Most Overrated Classic Rock Albums


The Top Ten

1 Revolver - The Beatles

Just because someone gives an opinion on a album of " The Beatles " doesn't mean that he is a troll. This album is overrated for many things. First of all the cover design. Everybody is talking like this is an " out of this world " cover design. Truth is that the drawning is really ugly. Second, the music, the song " Taxman " isn't a great song ( for the era there were more great songs of the " freakbeat " type and certainly better songs than " Taxman " ). " Love you to ", " Here, there and everywhere ", " for no one ", " I want to tell you " are boring songs. " Yellow Submarine " and " Good day Sunshine " are childish ridiculous songs. " Tomorrow never knows ", " Eleanor Rigby " and " I'm only sleeping " and " She said, she said " are the only songs that are standing out. The rest is just ok without being exeptional. For a group like The Beatles you would have expected more but they didn't with this album. But of course " the Beatles fans " will NEVER agree on that and " trolling " ...more

Only notable song from the album is the Tomorrow Never Knows, but the rest of lists considered this album to the best Beatles album... - somekindofaguy

Thanks for starting the list with an absurd choice which reveals a better definition than the title. - Billyv

It's a draw between almost every album by The Beatles (they are most overrated band in the world, there are at least 50 rock + subgenres bands better than them, rock evolved good, get over it), Led Zeppelin I (their debut was weak, its followers were much better and many people are voting that it's the best debut ever because Led Zeppelin are the best band ever...) and Night at the Opera (Innuendo and Jazz > The Game and Sheer Heart Attack > Night at the Opera..., "Bohemian Rhapsody" isn't even Queen's greatest song - "Don't Stop Me Now", "I Want It All", "Another One Bites the Dust", "Innuendo", "Show Must Go On", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "A Kind Of Magic", "I Want to Break Free", "Dead on Time"...)

Led Zeppelin iv is not overrated, "Stairway to Heaven" is... a bit, because it's still one of the best songs in rock history (but not the best one). Led Zeppelin iv does not have any weak song... and it has some flawless ones ("Black Dog","Rock and Roll", "Stairway ...more

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2 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
3 Nevermind - Nirvana

This isn't classic rock.

So somekindofguy isn't allowed to have an opinion? Elitists everywhere. - IronSabbathPriest

This user is some kind of a guy that probably religiously listens to Jacob Sartorius and Justin Bieber screech.

You saw my other lists? Did you ever noticed I mentioned somewhere Justin Bieber? Then go away, probably you said this because this true on you... - somekindofaguy

Who the hell is Jacob Sartorius? And imagine, I'm not a fkin JB fan, I just don't like how everyone put this albums to the top tens, like this albums would be historical penetrations or what...
Revolver is the first Psychedelic Rock album? NO
Led Zeppelin IV is the first Hard Rock album? NO
Nevermind is the first Grunge album? NO
Paranoid is the first metal album? NO
Velvet Underground & Nico is the first protopunk album? NO
And then, what the hell deify everyone in these albums?
If You Want to Hear Real Great ALbums Then Listen to These:
Sonics-Here Are the Sonics, Black Sabbath-Master of Reality, Stooges-Raw Power, Dio-Holy Diver, Deep Purple-In Rock... 100 times best albums than these overrated and overplayed insignificant albums... - somekindofaguy

4 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Master of Reality is 100.000 times better than this! - somekindofaguy

Black Sabbath 4 is their best album.

5 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

I guess haters of led zeppelin is increasing day by day._. - zxm

This is my #1 on this list. Plagiarism start to finish - no one can beat this:
1. I Can't Quit You Baby - uncredited cover of W. Dixon's I Can't Quit You Baby (the song was credited back to him)
2. You Shook Me - uncredited cover of W. Dixon' You Shook Me (credited back to him)
3. Dazed and Confused - uncredited cover of Jake Holme's Dazed and Confused
4. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - uncredited cover of Joan Baez's Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, originally by A. Bredon
5. How Many More Times - a ripoff of Howlin’ Wolf's How Many More Years and Albert King's The Hunter
6. Communication Breakdown - very reminiscent of Eddie Cochran's Nervous Breakdown - Metal_Treasure

What is similar in Eddie Cochran's Nervous Breakdown and Communication Breakdown please tell me please - somekindofaguy

6 Exile On Main St. - The Rolling Stones

In short this album is 6 ground-break, stellar, tracks, 6 meh songs, and 6 absolutely awful tracks the Stones should never have recorded. Listen to it only for those 12 songs that are meh to amazing.

