You Be The Judge: Ultimate Guitar's Best And Worst Bands Of 2007

Which bands were an utter disgrace to the state of rock? Who came out being the saviors? Read on.

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It's official: There is indeed a thin line between love and hate in the rock world. If the results of the Ultimate Guitar's poll for the best/worst band of 2007 did anything, it showed us that the most respected bands out there also tend to be the most despised. Avenged Sevenfold was a slam dunk in terms of winning the title of best band, but they also scored almost the same amount of votes at the other end of the spectrum. After perusing the message boards we knew that Avenged Sevenfold would ignite some passion, and the votes that the band received (275 for the best category, 249 for the worst) indicated we have quite the divided audience.

M. Shadows and the boys weren't alone. There were several bands that received nods as both the best and the worst, and it's very likely that most of you could already guess a few of those. The most pathetic showing came from artists that were immediately deemed as worthless (sorry Guns N' Roses and The Killers) and banished to the worst column. To our surprise, a lot of the worst bands haven't released anything for quite some time. There are a few grudge-holders out there, apparently.

So which bands were an utter disgrace to the state of rock? Who came out being the saviors? The results aren't too shocking, but there will probably be more than a few people who will feel the results are blasphemous. If that happens to be you, don't hold those feelings of loathing back - get to work on the message boards. By the way, if you love Fall Out Boy, get ready to defend their honor.

The Best

01. Avenged Sevenfold - 275 votes

The band might not have made it through the year unscathed (their latest album earned 1 out of 10 stars by Rock Sound - yikes), but there were plenty of voters who deemed the self-titled record far better than any of their previous efforts. Of course, when you look at the numbers, it was still a close one.

Whether you wrote scathing reviews of their latest album on the message boards or have found genius in every track, you proved that Avenged Sevenfold evokes emotion - and that's not such a terrible thing.

02. Foo Fighters - 187 votes

Dave Grohl remains one of the most likeable musicians in rock today, and it also never hurt that he came from one of the most idolized bands in history. But the Foo Fighters have never had to rely on anything other than their own music to win audiences over, and that fan base has continued to multiply since its 1995 debut. Their newest offering Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace stepped away from the rock a bit, but it was actually the low-key moments that left the biggest impression. Grohl stayed true to his word and wrote the instrumental track Ballad Of The Beaconsfield Miners for the album, which served as a tribute to 2 trapped Australian miners who asked for iPods with Foo Fighters songs while waiting for their rescuers. Any rock star could have written a mediocre, assembly line song as a tribute, but Grohl managed to craft a beautiful acoustic number that stands out as one of the best on Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

03. Velvet Revolver - 146 votes

With the exception of vocalist Scott Weiland's DUI arrest, Velvet Revolver can reflect upon this year with satisfaction. The band has yet to gain the success that Guns N' Roses or Stone Temple Pilots had during their glory years, but Velvet Revolver has attracted its own steadfast fan base regardless. Libertad was not the perfect work of music mastery we might hope for from the likes of Slash and Weiland, but it still was a testament to the riff god that Slash is and always will be.

04. Machine Head - 140 votes

After going through a period a few years back where they couldn't find a label to take their demo, Machine Head is now the epitome of success. There are few bands that could top the highs that vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn experienced this year. The band landed a coveted spot on tours with Megadeth and Lamb of God, the single Aesthetics Of Hate received a Grammy nomination, and The Blackening CD made the top-5 lists of several publications. Even with a little bump in the road (one word: Disney), 2007 could easily be Machine Head's strongest year to date.

05. Radiohead - 132 votes

While not helping amend the environmental crisis or battling major label monopolies, Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke has managed to still find time to be musically prolific.

Whether he's recording with Radiohead or pursuing a solo venture, Yorke has served as not only an idol to fans, but an inspiration to peers in the industry.

The Worst

01. Fall Out Boy! - 442 votes

I'm almost beginning to feel sorry for Pete Wentz and the boys.

Fall Out Boy won the title of worst band by a landslide, beating out everyone from Britney Spears to Nickelback.

