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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279 220
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
348 256
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
249 228
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Revolver The Beatles

4
587 489
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
211 123
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
339 302
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
210 312
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nevermind Nirvana

8
118 32
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
140 87
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
209 172
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
393 459
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

12
281 275
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
342 325
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
102 87
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
edward1111100 added Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John

The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s

15
397 395
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
471 302
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

17
286 363
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
99 57
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
85 40
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
85 94
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Master of Puppets Metallica

21
55 27
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

22
81 68
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf

23
87 136
Ten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

24
303 225
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

25
61 71
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
62 25
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Quadrophenia The Who

27
256 315
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

28
238 294
War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s

29
64 53
Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Crime of the Century Supertramp

30
234 291
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
49 35
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

32
88 154
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added In Utero Nirvana

33
61 81
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ride the Lightning Metallica

34
224 251
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton

35
59 58
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

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
64 64
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Kinks The Kinks

37
270 234
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Innervisions Stevie Wonder

38
54 105
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Superunknown Soundgarden

39
67 72
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica Metallica

40
41 4
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wall Pink Floyd

41
60 65
…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
68 117
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

43
26 7
Lemon Freddy Phantom Of The Sk... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
*DSO* added Lemon Freddy Phantom Of The Sky The Arcana

44
28 21
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
thomas-nelson added The Stranger Billy Joel

45
23 4
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

46
88 202
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
56 102
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

48
47 88
White Blood Cells is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added White Blood Cells The White Stripes

49
51 107
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

50
26 32
Queen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen Queen