The UG Readers' Poll: The Best And Worst Bands Of 2008

For anyone out there who has a burning desire to one day be an adored rock star, we've got some sage advice for you.

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For anyone out there who has a burning desire to one day be an adored rock star, we've got some sage advice for you. Study and scrutinize every move made by Fall Out Boy - then do the opposite. It might sound harsh, but the UG community has once again declared Pete Wentz and the gang the Worst Band of 2008 in our annual poll. Taking into consideration Fall Out Boy's position on last year's survey (Hint: You hated them 12 months ago, too), we thought that the radio-friendly emo band might get a little break from being loathed. After all, their new album had not even been released at the time we tallied the latest survey's results. But I suppose spending a little too much time on MTV and playing papa to Ashley Simpson's new baby still pushed the readers over the edge. Hey, we can't help it if the UG community's taste is so consistent that even those irksome Jonas Brothers aren't able to displace Fall Out Boy from that of the most-hated band.

While it was a fairly one-sided year for Fall Out Boy, Metallica picked up where Avenged Sevenfold left off. You might recall in 2007 that there was obviously a love/hate relationship occurring with Avenged Sevenfold, with the Huntington Beach natives earning both the #1 Best Band and #3 Worst Band positions. While their entertaining new live CD/DVD Live in the LBC & Diamonds In The Rough has helped them nab the #3 slot among the Best Bands, Metallica's long-awaited Death Magnetic drew a decidedly mixed response from the public. But as a wise individual once said, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

We want to thank everyone in the UG community who participated in our annual Best/Worst poll - even those who tried to slip in more than one vote for each category. While we appreciate that you really, really hate or love a particular band, the rules force us to count only one vote per person. That will explain why the multiple votes you posted for "Your Mom" didn't show up among the Worst. So without further ado, we present to you the bands that shaped (for better or worse) the year of 2008.

The Worst

01. Fall Out Boy (429 votes)

Forget the fact that Fall Out Boy had very little presence in 2008 until this month's release of Folie A Deux. The quartet's very existence is disconcerting enough to earn the #1 Worst Bandagain.

Most of the news relating to Fall Out Boy this year was usually associated with the band's figurehead, Pete Wentz, who apparently pissed off a lot of you by procreating. Or perhaps it was Wentz's new gig hosting the MTV show FNMTV, which often focused its attention on artists that already have ample attention (i.e. Snoop Dogg). It should be noted that UG users' comments have been a lot less scathing on FOB-related news stories lately, and that might be an indication that Wentz and the boys might just win you all over in a few years - or at least fall to the #2 Worst Band. Dare to dream.

02. Metallica (425 votes)

Although Death Magnetic received generally positive reviews, there are some who still feel that Metallica's first studio album in 5 years is a far cry from the Master Of Puppets days.

The legendary metal band has seemed to lighten up quite a bit since the whole Napster debacle, but it may take more than a few songs on Rock Band/Guitar Hero and a sub-par mastering job on Death Magnetic to win a lot of the hardcore fans over again.

03. Jonas Brothers (422 votes)

It makes little difference that the Jonas Brothers have received little to no coverage on Ultimate-Guitar.

You just need to visit your local Walmart, Toys R' Us, or magazine rack (Lord have mercy, they were on the cover of Rolling Stone) to see that this is one band where the marketing has overtaken the music.


04. Coldplay (331 votes)

While there are plenty of "alternative" radio stations and magazine publications hailing Coldplay's latest album Viva La Vida as one of the best offerings of 2008, the UG community didn't quite agree.

Churning out another huge helping of low-key soft rock that is often mistaken for something much heavier or artistically daring, Coldplay didn't make many new fans at UG this year. And the cherry on top? Chris Martin transformed into a misanthropic diva on the BBC Radio 4 program after being probed about his songs' meanings. Wow, imagine being famous and having people interested in the music you create. Must be rough, Chris.

05. Tokio Hotel (329 votes)

For those living in the United States, the force of nature that is Tokio Hotel hasn't perhaps been fully understood. But you only need visit Sweden or Italy to witness the Backstreet Boys-meets-glam-rock hysteria existing among the kids overseas these days. It seems those of you who are extremely familiar with the Tokio Hotel rage are pretty damn disgusted.

