VOTE The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners  

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List Rules Upvote the Album of the Year winners that you think are underrated and unappreciated.

Since 1959, only one album from each year can claim that it was bestowed with Album of the Year honors by the Grammys. While many of these albums were rightful winners, not all get the respect they deserve. This means that thought they took home the night's big prize, overall, they haven't been remembered fondly, or history has ignored them in favor of other full-lengths that were released that year. Other albums are properly rated as outstanding works and in some cases, Album of the Year winners are actually overrated. 

So, which album of the year winners are underrated or under appreciated? With the slew of fantastic albums on this list, that isn't necessarily the easiest question to answer. But what you will see on this list are a slew of familiar and popular names. The likes of Frank Sinatra, U2, Norah Jones, Judy Garland, Stevie Wonder, and Adele have all taken home the Grammy for Album of the Year. Now it's up to you to decide whether, despite the big win, these albums were still underrated.

So, the ball is in your court when it comes to determining the most underrated Album of the Year Grammy winner. Vote for the albums that you think are the most underrated, and give a thumbs down to the albums that you think are overrated. 
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403 78
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Fleetwood Mac

2
309 93
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

3
232 90
Bridge Over Troubled Water is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Simon and Garfunkel

4
203 109
Tapestry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Carole King

5
200 107
Songs in the Key of Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Stevie Wonder

6
203 111
The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

7
176 95
52nd Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Billy Joel

8
212 135
Thriller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Michael Jackson

9
126 98
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Santana

10
135 112
Graceland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Paul Simon

11
126 112
Saturday Night Fever: The Orig... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

12
143 135
Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Alanis Morissette

13
120 108
Nick of Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Bonnie Raitt

14
128 120
No Jacket Required is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Phil Collins

15
119 111
O Brother, Where Art Thou? sou... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

16
110 100
Innervisions is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Stevie Wonder

17
117 114
Double Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
John Lennon, Yoko Ono

18
118 116
Blood, Sweat & Tears is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Blood, Sweat & Tears

19
121 121
Unplugged is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Unplugged

20
113 113
21 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Adele

21
84 80
September of My Years is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Frank Sinatra

22
97 98
Still Crazy After All These Ye... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

23
89 91
The Concert for Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

24
85 86
Come Away With Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Norah Jones

25
83 84
Time Out of Mind is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Bob Dylan

26
89 95
By the Time I Get to Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

27
91 102
Toto IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Toto

28
80 89
Genius Loves Company is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Ray Charles

29
76 90
Two Against Nature is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Steely Dan

30
73 87
Raising Sand is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Robert Plant, Alison Krauss

31
66 79
Come Dance With Me! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Frank Sinatra

32
69 91
Taking the Long Way is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Dixie Chicks

33
56 74
A Man and His Music is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Frank Sinatra

34
88 124
Faith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
George Michael

35
81 121
Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Christopher Cross

36
70 105
Can't Slow Down is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Lionel Richie

37
54 90
Fulfillingness' First Finale is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

38
56 97
Unforgettable: With Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

39
51 89
Behind The Button-Down Mind of... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

40
62 112
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

41
53 100
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bom... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

42
55 107
The Barbra Streisand Album is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Barbra Streisand

43
46 91
Getz/Gilberto (feat. Antonio C... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Stan Getz, Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto

44
60 120
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

45
49 107
Babel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Mumford & Sons

46
35 89
Judy at Carnegie Hall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

47
46 113
Fearless is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Taylor Swift

48
42 110
The Suburbs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners
Arcade Fire

49
31 88
The Music from Peter Gunn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners

50
42 111
Random Access Memories is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Underrated Album of the Year Grammy Winners