Albums 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 Def Leppard -

Four years after Pyromania (1983)

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55 19
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem

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50 20
Recovery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem

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43 24
Relapse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem

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87 80
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)

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44 29
Revival is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Matt1345 added Eminem

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49 38
Third Stage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Adrian Benavides added Boston -

Eight years after Don't Look Back (1978)

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93 94
Blonde (2016) is listed (or ranked) 8 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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75 95
25 (2015) is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
25 (2015) Adele -

Four years after 21 (2011)

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39 47
13 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Black Sabbath -

18 years after Forbidden (1995)

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50 71
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)

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9 15
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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20 39
Can't Slow Down is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
WarrenMitchell added Foreigner -

15 years after Mr. Moonlight (1994)

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43 84
Compton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Compton Dr. Dre

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5 12
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)

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4 11
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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43 88
Anti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Rihanna -

Four years after Unapologetic (2012)

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3 10
Forth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
BHinz added The Verve

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41 87
The 20/20 Experience is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Justin Timberlake -

Seven years after FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)

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2 9
Scratch My Back is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
BHinz added Scratch My Back Peter Gabriel -

8 years after Up (2002)

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29 66
The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Fiona Apple -

Seven years after Extraordinary Machine (2005)

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29 67
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)

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25 59
10 New Songs (2001) is listed (or ranked) 23 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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28 69
Black Messiah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Black Messiah D'Angelo

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50 120
The Life of Pablo (2016) is listed (or ranked) 25 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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26 71
The Hope Six Demolition Projec... is listed (or ranked) 26 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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31 85
Chinese Democracy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Guns N' Roses

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15 50
Aerial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Kate Bush

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17 57
Third is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Portishead

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17 58
Blackout is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Blackout Britney Spears

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9 38
The Life of Pablo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
The Dankest Meme added Kanye West

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14 57
And The Anonymous Nobody is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
And The Anonymous Nobody De La Soul

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15 63
MBV is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
My Bloody Valentine

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1 12
Anastasis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
BHinz added Dead Can Dance

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13 63
Indie Cindy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Pixies

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9 50
Push and Shove is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
No Doubt

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1 17
Apple Venus Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
James Dignan added XTC -

(1999) - seven years after "Nonsuch"

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6 62
Moth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
Moth Chairlift

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3 48
Vicious Delicious is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Delayed Albums Were Actually Worth the Wait?
spiralx added Infected Mushroom