Top 10 Rock Bands That Have Gotten Worse Over Time
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.
Same case with Linkin Park. Appetite for Destruction is one of my favorite albums of all time. The use your illusion cycle was still pretty good but since then they haven't released a good album, and I think it's cause Axl Rose is the only original member. - MrQuaz680
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.
They've messed up so bad. Songs about Jane was awesome, but Kara's Flowers era was even better.
Girls Like You is extremely overrated in my opinion. I like What Lovers Do more. - Userguy44
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?
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?
Should be number 1, might as well spit in the face off all the fans that supported you from your debut album, how can this electronicly produced stuff be clasified ad music, or even rock for that matter, I'm not saying everything has to be heavy metal,... But has the music world gone so far down hill that this electro pop is classified as rock.
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.
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.
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 Hardwired...to Self Destruct
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...
I understand that this was probably included after their trilogy flop, but their last album, Revolution Radio, was actually a great album.
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
This band is still one of the best from todays rock scene. they lost a little bit when their Singer left but their newest album is still amazing. Three Days Grace shouldn't be on this list. at least not this high
Can someone tell me why nirvana is on this list? They were a band for only 3 or 4 years.
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.
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 go from metal music to songs featuring skirl lex... What de fu?
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
Excellent first 4 albums that d. It all peaked with Viva La Vida in my opinion. Everything after is awkward and directionless.
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
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!
While I do prefer their older work, their new music is still great. Go watch the music video for "The Take Over, the Breaks Over," times change and people change. They had to go in a new direction.
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?
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
It's my life there last good song - BenTheGamer
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!
Enema was insane. Neighborhoods was sub-standard. Enough said.
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!
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
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.
Note that this person did not say the music was bad, just forced on you. - PewPewAssassin
I agree, once Dave left, they were not the same, the energy was gone.
Why is this band even on this list it is an amazing band
These guys aren't worth listening to after David Lee Roth left
Nooo Van Halen is still amazing your just haters
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
No, No! Nirvana was only around for around 7 years. How can they be here?
I am a fan of Oasis, but even I agree that Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory? are their only great albums. While Be Here Now and further albums had their moments, it all just doesn't compare to their first two albums. To add insult to injury, Liam and Noel's relationship worsened and they couldn't win back their US audience as well.
They had about 3 good albums
Completely unstoppable in the 90s, should have split after Knebworth or Be Here Now
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 now
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.
I'm not a fan of these, but I suppose they must've been better in the past because it simply doesn't get worse than 'Ain't It Fun? ' - adfairhurst
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.
This band also has had regress but I still love them. - Fan_of_Good_Music
I remember when this band first came I out, I hoped they'd be great. But I was wrong. - zxm
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
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
Drones was good!
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
I think they've gotten better with the time. What makes you beautiful sucks, but their other songs are really good. Up All Night is a decent album, Take Me Home is good, but Midnight Memories is their best album
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
Rage was a great band
They can give you heart attack. They haven't made anything good since the 70's before they sold out.
Only on this list because some fans/music lovers just can't accept that they were going more electronic, beginning with Kid A... And that is 'bad'?
Radiohead is one of the only artists on this list still making something worth listening to. Their newest album A Moon Shaped Pool is fantabulous.
Kid A ruined their music
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!
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!
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.
They were never good to begin with.
KISS IS GOD
"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.
They sold out to MTV ever since they put out the album Reroute To Remain...
I have to agree on this one. Still a good band though. - IronSabbathPriest
They went from being one of the best Melodeath bands to generic alternative crap. - christangrant
I haven't seen sound garden or godsmack anywhere on list, they are a hell of a lot better than some of bands you listed as best,
Ten was clearly their best work, followed by Vs then Vitalogy, which were their first three albums. Sure they're music took a turn for the worse in 1996 (but they were still amazing), but people always forget how they got better again starting in 2003 with Lost Dogs. - Songsta41
They were a cool grunge band, but they only had one hit album.
Yeah, anything after the third album is a no from me. - truckturner
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.
Anything after Back in Black isn't AC/DC. - FrozenHatingPokefan
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
Their newest album was great!
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 album
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
One of the best bands of all time.
Alright geniuses, time for a history lesson. The Beatles have improved over time whether seeing the impact of their influence or over their short career. If we are going on the basis that they got worse over their career I'm sorry but please get your ears checked. While they weren't horrific, Please Please Me, A Hard Days Night, Beatles For Sale and Help! Simply don't measure up to the greatness of Rubber Soul, Revovler, Sgt. Peppers, The White Album and Abbey Road. Heck even the Red Album (their greatest hits from 1962-1966) doesn't measure up to the greatness of any of the albums stated above, These albums were ahead of the time and left a long lasting impact on music. The fact that you can even consider something like Love Me Do or Ticket To Ride better than I Am The Walrus or A Day In The Life is garbage.
The Beatles got better overtime. Not worse.
Shut up the Beatles were always good they didn't get worse
If anything, they got a lot better over time. Maybe even better after they broke up and after the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison. RIP John Lennon and George Harrison - caseyk1218
Should definitely be in the top 5. They used to be an excellent progressive rock group with classics such as The Knife, Watcher of the Skies, Supper's Ready, and The Cinema Show. Then Phil Collins took over and sold out by making terrible pop music.
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!
The worst thing about Genesis' decline is that Calling All Stations (their worst in my opinion) is their last album, and they haven't even been motivated to make a new one.
I prefer the Phil Collins era over the Peter Gabriel one.
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.
With their new lead singer, after the previous quit, they have gotten worse
They were never good
I actually like the new singer (Marc Hudson), but their newest albulm Maximum Overload was trash to be honest...
Still a good band, but nothing else they've released these has been able to top "Deathcrush" and "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Wayne's voice got scratchy on the Cannibal and Cult Of Static albums - spiderskull98
You are totally WRONG!
First of all, why is there only Who, and not The Who? - waldo
They definitely went downhill after Quadrophenia.
Their first album was great. Their second album was just okay. Their third album wasn't very good. I don't understand why melophobia gets so much praise, it's not really that great and I think it was their worst album. - Imreallyboredrightnow
There new one is bad
I love all of Cage The Elephants albums, and at fist wasn't a big fan of Melephobia, but now I realize what a masterpiece it is.
The first 2 albums were good and then the third album they turned into disco wannabees.