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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846 351
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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637 227
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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450 257
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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514 434
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"
5
543 495
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Boston
"Boston"
6
563 419
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
7
335 366
Asia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Asia
"Asia"
8
334 246
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zxray added In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
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374 339
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dismalhead added Metal Health
"Metal Health"
10
219 142
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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384 480
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zxray added The Cars
The Cars
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362 377
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zxray added Straight Outta Compton
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559 862
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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213 164
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kingbee63 added Cheap Thrills
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190 166
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zxray added Chantilly Lace
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261 255
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Grace
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323 323
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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18
514 1,098
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Vince Hans added Nevermind
19
151 159
The La's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added The La's
20
234 244
Television is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Marquee Moon
21
65 43
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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178 194
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Tragic Kingdom, Rock Steady, Icon
23
269 238
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
24
64 49
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
25
56 6
Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Complete Ritchie Valens, The Very Best Of Richie Valens, Greatest Hits