Top Ten Most Overrated Albums


The Top Ten

1 Thriller - Michael Jackson

Did Thriller invent disco? No. Did Thriller invent electro? No. There are plenty of albums in the early 1980's that should get more credit, albums by Prince, Motley Crue, ABBA, Pink Floyd. This album is just a mixbag of different genres that don't go well together. "Beat It" is a generic pseudo rock song which copies Rolling Stones tough guy lyricism and an Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo which did no justice to his career. "Thriller" ranks high in the grandiosity charts with Vincent Prince's monologue, monster movie shout-outs and repetitive melody. And in the song, MJ is more popular in it for screaming, not crooning! - RonaldHo

I have great respect for Michael and this he's a wonderful entertainer... but give me a break. This one was overrated.

Sarah Brightman's albums weren't though so idk why their on the list at all. - SierraNickole

What did he changed with his music and this album? If he really changed music it's for sure that he changed music for the worse ( just look at all this bad pop artists that came after him ). Music was good in the fifties ( the birth of Rock ), the sixties and in the seventies. After this so-called best eighties album, pop music became worser and worser. Is that the benefic change of his music?

Michael Jackson in general is overrated. There’s so many artists better than him. Yes, he’s good, but overrated. This album is great, Thriller is the best track he ever made, but yes overrated. - CostcoHotDogs

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2 Nevermind - Nirvana

Great songs for the most part, but not flawless. A few pixies rip offs. The worst track is Smells Like Teen Spirit. - Caleb9000

Mainly people just like it is because of teen spirit

Mainly teen spirit? The best sure, but in bloom, come as you are, lithium?!?!? Indeed a great album

Smells like teen spirit. Enough said. - PlayStationSolar

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3 A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds To Mars

Decent sound... if canned. The songs just do not flow very well... it really feels like they thought about a song first (likely 'A Beautiful Lie'), wrote it, and then completely forgot about it to write the next one in some random direction, as long as it comes out catchy and marketable.

And for the praise and attention this album got I don't think there's anything superb on here to justify it. So, definitely overrated. - PinkflASHES

deadgrass27 you are so right.
terrible band is terrible no doubt about it. idk why these abnormal people keep saying this band is so great. - ledzeppelin31493

30stm kinda sucks... really bad. how can this band be highly rated in the first place? - deadgrass27

Why... Is Zoso on this list and three fourths of people reading this are wondering what Zoso is. It's a shame.

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4 Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
5 Led Zeppelin lV - Led Zeppelin

It's so overrated that its on the list twice - christangrant

6 1989 - Taylor Swift

A sever disappointment in comparison to all her previous albums. (Yes even her debut where she was just getting her foot in the door.) Only 4 songs on this album work. (Those being "All You Had To Do Was Stay", "Wildest Dreams", "I Know Places", and "Clean".) Everything else is a failed attempt to fit in with what was trendy. That's all this album will ever be to me. It's also a bad sign when the very first song alienates the entire conservative audience (not to be political, but that was where a lot of her fans came from. Flat out dismissing them right off the bat is kind of dumb move. I understand that she has the right to say what she wants, but maybe it would've been better if done in a smoother fashion than what is done in this track such as putting the track somewhere else on the album.) Anyways, nothing works about this album. It's clunky, the songs range from awful to tolerable (in the rare case amazing), and while Taylor has a great voice it isn't flamboyant enough to get her ...more

7 Led Zeppelin I - Led Zeppelin
8 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin

Totally disagree this is overrated. Even if you don't care for Stairway, these are great songs that any band in the world would love to have on their resume.
Black Dog
When the Levee Breaks
Going to California

What. Can this be overrated? This is rock glory.

Who are the kids voting for this? Are you kidding me? This album is a classic rock album go back to listening to overrated Michael jackson.