Whether it's because of vocalist Bill Kaulitz's cartoonishly punk hairdo (which seems to not fit his musical style in any manner) or just the fact that screaming teen girls do tend to make up a good chunk of the band's core fan base, there are quite a few reasons that might push Tokio Hotel to the #1 slot in a few years' time.

And rounding out the list

06. Guns N' Roses (246 votes) 07. Slipknot (198 votes) 08. DragonForce (180 votes) 09. Nickelback (161 votes) 10. My Chemical Romance (149 votes)

The Best

01. Metallica (1087 votes)

This was no close call. Metallica might have popped up on the Worst Bands of 2008 list as well, but the number of people extolling the virtues of the legendary metal outfit far exceeded the naysayers.

And what could possibly make it even sweeter? Metallica won by a landslide, with 5 times as many votes as the 2nd runner up. It's a huge victory for a band that only a few years back was becoming a frequent butt of jokes, thanks in part to the band alienating a new generation of downloading fans. But the past is the past, and Death Magnetic is a sign that even in their mid-40s the guys in Metallica are still in their prime.

02. Slipknot (277 votes)

Changing up the formula is not always a wise idea for a band already at the top of its game, but Slipknot has seemingly come back stronger after a little change of pace. Along with opting to record the latest album All Hope Is Gone in their hometown of Iowa, Slipknot also incorporated each member in the songwriting process - a first for the masked musicians. Critically acclaimed and praised as their heaviest offering yet (particularly in the layered percussion work), All Hope Is Gone proves there is plenty of substance behind the elaborate costumes.

03. Avenged Sevenfold (264 votes)

Avenged Sevenfold might have slipped a few notches from last year's #1 title, but it still holds the prestigious honor of no longer being considered among the worst of the worst.

The release of last year's self-titled album was met with a flurry of both praise and pans, but a solid work ethic on the road and the entertaining new live CD/DVD Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough has won the majority over.

04. Trivium (221 votes)

The comparison to Metallica has always haunted Trivium, but 2006's The Crusade pushed a lot of fans over the edge. Frontman Matt Heafy's vocal style morphed into a carbon copy of James Hetfield's, and all the screaming heard on the first few releases was a distant memory. But don't ever accuse Trivium of being a band that doesn't heed fans' advice. The new album Shogun not only features the return of Heafy's grittier vocals, it also combines the best parts of Trivium's previous releases. Between the technical efficiency and the solid melodies, Shogun ranks up there with the best albums of 2008.

05. AC/DC (213 votes)

If there is one great unifier in rock, Angus Young is thy name. Don't believe me? Young's riffs have the amazing ability to be appreciated anywhere from your standard rock concert to a high school mixer to a wedding - and the list goes on and on. There's just something incredibly relatable about an AC/DC tune, and that's a valuable trait to have.

After an 8-year break AC/DC has given the public Black Ice, and it's full of reliable yet gritty rock tunes. The band knows not to mess with the formula, and while there are a few slight twists along the way, Black Ice stays true to the AC/DC that we've loved since the days of Bon Scott.

Rounding out the best

06. Opeth (130 votes) 07. Muse (122 votes) 08. Bullet For My Valentine (113 votes) 09. Children Of Bodom (107 votes) 10. The Offspring (87 votes)

