music Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?  

Jessica DeFino
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List Rules Vote up the long-awaited and much-hyped albums that didn't disappoint when they finally arrived.

As a musician, there's danger in delaying any album: no album flops harder than a long-awaited album. On the other hand, there's a chance for magic: albums that lived up to the hype sometimes become instant legends, ranking among the best records of all time. The anticipation before their releases makes them that much more memorable, and the time spent crafting the music lends to the myth of their greatness.

Frank Ocean's Blonde has already seemingly reached legendary status. With over four years between Blonde and his previous release, channel ORANGE, Ocean did more than just deliver a great delayed album: he upended the music industry by severing ties with Def Jam, his record label, just a few days before released Blonde independently. A money move.

Not every delayed album causes an industry-wide stir, of course, but between Blonde, Kanye's The Life of Pablo, and Rihanna's Anti, 2016 is been a year of delayed gratification. And we wouldn't have it any other way.

Here are the delayed albums that were most worth the wait. Vote up the records that delivered the most.

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Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
d360rahardy added Hysteria (1987) Def Leppard - Four years after Pyromania (1983)

The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 2010s The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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Third Stage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Adrian Benavides added Third Stage (1986) Boston - Eight years after Don't Look Back (1978)

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Blonde (2016) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Blonde (2016) Frank Ocean - Four years after Channel Orange (2012)

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Bad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
WarrenMitchell added Bad (1987) Michael Jackson - Five years after Thriller (1982)

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25 (2015) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
25 (2015) Adele - Four years after 21 (2011)

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The Next Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
The Next Day (2013) David Bowie - 10 years after Reality (2003)

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13 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
13 (2013) Black Sabbath - 18 years after Forbidden (1995)

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Can't Slow Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
WarrenMitchell added Can't Slow Down (2009) Foreigner - 15 years after Mr. Moonlight (1994)

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Double Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
James Dignan added Double Fantasy John Lennon, Yoko Ono - 1980 - five years after "Shaved Fish"

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Apple Venus Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
James Dignan added Apple Venus Volume 1 XTC - (1999) - seven years after "Nonsuch"

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10 New Songs (2001) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
10 New Songs (2001) Leonard Cohen - Nine years after The Future (1992)

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The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
The Idler Wheel... (2012) Fiona Apple - Seven years after Extraordinary Machine (2005)

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The 20/20 Experience is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
The 20/20 Experience (2013) Justin Timberlake - Seven years after FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)

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Anti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Anti (2016) Rihanna - Four years after Unapologetic (2012)

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Tour de France Soundtracks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Tour de France Soundtracks (2003) Kraftwerk - 17 years after Electric Café (1986)

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The Hope Six Demolition Projec... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
The Hope Six Demolition Project (2016) PJ Harvey - Five years after Let England Shake (2011)

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Black Messiah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Black Messiah D'Angelo

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The Life of Pablo (2016) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
The Life of Pablo (2016) Kanye West - Three years after Yeezus (2013)

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Blackout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Blackout Britney Spears

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Compton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Compton Dr. Dre

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Third is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Third Portishead

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Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses

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MBV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
MBV My Bloody Valentine

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Aerial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Aerial Kate Bush

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And The Anonymous Nobody is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
And The Anonymous Nobody De La Soul

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Push and Shove is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Push and Shove No Doubt

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Indie Cindy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Indie Cindy Pixies

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Moth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Moth Chairlift

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Vicious Delicious is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
spiralx added Vicious Delicious Infected Mushroom