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The Worst Albums by Great Bands  

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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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Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen
2
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed
3
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash
4
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2
5
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica
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Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen
7
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses
8
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden
9
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer
10
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers
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Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner
12
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
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In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines
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Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen
15
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones
16
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Vir... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added John Lennon, Yoko Ono
17
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick
18
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Guns N' Roses
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Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys
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Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block
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Raditude is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Weezer
22
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JamesCushman added Kiss
23
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
La Toya Jackson
24
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis
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¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day