Sometimes they're awesome. And sometimes they're less than the sum of their starry parts. We rank supergroups from best to worst

By Kyle Anderson
Updated August 12, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Traveling Wilburys
Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne (ELO)
In this megawatt case, more definitely was more.

Them Crooked Vultures
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
Power trio’s heavy, fuzzy self-titled debut transcended stoner rock, bad grammar.

The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Damon Albarn (Blur), Paul Simonon (the Clash), Simon Tong (the Verve), Tony Allen
Punk and Afrobeat make eclectic s’mores around the Britpop campfire.

New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys
Two generations of boy bands bring together mothers and daughters in disconcerting ways.

Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), A.R. Rahman
First single ”Miracle Worker” could use some divine intervention.

Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Joe Satriani
How many guitar solos is too many? Listeners to the silliest-named band here know the answer.

The Firm
Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, Nature
Gangsta quartet’s cinematic debut aimed for The Godfather, settled for Analyze This.