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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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Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed
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Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen
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Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash
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Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2
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Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen
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Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
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St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica
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Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen
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The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers
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Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses
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Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden
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Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan
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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
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Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner
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Coda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin
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Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones
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Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer
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Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block
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¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day
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The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick
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JamesCushman added Kiss
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...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis
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Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys
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Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
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Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Robin Thicke