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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
1,055 244
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica and Lou Reed

2
636 257
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen

3
543 400
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
U2

4
447 173
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Clash

5
338 238
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bruce Springsteen

6
239 135
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
413 275
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen

8
290 154
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
638 233
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Metallica

10
282 205
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bob Dylan

11
359 313
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Rolling Stones

12
281 97
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Vir... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added John Lennon, Yoko Ono

13
104 64
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner

14
164 130
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

15
242 98
Face the Music is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Kids on the Block

16
396 190
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added Green Day

17
316 155
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Iron Maiden

18
408 218
Bootsdad added Guns N' Roses

19
223 317
Coda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Led Zeppelin

20
124 74
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cheap Trick

21
190 138
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JamesCushman added Kiss

22
151 65
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added Genesis

23
132 62
Summer in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
kuzronk added The Beach Boys

24
162 75
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Emerson, Lake & Palmer

25
197 105
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
167 139
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair

27
216 125
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Robin Thicke

28
188 82
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Guns N' Roses

29
121 96
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

30
197 127
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Neil Young

31
154 31
In... the Life of Chris Gaines is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Garth Brooks, Chris Gaines

32
222 322
Never Say Die! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Black Sabbath

33
73 65
Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
JackSferlazza added Electric Light Orchestra

34
130 128
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
David Bowie

35
192 65
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Weezer

36
249 199
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Britney Spears

37
96 60
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lou Reed

38
130 95
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

39
157 188
Load is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Metallica

40
160 56
From Nashville to You is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
La Toya Jackson

41
116 94
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Against Me!

42
193 168
Reload is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Metallica

43
131 118
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

44
110 98
Carnival Ride is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Carrie Underwood

45
134 125
Be Here Now is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oasis

46
205 97
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

47
202 193
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Taylor Swift

48
130 122
Milk and Honey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
RodneyBlair added John Lennon, Yoko Ono

49
96 129
Comfort Eagle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

50
142 64
Bionic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Christina Aguilera