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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328 244
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
412 273
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
291 245
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Revolver The Beatles

4
645 504
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
264 341
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nevermind Nirvana

6
263 139
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
156 49
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
365 323
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
172 110
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
233 191
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
405 481
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

12
293 299
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
122 108
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
125 49
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
417 412
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
352 345
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

17
113 110
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Master of Puppets Metallica

18
310 395
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added OK Computer Radiohead

19
85 9
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
80 44
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

21
126 73
Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Let It Be The Beatles

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

22
493 324
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

23
109 159
Ten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

24
73 86
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Disraeli Gears Cream

25
69 51
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

26
99 89
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf

27
78 93
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ride the Lightning Metallica

28
79 69
Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Crime of the Century Supertramp

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s

29
104 179
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added In Utero Nirvana

30
256 312
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine

31
272 340
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

32
46 11
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

33
73 37
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Quadrophenia The Who

34
244 311
War is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

35
319 234
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

30 Famous People Who Once Were in Marching Bands

36
85 81
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica Metallica

37
81 118
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

38
64 125
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Superunknown Soundgarden

39
73 76
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added …and Justice for All Metallica

40
71 74
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Kinks The Kinks

41
68 74
Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi

42
230 262
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton

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

43
82 136
The Bends is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Bends Radiohead

44
66 109
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

45
38 31
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

46
93 214
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
284 251
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Innervisions Stevie Wonder

48
38 39
Queen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen Queen

49
36 45
The Division Bell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added The Division Bell Pink Floyd

50
61 125
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy