Top 10 Rock Bands That Have Gotten Worse Over TimeEvilAngel
The Top Ten
Well, really Guns N' Roses should be at the top of this list, but it's hard to say whether they should be or not because they're not even the same band anymore really, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member - EvilAngel
Appetite for Destruction was the best selling debut album in history.. Sweet Child o' Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, Mr. Brownstone, and Paradise City all classics. Use Your Illusion I and II had November Rain, Don't Cry, Knockin' on Heaven's Door.. And now we have Chinese Democracy
Axl's voice still chills. But without slash's solos and izzy's lyrics the band is doomed for life.
They were doomed after Like, slash left.V 34 Comments
Linkin Park have improved so remove them from this list, and I do love them, Lp 4 life!
I no one cares what he thinks, why would anyone care what you think? - BeastMan
They are still good but their "epicness" is now lost
Link in is one of the best rock bands in our country. It hasn't just got worse. Hybrid Theory was different and Thousand Suns is also different. There's nothing like that they didn't put their heart into it. Just they have always tried to move to newer genre and give the audience a better, new and fresh experience. Don't you get bore of listening Crawling, In The End or Papercut whole 24 hours?
NahV 96 Comments
They were at their peak in the 80s, with powerful war ballads, such as "One" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls". Their most famous album, "Master of Puppets", is seen is the crowning achievement of metal music, complete with its 8-and-a-half minute title track. Their self-titled album marked a new era, that wasn't bad, but wasn't as good as their 80s-album era. St. Anger marked a new low, but they redeemed themselves somewhat with their album "Death Magnetic". Next, they had to take the worst nosedive in their history with their Lou Reed collaboration. One could consider it a noble effort at experimentation, but like mixing Billy Joel and Iron Maiden, "Lulu" proved that two positives don't always add up to a greater positive. Hopefully, they'll release a better album soon; it would be a shame if they had to end their career on such a low note! (Fun fact, David Bowie reportedly loved Lulu. Some may say that he was just being kind, while others might argue that he's actually good at finding ...more
They just released Hardwired...To Self Destruct, so they are improving. - PewPewAssassin
Metallica... First 4 albums were the best! However I did like the Black Album even though I thought it was a dramatic change to their music. I did not like Load, ReLoad, St Anger and Lulu but Death Magnetic was okay. - metaldude8
Seriously, just listen to their 80s albums (Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, Justice) and compare them to Load, ReLoad, St. Anger, Death Magnetic and Lulu. This isn't even the same band any more.
I haven't listened to their new songs but I like Metallica because their popular songs like Master of Puppets and One actually kept me from hating heavy metal but AC/DC and Iron Maiden are also good.-TheCoolGuy1V 42 Comments
Don't get me wrong I love green day dearly, they're brilliant, but since American Idiot (their last good album) they've gone steadily downhill. 21st century breakdown had a few good songs but most were boring, while their last trilogy of albums was frankly embarrassing.
I am one of the biggest Green Day fans ever but I would have to be honest here and say I'm not particularly loving their newer sound :/
Look, Billie, Mike, Tre...I'm sorry, but She, Uno Dos Tre, and anything else after 21st century sucked...before? It was awesome! American Idiot, Dookie, Insomniac, those are my JAM! Sigh...nothing lasts forever...
Still Breathing kinda stinks - ugandanknucklesV 39 Comments
This Love, She Will Be Loved, Makes Me Wonder, Misery was a success
Once Moves Like Jagger, Payphone, etc. moved in the band even got worse overplaying on the radio and their music was messed up big time, and I don't know why it's not #1
Note: WHO put LINKIN PARK #1 they improved big time compared to Maroon 5 seriously Maroon 5 messed up big time today and was a biggest disgrace in rock music today.
Maroon 5.. Why did they have to become a pop band at least when they started they kept a rock feel to it but then lost it during the later 2000s at least they still have a shot to return to a more rock pop attitude in their music. Hopefully right?
Overexposed was pretty bad but it had a few good songs (payphone, daylight, lucky strike, tickets, beautiful goodbye) but their new album V SUCKED. All the songs were bad except for maps and it was always you. The song feelings sounds like adam's being hurt when he says feelings. I wish people wouldn't judge them on their new albums because their first 3 were awesome!
