music 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 Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

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Derek and the Dominos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Derek and the Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
ChangesDownClub added Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill - Jagged Little Pill

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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell - "Bat Out Of Hell"

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Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Blind Faith Blind Faith - "Blind Faith"

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

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

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Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dismalhead added Quiet Riot Metal Health - "Metal Health"

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The Wallflowers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
The Wallflowers Bringing Down The Horse - "

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zxray added The Cars The Cars - The Cars

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zxray added Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Amy Winehouse Back To Black

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

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Carole King Tapestry - "Tapestry"

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

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zxray added N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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Spin Doctors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Spin Doctors Pocket Full of Kryptonite, Two Princes, Turn It Upside Down

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Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
EricStein added Soul Asylum Grave Dancers Union

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

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Fine Young Cannibals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Fine Young Cannibals The Raw & The Cooked, The Finest, Fine Young Cannibals

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kingbee63 added Big Brother and the Holding Company Cheap Thrills

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zxray added The Big Bopper Chantilly Lace

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The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
davmgil added The Stone Roses The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

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Garbage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Vince Hans added Nirvana Nevermind

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Rick Astley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
WarrenMitchell added Rick Astley Whenever You Need Somebody

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dave_7672 added Dire Straits Dire Straits

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

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No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom, Rock Steady, Icon

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America is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
AF1972 added America America

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The Darkness is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
The Darkness Permission To Land - "Permission To Land"

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zxray added Billy Ray Cyrus Some Gave All - Some Gave All

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dismalhead added Michael Jackson Thriller - "Thriller"

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Joan Osborne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Joan Osborne Relish - "Relish"

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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
willyboymcoy added The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica - Shake Your Moneymaker

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Fastway is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
VanRiker added Fastway Fastway

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Rockpile is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure, Eagle Records Live at Montreux 2009 Sampler, Live at Montreux 1980

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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
greaser68 added Kings of Leon 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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zxray added Devo Freedom of Choice - Freedom of Choice

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
George Harrison All Things Must Pass - "All Things Must Pass"

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dismalhead added The Clash London Calling - "London Calling"

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Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
kuzronk added Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island, Beauty - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 

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Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
WarrenMitchell added Ricky Martin Ricky Martin

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Cheap Trick "Live at Budo... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
RubenVrielynck added Cheap Trick "Live at Budokan"

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zxray added Edwin Starr War & Peace - War & Peace

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Dismalhead added Van Halen Van Halen

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Mary MacGregor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
BarbL added Mary MacGregor Torn Between Two Lovers - Torn Between Two Lovers  

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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Terence Trent D'arby is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album
GingieVitis added Terence Trent D'arby