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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1,102 256
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed

2
667 271
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen

3
570 424
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2

4
477 181
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash

5
357 251
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen

6
252 146
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
450 301
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen

8
301 164
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
687 249
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica

10
294 214
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan

11
115 69
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner

12
377 332
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones

13
304 108
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

14
175 135
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

15
256 100
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block

16
420 203
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day

17
331 162
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden

18
437 230
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses

19
135 77
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick

20
207 144
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JamesCushman added Kiss

21
242 345
Coda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin

22
165 69
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis

23
142 67
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys

24
170 81
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer

25
204 108
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