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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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The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd

The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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241 208
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin

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550 480
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added Abbey Road The Beatles

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217 219
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Revolver The Beatles

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313 292
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ToddJohnson added Hotel California Eagles

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172 115
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

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88 24
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
176 292
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nevermind Nirvana

9
379 446
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

10
189 168
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

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112 80
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Back in Black AC/DC

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273 265
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
453 296
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

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330 318
All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
All Things Must Pass George Harrison

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387 388
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

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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90 82
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
edward1111100 added Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John

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274 346
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added OK Computer Radiohead

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87 52
Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Let It Be The Beatles

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297 221
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

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56 16
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Quadrophenia The Who

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70 35
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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250 299
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

23
74 89
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Master of Puppets Metallica

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80 121
Ten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

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230 278
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine

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232 287
War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

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66 60
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

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264 221
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Innervisions Stevie Wonder

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53 45
Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Crime of the Century Supertramp

The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 2010s Things You Should Know How to Do Before You Turn 30

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84 141
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added In Utero Nirvana

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42 31
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

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14 0
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

33
39 24
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

34
219 248
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton

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57 77
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ride the Lightning Metallica

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52 53
Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi

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50 93
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Superunknown Soundgarden

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57 66
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Disraeli Gears Cream

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58 63
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Kinks The Kinks

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60 67
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica Metallica

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63 104
The Bends is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Bends Radiohead

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53 61
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added …and Justice for All Metallica

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20 1
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wall Pink Floyd

The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

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25 19
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

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88 193
Version 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Version 2.0 Garbage

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210 218
Paul's Boutique is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Paul's Boutique Beastie Boys

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26 15
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
George Harrison George Harrison

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50 92
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

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42 75
White Blood Cells is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added White Blood Cells The White Stripes

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58 68
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
bri-gri added Aqualung Jethro Tull