The 10 Most Cringe-Worthy ’90s Rock Bands

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Alright, folks! Strap in, or better yet, run away. We’re about to embark on a questionable journey back to the ’90s, a time when flannel was the height of fashion and rock bands sprouted like wild mushrooms after a rainy day. Sadly, some of those mushrooms turned out to be pretty toxic.

10. Hootie & The Blowfish

Hootie & The Blowfish: proof that you can sell 21 million copies of an album and still leave the music world saying, “meh.” It’s not that they were bad, it’s just… no, wait, they were pretty bad.

9. Bush

Ah, Bush! The British invasion that everyone wished would retreat. Picture this: A Nirvana tribute band gets a heavy dose of amnesia and starts believing they are Nirvana. That’s Bush.

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8. Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth: because nothing says ‘rock’ like a band named after an oral condition. They might as well have called themselves Gingivitis. At least their music was good for… nope, it really wasn’t.

7. Creed

Creed was like that kid at school who wanted to be both the jock and the preacher’s son. Only thing is, when your music is as sanctimoniously rock-star-ish as your Jesus pose, you might end up crucified by critics.

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6. Limp Bizkit

When you hear Limp Bizkit, what comes to mind? A. The embarrassing physical condition the name suggests, or B. The rock/rap band that makes A. seem like a more desirable option? If you chose B., congratulations! You’ve experienced real pain.

5. Nickelback

Ah, Nickelback. They’ve been called the musical equivalent of a high five from a guy wearing socks and sandals. It’s as awkward as it is uninspiring. And yet, there’s a perverse thrill to it, isn’t there?

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4. Spin Doctors

Spin Doctors, the band whose one hit “Two Princes” saw more airtime than a beachball at a Nickelback concert. You’ve gotta hand it to them, though: it takes real talent to make people long for the sweet embrace of static.

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3. Bloodhound Gang

Imagine a band of frat boys found a broken synthesizer in a dumpster and thought, “Hey, let’s start a band!” That’s the Bloodhound Gang for you. The kind of rock band that makes you yearn for the sweet melodies of a dentist’s drill.

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2. Crazy Town

Crazy Town: because every decade needs a band that makes you question your sanity for listening to it. They were rock, they were hip-hop, they were electronica, they were… excruciating.

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1. Insane Clown Posse

At the top (or should I say bottom?) of our list, we have the Insane Clown Posse. With their clown makeup and “horrorcore” music, they showed the world that even nightmares could underachieve.

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There you have it: the worst rock bands of the ’90s. If your favorite band made the list, don’t feel bad. Music is a personal thing. Some people like Mozart. Some people like… well, these guys. And hey, at least it wasn’t Nickelback… Oh, wait.

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