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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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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
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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 Hotel California Eagles

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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 Back in Black AC/DC

10
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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 A Night at the Opera Queen

11
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Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

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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
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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
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Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

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Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Master of Puppets Metallica

16
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Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
All Things Must Pass George Harrison

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Exile on Main St. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones

19
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Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Let It Be The Beatles

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Ten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

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OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added OK Computer Radiohead

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Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Crime of the Century Supertramp

23
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Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf

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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wall Pink Floyd

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Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Disraeli Gears Cream

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

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Imagine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

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In Utero is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added In Utero Nirvana

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Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ride the Lightning Metallica

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Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

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War is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

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Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi

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

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Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

35
261 357
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine

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

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

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

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

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American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

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461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton

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The Division Bell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added The Division Bell Pink Floyd

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen Queen

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…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added …and Justice for All Metallica

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Version 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Version 2.0 Garbage

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

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The Bends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Bends Radiohead

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Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

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

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Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin