Top Ten Most Overrated Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Thriller - Michael Jackson

A terrible, overrated album released by a terrible, overrated sicko. The album's influence is overrated as well, since it inspired terrible, overrated pop acts like the backstreet boys and justin bieber. Also, the dancing in it was not unlike anything before it. James Brown was dancing in a similar way many years before some sicko decided to put that kind of dancing into a music video. The album probably wouldn't of been half as talked about if it weren't for the synchronized dancing in the thriller video. Given the musicals that came out before this overrated album, you can't say that synchronized dancing started with that video. This album was given way too much credit by its fans.

"A terrible, overrated album released by a terrible, overrated sicko."
Uh, you do realize Michael Jackson was actually proven innocent. - DarkBoi-X

A pretty great album, not the best album of all time but definitely one of the better ones. There isn't a bad song on the whole album in my opinion

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

"Did Thriller invent disco"?! Disco was long dead by the time Thriller was released. - Adrian_4

He's not overrated and he's not a sicko. Those comments have made ENGLISH fade away - TheAwesomeDude54

Yes he is overrated because he's considered to be #1 by almost everyone, overrated doesn't mean bad. - AlphaQ

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2 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

Worst album ever made

How this album beat Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' for the Album of The Year Grammy will always remain a mystery...

This album is the definition of overrated. - railfan99

3 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

The only people who praise it are these so called "hipsters". No one except for them knows or cares about this band or album which honestly sounds like utter crap. - RiverVibeZ

The instrumentals are good but the vocalist Jeff Magnum, annoys me on most of the songs here(Except for 3 songs). It would've been a genuinely good album if Jeff Magnum could sing better but even then, it would still be overrated by music critics and hipsters. - DarkBoi-X

Lol... Dcfnaf's 72 page essay remix single handedly pushed this to the top. How's an underground album overrated? In fact, I only came to hear of this album's existence when I first saw this list. Even if you dislike it, it couldn't be considered overrated cause other than hardcore hipsters, no one knows of this album's existence. - Joeljohns249

By that logic, every black metal album could be considered "overpraised" since their relatively short fanbase considers their acclaimed albums to be "larger than life" and will call you a "poser", "gay" etc if you criticize it.

Now even though I dislike this record & agree it's slightly "overpraised" it should be nowhere near the Top 10 of this list, let alone at #3. - Joeljohns249

Terrible, and I mean TERRIBLE vocals. But the songwriting is what's gold here. - RighteousMalevolent

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4 Nevermind - Nirvana

Severely overrated, yes. But it's still the pinnacle of mainstream 90's rock, along with Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. You also gotta give it props for basically ending glam rock. Imagine if this album had never existed and bands like Poison and Winger would still be writing "hits". Yikes. - RighteousMalevolent

I know people are gonna hate me for this, but this cover is absolute trash and so is Smells like Tater Tot Spirit. I mean, what is so good about the cover and that trash song? It sounds so bland and generic, I mean, naked baby with a money on a string? Seriously? And the song about Mulattos, Albinos, Mosquitos, Libidos? Serously, people need to stop overrating them. I'm not saying to hate this, but don't take it too far as saying it's the best album cover ever. Oh well, time to lose followers and friends - TheDarkOne_221b

Ranked #2 on the "top 100 albums of all time" book.
I feel sick.
Smells Like Teen Sprit is on the same level as How You Remind Me, maybe below because of inferior lyrics, Come as you are has a crappy, repeated melody with incredibly dull lyrics and a sort of good guitar riff at the beginning, and Lounge Act is as cliche as a song can come.
It's far from the worst thing ever, but don't embarrass yourself by saying it's some great work of art.

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

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5 Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground

Get this off the list immediately. If you guys knew anything about the history of boundary pushing in rock music, you wouldn't think for a second that this is overrated. Literally a top ten rock album, it is so so important to its development. - RighteousMalevolent

6 Pinkerton - Weezer

Nah it's great and since it's like #73 on thetoptens it's ok. It's a very good album. - JoLeKosovo

You would think that their Blue Album would be here instead. :THINKING EMOJI: - RighteousMalevolent

El Scorcho only gooder song, way different from their first album, what a let down.

