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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1,199 282
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed
2
728 297
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen
3
521 197
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash
4
619 453
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2
5
391 272
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen
6
284 157
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
7
777 281
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica
8
490 330
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen
9
324 176
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers
10
505 260
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses
11
356 181
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden
12
320 232
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan
13
346 120
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
127 76
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner
15
268 381
Coda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin
16
406 354
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones
17
186 88
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer
18
275 105
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block
19
459 225
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day
20
146 82
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick
21
228 161
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JamesCushman added Kiss
22
182 78
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis
23
153 73
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys
24
215 114
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
25
245 142
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Robin Thicke