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Readers’ Poll: The Ten Worst Bands of the Nineties

Picks include Creed, Limp Bizkit, Hanson – and one big surprise

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We asked our readers to vote for their least favorite bands of the Nineties last week. As you can imagine, this one got people fired up, and votes poured in. While people seemed to have particular scorn for one particular late Nineties rap-rock band and one post-grunge band whose lead singer sounds a bit like Eddie Vedder, bands ranging from Smashing Pumpkins to the Goo Goo Dolls got votes. These results are sure to anger many people, but remember that this is a readers' poll. We had nothing to do with the results. There's one band here that will anger and shock many people. See if you can pick out which one we're talking about.

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2. Nickelback

It's hard not to feel a little bad for Nickelback. Sure, they aren't the greatest band in the world, but people act like they make Nazi folk music or something. "Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world," Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney told Rolling Stone last year. "So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit." The band is so sick of comments like Carney's that they actually turn down most interview requests. They know half the questions will be about everyone hating them. And the haters seem to be winning, because their last album wasn't nearly as big as the previous ones. They still sell a lot of concert tickets, though, and will probably have the last laugh when they're still hugely successful 10 years from now. 

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1. Creed

It's no surprise that Creed won this poll. It wasn't even close. This is a band so hated that their own fans sued them after a famously bad show in Chicago in 2003. Frontman 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. The band reformed in 2009 for a reunion tour, but their fans have moved on. Sales were so horrendous in Birmingham that tickets were lowered to 75 cents. In 2000, the group could sell out arenas within seconds. They toured last year and played their two biggest albums straight through, but even that couldn't get them back into arenas. It's pretty much over, and Creed is basically as popular as Alter Bridge right now.