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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 Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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259 212
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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564 484
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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231 223
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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187 118
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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323 296
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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97 28
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
189 300
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nevermind Nirvana

9
124 83
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
198 170
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
385 448
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Synchronicity The Police

12
276 269
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
461 298
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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336 319
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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390 390
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

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95 84
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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278 350
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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90 54
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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299 223
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
American Recordings Johnny Cash

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58 20
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added Quadrophenia The Who

21
74 38
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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253 301
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 90
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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82 124
Ten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Ten Pearl Jam

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235 289
War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
War U2

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231 281
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 26 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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71 63
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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44 25
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 28 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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267 224
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Innervisions Stevie Wonder

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54 48
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

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220 248
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton

32
84 145
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
58 77
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

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43 34
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen II Queen

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54 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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51 94
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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60 64
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Kinks The Kinks

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62 68
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica Metallica

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57 67
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Disraeli Gears Cream

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28 2
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

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55 62
…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
64 106
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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26 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

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88 195
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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211 219
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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44 76
White Blood Cells is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added White Blood Cells The White Stripes

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50 94
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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61 70
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
26 16
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
George Harrison George Harrison

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47 97
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy