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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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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635 226
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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448 256
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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512 430
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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540 493
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Boston
"Boston"

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560 416
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
ChangesDownClub added Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill

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335 363
Asia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Asia
"Asia"

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333 245
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zxray added In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

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372 337
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dismalhead added Metal Health
"Metal Health"

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217 139
Spin Doctors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Pocket Full of Kryptonite, Two Princes, Turn It Upside Down

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382 475
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zxray added The Cars
The Cars

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360 376
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zxray added Straight Outta Compton

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557 854
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
WarrenMitchell added Appetite for Destruction

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211 162
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kingbee63 added Cheap Thrills

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190 165
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zxray added Chantilly Lace

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259 254
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Grace

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322 321
The Wallflowers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Bringing Down The Horse
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511 1,089
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Vince Hans added Nevermind

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150 158
The La's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added The La's

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233 242
Television is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Marquee Moon

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65 41
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Moby Grape, Great Grape, Truly Fine Citizen

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177 191
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Tragic Kingdom, Rock Steady, Icon

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267 237
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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63 48
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added New York Dolls, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, Cause I Sez So

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370 393
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
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