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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

The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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247 212
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

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555 480
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

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221 220
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Revolver The Beatles

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178 115
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

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318 294
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ToddJohnson added Hotel California Eagles

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91 27
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
179 296
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nevermind Nirvana

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117 82
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
192 169
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
382 448
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

12
276 267
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
456 297
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Imagine John Lennon

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332 318
All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
All Things Must Pass George Harrison

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387 389
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

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 2010s The Greatest Fictional Singers

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91 83
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

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275 349
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

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89 53
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

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58 18
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Quadrophenia The Who

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298 223
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

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251 300
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

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70 37
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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74 89
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

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234 288
War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

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230 280
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 25 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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80 123
Ten is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

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68 61
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf

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54 46
Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Crime of the Century Supertramp

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264 223
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Innervisions Stevie Wonder

The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 2010s Things You Should Know How to Do Before You Turn 30

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43 32
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

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84 143
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added In Utero Nirvana

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39 24
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

33
219 248
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton

34
57 77
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
52 53
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

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22 1
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

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50 94
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Superunknown Soundgarden

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57 66
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Disraeli Gears Cream

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58 63
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Kinks The Kinks

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60 67
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica Metallica

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53 61
…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

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63 105
The Bends is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Bends Radiohead

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25 19
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

The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s The Best Soju Brands

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88 194
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

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210 219
Paul's Boutique is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Paul's Boutique Beastie Boys

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26 15
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
George Harrison George Harrison

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50 93
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

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59 69
Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
bri-gri added Aqualung Jethro Tull

49
42 76
White Blood Cells is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added White Blood Cells The White Stripes

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47 96
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy