Worst Pop Punk Bands

Theirs the greats such as blink-182 and my chemical romance but then theirs the failures!

The Top Ten

1 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop-rock band from Sydney that formed in 2011. The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists during 2011 and early 2012. They rose to international fame while touring with One Direction on the Take ...read more.

OK the band classifies itself as pop punk but they just don't know what's its about. Their lyrics are generic I mean it's a band made up of "attractive" young males, who sing about girls and whose lyrics have no greater meaning so why aren't they number one. Little kids like them and this style of music isn't even for little kids its for teenagers. The little kids think there oh so emo and alternative but people who are teenagers not understanding the difference between alternative and pop punk and 5sos. Those people who don't understand the difference should go listen to Fall out boy, Green Day, Paramore, Blink 182, my chemical romance and panic at the disco aka real pop punk/ alternate bands who unlike 5sos don't use auto tune and shouldn't be on this list. Don't compare them to those bands unless your pointing out the obvious difference between them and although they say they are influenced by bands like Green Day they are nothing like Green Day.

Yay. A boy band. So original. Their music is TOTALLY original. Ah, screw it. Five Seconds of Summer SUCKS. Don't even get me started on their fanbase. Their fanbase makes it harder to like them. They also waste the best singer in the band having him ONLY play an instrument and sing a couple lines every once in a while. Everyone says they're punk rock, but they aren't. I've even heard someone compare them to Green Day. Where their brain went, I have no idea. I could keep going on and on but I'm going to stop here.

They sound like a watered down version of pop punk, which itself is a watered down version of punk rock. They are just like the average boy band; their music quality is that of a boy band but they play instruments. The band sucks. Many girls at my school obsess over this band and one direction and it's extremely annoying. I've heard them having an argument with each other on whether they are a rock band or not. Well, a boy band is a pop group that usually has attractive members and appeals to teenage girls. That being said, five seconds of summer is just another lame boy band like one direction.


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2 Simple Plan Simple Plan Simple Plan is a French-Canadian rock band from Montreal, Quebec. The band has released five studio albums.

I notice that a lot of the comments against this band are getting tons of dislikes. Honestly, they're just like Good Charlotte and other mediocre pop punk bands of the early 2000s. Still don't agree with me? Go on YouTube and watch Rocked's Regretting The Past on Simple Plan and you'll understand what I mean.

Simple Plan isn't anything special or unique, and a little too whiny. On a higher note Paramore shouldn't be in first place, Fall Out Boy deserves a lower rank, blink-182 shouldn't be on here and We Are The In Crowd is a little too pop not sure if they're pop punk

Who in their right mind put the sex pistols and the ramones on here, they aren't even pop punk and they invented punk so without their influence most off all your favorite punk bands wouldn't be here

Say what you want about bands like Busted and Mcfly, at least they're funny in hindsight. Simple Plan is just painful.

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

... What is Blink-182 doing on this list? They are pop punk. Read the description of the list. "there's the greats such as blink-182". This list needs to get fixed.

Paramore at first place really? They're badass, they come on strong which is why most people either love or hate them. But unlike most other pop punk bands they're not so generic and actually have creativity.

Hayley treats the band as her solo project, the rest of the band doesn't get any credit. Ask anyone who likes Paramore, they probably just thing "Paramore" is Hayley's artist name. That's why the members of the band are changing all the time. Haley just uses them and replaces them when she feels like it.

How I feel about Paramore being on this list is complicated.
If you're saying Riot! -era Paramore is bad, what? you deaf?
If you're saying Hard Times era Paramore is bad, I wholeheartedly agree. - benhos

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4 Good Charlotte Good Charlotte Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland that formed in 1996. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been lead vocalist Joel Madden, lead guitarist and vocalist Benji Madden, bassist Paul Thomas, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Billy Martin and drummer Dean Butterworth, ...read more.

I can't even believe they are compared to Blink-182. That is like comparing The Beatles and One Direction. This band should not be compared to a masterpiece band like Blink-182, they are obviously better than Good Charlotte.

Not only one of the worst pop-punk bands, one of the worst bands period. This is the musical equivalent of belly button lint, you know it exists but you're not sure why.

For starters, nothing says daddy issues like the lyrics to "The Anthem". Besides that, their instrumentation is tight, yet very simple and while their vocalist technically hits all the notes he's supposed to hit, his voice still sounds awful. - ThatoneMetalhead

My god these guys are bad - christangrant

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5 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

Evening out with your girlfriend, Take this to your grave and From under the cork tree was the band at it's best

Infinity on high and Folie a deux weren't as good but still kept Fall Out Boy's greatest strength: Their tongue in cheek lyrics that were witty with a dash of melancholy

Save rock and roll had plenty of artificial effects that paled in comparison, but it was still better than what was playing on the radio

but their latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho is absolutely artificial with lyrics that made no sense like "The stench, the stench of summer sex

And CK eternity, oh, hell, yes" from one of the singles

but most importantly, most of the music was made in the studio by machines, not the INSTRUMENTS that they apparently play. I've been a fan since 2003, and I'll admit that they we're atrocious live, but the music they played was still amazing. Now they're better live, but I'd rather listen to the horrible live playing of ...more

Hey, why is Fall Out Boy on this list? They're awesome and talented! There's more to them than just a couple songs you heard on the radio, like "Centuries" or "Uma Thurman". In fact, most of their fans don't even like those songs! For the true FOB, listen to songs like "Sugar, We're Going Down", "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", "Save Rock and Roll", "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark", and a lot more. Also, I hate it when people call them posers! They're not even emo, morons. Leave them alone!

Why are they on here? They don't belong here at all! I love them so much and I hate the fact that people call them sellouts and unoriginal... Not. True. Leave them alone and don't say anything about my muffin babies!

Their music are getting worse each year.

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6 All Time Low All Time Low All Time Low is an American pop punk band from Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Gaskarth, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Jack Barakat, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson. ...read more.

Well, they can't be Paramore rip-offs if they formed first, just saying. Paramore formed in 2005, All Time Low formed in 2003. They sound nothing like Fall Out Boy, or any others. They're unique. They don't write the same song over and over and over. I Feel Like Dancin' and Time-Bomb. Same? Not at all. Very different. A Love Like War and Remembering Sunday. Same? No. Not at all. Every song is about partying, growing up, girls? SO what? They're young. That's what they think about. Make you feel low? Just because they're name is All Time LOW doesn't mean they make sad music. Most of it is very upbeat and happy. ATL actually has quite a large male following, too. Simple Plan sucks. They're very unique and brilliant. No sense of experimentation? I Feel Like Dancin'. Have fun proving that it's just the same as all their other songs. I think they're one of the greatest bands of all time. - Number

This band is just an all time low for pop punk. See what I did there hur hur - SoldierOfFortune

All Time Low makes amazing music and it means a lot to many people


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7 All American Rejects

They are decent. I only like a few songs by them but hey shouldn't be on this list - emilycondon7

More pop than anythinhg. Some songs are fairly catchy but can be seen to be very annoying. They are probably decent guys but how they are in any way punk I'll never know.

They improved with their new album kids in the street but are not punk in anyway.

They're rock!

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8 Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

I don't like emo. I'm sorry, but I thought this was pop-punk.

Panic! is a really good band that gets a lot of unwarranted hate for just being a little bit on the emo side. If you are one of those people who hates Panic! for that reason, you should really just listen to a few of their songs like "The Emperor's New Clothes", or some of their older stuff like "I Write Sins Not Tragedies". You will probably end up looking into their lyrics to find a quite a bit of intellect behind them. - ThatoneMetalhead

Panic! at one point actually had good background music, but now all they care about is vocals so all of their new stuff is awful. I seriously cannot name any of the instruments in the background just by hearing one of their songs.

The singer sounds like a hippo.

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9 Zebrahead Zebrahead

Are you kidding me? Zebrahead are quality, and are a million times more original than ALL of the bands on this list. They can play play anything from funk, to hip-hop, to straight up punk and hard rock. Their progression on each record is astounding, and their sound is completely original. No way do they deserve to be higher up on the list than Panic, or even on the list at all.

What Zebrahead? They are perfect!

Why would anyone even THINK to put Zebrahead anywhere on here? Seriously! Zebrahead is personally one of my favorite bands of all time. Plus, they aren't even a pop punk band. They are Rap-Rock and Punk Rock.

Zebrahead is more intense than most pop-punk bands, which may drive some people away, but popularity should NEVER be used to judge a band. In fact, this band is an underrated diamond in the rough in my humble opinion. - ThatoneMetalhead

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

How put this band on here? Idiots...

Ok Ramones and sex pistols and not even pop punk they do not deserve to be on this list.

Funny how the best band of the genre is in a list called the worst bands. - Wolf92xd

They suck.

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The Contenders

11 Busted Busted Busted are an English pop rock band from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, consisting of James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson.

Jumping on the bandwagon to make a few quid

The lyrics are so bad that they make me laugh. Regardless, I still listen to them so...

WHAT they don't even deserve to be on this list they are so non pop punk!

Thisx band was onec good but now horsbl34

12 A Day to Remember A Day to Remember A Day to Remember (often abbreviated ADTR) is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs. They are known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk. The band currently consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist ...read more.

