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The Worst Albums by Great Bands 

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Updated March 13, 2020 55.8k votes 5.6k voters 142.3k views 335 items

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.
list ordered by
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Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By Lou Reed and Metallica (2011); Tracks: Junior Dad, Cheat on Me & Brandenburg Gate
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Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By Van Halen (1998); Tracks: Josephina, Without You & Dirty Water Dog
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Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By The Clash (1985); Tracks: Three Card Trick, Fingerpoppin’ & We Are the Clash
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"The Spaghetti Inci... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bootsdad added By Guns N' Roses (1993); Tracks: I Don't Care About You, Black Leather & Raw Power
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Pop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By U2 (1997); Tracks: If God Will Send His Angels, Please & Holy Joe (Guilty mix)
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St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added By Metallica (2003); Tracks: The Unnamed Feeling, Sweet Amber & My World
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Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By New Kids on the Block (1994); Tracks: Since You Walked Into My Life, I'll Be Waitin' & Keepin' My Fingers Crossed
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Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By Iron Maiden (1998); Tracks: Como estais amigos, The Clansman & Blood on the Word's Hands
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Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By Queen (1982); Tracks: Dancer, Action This Day & Staying Power
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In... the Life of Chris ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By Garth Brooks and Chris Gaines (1999); Tracks: Unsigned Letter, My Love Tells Me So & Driftin' Away
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The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By Queen + Paul Rodgers (2008); Tracks: Call Me, We Believe & Tie Your Mother Down
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...Calling All Stations.... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added By Genesis (1997); Tracks: There Must Be Some Other Way, If That’s What You Need & Alien Afternoon
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Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By Bruce Springsteen (1992); Tracks: Man's Job, I Wish I Were Blind & Pony Boy
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Raditude is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added By Weezer (2009); Tracks: Trippin' Down the Freeway, Love Is the Answer & Let It All Hang Out
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Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By R.E.M. (2004); Tracks: The Worst Joke Ever, Aftermath & The Ascent of Man
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It Had to Be You... The ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By Rod Stewart (2002); Tracks: It Had to Be You, The Way You Look Tonight & That Old Feeling
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Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added By Emerson and Lake & Palmer (1978); Tracks: For You, Love Beach & All I Want Is You
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Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added By Guns N' Roses (2008); Tracks: I.R.S., Chinese Democracy & Catcher in the Rye
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Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added By Robin Thicke (2013); Tracks: Give It 2 U, The Good Life & Ain't No Hat 4 That
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Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added By The Beach Boys (1992); Tracks: Remember "Walking in the Sand", Island Fever & Surfin'
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Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By The Rolling Stones (1997); Tracks: Saint of Me, Always Suffering & Anybody Seen My Baby?
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Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By Bob Dylan (1970); Tracks: Let It Be Me, Belle Isle & Gotta Travel On
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From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
By La Toya Jackson (1994); Tracks: One Strike You're Out, So in Love With You & Intro / Burnin' Love
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Unfinished Music No.1: T... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added By John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1968); Tracks: Two Virgins, Side Two & Two Virgins
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Bionic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added By Christina Aguilera (2010); Tracks: Not Myself Tonight, Bobblehead & Prima Donna