Top Ten Most Overrated Albums

The Top Ten

Thriller - Michael Jackson Thriller - Michael Jackson Product Image

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!

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

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

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

1989 - Taylor Swift 1989 - Taylor Swift Product Image

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.

Worst album ever made

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel Product Image

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.

It honestly feels like "let's find an album we tell everybody we like that is so terrible no one would actually like it, and invent reasons why it's a masterpiece. Why? To make us different from the crowd" - Alkadikce

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.

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.

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.

Nevermind - Nirvana Nevermind - Nirvana Product Image

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.

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

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.

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

Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground Product Image

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.

Pinkerton - Weezer Pinkerton - Weezer Product Image

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

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

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

A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds To Mars A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds To Mars Product Image

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.

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

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

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

Ok Computer - Radiohead Ok Computer - Radiohead Product Image

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.

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.

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

Revolver - The Beatles Revolver - The Beatles Product Image

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.

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.

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

No, not overrated, especially compared to Sgt Pepper.
Edit: I changed my mind; I think it's a little overrated. But I still think that Pepper is more overrated than this.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West Product Image

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.

To be honest, Kanye is great and this album is solid but it ain't even his best work. - 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

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

Right, Late Registration, The College Dropout and Graduation >>>. - DaWyteNight

The Newcomers

? Jazz - Queen Jazz - Queen Product Image

The Contenders

The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd Product Image

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.

I truly enjoy this album, blast it in the car, memorized the lyrics, but I need everyone to really take a step back for a second. Let me play devil's advocate (not my own feelings)... It's a progressive album, but does that make it one of the best? Anyone can record several unused/unheard-of instruments into a repeating melody and claim it is the modern standard in the evolution of music. So let's put DSOTM on the same level as every album that was not so "progressive", three to (maybe) five songs actually stand out. Band On The Run had the title track, Jet, Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five, and Let Me Roll It. Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-nerd had extraordinary hits like Free Bird, Simple Man, Tuesday's Gone, and Gimme Three Steps. Sales don't account for the greatness of an album, neither does the impact on the time. What makes an album truly the best is universal application, hit after hit after hit, and a little bit of everything. I'm not claiming that DSOTM isn't a long standing ...more

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.

It's good,but it is way overrated. Albums such as the wall or the animals are better

Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'N Roses Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'N Roses Product Image

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

Not overrated at all.

Not really, to be honest.

Guns n roses sucks

Dangerously In Love - Beyonce Dangerously In Love - Beyonce Product Image

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)

Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin Product Image

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

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

It's not overrated but it's also not top best album ever. Come on there are better albums out there like Dark side or Paranoid.

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

American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day Product Image

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.

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

The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem Product Image

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

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.

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

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.

Back in Black - AC/DC Back in Black - AC/DC Product Image

Way off track, after Bon died one would think that AC/DC would call it quits, but no! This album is a triumph to the testament that AC/DC is. Back in Black deserves it status as one of the greatest rock albums of all time!

I used to like this album a lot, but I realized that the production isn't as loose as most of the Bon Scott stuff. Not bad, but definitely overrated.

Sorry just not that good.

It's kinda samey, sure. But it just grooves hard, man.

All Eyez on Me - 2pac All Eyez on Me - 2pac Product Image

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

25 - Adele 25 - Adele Product Image
Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna Product Image

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!

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.

I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce Product Image

She's so fake, it's retarded.

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles Product Image

The beatles suck. a bunch of stupid british people with matching haircuts and singing about COMING together which it sounds like they DEFINITELY did and holding hands. the beatles are the most overrated thing in general not even just music

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.

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

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.

Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Product Image

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

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

...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears Product Image
Fearless - Taylor Swift Fearless - Taylor Swift Product Image

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

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