That's a funny way to spell post-hardcore. By the way, an awesome band. - somelifeonaplanet

Worst band ever!
Wake up people

This is the worst band ever! Why are bands like Paramore, all time low and good charlotte even on this list. ADTR are rubish

This band suck! Why are good charlotte on the list any way?

13 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative 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 ...read more.

Why is Green Day and Blink-182 on the list? They're the main creators if the pop-punk genre.

That's why they are on the list. For creating this terrible genre

Haters gonna hate but Green Day is the best pop punk and punk rock band ever!

Green Day is the reason pop punk exists!

Can't believe this is 15!
Should be at 1 with chemical romance

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14 One Direction One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.

1D isn't even punk - Fall_Out_Nikki


1D isn't even pop punk
Like I'm not a fan nor do I hate him
But that's like
What? - Ethansics

15 New Found Glory

Why are Paramore at no1 they rock! New found glory just take the mick and could destroy pop punk if were not careful.

No, this should take Paramore's position

16 Boys Like Girls Boys Like Girls Boys Like Girls is an American pop rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2005, the group gained mainstream recognition when it released its self-titled debut album.
17 Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before Today, which was formed out of the San Diego punk rock scene.

This is post hardcore not pop punk! They ain't Evan pop. Why are they in the list?

First of all, Pierce the Veil is NOT pop-punk. Whoever made this list could stand to learn a bit more about the genre before they start grouping bands in it.

Second of all, I don't understand how PTV could be included on a list of 'worst' bands considering how unique and amazing their music is. Their lyrics are surprisingly deep and intelligent, their guitars heavy and carrying a raw rock sound that'll start a mosh pit faster than lead singer of A Day To Remember shouting "DISRESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS."

Being one of the most popular bands among whats considered the 'emo' genre, they get a lot of hate. Although they deserve very little if any of it, as most any educated music critic listening to them would appreciate their sound and lyrics that I could never call 'generic' in the least. Or do most rock bands sing about having stained glass eyes and colorful tears and I'm just an overly sensitive emo trying to protect their favorite smol beans? Why PTV is on this list, I ...more

No matter what they say Pierce the veil is a pop punk band disguised.

Dear imbeciles,

Pierce The Veil is not pop punk, much less a bad band. Have a good day.

18 Cute Is What We Aim For

I love cute is what we aim for, they're hella adorable and are just fab aw c:

19 Breathe Carolina Breathe Carolina Breathe Carolina is an American electro pop group currently consisting of David Schmitt (vocals, keyboard), Eric Armenta (percussion) and Tommy Coops (guitar, keyboard) that formed in 2007. ...read more.

When they made "pop-punk" music, they dropped "punk" and couldn't find it again. - ThatStrangeKid42

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.

I don't get why they are on this list. My Chemical Romance is one of the best bands of all times. Their songs and lyrics are amazing. Whoever says they're bad is completely wrong, they've let their marks in music history. Their memory will carry on, we'll carry on. Proud killjoy.

Yeah, totally, such meaningful and emotional lyrics in there songs! Those first 100 "Na's" in Na Na Na Na were so touching! - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

The people who put Ramones and Sex Pistols on here must be joking. These guys aren't pop-punk, they're the greatest bands in punk history. They made punk what it is.

First of all, My Chemical Romance was actually a great band and I'm proud to listen to them. Obviously this list is a total joke because The Offspring is known as one of the BEST PUNK ROCK bands in history and so are Sex Pistols.

Complete trash. - TheMETALgiant

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21 Falling in Reverse Falling in Reverse Falling in Reverse is an American post hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2008, signed to Epitaph Records.

Falling in Reverse is definitely one of my all time favorite bands. Their music is incredible and so catchy and I sold my soul to this band.

This band is awful, and Ronny Radke is a joke.

22 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history ...read more.

What!? The pistols are pioneers of punk, they are not pop punk. They weren't afraid of anyone, they even influenced Joe Strummer

Whoever put this up here is truly an idiot. Not only were the Sex Pistols not part of the ironic perversion that is pop punk, they were also one of the groups, including the Ramones and the Stooges, that pioneered punk made it great for a little while. All I have to say to the person who put this here, shut up go listen to your Blink-182 records, maybe you'll eventually have so little brain power that you won't be able to annoy anyone with your obnoxious taste in music anymore.

While they are punk, unlike the most of this list. They're not good punk. Pretty much a boy band in a sense but supported by a different group of teen girls. Want real punk? Try bad brains or black flag. If your mom knows about them they're not all that punk. (My opinion though I found them to be pretty damn annoying)

I voted for the Sex Pistols because A. Sid Vicious is a murderer and B. All those people that say "pop-punk sucks! Green Day sucks! " Are just sorry to see that punk rock has developed decent talent and vocals. (they don't call him johnny rotten for nothing! ) But yes, FSOS sucks, they are one direction for 13 year old girls that say they are into "punk-rock"

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23 You Me at Six

Absolute crap band made by Essex posh boys who got where they are due to rich parents and no talent at all.

