Worst Music 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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1,038 239
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed

2
626 252
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen

3
534 394
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2

4
438 169
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash

5
335 234
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen

6
235 133
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
407 269
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen

8
286 151
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
621 230
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica

10
277 201
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan

11
354 305
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones

12
274 95
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Vir... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added John Lennon, Yoko Ono

13
101 62
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner

14
158 128
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

15
386 186
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day

16
235 97
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block

17
307 154
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden

18
397 215
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses

19
186 132
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JamesCushman added Kiss

20
217 310
Coda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin

21
121 73
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick

22
147 60
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis

23
128 59
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys

24
158 74
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer

25
195 103
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

26
165 137
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair

27
212 123
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Robin Thicke

28
183 79
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Guns N' Roses

29
119 95
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

30
194 125
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Neil Young

31
151 30
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

32
218 314
Never Say Die! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Black Sabbath

33
71 63
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Electric Light Orchestra

34
126 126
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
David Bowie

35
189 63
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Weezer

36
94 58
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lou Reed

37
243 197
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Britney Spears

38
128 94
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

39
153 184
Load is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica

40
159 55
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
La Toya Jackson

41
114 91
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Against Me!

42
130 114
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

43
187 165
Reload is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Metallica

44
108 97
Carnival Ride is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Carrie Underwood

45
129 121
Be Here Now is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oasis

46
201 96
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

47
198 191
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Taylor Swift

48
94 127
Comfort Eagle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

49
126 119
Milk and Honey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
RodneyBlair added John Lennon, Yoko Ono

50
139 62
Bionic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Christina Aguilera