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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568 218
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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398 240
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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481 392
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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500 454
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Boston - "Boston"

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312 323
Asia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Asia - "Asia"

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534 375
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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351 300
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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295 232
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zxray added In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 11 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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182 123
Spin Doctors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Pocket Full of Kryptonite, Two Princes, Turn It Upside Down

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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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241 223
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Grace

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Coven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls, Coven, Blood on the Snow

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The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Surfin' Bird, Bird Call! The Twin City Stomp of The Trashmen, Live Bird '65 - '67

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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Pushin' Too Hard: The Best of The Seeds, The Seeds, The Seeds / A Web of Sound

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The Move is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Move, Looking On, Message From the Country

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The Crows is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added

Gee, It’s the Crows

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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Louie Louie, Louie Louie: The Very Best of The Kingsmen, The Best of The Kingsmen

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Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, Duane a Go Go / Duane Does Dylan, Guitar Man

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303 290
The Wallflowers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Bringing Down The Horse - "

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We Five is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added You Were on My Mind, Make Someone Happy, The Return of We Five

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Die Toten Hosen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Waiting for Santa Claus, Opium fürs Volk, Auswärtsspiel

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The Chiffons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Best of the Chiffons, One Fine Day, The Fabulous Chiffons

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Arthur Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Speak No Tech, Dance with Arthur Brown

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The Shangri-Las is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Leader Of The Pack, Leaders of the Pack, Remember

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The Dream Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Day Before Wine and Roses, The Days of Wine and Roses, Out of the Grey

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Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added True Love Cast Out All Evil, Don't Slander Me / Starry Eyes, You're Gonna Miss Me: The Best of Roky Erickson

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Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added C'Mon Everybody, Never to Be Forgotten, Legendary Masters Series

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The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Born to Be Burned, Conspicuous Only in its Absence, Collector's Item

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The Dave Clark Five is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Best of the Dave Clark Five, The History of the Dave Clark Five, Glad All Over Again

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Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Save for a Rainy Day, Jan & Dean, The Little Old Lady From Pasadena

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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Underground, California, Mass in F Minor

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Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Ultimate Spinach, The Very Best of Ultimate Spinach, Ultimate Spinach III

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Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Golden Sounds of Country Music, Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session, Blue Suede Shoes

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Bo Diddley, Super Blues, His Best

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Link Wray & His Raymen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Swan Singles Collection, "They're Outta Here, " Says Archie

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Here's Little Richard, Tutti Frutti, Brilliant Collection

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Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Something Happening, '63 -'67: The Essential Ride, Revolution!

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Be Bop Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Modern Music, Sunburst Finish, Drastic Plastic

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Los Lobos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Kiko, How Will the Wolf Survive?, Colossal Head

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Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Vincebus Eruptum, Blue Cheer, Dining with the Sharks

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158 156
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zxray added Chantilly Lace

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176 155
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kingbee63 added Cheap Thrills

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156 207
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
EricStein added Grave Dancers Union

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Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 48 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

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357 359
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Back To Black

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253 210
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill