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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
Lulu Metallica and Lou Reed

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540 203
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen III Van Halen

3
360 134
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

4
447 315
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

5
287 192
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

6
480 179
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added St. Anger Metallica

7
189 100
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

8
343 213
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

9
242 123
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers

10
205 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

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200 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
312 156
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added ¡Uno! Green Day

13
265 127
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

14
308 161
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

15
225 165
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Self Portrait Bob Dylan

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299 245
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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74 41
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Unusual Heat Foreigner

18
107 38
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added ...Calling All Stations... Genesis

19
108 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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127 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
137 91
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JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

22
103 36
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

23
163 90
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

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121 96
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

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99 59
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

26
96 45
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added Summer in Paradise The Beach Boys

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175 103
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

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142 50
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
From Nashville to You La Toya Jackson

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139 53
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

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166 108
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Landing on Water Neil Young

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173 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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135 114
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

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171 215
Coda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

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117 50
Bionic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Bionic Christina Aguilera

36
72 40
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

37
101 82
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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86 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
91 37
Pools of Mercury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pools of Mercury Jim Carroll

40
112 83
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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54 42
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra

42
205 173
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

43
87 36
Travistan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Travistan Travis Morrison

44
114 90
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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98 91
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

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83 34
Hung For The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Hung For The Holidays William Hung

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102 80
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

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

49
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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113 63
Are You Passionate? is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Are You Passionate? Neil Young