Whether it's because of their teen idol status or the so-so album Infinity On High, the guys in Fall Out Boy offended on many, many different levels.

02. Linkin Park - 276 votes

The M word oozed out of Linkin Park's latest record Minutes To Midnight, and we're not talking about metal or Mike-Shinoda-as-the-focal-point (okay, that's more than one word). No, unfortunately we mean the often-feared maturity. To be fair, maturing is not the most horrible thing in the world, but when the music leaves your fans bored, we've got a problem. Linkin Park still has flocks of dedicated listeners, but vocalist Chester Bennington possibly pushed the limit when he decided to explore his sentimental side this time around.

03. Avenged Sevenfold - 249 votes

And we once again return to Avenged Sevenfold. Conversations on the UG message boards were heated over Avenged Sevenfold this year, with the band's new self-titled record as the focal point. Did M. Shadows ruin his voice by having vocal surgery? Has the band completely forgotten how to write music? You pondered all the hard-hitting questions, and more comments were still being added the last time we checked. But for as many discontented customers as there were, don't feel too sorry for Avenged Sevenfold. The majority still felt they kicked more ass than anyone else on the music scene today.

04. My Chemical Romance - 246 votes

Like Green Day's situation, it's been a while since the band released The Black Parade, and My Chemical Romance has somehow continued to piss off legions of music lovers everywhere. The band spent most of 2007 in a touring frenzy (minus the time off for food poisoning), but vocalist Gerard Way did make time to set the record straight about one particular subject.

To put it succinctly, Way stated back in September that emo is a pile of shit. As entertaining as his statement was, the UG readers' comments were even more enjoyable in a different, brutally caustic kind of way. By the results of the poll, it looks like there's quite a few who believe Mr. Way is in denial.

05. Green Day - 136 votes

Green Day hasn't released an album in a little over 3 years, and yet people are still pretty riled up about whether or not American Idiot was worth all of the hype. The record won favor with radio listeners, but old school Green Day fans weren't so sure the band still had the creativity or punk attitude to warrant all of the accolades.

Vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong added to the dissatisfaction a few months ago when he referred to the current music scene as stagnant. After his statement found its way into the media, many found it puzzling that a man who writes power chord-driven songs could really help solve the stagnancy problem.

Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2007

858 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Miquespa
    saalkin wrote: I find it funny that most of the people who are defending the worst list can't spell or use grammar properly.
    Haha, that is true actually. =D
    TheSoupDragon
    PortnoyAMCBCN wrote: i realize my first blurb was poorly written and had some typos, o well
    I agreed with everything you said. You seem to be one of the few intelligent people on here. And the Portnoy in your name is a bonus Unless it just happens to be your surname.
    kfong03
    ADDICTEDxTOxMCR wrote: :O :O :O are you KIDDING me! wtf are mcr doing under WORST bands! they are the greatest (and not just in my opinion, i know loads of people who would agree) and I mean out of all the bands out there, MCR hav to be one of the best, not the worst. fall out boy are pretty good too, i dont know why they are the worst. anyway iv had my say, im gonaa go now.
    H0USES0FTHEH0LY wrote: all ten suck!!!! I HATE A7F VELVET REVOLVER GAY ASS FO FIGHTERS AND MACHINCE HEAD SOUNDS LIKE MY ASSHOLE SPRAYING DIHAAREAHA!!!
    whoa...looks like we pissed some gay emo kids off... oh well, puberty...
    punk_isntemo12
    Ok, one question: WHAT IS WITH A7X???? Ok, I have said my bit. I just wanna know why Snow Patrol wasn't in the worst bands.
    speedmetal ftw
    TheSoupDragon : speedmetal ftw wrote: Infamou$17 : Machine Head gets in but not QOTSA? I'm calling BULL***! Maybe if Dragonforce had a different singer and subject matter I would like them. And if they could play their songs correctly live, I would see them. Synyster Gates is NOT sloppy. I hate A7X but Synyster is the f***ing man. they dont play good live cause sam is always ****ing drunk That's by no means a good or cool thing. Be rock n roll by all means, as long as you can provide the fans with a decent show. If you cant. Stop drinking.
    it was not meant as a good or a cool thing btw
    alex w b
    i think the ppl who voted accidentaly put the best bands on the worst band list and the worst bands on the best band list
    yerdumb666
    well guess what guys, nobody gives a shit if you think a certain band SHOULD have been on the best or worst lists. Because its based on people voting, so its a list of what people think are the best and worst bands, not your shitty opinions. and alex w b, you should probably just leave.
    ADDICTEDxTOxMCR
    :O :O :O are you KIDDING me! wtf are mcr doing under WORST bands! they are the greatest (and not just in my opinion, i know loads of people who would agree) and I mean out of all the bands out there, MCR hav to be one of the best, not the worst. fall out boy are pretty good too, i dont know why they are the worst. anyway iv had my say, im gonaa go now.
    H0USES0FTHEH0LY
    all ten suck!!!! I HATE A7F VELVET REVOLVER GAY ASS FO FIGHTERS AND MACHINCE HEAD SOUNDS LIKE MY ASSHOLE SPRAYING DIHAAREAHA!!!
    luigi169
    linkin park dont deserve to be on the worst list, sure their new album isnt their best, but i think it is still da good, avenged shouldn't be best band of 2007, thier my fav band ever, but their new album isnt as good as lost prophets liberation transmition. thank god fall out boy are in worst tho
    Freebird 121C
    Well, I don't think Linkin Park deserves to be on the Worst list. The album may be less popular with heavy metal types, but I think Chester, as a singer and a person, is allowed to explore his creative side and not just scream meaningless lyrics into a microphone.
    knightsof muse
    2 words....jimi ****in hendrix, well thats 3 words but ive made my point.dont care is hes dead,how many bands would be around if it wasnt for him.
    guitars.r.cool
    THIS IS TOTALLY BULL. avenged sevenfold should not be on two lists! Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park should be in the best band list! Not the Worst! Green Day rocks then and are still AWESOME now.
    guitars.r.cool
    TheAngryMob875 : Green Day is the greatest band of all time. period. no questions asked. Avenged Sevenfold? Machinehead? am i the only one here who isnt mentally ill. there is nothing wrong with those people who like those bands. for f*ck sake. everyone has their different type of music.
    speedmetal ftw
    guitars.r.cool : TheAngryMob875 : Green Day is the greatest band of all time. period. no questions asked. Avenged Sevenfold? Machinehead? am i the only one here who isnt mentally ill. there is nothing wrong with those people who like those bands. for f*ck sake. everyone has their different type of music.
    +1
    speedmetal ftw
    H0USES0FTHEH0LY : all ten suck!!!! I HATE A7F VELVET REVOLVER GAY ASS FO FIGHTERS AND MACHINCE HEAD SOUNDS LIKE MY ASSHOLE SPRAYING DIHAAREAHA!!!
    lol does his profile say hes a 12 yr old drinker?
