Best Rock and Metal Bands With a Bad Reputation


The Top Ten

1 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.

Very bad reputation due to plagiarism (many proven rip offs). Their biggest hits are rip offs - Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven, Dazed And Confused, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, The Lemon Song, to name a few. In many cases the Court's verdict was "uncredited covers".
Plagiarism is probably the worst possible sin in music. - Metal_Treasure

I love them dearly and all, but yeah. 1. Plagiarism. Plenty of plagiarism. 2. Accused of many horrible crimes. 3. Bonzo shot a cop. He also drank 40 shots the night he died. 5. Jimmy Page was kind of satanic and also had sex with a 14 year old.Well... They're still great. Don't judge me!
And also! I didn't say great people. I mean their music. Yes, I know Jimmy and Bonzo were rather bad people. It doesn't mean I can't still enjoy their music. John Paul Jones was responsible, yet still a plagiarist, but helped a lot with the studio and direction of albums. And Robert Plant was actually pretty kind towards his fans. - MontyPython

Led Zeppelin is voted number 1 on the greatest bands of all time so I don't get why they are on this list - Sabbath

Still overrated - god knows why.. - Ananya

Maybe because a lot of people like their work but you apparently don't? - Billyv

2 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.
3 Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

I'm even not a fan of Ozzy. - Userguy44

I heard he had a suicidal case against him. - zxm

What was with the song "Suicide Solution." The idiot who killed himself only read the title, and not the lyrics that warned of alcohol. - SoldierOfFortune

He's never had a good reputation but the reality show “The Osbournes" was something really bad because metal musicians are not allowed to do such things for money and popularity.

The show featured Ozzy's domestic life and his family. It had 52 episodes and was on MTV and national TVs for 4 seasons (2002-2005). Yep, lots of $$$.

The theme song for the show was a cover of Ozzy's song "Crazy Train". So far so good.

But the cover was done in a jazz-swing style reminiscent of Pat Boone... - Metal_Treasure

I think Ozzy is a real good musician and he has some of the best songs, but GOD DAMN SHARON! Only good thing from her was sobering him up. Firing Jake E Lee wasn't a good move, and let's not forget Eggfest! A big reason zakk is still in is because he kisses Sharon's ass. - SoldierOfFortune

4 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.

Their bad reputation is because they bullied Jason so he wanted to leace the band and they went through their worst period in their career. Then they made St. Anger, but Hardwired To Self Destruct is a great comeback album. I didn't mentioned Lulu because it isn't even a Metallica album. - Userguy44

They were the first thrash band to play in arenas before MTV even hear of them and now people just see the bad in them. They had ups and downs but they are still going today and back to thrash metal. - Sabbath

This list is a joke - Sabbath

5 Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

Who cares? They are great - Ananya

6 Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

Slipknot it is a very interesting band if you open your mind. People laugh at them because they wear masks and have so many band members. They are awesome live and they have their own sound. - Sabbath

Their masks and band members number aren't their biggest problems... - Metal_Treasure

7 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.
8 Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.
9 Avenge Sevenfold

I find them to have enough decent materials to say that this is a pretty good band, both their self titled album and Nightmare are amazing, and City of Evil has a handful of great songs as well. I think that people give them too much flak. - kempokid

This band might be kind of cheesy and it's a turn off to men to see other men wearing makeup but however, they have talented band members and they are educated in music. People will always bash them while other people enjoy them just like Metallica. - Sabbath

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

They were always ranked 4th out of the big four but now they are the best out of the big four. - Sabbath

Scott Ian (and Anthrax) got a bad reputation because they were involved in creation of the nu-metal/rap metal subgenres. Die hard metal fans (hardliners) hate these crossovers and find them awful. Most of the metal hardliners don't even consider those subgenres metal, and respectively - the bands that play nu-metal and rap metal. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

Can anybody explain - how they gained a bad reputation because nothing comes to my mind. Did I miss something?

Can anybody explain - how they gained a bad reputation because nothing comes to my mind.

Since when does ACDC ever get a bad rep

12 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.

DYK that r/nickelback has less that 300 subscribers as of right now? Ariana Grande has over 50,000. I think it's safe to call these guys overhated.

All artists in the Top 10 and most of the Top 20 on this list have fantastic critical reviews and are loved by either the public, mudic lovers or both... this is simply the most untrue list I have ever seen. Because a bad reputation does neither mean you hate them nor that they aren't popular on TTT. It means that they are regarded as horrible by most people and/or critics.

Nickelback apparently have a bad reputation in America, most of the reviews aren't all too good and many people hate them. So I voted for them because they are highest item on the list that actually fulfill the title. They don't have a bad reputation over here, reviews are mixed to positive and people either are fans or completely ignore them. - Martin_Canine

13 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.
14 System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

System of a Down has a bad rep? This is news to me. They have a huge fanbase as well as critical acclaim.

15 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.

Most metalheads hate them for one obvious reason: They made Nu Metal.

16 Kid Rock Robert James Ritchie Sr., known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, activist, minister and actor.
17 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.
18 Mayhem Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's more.
19 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.

They aren't an emo band. All of their fans aren't suicidal teens. "The Black Parade" is one of the greatest albums of all time. - MyLocalRoyalVampire

I was emo, now I'm not

its just a stage in life silly gooses - Metalfan2112

20 The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s.
21 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 more.

I really enjoy their music don't get me wrong. It's just so much of their music is explicit, which makes the songs hard to appreciate. Of course you can simply ignore the lyrics but it's hard when you know it's explicit. Believe me I've tried. But enough negativity they have great music and not all of their songs have bad meanings.

After their first 5 albums I lost interest and American idiot was and is one of the most overrated albums in rock - Sabbath

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23 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 more.

Their glam metal past (in the 80s). - Metal_Treasure

24 The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Just about every other name on this list grew up with a poster of Jim Morrison tacked up in their garage.

25 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.

Yeah, the amazing singer of the Metal Gods (Rob Halford) is GAY. For some reason gays are great singers - Freddie, Adam Lambert, Elton John, George Michael... - Metal_Treasure

I heard about it once. They had some case against suicide. They were sued for it. But the won it. (as I remember). - zxm

26 Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

Constantly getting a bad rap when Slipknot is worse

27 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.
28 Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.
29 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.
30 Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances more.

They are an amazing band. Probably my favorite. But they did so many drugs. Drugs contributed to Jerry's death, alcohol caused Pig Pen's death, and attheir shows, everyone did drugs. Their fans are big drug addicts a lot of the time. It's terrible, because, I've never been to a dead show, because I wasn't born when Jerry died, so I want to see Dead and Co., but I'm not allowed to because of the drugs at those shows.

31 Burzum Burzum is an influential black metal solo project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Burzum came to prominence at the beginning of the Norwegian Black Metal scene in the early 1990s. Vikernes was imprisoned for 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and charges of church more.

Amazing music, but creator of this project has bad reputation because of church arsons, murder.

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