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.

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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714 311
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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519 210
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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468 344
Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Bat Out of Hell - "Bat Out Of Hell"

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356 234
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Blind Faith - "Blind Faith"

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520 334
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
ChangesDownClub added Jagged Little Pill - Jagged Little Pill

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475 412
Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Boston - "Boston"

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294 284
Asia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Asia - "Asia"

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341 260
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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319 293
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zxray added Straight Outta Compton

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258 221
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zxray added In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

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227 185
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Grace

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292 252
The Wallflowers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Bringing Down The Horse - "

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304 419
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zxray added The Cars - The Cars

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504 731
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
WarrenMitchell added Appetite for Destruction

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147 111
Spin Doctors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Pocket Full of Kryptonite, Two Princes, Turn It Upside Down

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237 175
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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345 317
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Back To Black

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150 172
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
EricStein added Grave Dancers Union

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108 99
Fine Young Cannibals is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
The Raw & The Cooked, The Finest, Fine Young Cannibals

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244 217
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Tapestry - "Tapestry"

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136 144
The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
davmgil added The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

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419 939
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Vince Hans added Nevermind

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140 148
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kingbee63 added Cheap Thrills

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128 150
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zxray added Chantilly Lace

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176 219
Television is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Marquee Moon

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183 227
Rick Astley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
WarrenMitchell added Whenever You Need Somebody

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90 122
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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114 158
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Tragic Kingdom, Rock Steady, Icon

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94 142
The La's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added The La's

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138 170
America is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
AF1972 added America

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225 452
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dave_7672 added Dire Straits

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106 164
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
willyboymcoy added Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica - Shake Your Moneymaker

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134 203
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zxray added Some Gave All - Some Gave All

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43 100
Rockpile is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Seconds of Pleasure, Eagle Records Live at Montreux 2009 Sampler, Live at Montreux 1980

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81 129
Fastway is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
VanRiker added Fastway

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58 137
Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island, Beauty - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 

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97 82
Terence Trent D'arby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
GingieVitis added Terence Trent D'arby

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122 152
Joan Osborne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Relish - "Relish"

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126 159
The Darkness is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Permission To Land - "Permission To Land"

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80 165
Cheap Trick "Live at Budo... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
RubenVrielynck added Cheap Trick "Live at Budokan"

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94 90
Marcy Playground is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
galenandrews added Marcy Playground

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295 851
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dismalhead added Thriller - "Thriller"

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229 525
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dismalhead added London Calling - "London Calling"

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124 295
Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
greaser68 added Youth and Young Manhood - Youth and Young Manhood is a rock n roll classic. They became trite and top 40, music for teenage girls. Which I believe is one of Dante's levels.

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119 257
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zxray added Freedom of Choice - Freedom of Choice

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99 189
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
WarrenMitchell added Ricky Martin

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68 70
New Radicals is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mike Michalak added You Get What You Give, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, Someday We'll Know

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185 307
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
All Things Must Pass - "All Things Must Pass"

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28 15
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
starwarssuperfan added Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish, Fairweather Johnson - Cracked Rear View

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101 126
Bush is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
JasonGillam added Sixteen Stone