Top Ten Most Overrated Albums

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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?

The fact that this is Number 1 just shows how much this site overpraises rock and metal. - DCfnaf

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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

Although smells like teen spirit is admittedly a great song the rest of the album is not. Come as you are is good and lithium is acceptable. The rest of the album is screaming. It is an absolute chore to listen to.

Mainly people just like it is because of teen spirit

This isn't even their best album. In Utero is much better than this, even the band members said this. In fact, Kurt Cobain said he HATED this album. - venomouskillingmachine

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3 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

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

4 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

I don't know... because people have different taste in music? I'm not saying they're the best, but it never hurts to be a bit more open-minded to other people's opinions. - MasonOcker

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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5 Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
6 Revolver - The Beatles

Terrible!

7 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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8 Red - Taylor Swift
9 Reputation - Taylor Swift
10 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

The irony of this album is that its fans think it's the greatest hip-hop album when most casual fans of hip-hop don't even like this album.

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

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

The Contenders

11 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.

12 Ok Computer - Radiohead

Just like The Dark SIde of The Moon, it's not bad at all but not the greatest album ever. - ZeroBlaster

13 American Idiot - Green Day

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

A mediocre album by a mediocre band

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

14 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.

15 ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
16 Butterfly - Mariah Carey

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

17 Speak Now - Taylor Swift

And people call this good? The song Mean is possibly the whiniest song ever made sounds like a little kid crying about their parents or someone they love being mean to them. and the lyric 'Why You Gotta Be So Mean? " is so damn whiny that I could imagine a little kid crying and saying that. - christangrant

Still though that doesn't make the song "good" for me I don't want to hear songs about bulling I didn't want to hear them from Limp Bizkit and Black Veil Brides and I sure as hell don't want to hear them from Taylor Swift. I know no-one is not forcing me to listen to it but this song was played everywhere so there was no avoiding it - christangrant

18 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

19 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

20 I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce

She's so fake, it's retarded.

21 Metallica - Metallica

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

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

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

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22 Harem - Sarah Brightman
23 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
24 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

why? - dankguy1

How tf is this overrated? From start to finish, it’s an enthralling album that doesn’t only sound great but is also thought provoking, touching on topics of various sensitivity in ways 90% of artists these days cannot do. Not to mention, for a hip-hop album it has one of the most unique sounds

25 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].

26 Low Key - Regine Velasquez
27 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

28 Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus
29 Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj
30 B'Day - Beyonce
31 Oops!... I Did It Again - Britney Spears
32 Blackstar - David Bowie

This was a good album, but the hype machine and the aftermath of Bowie's death just destroyed it for me. - IronSabbathPriest

You know what im sick of heaing about this album on this site my god this album is being praised as "one of the greatest of all time" when

1. It isn't

2. Its only praised so heavly because Bowie Died

I have listened to this album and thought it was just OK but nowhere near the best of all time and possibly not even Bowies best album. (This is not better than Ziggy Stardust)

Bowie doesn't sound very good here i can't hear what he is saying clearly, this wouldn't be a problem if their was a instrumental worth while but i find the instrumentals boring the lyrics are good but nothing special except for maybe Lazarus but many rock musicians have written songs before their death and never get as much attention as this has. In way this makes David Bowie in the same place as Nirvana, Avenged Sevenfold, and somewhat Led Zeppelin and The Beatles and maybe Linkin Park as a artist being praised heavily just because of their or one of their members passed away R.I.P. ...more - christangrant

33 Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne
34 Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City - Kendrick Lamar
35 Ray of Light - Madonna
36 True Blue - Madonna
37 Exclusive - Chris Brown
38 Life After Death - The Notorious B.I.G.
39 Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots

They've released better. - naFrovivuS

This album rules. - DCfnaf

40 In Rainbows - Radiohead

Radiohead is my 2 favourite band but got to say did not like in rainbows! The bends, ok computer, kidA are way better!

Even OK Computer is better than this. - ZeroBlaster

Come on! Really?! - KidA

"Good tune is Reconer only ather tunes are all bad

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41 Spiceworld - Spice Girls
42 Fly - Sarah Brightman
43 Tha Carter - Lil Wayne

When lick the (w)rapper is the most creative line on the entire album, you know something's wrong.

all rappers annoys me except few but annoying someone ugly beast puts an underrated chinese democracy in this list - ronluna

44 A Night at the Opera - Queen

Queen never made a great album, face it. So quit pretending that this is one. Just because Bohemian Rhapsody is on does not make it so that you could fool me into thinking that. Not to mention that BR is the second most overrated song of all time, behind Layla.

Why in the f*** is this on here? This was one of their top three albums and one of the best albums ever! Queen is so much better than any other bands of today (exceptions include but are not limited to Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, and definitely Leppard). - bighercules

45 The Massacre - 50 Cent
46 Living Things - Linkin Park
47 Lemonade - Beyonce
48 21 - Adele

Way overrated

49 The Joshua Tree - U2

This is one of the greatest albums of all time. Achtung Baby is more overrated.

50 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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