Top 10 Worst Albums by Good Rock Bands

The Top Ten

1 Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold

Worst rock album ever made such a shame because A7X is a good band but this is all of their worst songs in one album - christangrant

2 The Spaghetti Incident - Guns N' Roses
3 Recharged - Linkin Park
4 Lulu - Metallica

Disappointing

5 Van Halen III - Van Halen
6 Gold - Cinderella
7 Risk - Megadeth
8 Def Leppard - Def Leppard
9 The Path of Totality - Korn
10 Life, Love & Hope - Boston

The Contenders

11 Transit of Venus - Three Days Grace

Like this band but dear god this album sucks!

12 Arrival - Journey
13 Forbidden - Black Sabbath
14 Monster - Kiss

"Good rock band? " Seriously, they're hardly up to good garage-band level.

15 Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel
16 Paramore - Paramore
17 Rise Up - Art of Dying
18 Shenanigans - Green Day

Just over all a disappointment American Idiot was a better follow up though.

Shenanigans is still better than most of the stuff that they've put out in the past 10 years. - BeatlesFan1964

Techincally, this is a compilation album. So, I would probably not put this on the list.

It's not really a compilation album that would best of Green Day not really a album. This is still a album somehow.

19 Super Collider - Megadeth
20 Savages - Theory of a Deadman

My biggest problem with this album is that Tyler Connolly doesn't even sound like himself for most of the songs except for Angel. And the lyrics are just... horrendous!

21 Raditude - Weezer
22 A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park

As someone that has listened to Hybrid Theory, Meteora and Minutes to Midnight I got to say this album sucks. It sounds so not Linkin Park like that it hurts. This was the album that made LP use a lot of auto tune and electronic garbage. This album was so bad that I couldn't listen to the whole album and stopped by track 8. However in all honesty Living Things is 10x worse.

23 Living Things - Linkin Park
24 With a Little Help from My Fwends - The Flaming Lips

Miley Cyrus is on it. Enough said...

25 Cold Lake - Celtic Frost
26 No Prayer for the Dying - Iron Maiden
27 Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails
28 Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit

Often cited as one of the worst, if not the absolute worst, album of all time, Limp Bizkit was losing their reputation from ‘Significant Other’ and the less stellar, but still liked, ‘Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water’. In 2001, Wes Borland left the band and was replaced by Snot guitarist Mike Smith, who would also leave before the album’s completion. ‘Results May Vary’ had a slew of session guitarists from other bands, including Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch. What resulted was songs with morbidly vulgar themes (e.g. Eat You Alive), weak, unimpressive songs (e.g. Build a Bridge, Down Another Day), and their infamous cover of the Who’s ‘Behind Blue Eyes’, which is often cited as the worst cover of all time, rivaling their previous cover of ‘Faith’ by George Michael.

Limp Bizkit proved themselves to be a very hit or miss kind of band, but the unanimous consensus on this album is a total miss.

29 Music from the Elder - Kiss

Another Kiss album to appear on this list, and for good reason. Sure, Monster sounds like rejected tracks from Sonic Boom, but the Elder is the poster child for bad Kiss albums.

A concept album, this early 80s monstrosity tries to cash in on a market made popular by Rush’s 2112 and the Who’s Tommy. Following an unnamed protagonist simply known as “the boy”, it follows his discovery by a group called “the Elder” and his training to become a hero to save the world. The album concludes with him leaving to save the world… but from what? It’s never said. Ever!

After Kiss’s MTV: Unplugged session in 1996, where they played ‘a World Without Heroes’ (the only of two tracks worth listening to, alongside ‘Dark Light’, from the album), they never touched a song from the album again.

Now for some fun facts about the Elder!
1: This would be the last album Ace Frehley would sing on for Kiss, until 1998’s Psycho Circus. He departed the band on ...more

30 Hold Your Fire - Rush

Oh, Rush, what happened?

In 1987, they decided to up the poppiness of their music. Already having alienated earlier fans with their new synth-driven sound at the beginning of the 80’s, it still worked out, having made their most popular song, Tom Sawyer, with 1981’s ‘Moving Pictures’. However, Hold Your Fire has less harder guitar sounds, and a bass sound that sounded like a rubber band-tissue box guitar with a toilet paper roll (you know, those things we made in music class in Kindergarten…). Neil’s drumming and Geddy’s vocals were on point (as usual), but everything else seemed more like a toned-down Journey than Rush.

The most infamous track ‘Tai Shan’, has even need decried by both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson as being a ‘Neil only’ project, based on his trip to China.

However, despite this, it’s still ‘Test For Echo’ from 1996 that still gets the ire of fans today. In fact, Rush has even ignored Test For Echo in favor of Hold Your ...more

31 St. Anger - Metallica

Do you think God stays in heaven because he lives in fear what he created? Well, if I was with Metallica, I would’ve stayed in the studio in fear of what I had created.

Metallica was already on thin ice with fans after going mainstream with the Black Album, Load, and Re-Load. They became even more hated in 2000 when they, lead by drummer Lars Ulrich, sued peer-to-peer file sharing site Napster when a leaked, unfinished version of their song ‘I Disappear’ from the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack was found on the site.

Finally, there was St. Anger. In an attempt to make them sound like garage rock, they toned back on the solos and went with a (now infamous) snare drum lead sound.

The whole album was lyrically weak, uninspired, and extremely annoying. By this point, it seemed like Metallica had lost it.

In fact, on a YouTube channel called Rocked, the host went into a joke conspiracy theory that Metallica knew St. Anger sucked and only went after ...more

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