Top 10 Rock Bands That Have Gotten Worse Over Time


The Top Ten

1 Guns N Roses Guns N Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

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.

I agree they should be on the list, but linkin park or Metallica should be number one

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

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?

Can't argue that they've gotten worst as there 2 best albums Hybrid theory and Meteora are near the start where as others such as came out in 2010. But still a great band with great hits such as numb, in the end and What I've done

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3 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American 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". more.

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

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.

Kill em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, And Justice for All, and the Black Album were masterpieces. Load had a few good songs, Reload wasn't good but had one or two hits, Garage Inc had great covers, but St. Anger was bull. Death Magnetic had good songs but the production wasn't good. At least they bounced back with Self Destruct - DoroExploro13

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4 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences more.

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...

They are still better than most of the bands around.

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5 Maroon 5 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.

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!

Song about Jane is the only great album

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6 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.

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

They really are the best. The only band which keep on experimenting with new music. They keep on innovating unlike any other bands who remain true to their original sounds. LP IS EQUAL TO 'ROCK'. Their first two albums were nu metal /hard rock. Next was alternative rock. Next was totally a concept album, combining many elements of rock, more of electronic music. Next was mixture of their previous four albums. With The Hunting Party they returned to their hard sounds. Most of idiot metal lovers keep on saying they want old LP back. LP is not for you then, go listen to other mental bands who are stupid and obsolete. LP likes to produce new music and to innovate.

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7 Korn Korn Korn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

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:
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 with

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8 Coldplay 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.

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

You forgot Viva la Vida album. In my opinion, that album was 2nd best Coldplay album. - Shevanda04

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

I'm a huge fan, and I still think these guys are fantastic. I went to a concert for the most recent album (A Head Full of Dreams), and I love it.

Yeah, they have gotten worse, but A Head Full of Dreams has Adventure of a Lifetime, Hymn for the Weekend, and Up&Up, so it certainly is a step in the right direction.

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9 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's more.

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

Such a shame. They were doing so good until What About Now... - Nickelstickman

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10 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

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

Top 15 band of all time. Eddie is a moron and egomaniac.

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The Newcomers

? Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

What? Have you heard Worship Music? It is phenomenal. For all Kings is great too. Joey's voice got better over the years. He sang like a God in Worship Music and For all Kings - DoroExploro13

The Contenders

11 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

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.

Forces you to have their music on iTunes.

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12 Blink 182 Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.

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

Enema was insane. Neighborhoods was sub-standard. Enough said.

Wha bout I miss you? What have they done!

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13 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

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

In utero is their best album easily, they got better not worse.

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14 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

After Peter Gabriel left, it all went downhill

Steve Hackett's departure was what really ended the band for me. A Trick Of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering are still great albums. Even Duke was solid - musicman4

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15 The Offspring The Offspring The Offspring is an American punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1984. Formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, bassist Greg K., lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada.

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 them

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16 Paramore Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York.

Their new work is actually a lot deeper and more creative than their old stuff. While I do love their old punk rock jams, even punk bands need to "Grow Up" sometimes, and Paramore did it flawlessly. - TheEvilNuggetCookie

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.

They went pop after the Farro bros left. Some bad choices and decisions were made, and I feel bad for them, because I really do like their music.

But "Still Into You" made me want to cry

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17 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

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

This band also has had regress but I still love them. - Fan_of_Good_Music

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 - spodermanfan1000

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18 Heart Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

They can give you heart attack. They haven't made anything good since the 70's before they sold out.

19 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a Nu-Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

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

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20 My Chemical Romance 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.

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.

Only fangirls love this band which shows that they are just another bad cliche emo and a generic pop punk band,awful guitar work,the vocals are ear piercing and the drum work is...there basically is no drum work overall a very bad band,Green Day is a prime example of what pop punk can and should be,they are the only good pop punk band afterall

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