7 London Calling - The Clash

Only their first album is worth to listen. London Calling is indeed overrated. Sounds so mainstream for a so called punk band.

8 Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
9 Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin

Would have worked better if it wasn't a double album - has a lot of filler.

Actually this album is pretty consistent except for Black country woman and boogi with stu

10 The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground

They have other records as equally good, or at least on a note somewhat similar. One of my favourite bands of all time but gets so sick of just hearing about this one with them over and over. Same with the two most popular albums with Smashing Pumpkins. What about Adore?

This album is underrated to some extence. It was punk before punk, an inspiration for its time, later on (Pink Floyd), and even nowadays (Arctic Monkeys). However! It is sad that this album seems to be the only one most really knows about, besides their self titled album and how can you claim this to be their best work if you know nothing about their other stuff? Same goes with Nas (Illmatic)

The Newcomers

? Bat Out of Hell - Meatloaf
? Close to the Edge - Yes

The Contenders

11 Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin
12 Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
13 Rubber Soul - The Beatles

Three songs are standing out, " Norwegian wood ", " Think for yourself " and " Run for your life ". The rest is indeed a little bit ( not completely ) annoying. Concidered as one of their best albums is a matter of fact overrated.

All the songs annoy me

14 A Night at the Opera - Queen

Before I start, I must say that I love Queen, and I think this is one of their best albums. However, I do think it does get slightly overrated. While most of the tracklist is quite good, only two songs truly stand out, Bohemian Rhapsody & You're My Best Friend. The rest isn't as strong and there is some filler (Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon) as well as some utterly daft songs (I'm In Love With My Car in which Roger Taylor discusses the love for his automobile - seriously). The tracklist is somewhat uneven for an album this acclaimed and especially for Queen, who have delivered far more consistent LPs in their time. That's not to say it's a bad album though. Again, being overrated doesn't necessarily mean bad. It's still well produced, the track listing is still mostly good and I like how it is one of Queen's most diverse albums musically. There's hard rock, folk rock, piano ballads, love songs & gospel too. A very good album, even if it is slightly overrated. - Mrveteran

My favorite album of all time, but that doesn't mean that bohemian rhapsody is overplayed to the death and you're my best friend isn't overrated

Of everything here, this one is the most drastically overrated, and also drastically overpraised and overplayed.

"The prophet's song" is merely underrated

15 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

I think pet sounds is so what overatted. I perfer SMILE - RecklessGreed

16 Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges

" Funhouse " is from the second Stooges album and not included in " Raw Power ". " Search and Destoy " is the track that stands out on the " Raw Power " album. The rest is ok ( certainly not bad ) but the album as a whole is indeed a little bit overrated.

It's infleuntail, but I fealt that the whole album felt just really empty. funhouse has enough enegry to make it passable, but this is the most ovverated album I've heard so far. - RecklessGreed

17 Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
18 Marquee Moon - Television

Nobody on earth thinks this is the greatest album ever, except for the moms of the group members.

The reason that this album is so popular is that the song 'Marquee Moon' has a five minute guitar solo, so suck on that

Everybody thinks it's the greatest album ever, but it really isn't anything

@PetSounds no, maybe this album wasn't a commercial hit, but all of the critics are incredibly good 'bout this album, however the songs are very lame and mediocre. - somekindofaguy

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19 Countdown to Extinction - Megadeth
20 2112 - Rush

Rush sucks. Real men kill themselves.

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Top Remixes (5)

1. Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges
2. Marquee Moon - Television
3. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
3. Revolver - The Beatles
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2. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
3. A Night at the Opera - Queen

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