Top Ten Overhated Albums by Great Bands

These are those albums that get a lot of hate, but don't necessarily deserve it.

The Top Ten

1 St. Anger - Metallica St. Anger - Metallica

Another hated album. No guitar solos in a Metallica album sounds pretty bizarre, if you ask me. The steel drums don't help either. But, Lulu is 1000 times WORSE. - Pony

I enjoyed this one. it has a simpler more raw sound. Purify, St. Anger and Frantic are great. - marmalade_skies

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2 One Hot Minute - Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sandwiched in between two iconic albums, this is the only album to feature Dave Navarro, of Jane's Addiction fame. - Pony

3 Make Believe - Weezer Make Believe - Weezer

I know it is not Weezer's best work, but it is not their worst album. We can all agree that Raditude makes Make Believe look like Pinkerton in comparison. - Pony

4 In Through the Out Door - Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door - Led Zeppelin

I will admit its not the best LZ album, but it still gets a lot of hate. At least "Fool In The Rain" is a good song. - Pony

5 Yellow Submarine - The Beatles Yellow Submarine - The Beatles

The second half of the album is orchestral music from the 1968 film. That's what's to blame for this album being belittled. It's not a full album, technically. But it's still all beautiful music. - BKAllmighty

I know it was only the soundtrack and songs from previous albums, but that doesn't mean the album should get hate. - Pony

Why couldn't they just put their unreleased works as disc 1 and the soundtrack as disc 2 - marmalade_skies

6 Caress of Steel - Rush Caress of Steel - Rush

The legendary band has only one album that fans are critically divided on- Caress of Steel. While there are decent songs like "Bastille Day", there are not one, but TWO lengthy songs. Half of Rush fans like it; others hate it. I personally thought it was okay. - Pony

I'm part of the half that loves it. I might even call it one of their best albums! - Songsta41

Great album, but too many haters. Even the band dislikes the album! - Brobusky

7 90215 - Yes 90215 - Yes

It's so sad that such a talented band sold out like this. The intro to Changes is good, but aside from that, it's all too radio-friendly for them. - Songsta41

Hated because it changed the sound of Yes into a more radio friendlier sound. - Pony

How can you hate this? I don't understand. - BKAllmighty

8 Pablo Honey - Radiohead Pablo Honey - Radiohead

This album doesn't deserve the hate it gets, especially considering that this is their first album. It has a cool grunge-style sound and has some good songs, like Creep. - Rorywilbren

Many people hate it because although it is their first album, it is nothing compared to Kid A and Computer Head. I like their song "Creep", though. - Pony

I actually think Radiohead's less good album is The King Of Limbs, this is actually underrated

My 2nd favorite Radiohead album - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

9 Weezer (Red Album) - Weezer Weezer (Red Album) - Weezer

It is hated because some people generally didn't like the experimentation they did on this album. - Pony

10 Dark Passion Play - Nightwish Dark Passion Play - Nightwish

I get it. Anette's voice is different than Tarja and Floor. That doesn't make her bad, though.

The Newcomers

? Humbug - Arctic Monkeys Humbug - Arctic Monkeys

Well it's not WPSIAIWIN but not a bad album thought

? Living Things - Linkin Park Living Things - Linkin Park

Now it's a fashion hate Linkin Park because their latest works aren't the same as Hybrid Theory when in this album is looks a lot to Hybrid Theory mixed with A Thousand Suns

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The Contenders

11 A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park

This is actually a good album, the only reason why people don't like it is because it sounds different from their earlier albums. - Rorywilbren

12 Death Magnetic - Metallica Death Magnetic - Metallica

Why do people hate this? It's amazing! - NikBrusk

Some didn't like it as much as previous Metallica albums. - Pony

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13 Be Here Now - Oasis Be Here Now - Oasis
14 Metallica (The Black Album) - Metallica Metallica (The Black Album) - Metallica

The album was hated back in the day and still is to an extent because fans claimed that Metallica "sold out" and became more mainstream.

It's a stupid reason to hate this album for 3 reasons:

1. You need to have metal bands in the mainstream because it's how you get more people into metal, otherwise the metal community would consist of nothing but hipsters who complain about a band who reaches a certain degree of success. Also having mainstream metal bands allows metal to be better understood by fans of other music genres.

2. Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden all had top 20 albums before Metallica released The Black Album, Pantera had a number 1 album in 1994.

3. Judas Priest changed their style to a more mainstream sound on the album Killing Machine and yet nobody complains. Megadeth did the same on the album Countdown To Extinction and while metal hipsters do make claims of "sell-out" towards Megadeth it does not seem to be as prevalent as the ...more - OC96

15 A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay
16 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

In what world is Linkin Park even good, let alone great?

17 Ghost Stories - Coldplay Ghost Stories - Coldplay
18 Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay
19 All the Right Reasons - Nickelback All the Right Reasons - Nickelback V 2 Comments
20 The x Factor - Iron Maiden The x Factor - Iron Maiden

While the 90's were an awful time for Maiden as a whole (and for metal in general), this album wasn't a reason for this. It isn't a great LP by any means, as Bayley was the wrong choice for the band (highlighted by songs like Sign Of The Cross where he drains the energy out of the songs) and it doesn't push the boundaries of the band's sound. However, it does have its good points, which are often overlooked. The tracklist is very solid here, thematically rich (particularly on a song like Fortunes Of War) and (for better or worse), a new vocalist seemed to quick in some energy into this tired band. It was a step in the right direction after two duds and still holds up, regardless of both the context it came out in and what it spawned (Virtual XI, anyone? ). Hopefully this album will be re-evaluated and will break the shackles of its poor reputation, but until then, this album remains an underrated gem from a brilliant band. - Mrveteran

X Factor is boring and mediocre overall, but Virtual XI was miles worse.

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Top Remixes

1. One Hot Minute - Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Make Believe - Weezer
3. St. Anger - Metallica
1. Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
2. In Through the Out Door - Led Zeppelin
3. Caress of Steel - Rush



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