The Ultimate Guide to the Worst Albums in Music History

Let’s try to find out which album is the worst in the history of music. In this article you will find several points of view on what the worst album is: various lists of the worst about music magazines, a list of the worst reviews from popular publications, as well as aggregated lists based on user reviews and critics.

Critic’s lists Q Magazine Rolling Stone Loudwire Classic Rock Magazine Slipped Discs Independent AV club Flavorwire Line of Best Fit Ziffit
Lowest Rated Pitchfork NME Rolling Stone Q Magazine Spin The Guardian Uncut Mojo Allmusic Robert Christgau
Aggregate Metacritic by critic score Metacritic by user score Rate Your Music by user score AOTY by critic score AOTY by user score

Critic’s lists

The lists compiled by critics of various magazines included mainly albums from famous artists. There are not only bad albums, but also unsuccessful experiments, poor production (boomer albums of the 80s), changes in style, or simply personal hatred of individual artists. Some albums on this list are much better than the work of little-known artists.

Albums with the most inclusions on worst lists are:

Metallica – St. Anger
The Clash – Cut The Crap
Motley Crue – Generation Swine
David Bowie – Never Let Me Down
Genesis – Calling All Stations
Kiss – Music Form The Elder
Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music
Van Halen – Van Halen III
Billy Idol – Cyberpunk
Black Sabbath – Forbidden
Bob Dylan – Saved
Bruce Willis – The Return of Bruno
Chris Cornell – Scream
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Mardi Gras
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – American Dream
Duran Duran – Thank You
Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water
Ozzy Osbourne – Under Cover
Queen + Paul Rodgers – The Cosmos Rocks
Shania Twain – Come On Over
Soundtrack – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Who – It’s Hard
Mick Jagger – Primitive Cool

Q Magazine

The 50 Worst Albums Ever April 2006

1Duran DuranThank You1995
initially in second place are all solo albums by Spice Girls members
2EmmaFree Me2004
2Emma BuntonA Girl Like Me2001
2Geri HalliwellPassion2005
2Geri HalliwellSchizophonic1999
2Geri HalliwellScream If You Wanna Go Faster2001
2Melanie BrownHot2000
2Melanie BrownL.A. State of Mind2005
2Melanie CBeautiful Intentions2005
2Melanie CNorthern Star1999
2Melanie CReason2003
2Victoria BeckhamVictoria Beckham2001
3Various ArtistsUrban Renewal2001
4Lou ReedMetal Machine Music1975
5Billy IdolCyberpunk1993
6Naomi CampbellBabywoman1994
7Kevin RowlandMy Beauty1999
8Mick JaggerPrimitive Cool1987
9Westlife….Allow Us to Be Frank2004
10Tin MachineTin Machine II1991
11Limp BizkitChocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water2000
12Tom JonesMr. Jones2002
13Bruce WillisThe Return of Bruno1987
14Terence Trent D’ArbyNeither Fish Nor Flesh1989
15SoundtrackSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band1978
16Spice GirlsForever2000
17Bob Dylan & The Grateful DeadDylan And The Dead1989
18Crazy FrogCrazy Hits2005
20Mariah CareyGlitter2001
21The ClashCut The Crap1985
22Robson and JeromeRobson & Jerome1995
23Alanis MorissetteSupposed Former Infatuation Junkie1998
24Lauryn HillMTV Unplugged No. 2.02002
25The CranberriesTo the Faithful Departed1996
26Vanilla IceHard to Swallow1998
27Destiny’s ChildDestiny Fulfilled2004
28The Rolling StonesDirty Work1986
29MecoChristmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album1980
30Michael JacksonInvincible2001
31Stevie Wonder & Dionne WarwickThe Woman in Red (Soundtrack)1984
32Ace of BaseThe Sign1993
33Billy Ray CyrusSome Gave All1992
35Puff DaddyForever1999
36Kula ShakerPeasants, Pigs & Astronauts1999
37Shania TwainCome On Over1997
38Chris ReaThe Road to Hell Part 21999
39Big CountryUnder Cover2001
40The OthersThe Others2005
41Paul SimonSongs From the Capeman1997
42Babylon ZooThe Boy With the X-Ray Eyes1996
43Traveling WilburysTraveling Wilburys, Vol. 31990
44KISSMusic Form The Elder1981
45William ShatnerThe Transformed Man1968
46OasisStanding on the Shoulder of Giants2000
47Ozzy OsbourneUnder Cover2005
48Milli VanilliAll or Nothing1988
49Neil YoungEverybody’s Rockin1983
50BeckMidnite Vultures1999

Rolling Stone

50 Genuinely Horrible Albums by Brilliant Artists February 15, 2023

1Kanye WestYe2018
2The Velvet UndergroundSqueeze1973
4PanteraMetal Magic1983
5Bob DylanDown in the Groove1988
6Black SabbathForbidden1995
7John Lennon and Yoko OnoUnfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins1968
8Elvis PresleyFun in Acapulco: Original Soundtrack1963
9Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungAmerican Dream1988
10Creedence Clearwater RevivalMardi Gras1972
11The Beach BoysSummer in Paradise1992
12Van MorrisonLatest Record Project, Volume 12021
13Elton JohnLeather Jackets1986
14Stephen StillsRight By You1984
15The Jacksons2300 Jackson St.1989
16John MellencampChestnut Street Incident1976
17David BowieNever Let Me Down1987
18Lou ReedMistrial1986
19George HarrisonGone Troppo1982
20Queen + Paul RodgersThe Cosmos Rocks2008
21Carole KingSpeeding Time1983
22The DoorsFull Circle1972
23Cheap TrickThe Doctor1986
24Lil WayneRebirth2010
25Neil YoungFork in the Road2009
26MadonnaAmerican Life2003
27Run-DMCCrown Royal2001
28The Allman Brothers BandBrothers of the Road1981
29Joni MitchellDog Eat Dog1985
30Paul McCartneyGive My Regards To Broad Street1984
32Liz PhairLiz Phair2003
33DevoSmooth Noodle Maps1990
34AerosmithNine Lives1997
35Pete TownshendPsychoderelict1993
36KissMusic Form The Elder1981
37Fleetwood MacTime1995
38PrinceChaos and Disorder1996
39The MonkeesChanges1970
40The KinksSoap Opera1975
41GenesisCalling All Stations1997
42The ClashCut The Crap1985
43MetallicaSt. Anger2003
44R.E.M.Around the Sun2004
45Willie NelsonCountryman2005
47The Grateful DeadBuilt to Last1989
48Van HalenVan Halen III1998
49Billy JoelThe Bridge1986
50The WhoIt’s Hard1982


25 Worst Albums by Legendary Metal + Hard Rock Bands November 21, 2023

Alice CooperWelcome 2 My Nightmare2011
AnthraxVolume 8 – The Threat Is Real1998
Bad ReligionInto the Unknown1983
Black SabbathForbidden1995
Celtic FrostCold Lake1988
Deep PurpleBananas2003
Def LeppardSongs From the Sparkle Lounge2008
DioAngry Machines1996
Guns N’ RosesChinese Democracy2008
Iron MaidenVirtual XI1998
Judas PriestDemolition2001
KISSHot in the Shade1989
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
Morbid AngelIllud Divinum Insanus2011
Motley CrueGeneration Swine1997
Ozzy OsbourneBlack Rain2007
PanteraMetal Magic1983
QueensrycheFrequency Unknown2013
ScorpionsEye II Eye1999
Skid RowRevolutions Per Minute2006
SlayerDiabolus in Musica1998
The StoogesThe Weirdness2007
Van HalenVan Halen III1998

Classic Rock Magazine

50 Worst Albums Of All Time 2012

1KISSMusic Form The Elder1981
2Billy IdolCyberpunk1993
3Jon AndersonOlias Of Sunhillow1976
4SoundtrackSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band1978
5David BowieTonight1984
6David BowieNever Let Me Down1987
7Tin MachineTin Machine II1991
8Neil YoungTrans1982
9Neil YoungEverybody’s Rockin1983
10Neil YoungLanding On Water1986
11Bob DylanDylan1973
12Bob DylanSaved1980
13Bob Dylan & The Grateful DeadDylan And The Dead1989
14QueenHot Space1982
15Emerson, Lake & PalmerLove Beach1978
16The ClashCut The Crap1985
17Michael BoltonSoul Provider1989
18T. RexZinc Alloy1974
19Killing JokeOutside The Gate1988
20Motley CrueGeneration Swine1997
21Rod StewartBody Wishes1983
22Capitan BeefheartBluejeans & Moonbeams1974
23Def LeppardX2002
24Electric Light OrchestraOn The Third Day1973
25Mick JaggerPrimitive Cool1987
26Gene SimmonsAsshole2004
27George HarrisonGone Troppo1982
28ScorpionsEye II Eye1999
29Van HalenVan Halen III1998
30Iron MaidenThe X Factor1995
31Black SabbathBorn Again1983
32GenesisCalling All Stations1997
33The DoorsOther Voices1971
34The Rolling StonesDirty Work1986
35AerosmithJust Push Play2001
36AC/DCFly On The Wall1985
37Crosby, Stills & NashLive It Up1990
38Deep PurpleThe House Of Blue Light1987
39The WhoIt’s Hard1982
40Creedence Clearwater RevivalMardi Gras1972
41Fleetwood MacTime1995
42The ByrdsByrdmanix1971
43Jimi HendrixCrash Landing1975
44Ozzy OsbourneUnder Cover2005
45Guns N’ RosesThe Spaghetti Incident?1993
46Bon JoviThis Left Feels Right2003
47Scott WielandThe Most Wonderful Time Of The Year2011
48MetallicaSt. Anger2003
49Metallica & Lou ReedLulu2011
50Lou ReedMetal Machine Music1975

Slipped Discs

Slipped Discs – The Worst Rock ’n’ Roll Records of All Time 1991

1Elvis PresleyHaving Fun with Elvis on Stage1974
2Lou ReedMetal Machine Music1975
3Bob DylanSelf Portrait1970
4Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungAmerican Dream1988
5Pat BoonePat Boone1957
6Milli Vanillithe Remix Album1990
7ChicagoChicago at Carnegie Hall1971
8The DoorsAlive, She Cried1983
9The Grateful DeadEurope ’721972
10YesTales from Topographic Oceans1973
11Jethro TullAqualung1971
12The ByrdsByrds1973
13QueenQueen II1974
14QueenLive Killers1979
15Anderson Bruford Wakeman HoweAnderson Bruford Wakeman Howe1989
16ShaggsPhilosophy of the World1969
17ShaggsShaggs’ Own Thing1982
18John TravoltaTravolta Fever1978
19Moody BluesDays of Future Passed1967
20Various Artists70’s Hits: Great Records of the Decade – Original Recordings Vol 11990
21Bob DylanBob Dylan At Budokan1978
22Rogers WatersRadio K.A.O.S.1987
23Van Dyke ParksSong Cycle1967
24The WhoWho’s Last1984
25The Rolling StonesStill Life (American Concert 1981)1982
26Bon JoviSlippery When Wet1986
27JourneyGreatest Hits1988
28The Beach BoysStill Cruisin’1989
29StarshipKnee Deep in the Hoopla1985
30Bruce Willisthe Return of Bruno1987
31Blood, Sweat and TearsBlood, Sweat & Tears1969
32DonovanGreatest Hits1969
33Rick AstleyWhenever You Need Somebody1987
34Emerson, Lake & PalmerTarkus1971
35Starland Vocal Band4 X 41980
36Joel GreyBlack Sheep Boy2005
37REO SpeedwagonLife as We Know It1987
38AmericaHistory: America’s Greatest Hits1975
39Ringo StarrStop and Smell the Roses1981
40Ringo StarrOld Wave1983
41Aretha FranklinLa Diva1979
42Phantom, Rocker & SlickPhantom, Rocker & Slick1985
43SoundtrackSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band1978
44Elvis Costello & the AttractionsGoodbye Cruel World1984
45David BowieNever Let Me Down1987
46Scotty MooreGuitar That Changed the World1964
47Tony Sheridan & the Elvis Presley TCB BandTony Sheridan & the Elvis Presley TCB Band1981
48Nick LowePinker and Prouder than Previous1988
49Graham Parker & the RumourThe Parkerilla1978
50U2Unforgettable Fire1984


15 terrible albums by classic bands 11 August, 2023

1Duran DuranThank You1995
2Chris CornellScream2009
3MetallicaSt. Anger2003
4The ClashCut The Crap1985
5GenesisCalling All Stations1997
6Led ZeppelinPresence1976
7KissCarnival of Souls: The Final Sessions1997
8Black SabbathForbidden1995
9The WhoIt’s Hard1982
10Mötley CrüeGeneration Swine1997
11Van HalenVan Halen III1998
12The DoorsOther Voices1971
13AerosmithDraw The Line1977
14Queen + Paul RodgersThe Cosmos Rocks2008
15Guns N’ RosesChinese Democracy2008

AV Club

Terrible albums by brilliant musicians September 26, 2023

AerosmithNight In The Ruts1979
The Beach BoysStill Cruisin’1989
Black SabbathForbidden1995
David BowieTonight1984
Mariah CareyGlitter2001
Cheap TrickThe Doctor1986
ChicagoHot Streets1978
The ClashCut The Crap1985
Chris CornellScream2009
Elvis CostelloMighty Like A Rose1991
Creedence Clearwater RevivalMardi Gras1972
Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungAmerican Dream1988
Duran DuranLiberty1990
Bob DylanDylan1973
Emerson, Lake & PalmerLove Beach1978
GenesisCalling All Stations1997
George HarrisonDark Horse1974
Billy IdolCyberpunk1993
Michael JacksonMichael2010
Jethro TullA1980
Elton JohnLeather Jackets1986
KissMusic Form The Elder1981
John Lennon & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono BandSome Time In New York City1972
MadonnaAmerican Life2003
Meat LoafDead Ringer1981
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
Motley CrueGeneration Swine1997
Paul McCartneyGive My Regards To Broad Street1984
Stevie NicksThe Other Side Of The Mirror1989
Pink FloydThe Final Cut1983
Queen + Paul RodgersThe Cosmos Rocks2008
Red Hot Chili PeppersOne Hot Minute1995
Lou ReedMistrial1986
Bruce SpringsteenOnly The Strong Survive2022
Ringo StarrRingo The 4th1977
Kanye WestYe2018
U2Songs Of Innocence2014
ZZ TopRecycler1990


