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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Bands That Should Break Up

Your picks include the Beach Boys, Nickelback and the Who

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Mötley Crüe aren't just going on a farewell tour this year – they also signed a legal document stating that they will never, ever reunite after 2015. It was a smart move because fans are sick of shelling out big bucks to see groups like Kiss and the Who say "farewell," then reunite just a few years later. (Nobody is going to stop them from burning that contract at a reunion tour press conference in 2017, though.)

Still, the news of Mötley Crüe's demise got us thinking about other bands that have worn out their welcome. We asked our readers to vote on which bands they'd like to see split next. Click through to see the results. 


Lynyrd Skynyrd

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3. Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle survived the 1977 plane crash that killed frontman Ronnie Van Zandt, guitarist Steve Gains and backup singer Cassie Gaines. He is no longer in the band. Guitarist Ed King – who cowrote "Sweet Home Alabama" and counts off the song at the beginning – is alive and well, but no longer in Lynyrd Skynyrd. Original drummer Bob Burns, who left in 1974, is also no longer in the band. Of all the pre-plane crash members, only guitarist Gary Rossington remains. (If you want to keep really technical, current guitarist Rickey Medlocke was briefly the band's drummer in 1970.)

The current-day Lynyrd Skynyrd is almost like a tribute band featuring one original member and the brother of the lead singer. They've played "Freebird" and "That Smell" more times than you could possibly imagine, so it's no wonder fans are hoping they call it a day. They could also invite back some of the other surviving members, but that seems unlikely. 

Mike Love the Beach Boys

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2. The Beach Boys

Whether fairly or unfairly, Mike Love is widely portrayed as rock & roll's ultimate villain. Many see him as the guy who bullied his sensitive cousin Brian Wilson, mocked his brilliant work on Smile and grabbed control of the Beach Boys in the 1970s and turned them into a state fair act. In his defense, many others see him as the man who cowrote and sang the group's biggest hits and helped them survive (and even thrive) after Brian stepped aside.

The truth is probably somewhere in between but, with the exception of their 2012 50th Anniversary tour, he's toured as the Beach Boys without any other original members since the late 1990s. For whatever reason, he'd rather play shows with John Stamos than with Brian Wilson and Al Jardine. To many Beach Boys fans, this is sacrilegious and they just wish he'd put the group out of its misery. Don't count on that happening anytime soon. 


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1. Nickelback

At a certain point, you have to feel a little bad for the guys in Nickelback. These four guys from Canada simply wanted to release albums and play rock concerts. They never claimed they were the Beatles. They never claimed what they were doing was brilliant or even that radical. But ever since "How You Remind Me" broke big in 2000 and brought them into basketball arenas, they've absorbed more hate than just about any band of the modern era.

Maybe it's because they broke at a time when the Strokes and the Hives were supposed to be the next big rock bands, but they faded away and Nickelback just got bigger and bigger. They started to embody everything that was wrong with rock & roll over the past decade, and that's a lot to put on the shoulders of a single band. They are merely one in a long line of crappy bands, and they're also the top group our readers hope go away forever. 

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