VOTE 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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1
393 282
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Led Zeppelin

2
507 296
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 Pink Floyd

3
354 268
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Beatles

4
711 518
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added The Beatles

5
320 409
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nirvana

6
323 158
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added The Beatles

7
227 64
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added The Who

8
415 350
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ToddJohnson added Eagles

9
228 138
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added AC/DC

10
277 210
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 Queen

11
419 538
Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Police

12
321 322
Born to Run is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
GregErickson added Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

13
151 130
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
edward1111100 added Elton John

14
126 55
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Cincinnati Kid added The Beach Boys

15
172 65
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Pink Floyd

16
143 132
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica

17
383 359
All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
George Harrison

18
439 427
Exile on Main St. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
The Rolling Stones

19
123 87
Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Supertramp

20
137 217
Ten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Pearl Jam

21
161 86
Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added The Beatles

22
143 110
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
EdWildeman added Meat Loaf

23
330 454
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Radiohead

24
147 21
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Pink Floyd

25
89 101
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Cream

26
95 68
Queen II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen

27
525 333
Imagine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
John Lennon

28
120 233
In Utero is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Nirvana

29
88 118
Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica

30
101 94
Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Bon Jovi

31
72 26
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin

32
257 328
War is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
U2

33
289 391
Mellon Collie and the Infinite... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added The Smashing Pumpkins

34
90 46
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Elsi Richenbeck added The Who

35
100 100
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica

36
263 364
The Battle of Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Rage Against the Machine

37
74 173
Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Soundgarden

38
82 85
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added The Kinks

39
92 165
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

40
331 242
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Johnny Cash

41
52 47
Queen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
BenNicholson added Queen

42
96 255
Version 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Danielle Dauenhauer added Garbage

43
237 278
461 Ocean Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Eric Clapton

44
80 93
…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Metallica

45
51 43
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
thomas-nelson added Billy Joel

46
55 58
The Division Bell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
metakoopa99 added Pink Floyd

47
90 184
The Bends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Radiohead

48
71 157
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
ryanjjjj8 added Beastie Boys

49
71 168
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

50
74 15
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy
Dimos Dicoudis added Led Zeppelin