By Amy Kelly Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2008

1,438 comments sorted by best / new / date

    bazman13
    i dont know why everyone is arguin, i mean, we all voted for various bands didnt we. shutup and enjoy the statistics
    Metallica Mosh
    Best of 2008 1-Metallica 2-Motley Cru 3-ACDC 4-Avenged Sevenfold 5-Blacktide Worst 1-Slipknot 2-Disturbed 3-GnR(never thought I would say GnR as worst)
    RTL728
    evilgerbil666 wrote: Eh FOB is better than Metallica and I listen to both.
    That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. FOB will NEVER be even 1/100 as good as Metallica. Not even in their dreams.
    YoHendrix wrote: People that are saying they prefer Fall Out Boy and Jonas Brothers to Metallica and AC/DC are seriously ****ed up in the head! cant believe there making themselves look retarded...
    +1
    InSainPyro44
    these statistics were bogus... i'll but if you did it with 10,000 people it would be way different... i'll bet if you did it with 100,000 people, it would be even different from that. this is lame... i demand a recount lol.
    XDeathBloomsX
    Metallica and Slipknot made me laugh by getting on both lists. But I agree with the lists overall.
    joshjosh667
    AC/DC has always been terrible, if you are just realizing this... Well i have no more to say. And I do agree with the bad list.
    yerdumb666
    slipknot? *facepalm* ahahaha "layered percussion". i love it. at least opeth got on.
    CoBRaGe
    skatezero1260 wrote: glad to see children of bodom got on the top list!
    me too.
    IP h O IB i A
    oh and please stop calling people "fag" and "retard" because of their music preference, b/c it only shows how ignorant and self-centered you are.
    theused137
    AD/DC shouldn't be on the list. Their new album is terrible. Every song sounds the same and the drums on it. I could do the drums for that album and I've only played drums a couple of times. I like the worst list, avenged sevenfold could have been on it, other than that its good. The best list is terrible. Metallica and Slipknot don't belong that high up there. The bottom five of the best list should be the top 5.
    xXx A7X xXx fan
    Yo avenged sevenfold shoould have been 10 of the best but hey thats just my opinion at least there not on the bad list
    noxusrules
    I think that AC/DC should be in the first of the best of this year, also think that the worst band should be the Jonas Brothers, but Fall Out Boy it's ok too.
    guitarjared
    How the hell is this controversial? Why do people get fired up about a list ranking bands? If you're offended by another person's opinion on which band is "teh greatest omg lolzzz", you're clearly a moron. Music is subjective. PERIOD. There is absolutely no reason to argue with someone about quality of music due to taste...I figured more people would know this, but hey, it is UG... Personally, I like Opeth the most.
    IP h O IB i A
    its disappointing to not see any August Burns Red on here... both thrill seeker and messengers are the reason i even listen to metal. everyone here complaining about the list is wasting their time. this was a vote. this is how it turned out. shut the **** up about how linkin park needed to be on there. no one gives a flying **** about others opinions atm, theyre way to busy complaining.
    Flying Afros
    SatchFollower23 wrote: haha my worst bands are 1. jonas brothers 2. fall out boy 3. metro station 4. mcr 5. tokio hotel
    I agree. Both of these lists are opinions, bad ones at that, so it doesn't really matter.
    noneofurbuzz
    WHAT THE FUCK! The Jonas Brothers should be at the BEST bands. Sure they have their purity rings, but that doesn'tstop them from making good music that everone can and will relate to. You should judge by their music, not their media image.
    High Speed Dirt
    I love it when people take shit too seriously=D But I'm going to, also. But how I see it is, ALL the bands up there make good music, they're just organized this way because of image. Some examples: Metallica: Sold out. FOB: Emo fags Jonas: Disney Bubble-Gum shit (My girlfriend makes me listen to them, I'll admit they're not actually that bad) DragonForce: Guitar Hero. Just listen to the music, don't focus on the image. I'll admit I judge it all the same way, but when I actually listen to it, I love it all and it contributes more to the music I write by exposing me to different styles. I'm actually glad Children of Bodom is the only band I really listen to that's up there=D
    iamtheworst
    wrote: Timehbgood wrote: I knew FOB would get top.. xD Metallica on both lists? Of course Metallica is on both lists. They're probaby addressing old-school Metallica (The good stuff that was on the best list) and new Metallica (the crap on the bad list). I'm kind of annoyded they put GNR on the worst list; they should've just put Axl, though I love his voice and he got me free Dr Pepper. XD AC DC is kind of overrated now, playing stuff they've played from when they first started out, so I would've put them on the worst, but only for this year. They were better years ago. Tokio Hotel does suck. Coldplay is alright, Slipknot rocks, and I'm surprised they were on the worst. Those guys could eat you alive. Dragonforce sucks too, lol. My Chemical Romance is good. Give 'em a chance, guys. Listen to their older stuff, from 2005 or something. The Black Parade was overrated, just like Death Magnetic and Black Ice. Nickelback was OK for a while, but now they just suck. I'm surprised they out The Offspring on there! I like them alot, but, it was kind of weird to see them up there. The Jonas Brothers had no right to be on Rolling Stone mag, they suck the most. THEY ARE NOT ROCK!!! Someone put some real music on there.
    Jonas brothers have never been rock nor will they ever be. Your right they dont deserve to be on The Rolling Stones Magazine. They are the oposite of rock they are more like rap which i hate more than them
    iamtheworst
    why is Metallica on both the list and why are they above AC/DC on the best list that just pisses me right off
    Epinard
    4RY4N4 wrote: ashkan101 wrote: Anyone saying that all the bands on both lists suck obviously don't like music. Instead I think you guys just like being pretentious snobs who want to make themselves feel more important by trying to be as niche and non-mainstream as possible. 4 Words: Grow The Fuck Up I couldnt agree more with you. I think both lists were pretty accurate except what happened to Dragonforce.(back to the mainstream thing) They are actually a good band its just because of Through The Fire and Flames from Guitar Hero and all the people who cant play guitar saying they are better at guitar than you even though they have never picked a guitar up. Even though it doesnt sound like it I like the game by the way. That is all. =D
    Agreed. pyritmannl: "there is so much more to music and guitar than metal" Agreed. Also, if someone can't appreciate music, they should try to play the stuff themselves. People work really hard to make any kind of music, it's not easy.
    pyritmann
    The killers should be on the worst band list... and im sooooo glad fall out boy is there, i cant stand their new stuff and the new album made me wanna barf. what happened to those guys , they were punkish and good years ago and now they are just soooo horriiiibllle. theres no way metallica should be on the top though.. the album was pretty bad.. you can tell this list was made by a bunch of metal heads.. there is so much more to music and guitar than metal.
    guitargod5
    this whole list is just a stupid idea... everyone has a opinion... and i like coldplay...
    guitarjared
    guitarsolo_17 wrote: lol....way too many fanboys on this website.
    Quoted for truth.
    fueledbyellen
    people, let's have some peace and harmony. this is just one man's opinion so don't get all hyped up. ...please don't pelt cyber eggs at me...
    ihavenoname93
    ashkan101 wrote: Anyone saying that all the bands on both lists suck obviously don't like music. Instead I think you guys just like being pretentious snobs who want to make themselves feel more important by trying to be as niche and non-mainstream as possible. 4 Words: Grow The Fuck Up.
    +*insert obscenely large number here* i guess being sucsessful makes you bad if you use standard ug logic
    Metal H3AD
    lemmon182 wrote: This list pisses me off... I dont understand why fallout boy should get worst album of the year? What about timbaland, or rhianna, or brittney? For godsakes...
    Dude does Rhianna or Britney have a guitar in it ... really now DUH?!
    lemmon182
    This list pisses me off... I dont understand why fallout boy should get worst album of the year? What about timbaland, or rhianna, or brittney? For godsakes...
    Metal H3AD
    bobdarocker34 wrote: galapagos666 wrote: Metal H3AD wrote: prt1990 wrote: Maybe you guys need to get over metal. I like it, but it's far from the best genre... Fuck you gayboy get a ****ing life Metallica rule and Metal is just to much for your chicken ****ing ASS!!!! Dickweed Mother****er! I didn't see any metal on this list...the Fucking Champs, Pelican, Sleep, Electric Wizard, etc...That's F***ing metal to me...and Black Sabbath made Metal what it is, not Metallica. Best of '08 - 1 Witch 2 The Black Keys 3 Deerhunter 4 The Black Angels 5 Bon Iver 6 Colour Haze 7 Dead Meadow 8 Beirut 9 Animal Collective 10 Mariee Sioux 11 Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh 12 The Mars Volta 13 MGMT 14 Vrttin 15 Tegan and Sara Out of all the people here and the list above, that might be the worst list ever assembled. In fact, I'm not even sure those are bands...
    Dude when a band sells over 100,000,000 million albums not including merchandise in around 30 years and you still dont know them really now you must live in a ****ing hole! Oh and by the way just looking about and there are 8 Metallica songs in the top 100 tabs on this website so that means that yes people accually like them and accually like to play and learn their songs so get a life freak!
