Ten Classic Albums Critics Hated

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The title is self-explanatory. The top of the list will include overwhelmingly negative reviews, but mixed reception will also be included if the album did go on to become a real cult classic.

The Top Ten

1 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath is a king between much bands - BloDayBey

Pretty amateur critics if you ask me. - ParasN2000

"[...] stiff recitations of Cream clichés that sound like the musicians learned them out of a book, grinding on and on with dogged persistence. Vocals are sparse, most of the album being filled with plodding bass lines over which the lead guitar dribbles wooden Claptonisms from the master's tiredest Cream days. They even have discordant jams with bass and guitar reeling like velocitized speedfreaks all over each other's musical perimeters yet never quite finding synch — just like Cream! But worse." - Lester Bangs, Rolling Stone - JoLeKosovo

2 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

But then, Led Zeppelin went on to become legends of rock music and proved the critics wrong!

"[Jimmy Page] is a very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs, and the Zeppelin album suffers from his having both produced it and written most of it"
"[Robert Plant] is as foppish as Rod Stewart, but nowhere near so exciting."
- John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone - JoLeKosovo

3 Kick Out The Jams - MC5

"You’ve heard all this before from such notables as the Seeds, Blue Cheer, Question Mark and the Mysterians, and the Kingsmen. The difference here, the difference which will sell several hundred thousand copies of this album, is in the hype, the thick overlay of teenage-revolution and total-energy-thing which conceals these scrapyard vistas of cliches and ugly noise." - Lester Bangs, Rolling Stone - JoLeKosovo

4 Pinkerton - Weezer

"Ignore the lyrics entirely" - Melody Maker
Most reviews were actually not that negative, fro example Rolling Stone gave it a 3/5, but it surprisingly still ended up "third worst album of 1996" in the Rolling Stone critic's poll. - JoLeKosovo

I don't care about the critics...:| - Ananya

5 Jazz - Queen

A SCATHING Rolling Stone review by Dave Marsh, closing with : " Indeed, Queen may be the first truly fascist rock band. The whole thing makes me wonder why anyone would indulge these creeps and their polluting ideas."
Reviews in general were overwhelmingly negative :
"Absurdly dull and filled with dumb ideas and imitative posturing." - Mitchell Cohen, Creem - JoLeKosovo

Critics were always harsh on Queen. - Misfire

6 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

"From whichever direction one approaches Wish You Were Here, it still sounds unconvincing in its ponderous sincerity and displays a critical lack of imagination in all departments." - Melody Maker - JoLeKosovo

Ok, now this is surprising considering how iconic this album is now. - DarkBoi-X

Would say it’s quite overrated, but still has great songs like Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Have A Ciger and the title track. Not as good as The Wall and Dark Side Of The Moon though. - Userguy44

I think it’s because people were expecting Dark Side of the Moon Part 2, and that’s not what they got. - IronSabbathPriest

7 Exile on Main St - The Rolling Stones

The album was not very well-received by critics.
"I still think that the great Stones album of their mature period is yet to come." - Lenny Kaye, Rolling Stone
It now sits at #8 on their list of greatest albums of all time. - JoLeKosovo

8 Harvest - Neil Young

"[...] discomfortingly unmistakable resemblance of nearly every song on this album to an earlier Young composition – it's as if he just added a steel guitar and new words to After The Gold Rush" - John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone - JoLeKosovo

9 (What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis

Got a lukewarm reception from critics, who found it boring and underwhelming;

"They scan; they fill a hole; end of story. They [say] nothing much about anything." - David Cavannagh, Q - JoLeKosovo

10 Ram - Paul & Linda McCartney

"incredibly inconsequential" "monumentally irrelevant" - Jon Landau, Rolling Stone
This album was panned by everyone, especially the former Beatles members. Critics like it now, however. - JoLeKosovo

The Contenders

11 High Voltage - AC/DC

"[...] the genre has unquestionably hit its all-time low. [...] Stupidity bothers me. Calculated stupidity offends me." - Billy Altman, Rolling Stone - JoLeKosovo

12 Korn - Korn

The reviews were mixed, not all being negative. However, it did receive some pretty bad grades from some :
Calgary Herald : D-
Rolling Stone 2/5
The Village Voice : C- - JoLeKosovo

13 Einzelhaft - Falco

Possibly the most iconic Austrian album of all time, having introduced one of the five biggest and most beloved Austrian music artists ever who would have as about as many hits and evergreens in Austria as the Beatles or Michael Jackson. It was the best selling album of 1982 in Austria and most households own a copy. Yet infamously, when Falco's songs were on the radio back then, the announcers heavily panned them. After the songs were over, they announced the next tracks with "and now we'll play some real music". They arguably hated his drug fueled and provocative lyrics.
In the meantime, these very songs are classics the entire nation loves and which are everywhere. - Martin_Canine

It's so weird because now he is universally accepted as one of the greatest and most iconic musicians in Austria. It's a story that occurs far too often that a genius is initially dismissed. - Martin_Canine

14 Van Halen III - Van Halen

This is NOT a classic. The critics hated it and the fans hated it. I find it unbearable. - JoLeKosovo

15 X - Def Leppard
16 Bad - Michael Jackson

I don't know who added this but critics instantly praised this album highly. The only one who was critical of it was Robert Christgau, and he was not that critical of it since he gave it a B+. So yeah, wrong. - JoLeKosovo

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