    Marek99
    kfong03 wrote: H0USES0FTHEH0LY wrote: all ten suck!!!! I HATE A7F VELVET REVOLVER GAY ASS FO FIGHTERS AND MACHINCE HEAD SOUNDS LIKE MY ASSHOLE SPRAYING DIHAAREAHA!!! whoa...looks like we pissed some gay emo kids off... oh well, puberty...
    haha, you owned him. **** you emo boy.. i like the list, especially the worst list fits me
    speedmetal ftw
    TheSoupDragon : ksedeathmetal wrote: Dinkydaisy wrote: slayer1516 wrote: The face that Avenged Sevenfold is #1...proves that the majority of UGers are 12-years olds Considering you have to be thirteen to register to the site I'd say you might be a wee bit wrong. greendayfan3358 wrote: im ****ing tired of this shit. who the **** are radiohead and machinehead? green day, MCR, and Linkin Park(although there last album wasnt htat good) should all be on the best list. You can go suck the dick of anyone here who actually appreciates good music that actually TAKES TALENT to play(Maybe someone who likes metal?) u emo faggot. Machine ****ing head for life bitch What Greendayfan said was just unbelievable. What you said shows a lack of intelligence, or just your immaturity. Fast solos, etc doesn't = good music. The simplest of songs, using only 3 chords can be miles better than a thrash-metal shredfest. And, generally is.
    How exactly is a 3 chord song better than a thrash-metal shredfest? please explain that to me
    kulotski
    Where the hell is Bullet For My Valentine? Their like a mixture of 3 chord songs and metal
    th365thli
    I think its funny how Linkin Park is all "we're gonna put our hearts for the music/not sellout/really give an effort," and the end result is an album that sounds like its not for the music, sellout, effortless piece of crap. Oh the irony.
    Smashed Pumpkin
    Pretty damn predictable list, but alright none the less. INME had an AMAZING album released this year. Bring back Jesse Leach, KsE are Dying. :]
    dannytalent
    BILLY TALENT should be number 1!!!!! what the hell is goin on here?? BT are gods!!! and i like MCR.
    Infamou$17
    And by the way,
    aidenxxaizen wrote: Green day and MCR sure they havent released but look how good theyre records sold and was liked they may not be the best but they are certanly not the worst, i mean greenday and MCR gave birth to so many good bands out there whether they be famous or not, in an interview the foo fighters said they were inspired by greenday and i know they rock but with out greenday and MCR they mite not be here not to mention how much i hate bands like fallout boy, they just get famous after doing the most basic crap on guitar and bass and drums and the vocals suck i think ppl are being dumb about this list but i guess i shouldnt care what you thinnk ,b/c i have my oppinion and you all have yours
    Miss Teen South Carolina made more sense than that. Green Day, I agree with you on them inspiring some good bands, but who the f**k did MCR give birth to that is actually a good band?
    TheSoupDragon
    speedmetal ftw wrote: Infamou$17 : Machine Head gets in but not QOTSA? I'm calling BULL***! Maybe if Dragonforce had a different singer and subject matter I would like them. And if they could play their songs correctly live, I would see them. Synyster Gates is NOT sloppy. I hate A7X but Synyster is the f***ing man. they dont play good live cause sam is always ****ing drunk
    That's by no means a good or cool thing. Be rock n roll by all means, as long as you can provide the fans with a decent show. If you cant. Stop drinking.
    algemar
    britney spears should have made the best list.... her lip syncing is so professional... after all, her music is so much better then rock... actually though, i was hoping muse would make the list
    Seidenschnur
    A7 has the look going, I guess. Unfortunately, they have nothing to back up that bad-ass look. It makes me think of GnR back in the day. They looked the part, played the part, and partied the part. Funny how A7 looks cool, but doesn't actually do anything cool.
    bokma
    THE WORST part is PERFECT. sooo true. I have no opinion on the Best side.. not huge fan of any of those artists
    madguyposerhomi
    THE NEKRYPH wrote: I don't really care for this list since there were no decent metal bands for the best, but I'm thoroughly satisfied with people's choices for the worse. All of the stupid emo bands that deserve to be there are there....
    thank you
    aidenxxaizen