    TravuhsWree
    I hate all of these bands except Jonas Brothers. Hahah just kidding all of them suck, except of course AC/DC.
    <Paper Cuts>
    Timehbgood wrote: I knew FOB would get top.. xD Metallica on both lists?
    Of course Metallica is on both lists. They're probaby addressing old-school Metallica (The good stuff that was on the best list) and new Metallica (the crap on the bad list). I'm kind of annoyded they put GNR on the worst list; they should've just put Axl, though I love his voice and he got me free Dr Pepper. XD AC DC is kind of overrated now, playing stuff they've played from when they first started out, so I would've put them on the worst, but only for this year. They were better years ago. Tokio Hotel does suck. Coldplay is alright, Slipknot rocks, and I'm surprised they were on the worst. Those guys could eat you alive. Dragonforce sucks too, lol. My Chemical Romance is good. Give 'em a chance, guys. Listen to their older stuff, from 2005 or something. The Black Parade was overrated, just like Death Magnetic and Black Ice. Nickelback was OK for a while, but now they just suck. I'm surprised they out The Offspring on there! I like them alot, but, it was kind of weird to see them up there. The Jonas Brothers had no right to be on Rolling Stone mag, they suck the most. THEY ARE NOT ROCK!!! Someone put some real music on there.
    tendtorockhardx
    if you guys at ultimate guitar need a columnist who is intouch with music maybe you should send me an email, that guy needs fired.
    DallasChevy
    Ok Nickelback? On the worst list!? Whats wrong with you guys!!! There latest work DESERVES a place in the Best list. Thats a bunch of BS i'm sorry but it is. Then you have this, Metallica. The 2nd worst but the best of all!? What the hell!! Do you guys not know how to set up a voting poll? Then there above AC/DC. AC/DC, i beleive that when Black Ice came out, they were bigger than Metallica. And i heard that the album was better than freakin Death Magnetic. And Walmart was all over it to. Trust me, they had stands and stuff in their music section dedicated to Black Ice. Just redo this list, just redo it.
    BoneslyGrifter
    Alright, time for my two cents: "Best" Bands (In my opinion, and in no particular order): My Brightest Diamond- "A Thousand Shark's Teeth" is an absolutely incredible album, though probably not nearly heavy enough for most of your tastes. Tegan and Sara- "The Con" Their best album yet, and I own all of them. This one is on vinyl, it's that good. CSS- "Donkey" Brazillian art-punk band with a trippy single music video ("Rat Is Dead"), they're poppy and edgy all in one. Spinnerette- "Ghetto Love EP" Only available online, these four songs are the best things I have ever put into my ears, and Brody Dalle is a MILF, pure and simple. I'm going out on a limb and saying they're going to be better than the Distillers, when their full-length drops early next year. MGMT- "Oracular Spectacular" Trippy psychedilic pop-rock that's danceworthy as well. Bloc Party- "Intimacy" I didn't like the new album as much as "Silent Alarm," but they're still pushing music forward, which I respect. I don't really think bands are "bad," per se, I just personally don't like them. Lots of people don't like my music, and that's fine. I don't like the Jonas Brothers, however. Shit excuse for music. Note: I like metal, but I don't know enough about a lot of bands to make a list. (Human Abstract, Witch, Bands I Wish Were Active in '08: Pavement Ride My Bloody Valentine Husker Du Black Flag Desaparecidos Siouxie and the Banshees T.S.O.L (Jack Grisham days)
    MasmaI
    I think it's really funny how pretty much everyone here is all butt-hurt because their favorite band is on the worst list or a band they hate is on the best list. get the f*** over it. it's just a f***ing list on a website. Damn...
    dominator711
    XxEmoRockerxX wrote: XxEmoRockerxX wrote: WHY DO U ALL HATE TOKIO HOTEL?!!?!? they are awesome! and my chemical romance! they both should be on the best list. HOW THE HELL IS FALL OUTBOY AND METALICA WORSE THAN JONAS BROTHERS?!!?!?!?!!? OMFG!!! this is rigged. but im happy that slipknot at least made #2! they are awesome. THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD GO!... BEST! 1)Tokio Hotel 2)My Chemical Romance 3)Three Days Grace 4)Linkin Park 5)Paramore and i really dont care who is on the worst AS LONG AS JONAS BROTHERS ARE #1!!!!! this is all my opinion and idc wat u all say bout it! oh, and by the way, ALL U OLD MEN OUT THERE SAYIN THAT BILL KAULITZ (aka lead singer of tokio hotel) LOOKS LIKE A CHICK, UR JUST JELOUS THAT HE DAMN SEXY!!!!! (im a girl) U ALL SHOULD START DRESSING LIKE HIM AND MAYBE U WILL ACUALLY GET A DATE!
    First off TRIVIUM RULES!!!!! Second thats a F@#!$ing dude what the f#!@. Well he sings like a chick looks like a chick why doesnt he just become a chick. Stupid Gay Emos Bands!