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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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920 218
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lulu Metallica and Lou Reed

2
563 225
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen III Van Halen

3
473 339
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

4
388 146
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

5
303 207
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

6
205 112
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
360 232
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

8
254 133
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
529 199
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added St. Anger Metallica

10
321 262
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bridges to Babylon The Rolling Stones

11
242 178
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Self Portrait Bob Dylan

12
227 79
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Vir... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins John Lennon, Yoko Ono

13
80 50
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Unusual Heat Foreigner

14
135 105
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2000s

15
338 164
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added ¡Uno! Green Day

16
212 89
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Face the Music New Kids on the Block

17
186 246
Coda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

18
282 135
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

19
153 102
Music From
JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

20
340 179
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

21
107 64
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

The Worst Bands of All Time

22
117 45
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added ...Calling All Stations... Genesis

23
107 49
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added Summer in Paradise The Beach Boys

24
138 62
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Love Beach Emerson, Lake & Palmer

25
174 93
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

26
188 112
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

27
132 51
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

28
202 267
Never Say Die! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Never Say Die! Black Sabbath

The Best Frontmen in Rock

29
140 124
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

30
106 91
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

31
125 21
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
In... the Life of Chris Gaines Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

32
174 113
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Landing on Water Neil Young

33
60 49
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra

34
108 103
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

35
81 48
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
127 146
Load is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Load Metallica

37
120 88
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

38
218 181
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

39
107 83
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

40
153 124
Reload is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Reload Metallica

41
118 99
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

42
148 52
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
From Nashville to You La Toya Jackson

The Best Billy Joel Albums of All Time

43
154 58
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

44
110 100
Be Here Now is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Be Here Now Oasis

45
98 90
Carnival Ride is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Carnival Ride Carrie Underwood

46
182 89
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

47
172 167
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift

48
124 114
Night in the Ruts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Night in the Ruts Aerosmith

49
81 112
Comfort Eagle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

50
104 101
Milk and Honey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
RodneyBlair added Milk and Honey John Lennon, Yoko Ono