Worst Music The Worst Albums by Great Bands  

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List Rules Only bad or critically panned albums by famous bands

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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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1,093 255
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed

2
658 271
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen

3
563 422
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2

4
470 180
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash

5
352 250
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen

6
248 144
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
445 295
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen

8
300 162
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
676 246
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica

10
291 212
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan

11
373 329
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones

12
111 69
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner

13
298 105
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Vir... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added John Lennon, Yoko Ono

14
172 134
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

15
254 100
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block

16
418 199
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day

17
329 161
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden

18
134 77
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick

19
429 228
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses

20
204 143
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JamesCushman added Kiss

21
238 336
Coda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin

22
161 69
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis

23
139 66
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys

24
169 79
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer

25
204 108
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam