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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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The Dark Side of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added By Pink Floyd (1973); Tracks: Time, Any Colour You Like & Speak to Me / Breathe
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The White Album is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added By The Beatles (1968); Tracks: Piggies, Back in the U.S.S.R. & Rocky Raccoon
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Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added By The Beatles (1969); Tracks: Here Comes the Sun, Oh! Darling & Because
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Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added By Led Zeppelin (1971); Tracks: Black Dog, Going to California & When the Levee Breaks
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Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added By The Who (1971); Tracks: Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain & The Song Is Over
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Revolver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added By The Beatles (1966); Tracks: Yellow Submarine, Taxman & She Said She Said
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Imagine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
By John Lennon (1971); Tracks: I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die, Oh My Love & Imagine
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Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ToddJohnson added By Eagles (1976); Tracks: Take it Easy, Life in the Fast Lane & Already Gone
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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 By AC/DC (1980); Tracks: You Shook Me All Night Long, Back in Black & What Do You Do for Money Honey
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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 By Queen (1975); Tracks: Sweet Lady, Bohemian Rhapsody & Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To…)
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Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added By Pink Floyd (1975); Tracks: Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond & Parts VI–IX
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All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
By George Harrison (1970); Tracks: Apple Scruffs, I Dig Love & The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
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Exile on Main St. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
By The Rolling Stones (1972); Tracks: Soul Survivor, Shine a Light & I Just Want to See His Face
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Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added By The Beatles (1970); Tracks: Let It Be, I Me Mine & The Long and Winding Road
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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added By Pink Floyd (1979); Tracks: In the Flesh, The Thin Ice & Another Brick in the Wall Part 1
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American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
By Johnny Cash (1994); Tracks: Why Me Lord, The Man Who Couldn’t Cry & Thirteen
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Born to Run is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added By Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band (1975); Tracks: Backstreets, Thunder Road & Meeting Across the River
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Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added By The Beach Boys (1966); Tracks: I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, God Only Knows (live) & Here Today
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Goodbye Yellow Brick Roa... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
edward1111100 added By Elton John (1973); Tracks: This Song Has No Title, All the Girls Love Alice & Harmony
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Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added By Metallica (1986); Tracks: Master of Puppets, Damage & Inc.
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Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added By Nirvana (1991); Tracks: Breed, Smells Like Teen Spirit & Something in the Way
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Queen II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added By Queen (1974); Tracks: White Queen (As It Began), Some Day One Day & Ogre Battle
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Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added By Supertramp (1974); Tracks: Bloody Well Right, If Everyone Was Listening & Crime of the Century
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Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added By Meat Loaf (1977); Tracks: Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Paradise by the Dashboard Light & Heaven Can Wait
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Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added By Led Zeppelin (1969); Tracks: Bring It on Home, The Lemon Song & Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)