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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329 244
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
413 273
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
292 245
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Revolver The Beatles

4
646 504
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
264 343
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nevermind Nirvana

6
264 140
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
366 323
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ToddJohnson added Hotel California Eagles

8
157 50
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

9
173 111
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
234 191
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
405 482
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

12
294 299
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
123 108
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 50
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
417 413
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
353 345
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
113 111
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
82 44
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

19
311 397
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

20
126 74
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
87 10
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wall Pink Floyd

The Best Rock Vocalists

22
494 324
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

23
109 161
Ten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

24
101 89
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf

25
73 87
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
69 52
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

27
78 94
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
81 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
104 181
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
256 314
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
272 342
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 12
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 38
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
245 311
War is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

35
319 235
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
85 82
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica Metallica

37
81 120
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
64 127
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Superunknown Soundgarden

39
69 75
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
73 77
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added …and Justice for All Metallica

41
71 75
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Kinks The Kinks

42
230 263
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
83 138
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
66 111
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 32
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
93 216
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
284 253
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Innervisions Stevie Wonder

48
38 40
Queen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen Queen

49
36 46
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
61 127
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy