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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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805 189
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

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501 198
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen III Van Halen

3
338 125
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

4
421 295
Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

5
266 181
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

6
175 90
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
431 170
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
231 117
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
319 206
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

10
182 60
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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295 143
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added ¡Uno! Green Day

12
187 80
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
249 120
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

14
285 148
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

15
212 155
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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283 230
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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97 36
...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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65 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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92 17
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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155 88
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

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112 55
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Love Beach Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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122 86
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JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

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81 27
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

24
166 100
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

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91 57
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

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86 42
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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111 93
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

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133 49
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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129 49
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

The Greatest Album Covers of All Time Things You Miss Most About High School

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121 38
Glitter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Glitter

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157 106
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Landing on Water Neil Young

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164 84
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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130 112
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

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95 75
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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110 48
Bionic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Bionic Christina Aguilera

36
159 205
Coda is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

37
67 39
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

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82 30
Rehearsing My Choir is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Rehearsing My Choir The Fiery Furnaces

39
88 35
Pools of Mercury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pools of Mercury Jim Carroll

40
198 165
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

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108 81
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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110 85
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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84 35
Travistan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Travistan Travis Morrison

The Best Kinks Albums of All Time The Best Hybrid Cars on the Market

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98 75
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

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93 87
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

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102 53
Prick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Prick Melvins

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76 33
Hung For The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Hung For The Holidays William Hung

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48 42
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra

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97 81
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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90 45
Mr. A-Z is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mr. A-Z Jason Mraz