Black Dog - An amazing groove arranged by bassist John Paul Jones.
Rock and Roll - Rock at it's finest, with drums that sounds like cannons.
Battle of Evermore - A calm, moody piece with mandolins and vocal harmonies. (perfect to transition the mood from hard rock to stairway to heaven)
Stairway to Heaven - One of the greatest rock songs to be written, enough said.
Misty Mountain Hop - Definitely not the album's finest, but a fun jumpy song to get the mood back after stairway.
Four Sticks - A difficult drum groove with outrageous time signatures.
Going to California - An amazing acoustic song featuring a mandolin and heart felt lyrics expressed through Plant's wailing voice.
When the Levee Breaks - A monster song (I'd say it's the best) with western style guitar, harmonica and various instruments. Not to mention this is one of John Bonham's best drum lines. The lyrics express a catastrophic disaster.

If you ever DARE say this album is near overrated, you ...more - Plonderss

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9 Revolver - The Beatles
10 Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna

I used to have this album when I was a kid, because, well, it was on the radio all the time, so it made me think I liked it. Going back now, this album is horrible! Breaking dishes is one of the most annoying songs I've ever heard. The few good songs are only good because of the production. I still wish that somebody who was actually talented had sang Umbrella instead of rihanna! - DaWyteNight

Obviously going to be overrated because she is a pop singer. I personally don't thnk any of her songs are THAT good, I mean, I do like her OLD songs because they weren't that bad. But the song she brings out today are just terrible. I don't know why anyone listens to her.

The Newcomers

? Joanne - Lady Gaga
? Let It Be - The Beatles

Yes, there are some fans and critics that consider this a classic, when it's really not. I mean, there's some amazing songs like 'The Long and Whining Road' and 'Let it Be'. The production on some of these songs are muddy, thanks to Phil Spector. It's still good, but just overrated and not their best. Abbey Road should of been the final one. - Mumbizz01

The Contenders

11 Dangerously In Love - Beyonce

This should be much higher on the list. This album made her fans insane.

This album was not that bad, her albums after this just got worse and worse (with the exception of 4) - DaWyteNight

It's high on this list now. This album is where the insanity of the beyhive began.

12 American Idiot - Green Day

This is a great album. It has great songs. Every emo loves it and people just like it over all.

I love this album... But Green Day Fans often overrate this

A mediocre album by a mediocre band

I used to hate Green Day, I just think they’re okay now, but yes, this album is overrated. - CostcoHotDogs

Or, maybe your tastes will continue to evolve and you'll appreciate the album much more some day, considering you admit you used to "hate Green Day" but now you don't. Point is - maybe the album isn't overrated at all - Billyv

13 ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
14 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

The most overrated hip-hop album by people that aren't casual hip-hop fans.

This album is overrated by the pop crowd, not the hip-hop crowd.

15 Butterfly - Mariah Carey

Well, hey, even out of her prime, she still sounds better than most pop stars nowadays.

16 Red - Taylor Swift
17 Fearless - Taylor Swift

All of Taylor songs have started to sound the same to be honest. And she is way over played did not enjoy this album that much at all. And why is American idiot on here!?!? One of the greatest albums of all time in any genre!

I love TS but the album is painfully overrated,the AOTY win at the grammys was the most painful for me.RED and SPEAK NOW are far SUPERIOR,I have the same opinion on 1989,I enjoy most of her work though I'm a rock fan majorly but this is her weakest album and didn't deserve all it got

18 I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce

She's so fake, it's retarded.

19 Harem - Sarah Brightman
20 Metallica - Metallica

This is an epic album but is liked a lot more than it should. - IronMainiac666

The album that started it all, the "singer who can't sing" thing. - DaWyteNight

Overrated? No this album is overhated and shot at by hardcore thrash fans and Megacancers. - SoldierOfFortune

The Black Album is by far the most overrated Metallica album. It is not metal, but a degenerate composition of Hard Rock.
Master of Puppets is spectacular and so is Ride the Lightning, with And Justice for All and Kill Em All (then grant them justice) hot on their heels. this album marked the descent of Metallica into alt rock.

Well I haven't listened from anything Load - Death Magnetic, but Hardwired... to Self-Destruct certainly is metal. - vr46

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1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
3. Led Zeppelin lV - Led Zeppelin
1. Thriller - Michael Jackson
2. A Night at the Opera - Queen
3. The Joshua Tree - U2
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