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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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603 242
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen III Van Halen

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510 371
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

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419 159
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

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323 223
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

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226 122
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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390 256
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

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277 143
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers

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

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266 191
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Self Portrait Bob Dylan

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343 288
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bridges to Babylon The Rolling Stones

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253 89
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Vir... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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92 59
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Unusual Heat Foreigner

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150 121
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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

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226 95
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Face the Music New Kids on the Block

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296 146
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

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204 283
Coda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

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173 122
Music From
JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

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372 205
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

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114 72
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

The Worst Bands of All Time

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

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118 55
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added Summer in Paradise The Beach Boys

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149 70
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Love Beach Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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186 99
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

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204 119
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

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157 133
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

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159 68
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

The Best Frontmen in Rock

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

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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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215 296
Never Say Die! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Never Say Die! Black Sabbath

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140 25
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
In... the Life of Chris Gaines Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

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120 114
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

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65 57
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra

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89 55
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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177 61
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

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125 92
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

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143 171
Load is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Load Metallica

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155 54
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
From Nashville to You La Toya Jackson

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111 89
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

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175 149
Reload is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Reload Metallica

The Best Metal Albums of 2018

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125 109
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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124 114
Be Here Now is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Be Here Now Oasis

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195 95
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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Carnival Ride is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Carnival Ride Carrie Underwood

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

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118 111
Milk and Honey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
RodneyBlair added Milk and Honey John Lennon, Yoko Ono

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133 58
Bionic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Bionic Christina Aguilera

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88 121
Comfort Eagle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands