Top Wuss Rock Bands of All Time

A few weeks ago a co-worker and I were discussing some bands we like (we are children of the eighties, so bear with me) and more than a few we labeled “wuss” rock bands. Now this isn’t necessarily an insult, but more of a classification. As I said we personally liked the bands, but we had to admit that a large number of their popular songs were kinda, well…wussy.

We then asked friends and colleagues who they considered the top wuss rock bands. So I included them below in order of wussiness, based on the number of times a band was listed. The top five bands have a link to a YouTube video for your listening and viewing pleasure.

Top Five Wuss Rock Bands (based on votes):

  1. Air Supply – Two guys you hope weren’t actually singing to each other.
  2. Chicago – Does every Chicago song sound the same to you?
  3. Abba – I was never sure if they were friends, siblings, spouses or what.
  4. Loverboy – The name says it all.
  5. REO Speedwagon – I can’t fight this feeling any longer…I’m numb.

Other bands receiving votes, in order of number of votes received. (I published comments as well):

  • Coldplay
  • Foreigner
  • Hall & Oates
  • Jefferson Starship
  • Journey
  • Radiohead – great musicians, but let’s face it, the Backstreet Boys could probably take them in a fight.
  • Styx
  • Survivor
  • White Lion
  • Winger
  • A Flock of Seagulls
  • Aaron Carter – it’s bad when your brother was a Backstreet Boy and he’s referred to as the “hardcore” one.
  • A-Ha
  • Ambrosia – Holdin’ on to Yesterday was their biggest song and their destiny.
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Bang Tango
  • Bread – I found your Diaper underneath the tree?
  • Creed
  • Culture Club
  • Dashboard Confessional – been singing about the same girl that left him for nearly 10 years…get over her dude.
  • Dire Straits
  • Everything But the Girl – I still have EBTG worship issues.
  • Extreme – Hole in my heart makes me want to put a hole in my head.
  • Fall out Boy
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Genesis
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Heart
  • Huey Lewis & the News
  • Maroon 5
  • Mr. Big
  • N Sync
  • Nelson
  • New Kids On the Block (reunited)
  • Night Ranger
  • Teenage Fanclub
  • The Carpenters – They had a chick playing the drums. If Mama Cass would have given Karen a sandwich, they’d both be alive.
  • The Scorpions
  • Toto
  • Warrant

If you would like to contribute, feel free and post a comment.


  1. I think you’ve pegged the top 5. Is it just me or do all of Loverboy’s songs sound like watered-down versions of Def Leppard songs?

  2. Woah, woah, woah – The Scorpions?? Are you people nuts?? I cannot believe they received any votes. Insanity…pure insanity! Matthias Jabs totally rocks!

    How Nelson isn’t #4 on the list is beyond me.

  3. Europe. You gotta add them.

  4. Since we are showing videos, here is the worst music video of all time. Someone wrote, “This is what happens when you have $10,000 to shoot a music video and spend $9,900 of it on cocaine.”

  5. Awesomely bad video! I half expected to see a jogger running by.

  6. Chris, if not a jogger at least the boom mike should have come into the shots a few times. 😉

  7. Elizabeth, I’m shocked we forgot Europe. The Final Countdown was so epic!

  8. come on..Dire Straits and Toto??
    What’s next? Deep Purple maybe?

  9. You forgot Millie Vanilli, unless you left them off since they weren’t even really singing.

  10. I guess I am a wuss cause I like 4 out of the 5 in your top-5 list.. and still really enjoy listening (yeah I’m female!).

  11. Great stuff. Wow I had forgot about almost all of these bands.

  12. Hah that Air Supply cover made me laugh so hard with the title of this post. It makes perfect sense. I agree with a lot of those. Radiohead are a great band but you are right, they are a bunch of sissies. Hah that makes me giggle.

  13. I agree with most of the above listing.

  14. What about Radiohead?