Top 10 Best Albums Released After the Death of a Band Member

These bands have lost a member on the way, but they continued after the mourning and came back stronger.
The Top Ten
1 Back In Black - AC/DC

That album was released after the death of lead singer Bon Scott, who choked on his vomit after a night of binge-drinking in early 1980. He was quickly replaced by Brian Johnson (former lead singer of Geordie), and together, they made what is considered AC/DC's magnum opus.

The album sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide and was certified 25x platinum in the United States. Talk about a triumph!

2 ...And Justice for All - Metallica

The album was released after the death of bassist Cliff Burton in a 1986 road accident. The instrumental track "To Live Is to Die" is dedicated to his memory.

3 But Here We Are - Foo Fighters

This album was released after the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins following an overdose in March 2022.

4 Diamond Eyes - Deftones

This album was released while bassist Chi Cheng was in a coma after he was involved in a horrible car crash in 2008. He ultimately died in 2013, but I guess the rest of the band had little to no hope that Chi would survive.

5 Hackney Diamonds - The Rolling Stones

This album was released after the death of drummer Charlie Watts in 2022.

6 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

Released after the death of drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan at the very end of 2009.

7 Repentless - Slayer

Released two years after the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman. It was also Slayer's final album before their separation.

8 .5: The Gray Chapter - Slipknot

Released after the death of bassist Paul Gray.

9 MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana

This album was recorded before Cobain died, though.

You know, back when Nirvana existed.

10 Made in Heaven - Queen

Released four years after Freddie Mercury's death from AIDS. All vocals were recorded by Mercury before his death. Queen released another album, The Cosmos Rocks (2008), with Paul Rodgers on lead vocals.

The Contenders
11 Mother's Milk - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The first album to feature the RHCP's best-known lineup (Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and John Frusciante) is also a tribute to their original guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of an overdose in 1988.

12 Adrenalize - Def Leppard

The follow-up to Def Leppard's blockbuster album Hysteria (1987) was released in the wake of guitarist Steve Clark's death in 1991. He has songwriting credits on six songs, and the song "White Lightning" is dedicated to him.

13 Learning to Crawl - The Pretenders

Released after James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon both died of drug overdoses.

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