The 50 Worst Albums Ever Made November 5, 2014

Alice DeejayWho Needs Guitars Anyway?2000
Alien Ant FarmAnthology2001
AttilaAbout That Life2013
The Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D.2009
blink-182Enema of the State1999
brokeNCYDEI’m Not a Fan, But the Kids Like It!2009
Mariah CareyMerry Christmas1994
The ClashCut The Crap1985
Phil CollinsNo Jacket Required1985
Chris CornellScream2009
The CranberriesTo the Faithful Departed1996
CreedHuman Clay1999
Drowning PoolSinner2001
Bob DylanSaved1980
Eagles, generally[sic]
EaglesOn the Border1974
EaglesOne of These Nights1975
EaglesHotel California1976
EaglesThe Long Run1979
EaglesLong Road Out of Eden2007
FoxygenWe Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic2013
The Grateful DeadTerrapin Station1977
Green DayAmerican Idiot2004
Happy MondaysYes Please1992
Mick JaggerPrimitive Cool1987
Jay ZMagna Carta (Holy Grail)2013
JetShine On2006
Billy JoelRiver of Dreams1993
Hootie and the BlowfishCracked Rear View1994
Dee Dee KingStanding in the Spotlight1989
KISSLick It Up1983
Kula ShakerPeasants, Pigs & Astronauts1999
Lady GagaARTPOP2013
LenYou Can’t Stop the Bum Rush1999
The LibertinesThe Libertines2002
Limp BizkitChocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water2000
Linkin ParkHybrid Theory2000
LiveSecret Samadhi1997
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
Alanis MorissetteSupposed Former Infatuation Junkie1998
Mindless Self IndulgenceHow I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence2013
Mr. BlobbyMr. Blobby: The Album1993
NickelbackAll the Right Reasons2005
The Notorious B.I.G.Born Again1999
OasisBe Here Now1997
Julian PlentiJulian Plenti Is… Skyscraper2009
Puddle of MuddCome Clean2001
The Rolling StonesTheir Satanic Majesties Request1967
Ed Sheeranx2014
Shania TwainCome On Over1997
Thirty Seconds to MarsThirty Seconds to Mars2002
Various ArtistsWoodstock 19991999
Scott WeilandThe Most Wonderful Time Of The Year2011

Line of Best Fit

Top Ten Worst Albums by Great Bands April 7, 2013

2David BowieNever Let Me Down1987
3Ryan AdamsRock N Roll2003
4Bonnie Prince Billy…sings Greatest Palace Music2004
5JapanAdolescent Sex1978
6The CharlatansSimpatico2006
7R.E.M.Around the Sun2004
8The ShinsPort of Morrow2012
9Bruce SpringsteenWorking on a Dream2009
10Bright EyesCassadaga2007


50 Worst Albums September 2016
Based on a survey of 2,000 Britons

1Mr BlobbyMr Blobby the Album1994
2Cheeky GirlsParty Time2004
3VengaboysThe Party Album1999
4Justin BieberBelieve2012
5Justin BieberPurpose2015
7Bruce WillisThe Return of Bruno1987
8One DirectionTake Me Home2012
10HansonMMMBop: The Collection2005
11One DirectionMade in the A.M.2015
12Ozzy OsbourneUnder Cover2005
14Rick AstleyThe Best Of2014
15Britney SpearsOops!… I did it Again2000
16Limp BizkitChocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water2009
17Puff DaddyForever2005
18Billy Ray CyrusSome Gave All1992
19James BluntBack to Bedlam2004
20Lou ReedMetal Machine Music1975
22Meghan TrainorTitle2015
23Robbie WilliamsSwing When You’re Winning2001
24Limp BizkitResults May Vary2008
25NickelbackDark Horse2008
26U2How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb2004
27Britney SpearsGreatest Hits: My Prerogative2004
28Michael BubleCrazy Love2009
29MikaLife in Cartoon Motion2007
30U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind2000
31Babylon ZooBoy with the X-Ray Eyes1996
33Rod StewartBody Wishes1983
34Shania TwainCome On Over1997
35Billy IdolCyberpunk1993
37Green DayAmerican Idiot2004
38OasisStanding on the Shoulder of Giants2000
39Duran DuranThank You1995
40Michael BoltonTime, Love and Tenderness1991
41NickelbackSilver Side Up2001
42Bob DylanSaved1980
43Bon JoviWhat About Now2013
44Elvis PresleyHaving Fun with Elvis on Stage1974
45Happy MondaysUncle Dysfunktional2007
46Justin TimberlakeJustified2002
47Lou Reed & MetallicaLulu2011
49Avril LavigneUnder My Skin2004
50Elton JohnVictim of Love1979

Lowest Rated

Here are the albums that received the lowest ratings (0/10, 0 or 1 star out of 5) from popular music magazines.


