Top 10 Worst Wannabe Tough Guy Bands

Bands that try to sound badass but fall flat on their face. From shoddy lyricism, to generic tough guy attitudes in general. Some bands fail at it more than others. So, without further to do let's take a look at the worst wannabe tough guy bands in existence. What do you consider to be the worst wannabe tough guy band?
The Top Ten
1 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

They do all of the generic wannabe tough guy things multiplied by a thousand. From their mundane riffs, overdramatic vocals, and really bad songs throughout. How anyone can tolerate this band let ALONE like them is a mystery to me.

They made ONE good song. ONE. Now they're not just "tough" but their ego is up there.

Now this at #1 I completely agree with.

2 Godsmack Godsmack is an American alternative metal/hard rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.
3 Saliva Saliva is an American hard rock band that was formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1996. Saliva released their self-titled debut album on August 26, 1997, through Rockingchair Records. This record label is owned and operated by Mark Yoshida, who recorded and produced the release at his studio, Rockingchair Studios.

"Click Click Boom", and "Badass" are average generic wannabe tough guy songs. Not good ones either, but once again that's not surprising. Not as bad as others in the pack but not that interesting either.

One of the most generic rock bands I've ever heard. Nothing interesting from any of the band members either

4 Disturbed Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/hard rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken".

I remember that during art class in high school, there was this guy that always put on Disturbed songs (the teacher let us put whatever music we wanted on the speakers) and the guy really looked like he felt like he was the toughest man in the room. It just looked pathetic to be honest.

They maybe not be as bad as FFDP. But, that doesn't make them any good either. "Guarded" although one of their few tolerable songs is a generic wannabe tough guy song. Don't get me started on Down With the Sickness either a wannabe tough guy song that screams pathetic.

I like Disturbed but yeah they try too hard to be badass at many times. But they do have some songs where they're not ALL that wannabe tough.

5 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu-metal/rap metal/rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland. They're mostly known for their singles like Break Stuff, My Way, My Generation, Nookie, Eat You Alive, Rollin', and Take a Look Around... read more

This list wouldn't be complete without one of the pioneers of generic tough wannabe tough guy music. Fred Durst comes off as corny more than intimidating in all honesty. "Break Stuff" is your typical generic wannabe tough guy song a really bad one at that as well.

If there was a list of Wannabe Tough Guy Musicians or Rappers, he would be at the top.

The favourite band for every Kyle, especially the ones from the 2000's

6 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums).

Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Drums), their most notable drummer, passed away in 2009, being temporarily replaced by Mike Portnoy, who was replaced... read more

Eh, somehow I don't see them as a wannabe tough guy band. It might just be because I haven't listened to their songs much, but they just look like guys making Heavy Metal or Hard Rock music to me.

Somewhat but not entirely.

7 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James; both were on bass. They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career... read more
8 Attila Attila is an American metalcore band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2005. Frontman Chris Fronzak started the band in high school and, not wanting to use typical death metal terms, adopted the name from Attila the Hun, which he came across in a book.
9 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. Theory of a Deadman has gone on to release eight studio albums. Their most well-known songs include "The Bitch Came Back," "I Hate My Life," "Santa Monica," and "Not Meant to Be," among others... read more

They try to sound badass but really aren't. It doesn't help that they're misogynist either. "No Way Out", "Crutch", and more is some of their several wannabe tough guy songs by them. It's kinda ironic how soft they made their music lately.

10 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In 1995, vocalist Chris Barnes left the band to focus on his new death metal project... read more

Their lyrics scream "wannabe tough guy band".

The Contenders
11 Emmure Emmure is an American metalcore band formed in 2003. Originally based in New Fairfield, Connecticut, but now residing in Queens, New York, the group has a total of seven releases, with their first public release being a 2006 EP entitled The Complete Guide to Needlework.
12 Hinder Hinder is an American post-grunge/hard rock band from Oklahoma. The band was formed in 2001 by drummer Cody Hanson, lead singer Austin Winkler, and guitarist Joe "Blower" Garvey.
13 Slipknot Slipknot is an American metal band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks... read more

I've really grown out of this band lately. Not hard to see why either, they come off as a diet sounding Slayer. With lots of generic wannabe tough guy elements thrown into the mix. Wait and Bleed is one of the biggest examples that comes to mind.

Not really "tough guy" image. More "Guys you wouldn't want to find in a dark alley."

14 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal/rock band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass).

The band is one of the most well-known bands of its genre and is associated with its electronic sounds in... read more

They try to pull it off but fail. With songs like "You Fight Me", "Lights Out", and etc. really bad wannabe tough guy music. Benjamin Burnley tries to be intimidating but really isn't. He comes off as corny and hard to take seriously.

They sound like every other Hard Alternative band ever.

I disagree with them being labeled as a tough guy band.

15 Trapt Trapt is an American post-grunge band that formed in Los Gatos, California, in 1995. They are best known for their 2002 single "Headstrong".

The one hit wonder behind "Headstrong" generic wannabe tough guy music at its worst. Doesn't help that the singer comes off as bland either. Not a impressive band to say of the least. But, any wannabe tough guy band isn't impressive.

16 Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of the band members use pseudonyms and wear their own unique mask, most of which are based on the common hockey goaltender design.

This I can agree on.

17 Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish heavy metal band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.
18 Pantera Pantera was an American heavy metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a glam metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with Warner Music Group via Atco Records. Around this time, Pantera underwent a major change in their musical... read more

They're the only band that pulls off the tough guy thing though.

19 Shinedown Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch.
20 My Darkest Days My Darkest Days was a Canadian rock band based in Peterborough, Ontario consisting of lead singer Matt Walst, bassist Brendan McMillan, drummer Doug Oliver, and keyboardist Reid Henry. Matt Walst left the band in 2013 to become the lead singer of Three Days Grace. Their last album that came out was in 2012. It is unknown if they'll release another album or not.
21 Six Feet Under Six Feet Under is an American death metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed in 1993. The band consist of four members: founding vocalist Chris Barnes, longtime guitarist Steve Swanson, current bassist Jeff Hughell and recent drummer Marco Pitruzzella.
22 Blood on the Dance Floor Blood on the Dance Floor was an American electronic music group from Orlando, Florida, originally consisting of Dahvie Vanity and several other members over time. The group formed in 2006, with former members including Jayy Von Monroe (2009–2016) and Garrett Ecstasy (2009), all of whom provided vocals for the project... read more

They look like if the Joker had an emo phase.

23 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/Thrash Metal band formed in 1981. The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman"... read more

Not really a tough guy band for the most part.

24 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian post-grunge 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.

Not really, most of their songs are soft sounding ballads. At worst they're top 40 radio rock not wannabe tough guys.

25 Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
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