Albums Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?  

Jessica L. Yarbrough
3.7k votes 554 voters 6k views 39 items

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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The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem

2
73 30
Recovery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem

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100 60
Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
d360rahardy added Def Leppard -

Four years after Pyromania (1983)

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61 35
Relapse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem

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64 44
Revival is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem

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98 91
Bad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
WarrenMitchell added Michael Jackson -

Five years after Thriller (1982)

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103 104
Blonde (2016) is listed (or ranked) 7 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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55 46
Third Stage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Adrian Benavides added Boston -

Eight years after Don't Look Back (1978)

9
46 53
13 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Black Sabbath -

18 years after Forbidden (1995)

10
77 105
25 (2015) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
25 (2015) Adele -

Four years after 21 (2011)

11
55 79
The Next Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
David Bowie -

10 years after Reality (2003)

12
13 22
Double Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
James Dignan added John Lennon, Yoko Ono -

1980 - five years after "Shaved Fish"

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49 95
Compton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Compton Dr. Dre

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46 95
Anti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Rihanna -

Four years after Unapologetic (2012)

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7 19
Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
BHinz added Peter Gabriel -

10 years after Us (1992)

16
6 18
SMiLE is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
JamieDoyle added Brian Wilson

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20 47
Can't Slow Down is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner -

15 years after Mr. Moonlight (1994)

18
44 96
The 20/20 Experience is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Justin Timberlake -

Seven years after FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)

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5 18
Forth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
BHinz added The Verve

20
57 128
The Life of Pablo (2016) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
The Life of Pablo (2016) Kanye West -

Three years after Yeezus (2013)

21
21 53
Aerial is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Kate Bush

22
31 75
Tour de France Soundtracks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Kraftwerk -

17 years after Electric Café (1986)

23
30 73
The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Fiona Apple -

Seven years after Extraordinary Machine (2005)

24
26 66
10 New Songs (2001) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
10 New Songs (2001) Leonard Cohen -

Nine years after The Future (1992)

25
29 74
Black Messiah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Black Messiah D'Angelo