    Green day and MCR sure they havent released but look how good theyre records sold and was liked they may not be the best but they are certanly not the worst, i mean greenday and MCR gave birth to so many good bands out there whether they be famous or not, in an interview the foo fighters said they were inspired by greenday and i know they rock but with out greenday and MCR they mite not be here not to mention how much i hate bands like fallout boy, they just get famous after doing the most basic crap on guitar and bass and drums and the vocals suck i think ppl are being dumb about this list but i guess i shouldnt care what you thinnk ,b/c i have my oppinion and you all have yours
    knightsof muse
    blah blah blah,who cares.you cant win and you cant please everyone.i dont agree with the best or worst(except fall out boy they are ****in shite), cause the music i like is what appeals to me.so this list dosnt speak for everyone,you have the right to your opionon.but to be fair most bands are just crap,a catchy tune isnt talent its just so you whistle it down the street or in the car.there a band called rocco deluca and the burdan and i think there awesome,you should check em out theyre real talent.
    speedmetal ftw
    totalxanarchy : speedmetal ftw wrote: synful wrote: TheSoupDragon wrote: speedmetal ftw wrote: i would have put Fall out boy at worst or oanic at the disco, theyre both piles of crap anyway, dragonforce should have been in top 5 tho... But every Dragonforce song sounds the same. THANK YOU!!!!! DRAGONFORCE=OVERRATED lol only 2 songs sound the same and draonforce= most definitely not ovrrated. if you actally listened to a few of their songs you would see none sound the sma (xcept two) yeah synful and SoupDragon, u r homosexuals
    +99999
    Td_Nights
    speedmetal ftw wrote: totalxanarchy : speedmetal ftw wrote: synful wrote: TheSoupDragon wrote: speedmetal ftw wrote: i would have put Fall out boy at worst or oanic at the disco, theyre both piles of crap anyway, dragonforce should have been in top 5 tho... But every Dragonforce song sounds the same. THANK YOU!!!!! DRAGONFORCE=OVERRATED lol only 2 songs sound the same and draonforce= most definitely not ovrrated. if you actally listened to a few of their songs you would see none sound the sma (xcept two) yeah synful and SoupDragon, u r homosexuals +99999
    Haha, speed metal. Get some feelings, and come back to town.
    Diateo
    Man I am sick of people saying Synster is sloppy. Just because you don't like the band doesnt mean you should make stuff up. Honestly he know's his theory and his technique is imaculate. Yeah I'm not a huge fan of the band (*cough* vocals) but that doenst mean they cant play >.< Also, Fall Out Boy suck nice one.
    speedmetal ftw
    Infamou$17 : Machine Head gets in but not QOTSA? I'm calling BULL***! Maybe if Dragonforce had a different singer and subject matter I would like them. And if they could play their songs correctly live, I would see them. Synyster Gates is NOT sloppy. I hate A7X but Synyster is the f***ing man.
    they dont play good live cause sam is always ****ing drunk
    whiteandblack
    umm wow this list sucks ass Rise Against or Sick Puppies should of been on the best list I don't like it one bit
    TheSoupDragon
    totalxanarchy wrote: speedmetal ftw wrote: synful wrote: TheSoupDragon wrote: speedmetal ftw wrote: i would have put Fall out boy at worst or oanic at the disco, theyre both piles of crap anyway, dragonforce should have been in top 5 tho... But every Dragonforce song sounds the same. THANK YOU!!!!! DRAGONFORCE=OVERRATED lol only 2 songs sound the same and draonforce= most definitely not ovrrated. if you actally listened to a few of their songs you would see none sound the sma (xcept two) yeah synful and SoupDragon, u r homosexuals.
    For not liking a band I'm gay? Seems fair. But seriously, they do. They all have the same drumming, and it's always 5 minutes of guitar wankery, accompanied by shockingly bad Dungeons+Dragons style lyrics. Operation Ground and Pound and FTFAF have the same chorus. I appreciate the technical ability of all the band members. They're all very talented. Sadly they use their talent to write rubbish music. And from watching/reading interviews, they're idiots. try Steve Vai or John Petrucci. They're as talented as Herman Li, AND they put it to good use.
    Infamou$17
    Machine Head gets in but not QOTSA? I'm calling BULL***! Maybe if Dragonforce had a different singer and subject matter I would like them. And if they could play their songs correctly live, I would see them. Synyster Gates is NOT sloppy. I hate A7X but Synyster is the f***ing man.
    blasphemus666
    HOW DID AVENGED SEVENFOLD GET THE TOP PLACE????? what has become of this world? people are so musically dumb these days. no complaints about green day and avenged sevenfold being in the worst. and to speedmetal ftw-dragonforce if anything, deserves to be on the worst list. if you consider them spped METAL, you are wrong my friend. theres nuthin metal about them. they just hit 3 notes over and over again, really fast to make them sound good.