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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 Moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd

2
267 212
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin

3
572 486
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added Abbey Road The Beatles

4
235 225
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Revolver The Beatles

5
194 120
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added The White Album The Beatles

6
327 297
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ToddJohnson added Hotel California Eagles

7
102 29
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
194 304
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nevermind Nirvana

9
129 85
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
202 170
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
387 452
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

12
277 271
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
339 320
All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
All Things Must Pass George Harrison

14
465 299
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s

15
394 391
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
96 85
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
edward1111100 added Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John

17
279 353
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added OK Computer Radiohead

18
94 55
Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Let It Be The Beatles

19
78 39
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

20
300 224
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

21
59 21
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Quadrophenia The Who

The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

22
255 305
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

23
77 91
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Master of Puppets Metallica

24
84 127
Ten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

25
236 291
War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

26
47 26
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

27
231 283
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine

28
72 64
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s

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88 146
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
56 49
Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Crime of the Century Supertramp

31
268 226
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Innervisions Stevie Wonder

32
221 249
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton

33
44 35
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

34
58 79
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ride the Lightning Metallica

35
55 55
Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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30 2
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wall Pink Floyd

37
61 64
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Kinks The Kinks

38
51 97
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Superunknown Soundgarden

39
63 69
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica Metallica

40
58 68
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Disraeli Gears Cream

41
55 63
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added …and Justice for All Metallica

42
64 109
The Bends is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Bends Radiohead

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

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27 20
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
thomas-nelson added The Stranger Billy Joel

44
88 197
Version 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Version 2.0 Garbage

45
51 95
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

46
27 16
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
George Harrison George Harrison

47
44 79
White Blood Cells is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added White Blood Cells The White Stripes

48
211 223
Paul's Boutique is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Paul's Boutique Beastie Boys

49
49 99
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

50
61 72
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
bri-gri added Aqualung Jethro Tull