Used to be funky, become clunky.V 37 Comments
Yes, I completely agree, parachutes was a great album, and in my opinion their best was a rush of blood to the head, and x&y was brilliant as well but I find that mylo xyloto was okay, it had its ups and downs, ghost stories was decent but its just so different to the old stuff that I fell in love with that its hard to appreciate, and I haven't heard any of the new album as I've heard that it is pop rubbish and I just don't want to put myself through the pain of knowing that their last ever album was terrible
As amazing as Coldplay is, their newer stuff isn't nearly as good. Ghost stories is at least a step in the right direction. - Songsta41
Proof that a strong start isn't everything. After two great albums (Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head) they went into a slow decline they've never escaped from. From a decent (but by no means great) third album to their recent garbage, it's fair to say that this band has long since ceased to impress. - Rangaman
I used to like them few years ago. I still like their old songs. But they're becoming worse in every new album. - zxmV 21 Comments
This band I love but their previous albums were some what not so good to be honest but now through the years they have been getting really better. Like Transit of Venus in my opinion is really excellent They totally haven't got worst. They Rock! -ARF
Some people think that their music went downhill after Adam left, but I disagree. Their first two albums are amazing, and I enjoyed most of the songs on Life Starts Now, but I personally feel like they started to go downhill after that. There are only one or two songs on Transit of Venus that I could say that I enjoyed. In my opinion, Human was better than Transit of Venus by a long shot.
Ever since Adam left, Three Days Grave has gone downhill, kinda sad but honestly they were a great band, they were the ones who got me into rock music, and they have great songs defiantly recommend their older albums like One X and Life Starts Now
Well most people say it went down hill because the singer of the first 4 albums Adam left the band. Although Matt is not as good as Adam but it is still good in my opinion also Adam has a new band called Saint Asonia - TheUltimateNavigator1V 11 Comments
Can someone tell me why nirvana is on this list? They were a band for only 3 or 4 years.
What happened to these guys? They were hard and a lot of their songs had dark stories. Now they're just making songs with Skrillex. And correct me if I'm wrong, isn't Jon Davis making a country album with Big & Rich? The same group who dissed Marilyn Manson in Comin' To Your City? Well I also heard that Jon Davis is also working on an acoustic project with Marilyn Manson so there might be hope anyways.
They only had one worse album:
THE PATH OF TOTALITY
Seriously, dubstep in rock music, what is this.
THANK YOU They went back to normal nu metal music
THE PARADIGM SHIFT is great comeback.
Was Korn even good to begin withV 3 Comments
Top of their game with SWW, and slowly got worse over time, but something has to be said for Jon Bon Jovi's business savvy that his song writing gets worse with every album, as does his voice, and yet he manages to convince millions of fans to buy his product with diminishing quality. Most bands/musicians seem to get better with time, although their relevance on the world stage fades, but not so with Bon Jovi... it's the exact opposite. The same is true for their live shows, whereas they used to be full of energy, and quite entertaining, for $25 a ticket... now they're just a stage full of damn near manikins, half of which aren't even "Bon Jovi", with a bunch of T.V. screens as a back drop... for $150! Incredible. Jon Bon Jovi = The snake oil salesman of the music industry.
The songs by Bon Jovi of the 80s are the best.
Bon Jovi are no longer as good without Richie Sambora on lead
Haven't had a hit since 2000. - isaaonrtdmtrV 14 Comments
Dude Ranch, Enema of the State, Take Off Pants and Jacket, and Blink-182 self titled Album were AWESOME
Then when I hear Neighborhoods, it was the worst and it came hella horrible, I MISS the old Blink-182.
Their new album is crap, should be higher
Yeah! Neighborhoods was awful! - NapalmDeath
They are my favorite band, but I have to say that their new album is not good. California has one or two good songs, but the others are flat. They lost their sound.
Neighborhoods, instead, I think it’s listenable. It’s different from the other albums because it’s more mature, but it doesn’t mean it’s crap.
A couple of great songs, unforgettable fire, New Year's Day, one etc. But passed their best a long time ago. Huge popularity but there's something missing, I think it's Bono. When younger he had the innocence, as they have aged you find for all his good intentions. His hypocritical cynical corporate management of the band leaves me thinking he's got more in common with bill gates than any musician. He's by no means the only one, Springsteen, sting. Truth is joe blogs isn't as gullible as they once were.Even my true u2 fans friends are cringed at his sermonising during their concerts. Like bill gates at poverty concerts asking people for money, yet every year he and Bono are richer still.
All of their music is hard to listen to but that's just me I guess. - Duality
After their Happiness Is A Warm Gun cover, they started to sort of fade out, with stuff like Get On Your Boots and the entire Songs of Innocence album.
