Unsurprisingly – Creed has been voted the worst band of the ‘90s by readers of Rolling Stone magazine. The real surprise actually came with the group voted in at number 5: Nirvana. In fact, even the Rolling Stone editors themselves were taken aback by the grunge legends' inclusion.
“What the [expletive deleted] happened here?” they demanded. “Did the members of Warrant, Mötley Crüe, Poison and Bang Tango come together to stuff the ballot boxes? Nirvana were a great band. Their three albums are nearly perfect, and they are guaranteed to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. We’re sorry, but everyone who voted for them in this poll is wrong.” The rest of the top ten included your usual suspects of infamous ‘90s love-to-hate groups including Nickelback, Limp Bizkit and Hanson.
For those of you lucky enough to not know, Creed were formed in 1995 by frontman Scott Stapp, guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall. Before ultimately splitting in 2004, the group released three albums and later became Bridge with Miles Kennedy in Stapp’s place. They did however reunite in 2009 -- although side projects such as Tremonti’s recent self-titled solo band and Kennedy’s work with guitar legend Slash have generated much more interest from fans than anything from the original group.
“It’s no surprise Creed won this poll – it wasn’t even close,” said the magazine. “This is a band so hated that their own fans sued them after a famously bad show inChicagoin 2003. Scott Stapp is so despised that when a video surfaced of him getting a blowjob next to Kid Rock, Kid Rock said he was mainly embarrassed people learned he was hanging out with Scott Stapp. Creed is basically as popular as Alter Bridge right now.”
And as for Nickelback, they were last year the subject of a memorable put-down by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, who said: “Rock’n'roll is dying because people became okay with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.” Boy-band Hanson are possibly more well-known now for the derogatory t-shirt “I f----d the girl from Hanson” than anything related to music, so no surprise there either.
Here are the top ten:
10. Dave Matthews Band
9. Ace of Base
8. Spin Doctors
6. Hootie and the Blowfish
3. Limp Bizkit