Total – Tanzmusik der Renaissance (1996)
The Moog Cookbook – Plays the Classic Rock Hits: “Ye Olde Space Bande” (1998)
CIV – Thirteen Day Getaway (1998)
Geoff Farina – Blobscape (2002)
Statistics – Often Lie (2005)
The Stooges – The Weirdness (2007)
Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan – Pullhair Rubeye (2007)
Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu (2011)
Mac Miller – Blue Slide Park (2011)
Pixies – EP1 (2013)

The Kelley Deal 6000 – Boom! Boom! Boom! (1997)
The Zombies – As Far as I Can See… (2004)
Gay Dad – Leisure Noise (1999)

Stone Temple Pilots – Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop (1996)
The Samples – Here and Somewhere Else (1998)
Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With the Arab Strap (1998)
KISS – Unmasked (1980)
Toe – Variant (2000)
Metallica – St. Anger (2003)
Northern State – Dying in Stereo (2003)

The Promise Ring – Electric Pink (2000)
Panthers – Are You Down?? (2002)

Liars Academy – No News is Good News (2001)
Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet (2001) [8.6 for reissue in 2012]
Various Artists – Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads (2006)

The Explosion – The Explosion (2000)
ИOИ – Children of the Black Sun (2002)
Death From Above 1979 – Romance Bloody Romance (Remixes & B Sides) (2005)

Various Artists – Who Covers Who (1995)
Courtney Love – In Conversation (1999)
Bootleg Nine Inch Nails – Things Falling Apart (2000)
Butthole Surfers – Weird Revolution (2001)
Weezer – Make Believe (2005)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – The Effects of 333 (2008)

Michael Nyman – The Claim (2001)

T. Rex – Light of Love (1974)
Allan Holdsworth – None Too Soon (1996)
Meg Lee Chin – Piece and Love (1999)
Old Time Relijun – Uterus and Fire (1999)

Wolfie – Where’s Wolfie (1999)
Vue – Vue (2000)
Shat – The Cunt Chronicles (2002)
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Angles (2008)
Various Artists – Johnny Cash Remixed (2009)

Badawi – The Heretic of Ether (1999)
The Push Kings – Feel No Fade (2001)

Peter Criss – Peter Criss (1978)
Flaming Lips – Zaireeka (1997)
John Frusciante – Smile From the Streets You Hold (1997)
Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Best of B.T.O. (Remastered Hits) (1998)
KISS – Music From The Elder (1981)
Sonic Youth – NYC Ghosts & Flowers (2000)
Liz Phair – Liz Phair (2003)
Travis Morrison – Travistan (2004)
Robert Pollard – Relaxation of the Asshole (2005) [have a dual rating of 0.0 and 10.0]
Jet – Shine On (2006)


LMFAO – Sorry for Party Rocking (2011)
Megadeth – Risk (1999)
B*Witched – Awake And Breathe (1999)
Pram – Sargasso Sea (1995)
Miss Kittin & The Hacker – Two (2009)
3OH!3 – Streets Of Gold (2010)
Scouting For Girls – Everybody Wants To Be On TV (2010)
Good Charlotte – The Chronicles Of Life And Death (2004)
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (2005)
Barenaked Ladies – Maroon (2000)
Tom Odell – Long Way Down (2013)

The Red Krayola – Introduction (2006)
Nelly – Suit (2004)
Cosmo Jarvis – Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange? (2011)
Roll Deep – Winner Stays On (2010)
Chase & Status – No More Idols (2011)
God Help The Girl – God Help The Girl (2009)
The Black Crowes – Lions (2001)
Limp Bizkit – Gold Cobra (2011)
Pure Love – Anthems (2013)
Disturbed – Ten Thousand Fists (2005)
Morcheeba – Charango (2002)
Skunk Anansie – Black Traffic (2012)
Frankmusik – Complete Me (2009)
Jamiroquai – Dynamite (2005)
The Fiery Furnaces – Blueberry Boat (2004)
Smith & Burrows – Funny Looking Angels (2011)
Good Charlotte – Cardiology (2011)

Rolling Stone

Chris Cornell – Scream (2009)
Manic Street Preachers – Know Your Enemy (2000)

Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles II (2011)
Kevin Federline – Playing With Fire (2006)

more 1 star reviews in The Rolling Stone Record Guide 1979 issue, 1983 issue, 2004 issue

Q Magazine

Adam Green – Gemstones (2005)

The Knife – Silent Shout (2006)
Brett Anderson – Brett Anderson (2007)


Liars – They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (2004)
Cocorosie – Noah’s Ark (2005)

Gucci Mane – Baytl (2011)
Everclear – Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time For A Bad Attitude (2000)
Mooney Suzuki – Have Mercy (2007)

The Guardian

Jamie Foxx – Unpredictable (2005)
Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion(2007)


I’m From Barcelona – Let Me Introduce My Friends (2007)


Willie Nelson – Milk Cow Blues (2000)


800+ studio albums with 1 star rating – here.

Robert Christgau

Robert’s least rated albums for Consumer Guide from the 1969 to 1989. In 1990, Christgau changed his grading scale and focused more on albums he liked (B+ and higher). More reviews here.

Aorta – Aorta (1969)
Kim Fowley – I’m Bad (1972)

Bow Wow Wow – Twelve Original Recordings (1982)
Canned Heat – Vintage (1969)
Bob Dylan – Dylan (1973)
Kim Fowley – Outrageous (1969)
Guns N’ Roses – G N’ R Lies (1988)
Kay Huntington – What’s Happening to Our World? (1970)
Jebadiah – Rock ‘n’ Soul (1978)
David Peel and the Lower East Side – The Pope Smokes Dope (1972)
The Rock and Roll Revival – The Greatest Oldies Done Hear and Now (1969)
Peter Schickele – Good-Time Ticket (1969)
Sha Na Na – Rock & Roll Is Hear to Stay! (1969)
Laurie Styvers – Spilt Milk (1971)
Bernie Taupin – Bernie Taupin (1972)
Wolfman Jack – Wolfman Jack (1972)
Various – Ultimate Worship Music (2004)

Carmen – Fandangos in Space (1974)
Congress of Wonders – Sophmoric (1973)
Eli Radish – I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier (1969)
Harrison & Tyler – Try It–You’ll Like It (1972)
Burt Reynolds – Ask Me What I Am (1973)
Murray Roman – Busted (1972)
Various – Wow Hits 2003 (2002)


Collectively voted the worst.

Metacritic by critic score

Albums with 45 points or less based on 7 reviews. A Metascore (points) is a weighted average of reviews from top critics and publications. Only more or less famous performers may be included in this list. No one will review blatant trash or little-known bands. Kevin Federline’s Playing with Fire is the worst album according to the music review aggregator Metacritic.

15Kevin FederlinePlaying With Fire2006
33Limp BizkitResults May Vary2003
34Viva BrotherFamous First Words2011
34Phil CollinsTestify2002
35Dirty VegasOne2004
37Lil WayneRebirth2010
37Charlie PuthNine Track Mind2016
37Louis XIVSlick Dogs And Ponies2008
37Puddle Of MuddLife On Display2003
38Chris BrownFortune2012
386ix9ineDUMMY BOY2018
39The Panic Channel(One)2006
39Richard AshcroftUnited Nations of Sound2011
39Chris BrownGraffiti2009
40Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill Acoustic2005
40Liz PhairLiz Phair2003
40Backstreet BoysNever Gone2005
40Paul OakenfoldA Lively Mind2006
41Staind14 Shades Of Grey2003
41NickelbackAll The Right Reasons2005
41MegadethSuper Collider2013
42Black FlagWhat The…2013
42KreayshawnSomethin’ ‘Bout Kreay2012
42Queen + Paul RodgersCosmos Rocks2008
42Soulja Boy Tell EmiSouljaBoyTellem2008
42Rod StewartIt Had to Be You… The Great American Songbook2002
42The TwangJewellery Quarter2009
42Chris CornellScream2009
43Lenny KravitzBaptism2004
43Ashlee SimpsonI Am Me2005
43The ChainsmokersMemories: Do Not Open2017
43Ben LeeThe Rebirth Of Venus2009
43Run-D.M.C.Crown Royal2001
43Mariah CareyCharmbracelet2002
44Audio BullysGeneration2006
44Liam PayneLP12019
44The StoogesThe Weirdness2007
44The Entrance BandThe Entrance Band2009
44The VinesMelodia2008
44BizarreHannicap Circus2005
44Meat LoafHell in a Handbasket2012
45Good CharlotteGood Morning Revival2007
45Damon AlbarnDemocrazy2003
45Jennifer LopezComo Ama Una Mujer2007
45SantanaAll That I Am2005
45G-UnitT.O.S. (Terminate On Sight)2008
45Ja RuleBlood In My Eye2003
45Jennifer LopezA.K.A.2014
45James BluntSome Kind of Trouble2011
45Spice GirlsForever2000
45Billy TalentBilly Talent III2009
45SantanaGuitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time2010
45SantanaShape Shifter2012
45Mos DefTrue Magic [First Version]2006

Metacritic by user score

All the same albums, only through the eyes of users. Since users are more “cruel”, the threshold has been reduced to 40 points. iSouljaBoyTellem by Soulja Boy Tell Em is the Metacritic users’ least favorite album.

