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
1,138 265
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed

2
688 279
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen

3
491 186
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash

4
588 437
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2

5
367 257
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen

6
263 151
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
462 311
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen

8
306 170
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
713 261
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica

10
340 166
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden

11
451 240
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses

12
302 220
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan

13
317 112
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
120 72
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner

15
248 359
Coda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin

16
385 339
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones

17
174 83
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer

18
263 101
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block

19
432 214
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day

20
139 78
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick

21
211 151
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JamesCushman added Kiss

22
171 73
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis

23
146 68
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys

24
208 112
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

25
234 135
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Robin Thicke