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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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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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Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ToddJohnson added Hotel California Eagles

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Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Who's Next The Who

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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

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

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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

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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

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Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

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Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Master of Puppets Metallica

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All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
All Things Must Pass George Harrison

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Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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

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OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added OK Computer Radiohead

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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

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

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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wall Pink Floyd

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Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Disraeli Gears Cream

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Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Crime of the Century Supertramp

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Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf

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Imagine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

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Queen II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

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

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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

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War is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

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Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

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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

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Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi

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Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Quadrophenia The Who

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The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Superunknown Soundgarden

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

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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

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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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American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

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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

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…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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Version 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Version 2.0 Garbage

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The Bends is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Bends Radiohead

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

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen Queen

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The Division Bell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added The Division Bell Pink Floyd

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

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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

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Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin