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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1
1,083 253
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed

2
652 267
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen

3
557 414
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2

4
465 176
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash

5
350 247
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen

6
244 140
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
434 289
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen

8
298 161
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
668 242
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica

10
289 211
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan

11
373 324
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones

12
110 67
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner

13
295 102
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
170 134
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

15
251 100
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block

16
413 197
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day

17
328 160
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden

18
426 225
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses

19
132 77
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick

20
236 332
Coda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin

21
201 143
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JamesCushman added Kiss

22
159 69
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis

23
136 66
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys

24
168 79
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer

25
203 107
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
225 129
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Robin Thicke

27
171 142
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair

28
126 98
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

29
203 92
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Guns N' Roses

30
169 33
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

31
201 133
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Neil Young

32
228 339
Never Say Die! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Black Sabbath

33
76 70
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Electric Light Orchestra

34
138 137
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
David Bowie

35
256 205
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Britney Spears

36
100 64
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lou Reed

37
198 69
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Weezer

38
133 96
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

39
167 199
Load is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica

40
164 58
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
La Toya Jackson

41
118 96
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Against Me!

42
202 177
Reload is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Metallica

43
112 99
Carnival Ride is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Carrie Underwood

44
211 196
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Taylor Swift

45
210 100
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

46
140 133
Be Here Now is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oasis

47
132 124
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

48
137 126
Milk and Honey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
RodneyBlair added John Lennon, Yoko Ono

49
98 135
Comfort Eagle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

50
145 138
Night in the Ruts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Aerosmith