Bunch of public school boys making the worst form of 'pop rock' drivel

God awful pop music

One of the crappiest bands I've ever heard, such a shame that they are often catalogued as pop punk. Maybe CraPunk would fit them better. - Wolf92xd

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24 Ramones Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

To the person who said that they have lazy basic songs, that is what punk is! It's supposed to be stripped down, no frills, raw music. Saying that the Ramones aren't punk because their songs are to basic is like saying you don't like the ocean because there's to much water

The Ramones?! They invented punk and have nothing to do with pop punk! I'm older then most of these voters on this wall and I am completely offended.

If the Ramones are pop punk then I guess TheTopTens is a gaming site. - ryanrimmel

Quite good quality

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25 The Story So Far

Good as band


26 Neck Deep
27 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.

No way this shouldn't be on this list.

One of the best ever

At least it's lower than blink. But seriously if you think the offspring is the worst punk band of all time you've got another thing coming to ya

Whoever added this is definitely an idiot...

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28 We Are The In Crowd

Really.. ? My Chemical Romance? All Time Low? Green Day? Fall Out Boy? And the one that REALLY ticked me off, Paramore? These are all great bands in my opinion, don't get me wrong, but Paramore is at FIRST? I've been to a Paramore concert before, and Hayley puts a lot of energy into her preformances, and Paramore's songs all have a message. Paramore doesn't deserve to be anywhere NEAR this list. - PiercedVeil

You have a horrible taste in music and don't deserve to live in this planet anymore. And I'm sure a song called "ankle biters" has a REAL MESSAGE - Brobusky

They're super generic and really nothing special at all
And for everyone saying that Paramore and ATL is too pop, then you clearly haven't WATIC

29 Tonight Alive

What are they doing here?
This band is amazing, they're good people and their music is awesome, This list is stupid

30 State Champs


They suck

31 The Wonder Years

The dude's voice is too poppy

Their songs are bad -_-

32 Sleeping With Sirens Sleeping With Sirens Sleeping with Sirens is an American Rock band from Orlando Florida. The band formed in 2009. SWS lead singer is Kellin Quinn

The most disgusting strain of tumblrcore disease

33 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. ...read more.

This entire list is stupid. Most of the list are great bands, but have adapted their sounds to survive. If that makes them not punk that's fine, but they're still good bands. And if that was they case they shouldn't even BE on the list in the first place, because this is worst "PUNK" bands!

Wait, even I know BVB isn't pop punk... - Fall_Out_Nikki

34 Circle Jerks

I put then here cause I heard one of their songs on the channel x station in Grand Theft Auto 5 I forgot the name but my head nearly exploded

35 GG Allin and the Murder Junkies

The man was a complete maniac. I get that the dude's life wasn't all that great but jeez. GG was like a rabid dog that needed to be put down

Am I the only one who thinks this guy's a creepy weirdo who was not right in the head? I mean he actually gets as much praise as he gets hate. What is honestly so great about him?

36 Real Friends

Realv freinds, mire like, real bad

37 Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

They are a great mix of pop punk and metal. They don't deserve to be here.

38 Sum 41 Sum 41 Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada. Originally called Kaspir, the band was formed in 1996 and, as of 2015, consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Baksh, co-lead guitarist/backing vocalist Tom Thacker, bassist/backing vocalist ...read more.

Someone is a hater. This band deserves more respect and shouldn't be on this dang list.

HOW DID THEY GET ON HERE? THEY ARE DO AWESOME AND MY FAVORITE POP-PUNK BAND. People who say "In Too Deep" is there only good song, have obviously not listen to the hell song, handle this, pieces, over my head, still waiting, and I can go on and on.

WHY are they here

This guys have made Pop Punk masterpieces, and another factor for their music to be even better is the metal vibe it has in a lot of their songs like The Bitter End, Mr. Amsterdam, Noots, No Reason, etc. No other pop punk band does that. Sum 41 belongs right there with the biggest bands I'm the genre like Green Day, Blink-182 and The Offspri ng. s o much love for this guys. If you hate them, then GO CHUCK YOURSELF! - Wolf92xd

I love Sum 41 too. Then again, that metal vibe in the Bitter End = Metallica's Battery. - rishal21

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39 Courage My Love Courage My Love

I love this band <3 awesome

40 Relient K

They are an okay band. I love the "Be My Escape" and "College Kids", but stuff like mood rings and my girlfriend make 5sos sound decent.

Just listen to their song My Girlfriend and you'll see why they deserve to be on here.

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