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.
01. Fall Out Boy (429 votes)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
01. Metallica (1087 votes)
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)
03. Avenged Sevenfold (264 votes)
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)
05. AC/DC (213 votes)
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