Most classic rock bands don't need to prove their worth to anyone anymore. With thousands of classic riffs under their belts and millions of albums sold, it's almost expected that the best of the bunch rise to the top over time. However, there have been many classic bands that have weathered their fair share of hatred.
No two bands experience hatred in the same way though. Many bands on this list have been dragged through the mud for their more recent endeavors, which many have seen as disingenuous to the band's earlier reputation. At the same time, there are some bands who have been torn apart in their prime by critics but have held up as legitimately great acts despite what the cool kids may have said. While some of these bands are not deserving of the critical venom, there are others who really do deserve some of their more harsh comments.
Whether they were hated then and loved now or loved then and hated now, these bands have soldiered on doing their own thing regardless of what people said, which is what rock and roll is all about. These bands may have had good intentions, but their time in the spotlight proved they were anything but bulletproof.
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