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.

Kinda weird how the best tracks off this album are the ones that WEREN'T hits. Still pretty great overall. - RighteousMalevolent

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

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?

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2 1989 - Taylor Swift

Worst album ever made - Peppapigsucks

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

3 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

Sounds like The Beatles on even more crack

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

Let's be honest, this album can only be enjoyed by ironic cattle from / mu / - UncleDave2703

Too much words, actually.

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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.

Foo Fighters is Better

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5 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

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

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6 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

7 Pinkerton - Weezer

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.

8 Ok Computer - Radiohead

(cough, its song list included Fitter Happier and The Tourist, cough) - xandermartin98

This is the greatest album of all time according to Rate Your Music and a bunch of other pretentious pseudo-intellectual snobs. Pft. This album is just OK at best (pun slightly intended). - RighteousMalevolent

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.

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

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9 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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10 Revolver - The Beatles

Not that good compared to Sgt Peppers or Rubber Soul

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

Absolutely NOT

Are you on crack?

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The Newcomers

? Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson

The Contenders

11 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

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

One of the hardest rocking albums of all time is apparently overrated? Lol, the very thought. - RighteousMalevolent

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.

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12 American Idiot - Green Day

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

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

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

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13 The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

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

The most overrated album ever made

I think this website praises this album way too much - Peppapigsucks

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

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14 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

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.

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.

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15 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.

16 All Eyez on Me - 2pac
17 25 - Adele
18 Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'N Roses

Not really, to be honest. - RighteousMalevolent

Not overrated at all. - RogerMcBaloney

Guns n roses sucks

19 I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce

She's so fake, it's retarded.

20 Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
21 ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
22 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

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 B'Day - Beyonce

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

This B don't deserve a day.

26 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

Tinny and immature

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.

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27 Harem - Sarah Brightman
28 Butterfly - Mariah Carey

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

29 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

30 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

31 Night Visions - Imagine Dragons
32 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].

33 Low Key - Regine Velasquez
34 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

Overrated because of Enter Sandman. - Userguy44

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

Only overrated song on it is enter sandman (which is undeniably the most overrated song by metallica). sad but true, through the never and don’t tread on me are just a few of the songs which are overshadowed yet bloody amazing.

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35 Red - Taylor Swift
36 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

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37 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
38 Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Horrible Album. - Soulstealer

39 Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj
40 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

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

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

44 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

45 Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne
46 Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City - Kendrick Lamar
47 Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots

Bad album by a bad band. - Userguy44

They've released better.

This album rules. - DCfnaf

48 Meteora - Linkin Park
49 Oops!... I Did It Again - Britney Spears
50 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

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