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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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831 197
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lulu Metallica and Lou Reed

The Best Led Zeppelin Solo Albums of All Time The Worst Bands of All Time

2
524 202
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen III Van Halen

3
351 132
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

4
435 310
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

5
279 190
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

6
184 97
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
459 177
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added St. Anger Metallica

8
333 213
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

9
238 123
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers

10
197 68
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

11
194 83
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Face the Music New Kids on the Block

12
305 152
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added ¡Uno! Green Day

13
259 126
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

14
296 157
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

15
219 162
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Self Portrait Bob Dylan

The Best Frontmen in Rock 21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

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294 240
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bridges to Babylon The Rolling Stones

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104 37
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added ...Calling All Stations... Genesis

18
71 41
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Unusual Heat Foreigner

19
104 19
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
In... the Life of Chris Gaines Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

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121 55
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Love Beach Emerson, Lake & Palmer

21
131 88
Music From
JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

22
159 89
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

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93 44
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added Summer in Paradise The Beach Boys

24
96 59
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

25
171 102
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

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116 96
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

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138 50
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
From Nashville to You La Toya Jackson

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89 35
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

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133 52
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

The Best Bob Seger Albums of All Time The Worst Qualities in a Woman

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164 106
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Landing on Water Neil Young

31
124 41
Glitter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Glitter

32
169 85
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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134 113
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

34
101 79
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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115 50
Bionic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Bionic Christina Aguilera

36
71 40
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

37
164 212
Coda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

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85 32
Rehearsing My Choir is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Rehearsing My Choir The Fiery Furnaces

39
111 82
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

40
90 37
Pools of Mercury is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pools of Mercury Jim Carroll

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203 168
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

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54 42
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra

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114 88
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Best Bad Company Albums of All Time The Best Station Wagons of All Time

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87 36
Travistan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Travistan Travis Morrison

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101 78
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

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97 91
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

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81 34
Hung For The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Hung For The Holidays William Hung

48
105 54
Prick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Prick Melvins

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94 46
Mr. A-Z is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mr. A-Z Jason Mraz

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95 51
Lifeblood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lifeblood Manic Street Preachers