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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1,126 265
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed

2
685 275
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen

3
583 433
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2

4
487 185
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash

5
362 257
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen

6
258 150
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
458 309
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen

8
304 169
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
705 260
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica

10
300 219
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan

11
117 72
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner

12
382 339
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones

13
311 112
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
178 139
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

15
260 101
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block

16
429 211
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day

17
137 78
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick

18
335 166
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden

19
446 237
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses

20
209 149
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JamesCushman added Kiss

21
244 355
Coda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin

22
168 72
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis

23
145 68
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys

24
172 83
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer

25
207 112
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