VOTE 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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1
532 299
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 Pink Floyd

2
412 286
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Led Zeppelin

3
362 274
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Beatles

4
725 522
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added The Beatles

5
334 414
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nirvana

6
336 161
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added The Beatles

7
236 65
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added The Who

8
422 353
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ToddJohnson added Eagles

9
237 140
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added AC/DC

10
286 213
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 Queen

11
426 540
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Police

12
326 326
Born to Run is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

13
136 56
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added The Beach Boys

14
155 133
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
edward1111100 added Elton John

15
184 65
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Pink Floyd

16
149 135
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica

17
388 360
All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
George Harrison

18
445 428
Exile on Main St. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Rolling Stones

19
159 21
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Pink Floyd

20
129 87
Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Supertramp

21
141 220
Ten is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Pearl Jam

22
339 456
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Radiohead

23
167 90
Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added The Beatles

24
145 113
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Meat Loaf

25
93 102
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Cream

26
102 69
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen

27
82 26
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin

28
125 235
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nirvana

29
528 334
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
John Lennon

30
92 120
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica

31
262 328
War is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
U2

32
104 98
Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Bon Jovi

33
96 46
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added The Who

34
294 394
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added The Smashing Pumpkins

35
78 177
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Soundgarden

36
103 105
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica

37
267 368
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Rage Against the Machine

38
84 85
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Kinks

39
98 168
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Rage Against the Machine

40
58 48
Queen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen

41
338 242
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Johnny Cash

42
60 60
The Division Bell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Pink Floyd

43
84 95
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica

44
241 279
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Eric Clapton

45
54 45
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
thomas-nelson added Billy Joel

46
98 259
Version 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Garbage

47
94 186
The Bends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Radiohead

48
76 158
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Beastie Boys

49
82 15
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin

50
72 170
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy