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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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873 201
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lulu Metallica and Lou Reed

The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time The Worst Bands of All Time

2
543 212
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen III Van Halen

3
365 137
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

4
455 323
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

5
292 198
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

6
493 183
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added St. Anger Metallica

7
196 102
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

8
348 218
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

9
246 126
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers

10
212 68
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

11
204 85
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Face the Music New Kids on the Block

12
320 157
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added ¡Uno! Green Day

13
270 131
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

14
323 165
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

15
230 166
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 21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

16
116 19
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
In... the Life of Chris Gaines Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

17
306 249
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bridges to Babylon The Rolling Stones

18
76 42
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Unusual Heat Foreigner

19
108 39
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added ...Calling All Stations... Genesis

20
131 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
114 42
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

22
143 94
Music From
JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

23
128 99
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

24
103 60
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

25
167 91
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
99 45
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

27
179 105
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

28
144 51
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

29
145 54
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

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30
169 108
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Landing on Water Neil Young

31
179 86
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

33
137 118
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

34
74 41
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

35
120 52
Bionic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Bionic Christina Aguilera

36
177 224
Coda is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

37
103 84
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

38
87 33
Rehearsing My Choir is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Rehearsing My Choir The Fiery Furnaces

39
114 84
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

40
56 43
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra

41
92 38
Pools of Mercury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pools of Mercury Jim Carroll

42
103 93
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

43
208 176
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

44
88 37
Travistan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Travistan Travis Morrison

The Best Tool Albums of All Time The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

45
116 93
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

46
84 36
Hung For The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Hung For The Holidays William Hung

47
103 81
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

48
96 46
Mr. A-Z is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mr. A-Z Jason Mraz

49
106 56
Prick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Prick Melvins

50
116 64
Are You Passionate? is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Are You Passionate? Neil Young