Conceived as a parody of VH1's popular biography show Behind the Music, Behind the Music that Sucks was created by Dave Carson, a composer, and Simon Assaad, a filmmaker, in 1998. After the series became popular on other sites, the pair founded Heavy.com in 1999, where Behind the Music that Sucks became the flagship series. In 2005, production resumed after a three-year hiatus. In spite of that period of inactivity, the original run of Behind the Music that Sucks never left syndication, remaining available on Heavy.com, as well as Comcast digital cable's ON DEMAND service and many other websites.
Behind the Music that Sucks, having managed to outlive the show it was based on, continues to be one of the site's most well-known properties.
The following is a list of acts, many of whom were also featured on the original VH1 program, that have been lampooned during the series' run.