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

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.

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

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.

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.

Most overrated album ever! - Userguy44

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3 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

For me it is like people are just listening to this to tell "I also like some of today's music" - Alkadikce

Too much words, actually.

This album is so boring! how can anyone like it?

4 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

5 Revolver - The Beatles

It's a great album, what are you talking about?

No, not overrated, especially compared to Sgt Pepper. - Gg2000

Terrible!

6 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

I think 30 Seconds to Mars is pretty underrated. - Userguy44

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7 Pinkerton - Weezer

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

8 Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
9 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

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.

After relistening to that album and still thinking black dog and maybe stairway are the only gret songs on it, I wanted to check if this is sonewhere on a mist overrated list. I'm delighted to see it as high, even though the first two ranks deserve their spot even more. I don't know about 30 seconds to mars, never listened to it, but I don't remember it being on any best album list, so I don't really know what it's doing here. P.s. rock & roll is a terrible song in my opinion

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10 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 actually do like Green Day quite a bit, but Dookie is way better than American Idiot.

Dookie was more punk than this. - Userguy44

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The Contenders

11 Dangerously In Love - Beyonce

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.

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

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

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

12 25 - Adele
13 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.

14 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.

15 Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
16 Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'N Roses

Guns n roses sucks

17 I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce

She's so fake, it's retarded.

18 ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
19 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

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

20 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

21 Butterfly - Mariah Carey

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

22 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

23 Metallica - Metallica

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

Overrated because of Enter Sandman. - Userguy44

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24 B'Day - Beyonce

This B don't deserve a day.

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

25 Kid A - Radiohead

It is very bad. I just can't understand how anyone would ever want to listen to it, does not live up to its hype or even come close.

Bland and overrated.

I just listened to it. It's not that good. There are of course good parts, but it's not the masterpiece that people refere to it as

Funny how Ok computer is higher than this album yet this is the one that actually has comments to validate their vote. I had to vote this because, as much as I love Radiohead. I can't stand watching it become a band that feeds on its hype through the past of time. Kid A is a great album there's no doubt about it. But Radiohead's trademark was and always will be Ok Computer. Kid A doesn't live up to its hype. In short, I would not choose it as the only album I could ever listen if I I had to choose only one for the rest of my life. Its not that special. Thou musically is ground breaking. It lacks of the spirit and raw heart which Ok computer has plenty of. Pd. Ok Computer shouldn't be on this list.

26 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
27 Harem - Sarah Brightman
28 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].

29 Low Key - Regine Velasquez
30 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

31 Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj
32 Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus
33 Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

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.

Agree it overrated. When you listen to the songs and not get caught up in the experience that was this phase of the Beatles' development, they just aren't that great.
I'm much more of a Revolver and Abby Road fan.

Tinny and immature

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34 Low - David Bowie
35 Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne
36 Ok Computer - Radiohead

I do think this is a good album, but it is not deserving of the "Best Album of All Time" title that has often been brought on to it. Most people seem to rate it highly because they think it is 'important' and defined a generation. I love about half of the songs, but parts of the record are not fun to listen to at all. Paranoid Android, Karma Police, and Climbing up the Walls are my least favorite tracks. Lastly, the album just ends rather anticlimactically with The Tourist, which I find to be quite boring.

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

I like this album but it's far from my top 10 albums. - Metarock

37 Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City - Kendrick Lamar
38 Oops!... I Did It Again - Britney Spears
39 Meteora - Linkin Park
40 Damn. - Kendrick Lamar
41 Lemonade - Beyonce

Yep. - Userguy44

42 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

43 Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots

They've released better. - naFrovivuS

This album rules. - DCfnaf

44 Ray of Light - Madonna
45 True Blue - Madonna
46 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

While OK Computer and Kid A are not the greatest albums of all time, they were at least solid releases that helped influence music in the 21st century. But this?

Yeah, it's overrated as hell. Uninteresting lyrics, boring melodies, terrible production, and Thom Yorke's falsetto becomes increasingly grating throughout the LP. I've tried again and again to give this record a shot, but it keeps proving me wrong.

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47 Spiceworld - Spice Girls
48 Fly - Sarah Brightman
49 The Fame - Lady Gaga

A person won't hate an album for how much it sells, and calling something overrated does not mean a person hates it. Overrated is when something is given too much hype.

People hate thriller just because it's the best selling album ever and the sales were really high. Thriller is not overrated but this one definitely is

50 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

A definite drop in quality compared to their first two records. Although I Don't Love You and Cancer are great songs. Welcome To The Black Parade was, too, but the fans made it actually awful with their G note crap. At least it doesn't have I'm Not Okay. - somelifeonaplanet

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1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
2. Pinkerton - Weezer
3. Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
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1. Thriller - Michael Jackson
2. A Night at the Opera - Queen
3. The Joshua Tree - U2
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1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Revolver - The Beatles
3. Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
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