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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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819 194
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lulu Metallica and Lou Reed

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2000s The Worst Bands of All Time

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514 201
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen III Van Halen

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345 128
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

4
428 302
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

5
272 187
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

6
180 93
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
448 174
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added St. Anger Metallica

8
233 121
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers

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326 213
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

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190 62
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Vir... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins John Lennon, Yoko Ono

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300 144
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added ¡Uno! Green Day

12
190 81
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Face the Music New Kids on the Block

13
254 123
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

14
291 151
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

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214 159
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Self Portrait Bob Dylan

The Best Frontmen in Rock The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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289 235
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bridges to Babylon The Rolling Stones

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100 37
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added ...Calling All Stations... Genesis

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68 41
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Unusual Heat Foreigner

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99 18
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
In... the Life of Chris Gaines Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

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116 55
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Love Beach Emerson, Lake & Palmer

21
128 87
Music From
JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

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156 89
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

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86 29
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

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93 58
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

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168 102
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

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89 44
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added Summer in Paradise The Beach Boys

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113 96
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

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135 50
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
From Nashville to You La Toya Jackson

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131 49
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

The Best Van Morrison Albums of All Time The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About

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160 106
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Landing on Water Neil Young

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122 41
Glitter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Glitter

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167 85
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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99 78
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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132 113
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

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114 49
Bionic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Bionic Christina Aguilera

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70 40
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

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163 209
Coda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

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83 32
Rehearsing My Choir is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Rehearsing My Choir The Fiery Furnaces

39
89 37
Pools of Mercury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pools of Mercury Jim Carroll

40
110 82
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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113 87
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

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200 168
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

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86 36
Travistan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Travistan Travis Morrison

The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

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52 42
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra

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96 89
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

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100 77
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

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104 54
Prick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Prick Melvins

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78 34
Hung For The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Hung For The Holidays William Hung

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99 83
Be Here Now is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Be Here Now Oasis

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92 46
Mr. A-Z is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mr. A-Z Jason Mraz