Albums Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?  

Jessica L. Yarbrough
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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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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
88 41
Recovery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem
3
111 68
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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73 47
Relapse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem
5
111 100
Bad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
WarrenMitchell added Michael Jackson

Five years after Thriller (1982)

6
75 59
Revival is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem
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110 113
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)

8
60 52
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
51 60
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
82 112
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
58 89
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
18 27
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"

13
50 103
Anti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Rihanna

Four years after Unapologetic (2012)

14
51 105
Compton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Compton Dr. Dre
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10 24
SMiLE is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
JamieDoyle added Brian Wilson
16
33 75
The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Fiona Apple

Seven years after Extraordinary Machine (2005)

17
8 24
Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
BHinz added Peter Gabriel

10 years after Us (1992)

18
41 94
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Guns N' Roses
19
21 52
Can't Slow Down is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner

15 years after Mr. Moonlight (1994)

20
45 103
The 20/20 Experience is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Justin Timberlake

Seven years after FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)

21
34 80
Tour de France Soundtracks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Kraftwerk

17 years after Electric Café (1986)

22
23 57
Aerial is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Kate Bush
23
61 138
The Life of Pablo (2016) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
The Life of Pablo (2016) Kanye West

Three years after Yeezus (2013)

24
27 71
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
30 78
Black Messiah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Black Messiah D'Angelo