7 A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds To Mars

This is definitely not overrated, this album was a true masterpiece. 1989 by Taylor Swift defines Overrated. - Soulstealer

I'm honestly surprised that Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory is below this. - Soulstealer

Lmao, since when is this band overrated? I thought a lot of people disliked them. - RighteousMalevolent

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

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8 Ok Computer - Radiohead

Aahh... Ok Computer. No it isn't overrated, it's overtalked and misunderstood. I ASSURE YOU I'M NOT BIASED. Radiohead isn't my favourite band nor is it anything favourite for me. I'm a deathcore kid, I mainly listen to prog/blackened/technical deathcore and then there is all other genres ever, I mean I even listen and laugh to Blueface (only thinking of his name makes me laugh). OK Computer isn't indie first of all, it's the holy grail of alt rock, the final form. No don't combine alt rock and alt metal together. ROCK ISN'T METAL AND METAL ISN'T ROCK. Alt metal is an ever growing genre because it can go on extremes of any other genre. Alt rock is only the older good brother. Take any purely alt rock record after OK C, every band wanted this perfect sound (not style, SOUND!). The drums, both acoustic and electric guit, bass, synth and vocals were recorded perfectly and mix perfectly. No one of them was especially put in the spotlight cause the whole band is incredible (shout out to ...more

Nah, this genuinely deserves it's praise. For more info, read my comment on my remix of the best albums. - DarkBoi-X

According to RYM, this is the greatest album ever made. I personally haven't listened to it in its entirety, but from the few songs that I've heard, this is nowhere near top 50, let alone top 10 worthy. - RiverVibeZ

Not bad by any means, but hideously overrated. Not even the best of the 90s.

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9 Revolver - The Beatles

The Beatles are the best band of all time, and I don't see how so many sites think that the Beatles in there early years were corny. they were a lot better in the begginging.

Not that good compared to Sgt Peppers or Rubber Soul

Enjoy it more than most Beatles album. Definitely not overrated in my opinion. And I find it better than the White Album, to disagree with the other commenter. - JoLeKosovo

Meh, there are better Beatles albums, such as the White Album. - RighteousMalevolent

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10 Dangerously In Love - Beyonce

Not overrated in any way. - RighteousMalevolent

This album created one of the worst fanbases ever. The word Beyhive didn't exist until after this album came out. The song 'crazy in love' is the most overrated song of the last decade. The other singles of the album were overrated as well. At least the song 'me, myself, and I' was less overhyped than crazy in love or baby boy. Before that album came out, Beyonce was just treated as being one of the members of Destiny's Child, not some devine, flawless lady that should treated like the queen of everything. This album is overrated, Beyonce is overrated, and her fanbase is just plain terrible.

Stupidly Overrated.

She gained a terrible fanbase after this album came out.

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I know, I'm gonna get flamed for this, but I seriously don't get the appeal for this. It sounds like most other Trap Rap albums out there(Especially the ones made by those considered "mumble rap") yet somehow it's praised. - DarkBoi-X

This album is so damn overrated and is trash. Even amazing production can't save it. - AlphaQ

Another album that's overrated to the max by RYM hipsters who claim that it's one of the best rap albums of the decade when in reality, it's nothing more than generic Lil Pump-esque mumble rap. - RiverVibeZ

The Contenders

11 The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

It's one of the greatest albums of all time but not THE greatest. It isn't even the best Pink Floyd album. That would be Animals. - DarkBoi-X

Literally the worst Waters-era Pink Floyd album besides "The Final Cut". I genuinely don't see what others see in this, this one is just so boring and forgettable, nothing really stands out except for "On the Run", maybe. Like many others have said, there are far greater Floyd albums out there than this shallow mediocrity. - RighteousMalevolent

Don't see where all the fuss comes from - unknown-soldier

The most overrated album ever made

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12 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin

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

Led zeppelin sucks and is overrated - AlphaQ

This is a joke, right? One of the greatest of all time!

Overrated doesn't mean bad. This album bad but you get my point right? - AlphaQ

Overrated snoozefest filled with terrible singing, cringeworthy lyrics, and sloppy guitarwork. - RiverVibeZ

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13 American Idiot - Green Day

The album where they forgot their roots. - TommyT327

Dookie is so much better, but this one ain't so bad either. - RighteousMalevolent

This album is about half-and-half for me. Some of the songs are fine. Others, not so much. - SoulOfBlack15

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

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14 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

My mom bought this album a few months ago, listened to it in the car with my dad, and said that it was horrid. - RiverVibeZ

Nah, this one also deserves it's praise. - DarkBoi-X

Another case of the biggest hits being the biggest flops on the album. The poppier, more well known songs (EXCEPT for Stan) songs come off as lame and tacky and they never seem to grasp my attention. Tracks like "Amityville", "Kill You" and "Kim" are where this album truly shines. - RighteousMalevolent

The most overrated hip-hop album of all time.

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15 All Eyez on Me - 2pac

It's good but I do agree here since Me Against The World is better than this.
Conscious Hip Hop>>>Gangsta Rap. - DarkBoi-X

16 25 - Adele
17 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.

18 Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'N Roses

I love this album, but I can see why people would think that it's overrated. - RiverVibeZ

Not overrated at all. - RogerMcBaloney

Not really, to be honest. - RighteousMalevolent

Guns n roses sucks

19 I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce

She's so fake, it's retarded.

