grammys The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy  

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List Rules Albums that didn't win the Grammy for Album of the Year or any other Best Album category. Vote based on the album as a whole.

Over the years, there have been a number of times that the Grammy voters have gotten it right with their selections in the major categories. However, there are still a bunch of albums that have not taken home the gold statue. Some of the greatest albums of all time, you'd be surprised to learn, haven't been honored. While this might seem obvious, there are still a number of egregious snubs and top, acclaimed albums that weren't recognized. There are plenty of critical darlings, and even best selling albums on this list that weren't nominated for music's biggest award.

A number of outstanding albums are on this list of Album of the Year snubs. After all, people generally consider albums like Jay Z's The Blueprint, Beastie Boys's Paul's Boutique, and The Rolling Stones's Exile on Main St. to be classics. Yet, these distinctly different albums - many of which are widely considered the artist's seminal album - didn't win a Grammy.

So, it's up to you to pick the best album that didn't win Best Album at the Grammys. All of these albums should have won something, so you can't go wrong. It will be interesting to see what other great records don't take home the hardware in the years to come.
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355 256
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin

2
445 281
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd

3
315 250
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Revolver The Beatles

4
672 506
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added Abbey Road The Beatles

5
288 354
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nevermind Nirvana

6
281 145
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added The White Album The Beatles

7
174 52
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Who's Next The Who

8
384 329
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ToddJohnson added Hotel California Eagles

9
188 117
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Back in Black AC/DC

10
249 197
A Night at the Opera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
DavidN.Smith added A Night at the Opera Queen

11
409 491
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

12
307 305
Born to Run is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added Born to Run Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

13
135 113
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
edward1111100 added Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John

14
137 56
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s

15
427 415
Exile on Main St. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones

16
98 48
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

17
363 349
All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
All Things Must Pass George Harrison

18
122 117
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Master of Puppets Metallica

19
109 14
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wall Pink Floyd

20
137 75
Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Let It Be The Beatles

21
316 407
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added OK Computer Radiohead

The Best Rock Vocalists

22
119 172
Ten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

23
503 326
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

24
77 56
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

25
79 92
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Disraeli Gears Cream

26
89 73
Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Crime of the Century Supertramp

27
105 96
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf

28
110 188
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added In Utero Nirvana

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s

29
80 102
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ride the Lightning Metallica

30
53 15
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

31
79 39
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Quadrophenia The Who

32
275 350
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

33
258 324
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine

34
247 318
War is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

35
324 237
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
89 88
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica Metallica

37
68 133
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Superunknown Soundgarden

38
84 128
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

39
74 80
Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi

40
74 77
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Kinks The Kinks

41
233 267
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton

42
86 146
The Bends is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Bends Radiohead

The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 2010s

43
74 84
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added …and Justice for All Metallica

44
43 37
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
thomas-nelson added The Stranger Billy Joel

45
44 44
Queen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen Queen

46
93 224
Version 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Version 2.0 Garbage

47
67 121
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

48
287 260
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Innervisions Stevie Wonder

49
58 10
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

50
66 133
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy