Top Ten Albums Where You are Not Sure If They Count as Studio Albums
The Top Ten
Is essentially like every other Drake studio album. 19 previously unreleased individual songs written and produced specifically for this record in the same quality as his other music. Even the label calls it an album. But Drake himself considers it a mixtape. - Martin_Canine
Aguilera's spanish album is often overlooked in her discography. While it contains some translations of previously released songs, most of the songs were new. - Martin_Canine
Is full of new songs (except for "Polly") and neither the cover nor the music itself gives a hint that it might be something else than a studio album. - Martin_Canine
Is their international breakthrough album and for many their signature record, but it consists of English language versions of songs from their first two albums which are in German, the four songs from their debut were also altered musically. - Martin_Canine
The four "Zuhältertape" albums by Kollegah share every trait of his regular albums in terms of concept, sound and quality, musically and artistically, and fans and critics treat them equally in Kollegah's discography. Yet Kollegah himself considers "Alphagene" his debut album, which was released after "Zuhältertape" 1 & 2.
He also has released "Hoodtape" 1 & 2, which are more like mixtapes. There are much more songs, the tracks are shorter, without structure, and are arranged as a non-stop megamix. THOSE are mixtapes. The "Zuhältertape" records feature regular and individual full length Kollegah songs in best quality. - Martin_Canine
Young Thug's earlier records were indeed mixtapes. There was an unusual number of tracks, they had an annoying producer watermark over them, and were arranged as a non-stop megamix.
"Jeffery" has 10 full length individual songs of a much better quality, and even follows a loose concept. This is an album, even though considered a mixtape. - Martin_Canine
Aguilera sent these recordings to a label when she was a teenager. They were released years later after Aguilera was already famous. The quality is professional.
Aguilera hates the album and doesn't regard it as a part of her discography, but other than that, the label wanted to release it as a "new album". - Martin_Canine
It is the soundtrack to the movie "Dancer in the Dark" and has the length of an EP.
Actually, it is not even a direct soundtrack as the songs had alterations compared to the movie counterparts.
It is definitely seen as an album, not an EP, but is generally overlooked in her discography. - Martin_Canine
Consists entirely of completely re-worked versions of Nena's biggest hits. And when I say re-worked, I mean completely re-worked. Often only the lyrics are the same, the melody and musical style make it sound like a completely new song. One song, "Leuchtturm", only shares the chorus and a synth line with the original version.
The album was also a comeback for Nena after her previous records failed to succeed. - Martin_Canine
Has the length of an album and is often considered Skrillex's signature work, yet is officially an EP. - Martin_Canine
Released as 5 individual releases with two songs each. However, they are one concept and an official artwork for the entire package exists. - Martin_Canine