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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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948 226
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Lulu Metallica and Lou Reed

2
583 230
Van Halen III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Van Halen III Van Halen

3
488 354
Pop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Pop U2

4
401 152
Cut the Crap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Cut the Crap The Clash

5
309 213
Human Touch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Human Touch Bruce Springsteen

6
213 116
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

7
376 245
Hot Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Hot Space Queen

8
262 136
The Cosmos Rocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers

9
549 209
St. Anger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added St. Anger Metallica

10
329 272
Bridges to Babylon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Bridges to Babylon The Rolling Stones

11
250 184
Self Portrait is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Self Portrait Bob Dylan

12
84 53
Unusual Heat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Unusual Heat Foreigner

13
234 83
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Vir... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins John Lennon, Yoko Ono

14
140 112
Dylan & The Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Dylan & The Dead

The Best R.E.M. Albums

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355 171
¡Uno! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
but chickens double d added ¡Uno! Green Day

16
218 91
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

17
193 257
Coda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Coda Led Zeppelin

18
165 108
Music From
JamesCushman added Music From "The Elder" Kiss

19
288 139
Virtual XI is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Virtual XI Iron Maiden

20
351 189
Bootsdad added "The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses

21
110 66
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
The Doctor Cheap Trick

The Worst Bands of All Time

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123 47
...Calling All Stations... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
AndrewNystrom added ...Calling All Stations... Genesis

23
111 51
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

24
141 65
Love Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Countermoon added Love Beach Emerson, Lake & Palmer

25
179 95
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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196 114
Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

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146 128
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Liz Phair Liz Phair

28
141 58
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tommy added Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

The Best Frontmen in Rock

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207 280
Never Say Die! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Never Say Die! Black Sabbath

30
109 92
A Weekend in the City is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

31
179 115
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Landing on Water Neil Young

32
132 23
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

33
61 51
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

34
109 108
Tonight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Tonight David Bowie

35
85 50
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Mistrial Lou Reed

The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

36
224 183
Oops!...I Did It Again is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears

37
122 89
Always Outnumbered, Never Outg... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

38
134 155
Load is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Load Metallica

39
161 59
Raditude is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Raditude Weezer

40
151 52
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

41
108 85
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
New Wave Against Me!

42
161 135
Reload is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
C_Moorehead added Reload Metallica

The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

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120 105
Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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114 106
Be Here Now is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Be Here Now Oasis

45
101 92
Carnival Ride is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Carnival Ride Carrie Underwood

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187 90
It Had to Be You... The Great ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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178 173
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift

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113 106
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

49
126 119
Night in the Ruts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands
WarrenMitchell added Night in the Ruts Aerosmith

50
84 116
Comfort Eagle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Albums by Great Bands