20 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

Why is this considered groundbreaking? Kanye's rapping ability is average at best. Okay, it's mostly praised because of the beats n production but I honestly don't think that good production automatically makes an album amazing. Especially when everything else about it is average/mediocre. - RiverVibeZ

I love Kanye west but this is not even his best album! - AlphaQ

I'm tempted to agree that "this is the most overrated album" solely because of the annoying Kanye fanboys who won't shut up about this record, and claim that your opinion is wrong if you don't think that this is a 10/10

21 Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

A legendary album, but people take it too far this is not the best album of all time, or near to it

I don't think this is the best album ever. Heck, I don't even think it's the best Beatles album. I think Abbey Road, Revolver and The White Album all top this, maybe even Rubber Soul as well, and potentially Help. It's not bad at all, but I think it's extremely overrated. - Metarock

Okay, I love Sgt. Pepper, but it's not as revolutionary as you are told it is. That honor goes to Pet Sounds and Revolver. Sgt. Pepper is amazing, but it's basically just Revolver on steroids.

Tinny and immature

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22 ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
23 Spiceworld - Spice Girls
24 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

25 Metallica - Metallica

Not as overrated as it is overhated. - JoLeKosovo

It's overrated yet underrated at the same time. It has some VERY overrated songs on it, like Enter Sandman, but it also has criminally underrated tracks, such as The Struggle Within or Through The Never. - Metarock

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

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26 Rust in Peace - Megadeth

Thrash is a pathetic and moronic genre and this album exemplifies everything that makes the genre so unlikeable. Over the top, corny guitar battles, oversaturated technical passages and forced virtuosity along with some god awful vocals and a cold case of the filler. The riffs may be exciting at times, but I need more than just technicality in my music, and this album fails at delivering anything other than that. - RighteousMalevolent

Well, that's just because you don't like thrash. It's an orgasmic album for thrash fans. - JoLeKosovo

27 B'Day - Beyonce

If the B stood for Beyontrash, then she does deserve a day.

This B don't deserve a day.

28 Born This Way - Lady Gaga

I personally couldn't sit through this album because I don't fancy self-empowerment,be-yourself-type songs,I find them cliche,patronizing and basic so I'm not sure I can really judge this album but I know a lot of people who think it's overrated

29 Butterfly - Mariah Carey

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

30 Night Visions - Imagine Dragons
31 Red - Taylor Swift
32 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

This album is such hot trash, but I wouldn't call it overrated. A different case can be made for "Blood Sugar Sex Magik", however. - RighteousMalevolent

This is much better than By the way. - Userguy44

By the what's better

33 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
34 Harem - Sarah Brightman
35 Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Only thots, hypebeasts, and brainless music critics like this. - RiverVibeZ

Horrible Album. - Soulstealer

36 Stripped - Christina Aguilera

Really, Christina Aguilera is fairly overrated. Her "Singing" sounds like a bear. In general, so what about her pop? None of her albums are anything special [Like The Beatles] or Groundbreaking [Madonna].

37 Low Key - Regine Velasquez
38 Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj
39 The Emancipation of Mimi - Mariah Carey

More overrated than Butterfly. Mariah's vocals are horse for 90% of this album and the material isn't that good for a comeback album. - DaWyteNight

40 Loveless - My Bloody Valentine

One of the most underrated albums is apparently the most overrated!? How can it be overrated when it hasn't sold barely more than 100 copies? Just because the hipsters at Rateyourmusic like it, doesn't mean it's "OVERRATED". - Joeljohns249

Overrated on rateyourmusic. - JoLeKosovo

41 Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi
42 Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus
43 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

Come on...this is NOT an album that belongs in the top 30 best albums of all time list. - RiverVibeZ

A crowning achievement in metal history, don't associate this with the word "overrated" again, please. - RighteousMalevolent

44 Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne
45 Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City - Kendrick Lamar
46 Lemonade - Beyonce

The fact that the mainstream media call this manufactured barbie an artist is gross. Proves even more that she cannot produce good music without songs written by other people and produced by other people, even then the songs are not good.

Yep. - Userguy44

47 Reign in Blood - Slayer

Just listened to this and many songs sound almost exactly the same unfortunately. - Userguy44

Oh hell yeah, this is overrated as it gets. "Hell Awaits" is far more memorable and has way better riffs than this. - RighteousMalevolent

So over rated. Slayer has albums better then this, but this gets all the credit. Remember, heavier doesn't equal better.

Critics say "This is the heaviest metal album of all time" even though Kreator released an even heavier album the exact same year this one came out.

48 Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots

Bad album by a bad band. - Userguy44

They've released better.

This album rules. - DCfnaf

49 Meteora - Linkin Park

I can't be the only one here who honestly thinks that this sounds like a boneless Hybrid Theory. Or at least, it just sounds pretty watered down to me. - DarkBoi-X

50 Oops!... I Did It Again - Britney Spears
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