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

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618 247
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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530 387
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

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433 168
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

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329 232
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

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231 130
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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403 265
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

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282 149
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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612 228
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added St. Anger Metallica

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274 199
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Self Portrait Bob Dylan

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350 302
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bridges to Babylon The Rolling Stones

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268 95
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

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97 62
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Unusual Heat Foreigner

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153 127
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

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380 185
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added ¡Uno! Green Day

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232 97
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

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304 153
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

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214 301
Coda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

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181 129
Music From
JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

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388 214
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

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118 73
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

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144 58
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added ...Calling All Stations... Genesis

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124 59
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

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155 73
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Love Beach Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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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

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162 136
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

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208 123
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

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176 78
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

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117 95
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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192 123
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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217 311
Never Say Die! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Never Say Die! Black Sabbath

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148 30
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
In... the Life of Chris Gaines Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

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69 62
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

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124 124
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

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187 63
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

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92 57
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

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239 196
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

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126 94
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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150 183
Load is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Load Metallica

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157 55
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
From Nashville to You La Toya Jackson

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112 91
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

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129 112
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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184 163
Reload is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Reload Metallica

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106 97
Carnival Ride is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Carnival Ride Carrie Underwood

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198 96
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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127 121
Be Here Now is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Be Here Now Oasis

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195 188
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift

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Milk and Honey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
RodneyBlair added Milk and Honey John Lennon, Yoko Ono

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92 127
Comfort Eagle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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134 129
Night in the Ruts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Night in the Ruts Aerosmith