their old songs like "This Love", "She Will Be Loved", and "Makes Me Wonder" still hold up in my opinion. They were never amazing or anything like that, but at least they felt like a real band. Nowadays, their music is just uninspiring pop crap that feels like it was performed by one person as opposed to six people. It's also kind of funny that they're still called Maroon 5 when there's six of them now. - phillysports

From She Will Be Loved to Girls Like You. - Userguy44

Their more recent work is the Same as Imagine Dragons.

For me they are not bad but they no longer have the same musical strength in those years - MickeyMouse

7 Theory Of A Deadman Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian post-grunge band. Formed in 2001, the band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records. They were discovered by Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger.

What's Wrong with them? - Rathernotbenamed

You can thank Chad K. of Nickelback for their record deal, because they are just like Nickelback, and they are on Nickelback's label.

8 Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

I'm not usually into this sort of thing, but I really like Panic! - LarkwingFlight

Not exactly a rock band. They're quite good though. - Pagepage21

The singer sounds like the way a hippo's face looks.

Overrated - SpectralOwl

9 Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

No no no - iliekpiez

What? - Userguy44

Of course, like any other lists, this one couldn't stay without a troll item either... f. off...

10 30 Seconds to Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.

They should have never released their debut back in 2002. Then this would have been much easier to say ; they suck suck suck... the only good thing they ever did was their debut album.

They aren't killing rock, they more so killed their own band. They switched from really amazing rock with their first two albums to weird anthem rock pop songs with this is war. But those were still good. After LLFD it just went downhill when they basically went all pop and electronic. I don't think anyone can hear a song off of AMERICA and say "that's rock." They are a pop band and their first 3 albums we're incredibly good and definitely did not kill rock. Most people acknowledge the fact that they are not trying to be rock anymore and it's really obvious they've moved away from that genre. - 10Jackson

I don't want to hate 30 Seconds to Mars. I love their debut album and 'A Beautiful Lie', they have had a lot of great songs, and Jared Leto is a genuinely talented rock star. But the direction they've been going with their latest album has been very poor, they seem to have more or less abandoned their rock roots, and it just emphasizes that they'll never make another album like they used to.
What a shame. - SuperSonic17

The Contenders

11 The 1975 The 1975 are an English pop-rock band originating from Manchester. The group consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matthew "Matty" Healy, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald, and drummer George Daniel.

First off, what a lame name for a band, I know that the name does not affect the quality of the music, but come on really, "The 1975"?! Apparently the name comes from the fact that the band got their influence from 70s, funk, but naming a band after a year in that decade is the most uncreative thing I can think of. That's like if I formed a Neo-Psychedelia band, and I choose to name the band "The 1967", see how lame that is? Moving on from the name now, The band's music is also very generic, both lyrically, and instrumentally. They also follow trends way too much.

I'll be honest, stupid name, music all sounds the same. Only good I can see in this band is their acoustic sessions which the singer seems to ruin regardless with his trash voice

They are an insult to other Manchester bands such as Oasis, the Smiths, and Joy Division.

The question is, where they ever enough to qualify as a 'rock band'? - SpectralOwl

12 X Ambassadors X Ambassadors is an American rock band from Ithaca, New York. It currently consists of lead vocalist Sam Harris, keyboardist Casey Harris, lead guitarist Noah Feldshuh, and drummer Adam Levin.


13 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

Used to be great, but 2010s FOB is so horrendous. - iliekpiez

This band is the definition of Bland Pop Punk, and Emo music. And just like a lot of other bands on this list they follow trends, like a "cool middle school kid".

They are so lame now - MickeyMouse

The closer they get to electropop, the worse they get. Makes sense. - DCfnaf

14 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop-rock band from Sydney, Australia, that formed in 2011. The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists during 2011 and early 2012. They rose to international fame while touring with One Direction more.

They give pop punk a bad name. Their cover of American Idiot was garbage.

15 Hinder Hinder is an American rock band from Oklahoma that was formed in 2001 by drummer Cody Hanson, lead singer Austin Winkler and guitarist Joe "Blower" Garvey.
16 One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records more.

But they aren’t rock - AliciaMae

17 Blood on the Dance Floor Blood on the Dance Floor is an American scene duo currently consisting of Dahvie Vanity and Fallon Vendetta that formed in 2006. Former members include Jayy von Monroe (2009-2016) and Garrett Ecstasy (2009). All of them provided vocals to the project. more.