Well, half of the Songs of Innocence album (the one with the ITunes downloading) was great, and the other half was OK. So yes they got worse, but the Joshua Tree is tough to beatV 2 Comments
They had about 3 good albums
Completely unstoppable in the 90s, should have split after Knebworth or Be Here Now
I agree, once Dave left, they were not the same, the energy was gone.
These guys aren't worth listening to after David Lee Roth left
Why is this band even on this list it is an amazing band
Van Halen got better Sammy Hagar is way better than DLRV 5 Comments
Why is nirvana here? They only existed 6 years and personally I enjoyed all 4 albums
They have only been around for like 5 years, and all their albums are great.
In Utero was better than Bleach, idiot
Lol its because there are a lot of NirvaNOT people on here...don't you people get that?V 8 Comments
They weren't worth a bean after Gabriel left, they were horrible. But they achieved their greatest commercial success when they switched from Gabriel's lyrical genius to Collins' smarmy mushy dreck. Even more amazingly, Gabriel sold out too, achieving his greatest success with MTV fluff. All this made me realize that mainstream rock stank, and I left it for good because of this once great band that turned into wretched commercial harlots. Really annoying that they got rich by radically dumbing down!
I honestly don't like anything from them coming from 1978 or beyond. - isaaonrtdmtr
I prefer the Phil Collins era over the Peter Gabriel one. - HardRockSam
Terrible bandV 1 Comment
Went from an amazing influential rock band in a male-dominated music industry, to your average pop band.
All We Know was good, Riot was fantastic, Brand New Eyes was alright, self-titled was terrible. Obviously the Farro brothers were half of why they were so good.
These guys were so good. Then the farro brothers left. Obviously they had their reasons. But people shouldn't date in a band. Just ads up all the trouble. The first 3 albums were awesome. Then the new album. Jts not even thesame band anymore.
Yes the new albums ok I wish they
would of stuck with there old stuff
Still good, but Fallen is EASILY their best album, so much better than their other albums that it's crazy - EvilAngel
I disagree with people who said that Evanescence went downhill. All of their albums are awesome even if Fallen was my favorite - BlueDiamondFromNowhere
The Pre-Fallen era was the best. Songs such as "Anywhere" and "Even in Death" were great. After Ben Moody and David Hodges left, Evanescence fell apart.
What people think they got worse? No way ok sure their older songs were better but there new songs are still great! If you are comparing their old songs to their new songs I don't really see your point - spodermanfan1000V 5 Comments
Offspring were going downhill fast but managed to turn it around. There biggest hit song (your going to go far kid) was released after there biggest hit album (an album bands release when there career is ending! )
The self-titled album was a great debut, ignition and smash were their best albums, ixnay and Americana were great. But conspiracy was awful, splinter was boring, and rise fall rage and grace was a rip off of Green Day. Although days go by had some really good songs in the beginning and end of the album, there was too much filler
Days go by is pretty boring too. But their newest song "coming for you" is awesome
After Americana, I gave up on themV 4 Comments
Just because they used to be rock but they went electronic with The 2nd Law you say they've gotten worse? They just experimenting with the music they've never made before and it's a great thing! If they always make albums which has the same music with their first album, then you can say Muse getting worse - matrixreloaded
Still amazing to those who have listened to the high profile songs on Drones. You know I am talking about Psycho, Handler, Reapers, and maybe the Globalist
What? Their latest album, drones, is an improvement on said albums, such as The 2nd law
If Muse stayed as they were with bhar they would be the perfect band but the resistance and the 2nd law aren't as good as the first albumsV 5 Comments
My Chemical Romance broke up and they never got worse! REMOVE THEM NOW!
They were never decent, which means that they could not of gotten worse. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak
Who th hell put them on the list
While they were never really bad, their last album before their break up was somewhat lackluster compared to their other works. But it's definitely not anything horrible. They were a pretty amazing band from start to finish.
My chemical romance is awesome and I wish I could’ve gone to a concertV 15 Comments
It's hard for a band that only had four studio albums released in eight years to go downhill, especially when all four were just spectacular
Rage was great from their debut until their last album. Get them off the list.
