Rock 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
1,165 274
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed
2
704 285
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen
3
504 193
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash
4
601 444
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2
5
375 265
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen
6
272 153
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
7
473 319
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen
8
316 171
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers
9
740 272
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica
10
472 247
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses
11
347 173
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden
12
309 226
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan
13
327 114
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
256 369
Coda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin
15
121 75
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner
16
390 346
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones
17
182 86
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer
18
267 102
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block
19
443 217
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day
20
141 80
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick
21
216 154
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JamesCushman added Kiss
22
175 76
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis
23
149 71
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys
24
211 113
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
25
237 138
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Robin Thicke