Just because they dress as scene kids doesn't make them rock.

The Term "Earrape" is the best way to describe these guy's music.

It feels like someone's shoving their penis through your ears. - Not_A_Weeaboo

18 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

All emo music is terrible. Let this band's legacy rot in hell forever.

How can dead bands kill roc - Swellow

My Chemical Romance broke up in 2013, how can they be "killing" rock at the moment?. Sure their music is really bad, but they would be killing rock if they were still around. - Mumbizz01

They're by no means bad. They are arguably one of the greatest rock bands of all time. They have an awful fanbase, but all the music that they released, was superb. - Pagepage21

19 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

LP are not good - iliekpiez

You know.. Bands can't experiment and change genres.. Right? Whoever voted this onto the list is an absolute moron who has never heard of the words 'experiment' or 'change'. Linkin Park is quite an old band and their music genres have changed a bit so their music isn't repetitive or boring. I like their old metal and new electronic stuff. - LemonComputer

20 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Nu Metal isn’t rock - AliciaMae


21 Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

100% cringe, like the entirety of hair metal/hard rock 80's bands. - winterbreeze

Why? They're awesome. I like their hardrock/heavy metal style! - Userguy44

22 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively more.

That's the Spirit isn't awful. - Pagepage21

If this was after that's the spirit well I'd get what u r at there, listen to their actual main genre though, youll be dead for days - Chelsea Smile should be your start - Nutty Nyc

23 Falling in Reverse Falling in Reverse is an American post hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2008, signed to Epitaph Records.
24 Greta Van Fleet

Struck by this young guns

A literal Led Zeppelin knockoff. They do not deserve to win any Grammys. - winterbreeze

25 Tokio Hotel Tokio Hotel are a pop rock band from Magdeburg, Germany, consisting of Bill Kaulitz (singer), Tom Kaulitz (guitar), Gustav Schäfer (drums) and Georg Listing (keyboards, bass) that formed in 2001. more.
26 Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

This band's alright. - LemonComputer

27 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Someone tried to be funny. Screw this person. - Userguy44


Just so you know, it's opinion. I actually like Queen. But it is NOT fair to judge based on opinion. You can't say anything negative about any of these bands if you're going to say stuff like that. (No I didn't add Queen by the way). - TheInsomniac

28 Sleeping With Sirens Sleeping with Sirens is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band currently consists of Kellin Quinn, Gabe Barham, Jack Fowler, Nick Martin, and Justin Hills.

CruelApe69 said it best for his rant on them.

29 Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.
30 Creed Creed was an American rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

No this band never killed rock. - Soulstealer

Perfect example of Christian rockers turning into DEVILS!

31 The Killers The Killers is an American indie rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

Overrated band. The singer sounds like he has a frog in his throat.

32 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Wow. The stupidity here just gets better and better. - Th47

I'm the creator of this list, and I've not added any of these classic rock bands which are now on here. Ignore them the people who are adding classic rock bands on here are just trying to get a rise out of you.

33 Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.

Y’all don’t like it because you can’t comprehend what they are trying to do. Their music is smart people music. - Th47

34 Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction is an American Alternative rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney.

How the hell are they killing rock?! - Soulstealer

I played one of their songs on Guitar Hero and it's actually one of my favourite songs on Guitar Hero World Tour. :/ - LemonComputer

35 Cake Cake is an American alternative rock band from Sacramento, California. Consisting of singer John McCrea, trumpeter Vince DiFiore, guitarist Xan McCurdy, bassist Gabe Nelson and drummer Paulo Baldi, the band has been noted for McCrea's sarcastic lyrics and monotone vocals, DiFiore's trumpet parts, and more.
36 Zac Brown Band Zac Brown Band is an American country band based in Atlanta, Georgia. The lineup consists of Zachry Alexander "Zac" Brown, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Chris Fryar, Clay Cook, Matt Mangano, and Daniel de los Reyes.
37 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.
38 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.
39 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

The trolls are dumb and unoriginal. Why the hell is the great Pink Floyd here? - Userguy44

40 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

"This list is made up of those Modern Rock Bands with bad/cheesy/insanely poppy lyrics."
The Velvets haven't even made a record in 45 years (47 years if you refuse to count "Squeeze" like most people). - Gg2000

41 Nothing More
42 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

How is this not here - B1ueNew

43 Home Free Home Free is an American a cappella group of five vocalists, Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Adam Rupp, Tim Foust, and Adam Chance.
44 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
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