14Soulja Boy Tell EmiSouljaBoyTellem2008
15Robin ThickePaula2014
196ix9ineDUMMY BOY2018
21John LegendA Legendary Christmas2018
21The ChainsmokersMemories: Do Not Open2017
21Soulja Boy Tell Emsouljaboytellem.Com2007
21Kevin FederlinePlaying With Fire2006
22Kid RockFirst Kiss2015
23Rick RossHood Billionaire2014
24Lil XanTotal Xanarchy2018
24Dirty VegasOne2004
25Lil PumpHarverd Dropout2019
25Sheryl CrowBe Myself2017
25Dizzee RascalThe Fifth2013
25Flo RidaWild Ones2012
25Viva BrotherFamous First Words2011
25Paul OakenfoldA Lively Mind2006
26MimsMusic Is My Savior2007
27Jamel IriefSelling My Soul2012
28DJ KhaledFather Of Asahd2019
28Soulja Boy Tell EmThe DeAndre Way2010
29Jack HarlowCome Home the Kids Miss You2022
29Scouting For GirlsEverybody Wants To Be On TV2010
30Uncle KrackerSeventy Two & Sunny2004
31Van MorrisonLatest Record Project, Vol. 12021
32DanzigBlack Laden Crown2017
32Mariah CareyMerry Christmas II You2010
32Sheryl Crow100 Miles from Memphis2010
33DiploChapter 1: Snake Oil2020
33UB40Getting Over the Storm2013
33Lil WayneRebirth2010
34Chris BrownFortune2012
34Taio CruzRokstarr2010
34Justin BieberMy World 2.02010
34Jonas BrothersLines, Vines and Trying Times2009
35DrakeCertified Lover Boy2021
35Sheryl CrowFeels Like Home2013
35Meat LoafHell in a Handbasket2012
36Rat BoyInternationally Unknown2019
36Mindy SmithLong Island Shores2006
36AshantiConcrete Rose2004
37Sheryl CrowThreads2019
37Chance the RapperThe Big Day2019
37Luke BryanKill the Lights2015
37Toby KeithHonkytonk University2005
38Flo RidaMail On Sunday2008
38DJ KhaledGrateful2017
38TygaHotel California2013
38Kid RockRebel Soul2012
38DaughtryBreak the Spell2011
38MisfitsThe Devil’s Rain2011
39Lil YachtyTeenage Emotions2017
39KodalineComing Up for Air2015
39Lil WayneI Am Not a Human Being II2013
39Blake SheltonRed River Blue2011
40AuthenticLL Cool J2013
40Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All TimeSantana2010
40Streets Of Gold3OH!32010

Rate Your Music by user score

Probably, it’s the most truthful list due to a huge selection of albums. A huge number of disgusting albums that received ratings from RYM users, which reputable publications are unlikely to ever get around to.RYM uses its own weighing system, read more about the system here. I’m a Meme by Onision is the worst albums accourding RYM.

1OnisionI’m a Meme0.574782019
2Tom MacDonald & Adam CalhounThe Brave II0.594912023
4Doug WalkerNostalgia Critic’s The Wall0.6541322019
5Tom MacDonald & Adam CalhounThe Brave0.638432022
6Iced EarthA Narrative Soundscape0.676632022
7Hentai DudeOWO What’s This?0.677092015
8Tom MacDonaldDeathreats0.6910122018
9Ronald ReaganSpeaks Out Against Socialized Medicine0.6914111962
10PsychosexualTorch the Faith0.744332020
11Ironic Punishment DivisionTrigger Warning0.755242018
12Tones and IWelcome to the Madhouse0.8122102021
13Kid RockBad Reputation0.796592022
14Lil XanTotal Xanarchy0.8545932018
15Tougher Than NailsDelusional Blasphemies Destroyed0.793482021
16José SepúlvedaHomenaje a un gran General0.784701998
17Wyatt JamesFuck Eating on the Weekend0.833372023
18Chris BrownHeartbreak on a Full Moon0.839822017
19Six Feet UnderGraveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest0.846232016
20Tom SawyerMomma0.844272020
23Kevin FederlinePlaying With Fire0.887332006
246ix9ineLeyenda viva0.905022023
25Dan BullThe Life of Pablo0.873842016
26Black Eyed PeasElevation0.916722022
27OnisionI Am Trash0.582682020
29XXXTENTACIONBad Vibes Forever0.9635242019
30Unkle AdamsPlanting Seeds0.934542016
31brokeNCYDEGuilty Pleasure0.913432011
32The FaggetsWe Don’t Give a Fuck About Shit0.976012021
34TraptShadow Work0.954282020
35Mike Love, Bruce Johnston & David MarksSalute NASCAR0.973791998
37brokeNCYDEThe Broken!0.924902007
38The Beach BoysSummer in Paradise1,0119291992
39Justin BieberMy Worlds Acoustic0.954642010
40AJRBorn and Bred0.693222010

AOTY by critic score

The list of albums on AOTY is wider than on Metacritic. Another difference, AOTY uses the arithmetic mean. For this reason, albums with a minimum number of reviews are included. Kevin Federline’s Playing with Fire is the worst here too, no wonder.

20Kevin FederlinePlaying With Fire2006
29The EnemyStreets in the Sky2012
30Cute Is What We Aim ForRotation2008
34Bo BiceThe Real Thing2005
34Lil WayneRebirth201022 
35Gucci Mane & V-NastyBAYTL2011
35Puddle of MuddLife on Display2003
35Sly StoneI’m Back! Family & Friends2011
35The Script#32012
35TulisaThe Female Boss2012
366ix9ineDUMMY BOY201810 
36Chris BrownFortune201213 
36Cute Is What We Aim ForThe Same Old Blood Rush With a New Touch2006
36Dirty VegasOne2004
37CastTroubled Times2011
37Iglu & Hartly& Then Boom2008
37NickelbackAll the Right Reasons2005
37Rock Star SupernovaRock Star Supernova2006
37Viva BrotherFamous First Words201120 
38Bloodhound GangHefty Fine2005
38Kid CudiSpeedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven2015
38Rod StewartIt Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook2002
38Soulja Boysouljaboytellem.com2007
39Fitz & the TantrumsFitz & the Tantrums2016
39Gavin RossdaleWANDERlust2008
39Hadouken!For the Masses2010
39Maroon 5JORDI202113 
39Spice GirlsForever2000
39Staind14 Shades of Grey2003
39SugababesSweet 72010
39The Pussycat DollsDoll Domination2008
39The TwangJewellery Quarter2009
40Air TrafficFractured Life2007
40Gary NumanPure2000
40Jennifer LopezComo Ama una Mujer2007
40Limp BizkitResults May Vary200310 
40NickelbackDark Horse200811 
40PendulumIn Silico2008
40Remi NicoleMy Conscience and I2007
40Scouting For GirlsScouting for Girls2007
40Theory of a DeadmanThe Truth Is…2011
41Ben LeeThe Rebirth of Venus2009
41Dec. 99thDecember 99th2016
41LiveSongs From Black Mountain2006
41Liz PhairLiz Phair200316 
41Louis XIVSlick Dogs and Ponies2008
41UffieSex Dreams and Denim Jeans201015

AOTY by user score

The lowest ratings among aggregators are here. How bad is an album if the average score from 300 users is 1/100? RYM Users and AOTY Users are in solidarity by choosing I’m a Meme by Onision as the worst.

1OnisionI’m a Meme2019143
1OnisionThe Banana Man2019480
1Me&mePlaydough Cooked in Tea2017788
1OnisionI Am Trash2020385
1Tom MacDonald & Adam CalhounThe Brave II2023879
2Tom Macdonald & MadchildKilling The Neighbors202096
2Tom MacDonaldRenegade2022308
2Tom MacDonald & Adam CalhounThe Brave20221021
3Tom MacDonaldThe Revolution2022114
3Hentai DudeOWO What’s This?2015750
3Tom MacDonaldUs Against The World2021333
3Tom MacDonaldGhostories2019134
3Tom MacDonaldDeathreats2018195
3Tom MacDonaldGravestones2020127
3Tom MacDonaldSee You Tomorrow2015104
3Iced EarthA Narrative Soundscape2022327
3Doug WalkerNostalgia Critic’s The Wall20191094
4R. KellyI Admit It2022613
4BRANDON HART, Nova Rockafeller & Tom MacDonaldAs Far As the Stars202157
4Ronnie RadkeWatch Me2013704
4Jake Paul & Team 10Litmas2017315
4Blood On The Dance FloorLet’s Start a Riot2008166
5TECHROW & Jonathan HayNirvana Reimagined As House & Techno2021148
5Tom MacDonaldLeeAnn’s Son2014147
6Trippie ReddSpooky Sounds2020393
6Kid RockBad Reputation2022669
6Cokie the ClownYou’re Welcome2019193
6Justin BieberCouple Goals202081
6PsychosexualTorch The Faith202059
6Panic! at the DiscoHouse of Memories202283
7Various ArtistsPornhub Valentine’s Day Album2019266
7Tones And IWelcome To The Madhouse20211768
7Burger KingYou Rule. Jingles2023785
7DEMONDICESatan’s Lemonade Stand Vol. 12017264
7Tom MacDonaldDream People and the Whiskey Wars201577
7Tom SawyerDaddy2019146