Rage Against the Machine never was bad. They managed to make all 4 great albums. - CantFigureAUsername
Nu-Metal? Is this site high? - adfairhurst
Considering that Metal or Nu Metal is a subgenre of rock it's not high. - Idiot244V 2 Comments
Sorry but Rock or Bust their newest album was one of the best albums they had in a while so can we get AC/DC off this list
When Malcolm and Brian left, AC/DC died. Axl sounds like a dying horse (He used to be awesome in the 80s/90s). I think Angus is the only original member. My 8 year old brother LOVES AC/DC and he agrees.
Black Ice wasn't really enjoyed so I might wanna listen to it.
Brian Johnson left, Malcolm Young left, Phil Rudd left...
Honestly, Angus Young should leave too. Amazing band, and its time for them to set it down. Legacy is immortal, but not if you end horribly.
Kid A ruined their music - Lord28
They can give you heart attack. They haven't made anything good since the 70's before they sold out.
The only thing "funk" about them now is the occasional slap bass lines, but they basically transformed from an amazing funk rock band to a pretty average pop rock band. They were so much more creative in their earlier years, and Flea is the only good thing they have left. Chad Smith seems to have lost creativity in his drumming and Josh is nothing compared to John in my book. Anthony is pretty much the same though, just take out the rapping.
Is this a joke? Their first four albums were complete trash, and everything afterward was fantastic. They haven't gotten any worse since 1991. - Songsta41
They were actually pretty consistent. Don't know why they're on this list.
Man. I'm With You has been their only bad album in recent years. Come on, it was their worst selling album in 29 years!V 2 Comments
They weren't that good to begin with...
I agree they were always garbage and they remain garbage to this day - Duality
They are no where near good
They were kinda cool back in the day but THEY SUCK nowV 10 Comments
They used to be pure rock, and I loved it! They never failed to impress and never released anything bad. Their new album "Save Rock n Roll" was painfully sarcastic, and it was a wake up call. The only reason I still like the band is because of their earlier work, and I know what they are capable of. They could do great things like they used to, so there might still be some hope there.
Seriously? Compare "Centuries" and "Immortals" to "Sugar We're Going' Down" and "Saturday"
They're barely even rock anymore.
Don't get me wrong... I enjoy all four songs I mentioned but there's an obvious quality difference with the first two then the second two :( - Drum_Solo
Fall out boy have definitely gotten worse. They were awesome now they suck and mainstreamy annoying people like them. I mean a fans a fan but these fans are just annoying. They only know like immortals and have never heard of their old (good) songs. Their last album was just no. I was disappointed. I mean fall out boy you're better than that!
They have gotten worse. They are not rock anymore. - spodermanfan1000V 9 Comments
Ever since the death of Dave Williams the band went downhill they change from Dave Williams to Jason Jones to Jason Jones to Ryan McCombs to Ryan McCombs to CJ Pierce This band got worse overtime since Dave Williams died
Let the bodies hit the floor,
let the bodies hit the floor,
let the bodies hit the floor,
let the bodies hit the... FLOOR!
They were never good to begin with.
KISS IS GOD
It got worse after Mercury died. I don't see why they would want to continue without him
Then though I LOVE Queen. I have to agree, they should of quit after Freddie's death. Made in heaven is a great album, but I'm not sure why they got Adam Lambert to sing in that band. - Mumbizz01
The fact that Jessie J performed with them in the 2012 Olympics is bad
What happened to you guys? You guys were your own unique band. Now you're making songs with Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus? I'm praying that Wayne will finally wake up and realize what he's doing is dumb.
Just heard that they're gonna release an album with Ke$ha titled Lip$ha tomorrow. That just shows how low a band can even get.
What the hell? Just, why? These guys are degrading only because of their age, just like Steve Perry. That doesn't mean they aren't awesome. - bighercules
Musicianship probably the best of all bands today. Simply the standard when it comes to playing.
You do realize they have gotten better and more somber, right? - Pony
They don't suck guys! What drugs have you been taking this band is amazing! p.s. Can I have some of those drugs? They sound good.V 2 Comments
I loved the first two albums but things started going downhill after that
A lot of their music sounds the same to me, but I definitely don't hate it.
Weezer started getting worse with Red and then Ratitude and Hurley but with the release of Everything Will Be Alright In The End, things are looking up - Drum_Solo
I only like the blue albumV 2 Comments
"Sounds of a playground fading" had some cool songs, even if the band tryed going in a new direction. The newest album, "Sirens charms", however, was a huge let down. They aren't even metal anymore, they lost what made them cool; big time.
I have to agree on this one. Still a good band though. - IronSabbathPriest
In the earlier years, their music was AWESOME. Now... Now they got worse, and the songs just aren't good anymore. This is War was the last good album they released.
