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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602 220
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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427 245
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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494 414
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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511 477
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Boston - "Boston"

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321 345
Asia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Asia - "Asia"

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542 400
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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363 449
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zxray added The Cars - The Cars

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357 321
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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318 237
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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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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Vince Hans added Nevermind

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204 128
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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348 357
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zxray added Straight Outta Compton

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41 1
Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 15 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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22 0
Stealers Wheel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Collected, The Very Best of Stealers Wheel, Stuck in the Middle With You

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247 241
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Grace

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178 158
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zxray added Chantilly Lace

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38 1
Freddie and the Dreamers is listed (or ranked) 19 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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197 157
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kingbee63 added Cheap Thrills

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308 309
The Wallflowers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Bringing Down The Horse - "

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36 1
Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 22 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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36 1
Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Oar

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139 151
The La's is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added The La's

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35 1
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Ultimate Collection, Small Faces, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

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35 1
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Gene Vincent Rocks and the Blue Caps Roll, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, Volume 2

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35 1
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Not Available, God in Three Persons, Fingerprince

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35 1
Sixpence None the Richer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer, Divine Discontent

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158 224
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
EricStein added Grave Dancers Union

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34 1
Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Day After Day: Live, Straight Up, No Dice

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221 233
Television is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Marquee Moon

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163 179
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Tragic Kingdom, Rock Steady, Icon

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33 1
? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added 96 Tears, The Best of ? and the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967, Feel It! The Very Best Of

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33 1
Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Time Has Come, A New Time - A New Day, Unbonded

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33 1
Kenny Rogers & The First Editi... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Kenny Rogers & The First Edition The First Edition, This Is Country, Something's Burning

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

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32 1
Sheb Wooley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Purple People Eater, Wild And Wooley, Big Unruly Me

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32 1
The Raspberries is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Starting Over, Raspberries, Fresh Raspberries

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32 1
The Golliwogs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Pre-Creedence

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42 2
Coven is listed (or ranked) 40 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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31 1
Joey Ramone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Don’t Worry About Me, Christmas Spirit… in My House, ...Ya Know?

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31 1
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added L.A.M.F. The Lost '77 Mixes, So Alone, Down to Kill

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31 1
The Penguins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added The Vocal Group Collection, Earth Angel, Earth Angel / Hey Señorita

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31 1
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Standing in the Spotlight, Greatest & Latest, I Hate Freaks Like You

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31 1
Dion DiMucci is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Mark Lanzarotta added Born to Be With You, Rock 'n' Roll Christmas, Presenting Dion & The Belmonts

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361 377
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Back To Black

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41 2
The Dave Clark Five is listed (or ranked) 47 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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41 2
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 48 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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119 146
Fine Young Cannibals is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
The Raw & The Cooked, The Finest, Fine Young Cannibals

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30 1
Sam & Dave is listed (or ranked) 50 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)