Greatest Albums Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album  

Clark Benson
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List Rules Downvote if you don't like the album or think they have other good ones. No brand new groups.

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Bands or artists who produced one great album and never came close to matching it. Vote down if you either don't agree that the one album was great, or if you think they produced multiple great albums. In the spirit of the list, don't vote on albums you don't really know. Most importantly, add more artists who fit this criteria!

There are a bunch of familiar bands on this list. Though they only had one album, Derek and the Dominos featured some of the biggest names in music history and proved to be one of the greatest side bands as well. Whenever you put Eric Clapton and Duane Allman together, transcendent guitar will occur. That's exactly what happened on "Layla," one of the most recognized names in rock history. Derek and the Dominos only have one album to their name, but they made sure it counted. The Sex Pistols are another band with only great album, but that's all they needed. The British outfit are widely credited with being with one of the most important bands in the world not only due to their bratty personalities, but also as one of the pioneers of punk rock. Their brashness and their unapologetic, in-your-face music inspired some of the best bands in the world. Nevermind The Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols remains one of the most important albums in punk history and that one great album cemented their status as one of rock's legendary bands

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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Vince Hans added Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

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615 225
Derek and the Dominos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

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437 252
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Blind Faith - "Blind Faith"

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506 423
Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Bat Out of Hell - "Bat Out Of Hell"

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524 482
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Boston - "Boston"

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327 352
Asia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Asia - "Asia"

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550 407
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
ChangesDownClub added Jagged Little Pill - Jagged Little Pill

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366 328
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dismalhead added Metal Health - "Metal Health"

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zxray added The Cars - The Cars

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324 242
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zxray added In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

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210 132
Spin Doctors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Pocket Full of Kryptonite, Two Princes, Turn It Upside Down

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540 835
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
WarrenMitchell added Appetite for Destruction

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zxray added Straight Outta Compton

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Vince Hans added Nevermind

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252 245
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Grace

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181 162
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zxray added Chantilly Lace

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202 160
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kingbee63 added Cheap Thrills

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313 314
The Wallflowers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Bringing Down The Horse - "

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33 1
Sam & Dave is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Soul Man, The Very Best of Sam & Dave, Sweat 'n' Soul: Anthology (1965-1971)

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143 154
The La's is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added The La's

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43 2
Freddie and the Dreamers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Freddie and the Dreamers, The Best of Freddie & The Dreamers, The Best Of

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223 237
Television is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Marquee Moon

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168 183
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Tragic Kingdom, Rock Steady, Icon

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41 2
Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Beyond the Sea: The Very Best of Bobby Darin, You're the Reason I'm Living / I Wanna Be Around, Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Doolitle / Born Walden Robert Cassotto

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58 36
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Moby Grape, Great Grape, Truly Fine Citizen