Who the hell is 30 seconds to mars?
I love the misfits, but ever since Michale Graves left and Jerry Only took over this band went downhill. They just need to disband before it gets worse and their image is tainted completely.
No matter what this band does it's great. Their latter stuff may seem so different but taste it another time and you will find that it sticks to you. And gets better all the time.
Poison should have poisoned themselves they suck.
They are bad but they are NOT a rock band
Their first two albums suck, "midnight memories" was ok and "four" was definitely the best one so far. They're not a rock band though & I still don't really like their music lol (although I honestly tried to give them a chance)
They are not a rock band and honestly, they have always been terrible
Who put the gods here? I love them because of their awesome and meaningful songs...They can actually sing though they aren't a rock band... Love you one direction. - zaynmalik2003V 14 Comments
Wayne's voice got scratchy on the Cannibal and Cult Of Static albums - spiderskull98
Dear Admin, looks like there is a glitch in your website. Pink Floyd mustn't be here at all! Please fix the bug.
Their first couple of albums were magical. Later on however, Pink Floyd 's music became real depressing. I have nothing against Pink Floyd though, their great.
Why are they here? - Rorywilbren
His Trilogy will always be his best but his new album "The Pale Emperor" is pretty awesome WAY better than Born Villain. I think Manson is making a comeback - ComaWhite21
Even today he still brings out some pretty good songs and there hasn't been an album by him I haven't enjoyed some aspect of. But nothing since his "trilogy" has ever been as genius.
He just did a song with Gucci Mane two years ago. That just proves how much of a sellout he is.
Definitely looking forward Heaven Upside Down. - PewPewAssassinV 3 Comments
People change, and as their musical tastes changed, half the band left and things were okay at first. They put out another album (Vices and Virtues), just the two of them, and it was great! Then, they put out their 4th album, which was a rapid transition to pop music. They do have a single or two on the album that is good, but that's about it. I still love them to death, primarily because of their first album ever. Straight out of high school, they put out "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out". This is my favorite album ever. It changed my life, but when their 4th album came out, I was disappointed. Though it wasn't what I wanted to hear from them, I respect their growth and development as an artist. I am still waiting for the day when they go back to their baroque/burlesque/circus themed album. It just mesmerized me.
But can you really blame them I mean literally there is only one remaining original member of the band everyone else are just touring members
They made the most of their situation. They are still good but were much better before
Why are they on here? I actually loved vices and virtues and thought too weird to live is one of the best albums. Death of a bachelor was alright too!V 4 Comments
They should even be on this list. Each one of their album is different from the other each one has a certain style in it because Led Zeppelin always had new materials and they were special because they have played different styles of music such as hard rock blues folk heavy metal even reggae. I never skip a song when I'm listening their music because they don't have a single song that's bad and I'm sure that they would have done so much more if it wasn't for their break up in 1980 when their drummer john Bonham died and they knew that they didn't have a choice because no one could have replaced him and things would never be the same.
Whoever put led zeppelin on this list needs to off themselves I like most songs on in through the out door (their second to last album) more than I like most songs on led zeppelin (their first) save Dazed and confused, good times bad times, babe I'm gonna leave you, and how many more times (the whole album is still incredible though) The only things you can say against them as they went on is Jimmy Page's heroin problem (which he beat after Bonzo died) and coda which really doesn't count because it's all the songs they agreed weren't worth putting on any album at thwork time, and even then some of those songs are really good.
Actually they have gotten better over time. Cause they had many rip off songs from their earlier albums. But they became more original in their later years. But those songs are unnoticed. Most people only focus on their ripped off songs. - zxm
Most of what they're remembered for is Led Zeppelin IV, after that it was still great but not that level.V 6 Comments
It's actually not that bad and very inspirational. Gotten a little soft over the years so maybe not a rock band anymore but very good. Please remove from list.
I guess its on here because their newer album is not as good as the rest I did not really enjoy Unleashed too much I liked feel invinsible from it and some song I forgot the name of but it did not feel like skillet - TheUltimateNavigator1
2006: Comatose, BRILLIANT
2009: AWAKE, pretty good.
2012: RISE, it's still above average, not amazing but about a 6.5/7 out of 10
2016: UNLEASHED, it's okay I guess? It just doesn't seem like much like skillet anymore
You are totally WRONG!
First of all, why is there only Who, and not The Who? - waldo
They definitely went downhill after Quadrophenia.
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