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List Rules Only bad or critically panned albums by famous bands

Horrible music released by usually-great artists and bands. Sometimes even the most ingenious, original and creative musical voices can turn out work that's just... not up to snuff. This should not be confused with simply being ahead of one's time. Certainly, many now-renowned and significant musicians were not appreciated in their own time, or proved to be far ahead of the curve. (Those early negative notes that inspired the band name Led Zeppelin, for example. Or everyone who didn't get what Iggy Pop was up to when he first broke on to the scene. Or Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night" album.)

Instead, these are experiments, new directions or returns to the well that just didn't go well, and that have grown even worse with time. So it's time to be brutally honest, and fess up to the low points for some of the great musical artists of all time. Have at it by voting, or if you don't see your picks already on the list, start your own to get them on there.
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795 188
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lulu Metallica and Lou Reed

The Best R.E.M. Albums The Worst Bands of All Time

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498 194
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen III Van Halen

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336 124
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

4
419 291
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

5
171 89
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

6
424 167
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added St. Anger Metallica

7
230 116
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers

8
316 203
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

9
264 180
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

10
181 59
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Vir... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins John Lennon, Yoko Ono

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292 141
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added ¡Uno! Green Day

12
186 78
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Face the Music New Kids on the Block

13
281 148
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

14
212 153
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Self Portrait Bob Dylan

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283 229
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bridges to Babylon The Rolling Stones

The Best Frontmen in Rock The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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97 35
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added ...Calling All Stations... Genesis

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63 40
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Unusual Heat Foreigner

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90 16
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
In... the Life of Chris Gaines Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

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154 87
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

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76 23
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

21
165 98
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

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110 55
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Love Beach Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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90 56
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

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110 92
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

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129 45
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

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247 120
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

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85 42
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added Summer in Paradise The Beach Boys

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131 49
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
From Nashville to You La Toya Jackson

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121 37
Glitter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Glitter

The Best Van Morrison Albums of All Time The Worst Traits for an Employee

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156 105
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Landing on Water Neil Young

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163 82
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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95 74
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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129 110
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

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159 202
Coda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

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121 85
Music From
JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

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107 46
Bionic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Bionic Christina Aguilera

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67 38
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

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88 34
Pools of Mercury is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pools of Mercury Jim Carroll

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82 30
Rehearsing My Choir is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Rehearsing My Choir The Fiery Furnaces

40
196 162
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

41
110 85
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

42
106 80
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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84 35
Travistan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Travistan Travis Morrison

The Best Heart Albums of All Time The Best Biopics About Actors

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93 86
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

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98 75
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

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48 40
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra

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102 52
Prick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Prick Melvins

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95 78
Be Here Now is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Be Here Now Oasis

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76 33
Hung For The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Hung For The Holidays William Hung

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89 43
Mr. A-Z is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mr. A-Z Jason Mraz