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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326 238
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
402 271
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
284 244
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Revolver The Beatles

4
637 502
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
261 332
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nevermind Nirvana

6
254 138
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
363 319
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
148 46
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
166 105
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
228 189
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
404 478
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

12
291 296
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
118 106
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
415 409
Exile on Main St. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones

The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s

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120 49
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

16
350 342
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
110 107
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
491 319
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

19
307 388
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
122 70
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
105 152
Ten is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

The Best Concert Movies Streaming on Hulu

22
74 42
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

23
66 48
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

24
70 83
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
94 85
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

26
75 90
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ride the Lightning Metallica

27
102 171
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added In Utero Nirvana

28
253 305
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s

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271 334
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

30
71 9
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wall Pink Floyd

31
319 232
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

32
72 35
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Quadrophenia The Who

33
73 67
Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Crime of the Century Supertramp

34
44 10
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

35
242 309
War is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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84 79
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica Metallica

37
78 112
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
62 118
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Superunknown Soundgarden

39
71 73
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Kinks The Kinks

40
230 261
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton

41
71 74
…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
66 72
Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi

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

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80 130
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
281 245
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Innervisions Stevie Wonder

45
62 103
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

46
91 212
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
35 31
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
thomas-nelson added The Stranger Billy Joel

48
37 38
Queen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen Queen

49
35 24
Lemon Freddy Phantom Of The Sk... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
*DSO* added Lemon Freddy Phantom Of The Sky The Arcana

50
56 104
White Blood Cells is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added White Blood Cells The White Stripes