The worst rock albums are sometimes the most famous records of all.
This week we asked voters to nominate the worst rock albums ever recorded. There's plenty of bad music in the world, but we wanted the very worst that you've ever heard in the rock genre.
Usually this is where we say you did't disappoint, but honestly, these albums could make a man lose faith in rock music. But stick with us; this list will make you appreciate your good music more than ever.
Enjoy! Or rather, "good luck!"
10. Geoff Tate's Queensryche "Frequency Unknown"
We all know the story by now: Queensryche singer gets booted from the band he fronted for decades, then presses ahead under the same band name and rushes an album out to lay claim to the brand. It isn't well received, and ends up being remixed within a week of release. Geoff is currently renegotiating the name with the band. It's amazing that anyone wants the name, after their recent toxic history.
9. Spinal Tap "Shark Sandwich"
This fictional entry is based on the Tap's famous worst album. The two word review in this clip from their ever-present rock comedy sums it up neatly.
8. Limp Bizkit "Results May Vary"
When Wes Borland departed from the band in 2001, Limp Bizkit ended up recording an album with Snot guitarist Mike Smith. It didn't work out, and the album was scrapped for another, with Fred Durst taking the creative lead. But that didn't work out either, and the pressure to release a record led to this Frankenstein monster which was pieced together from their various failed recording sessions. It is rated the fifth-worst album of all time on Metacritic.
7. Bullet for My Valentine "Temper Temper"
When a band like Bullet for My Valentine (who have a perfectly respectable catalogue to their fanbase) drop a bad album, it's even more shocking than predictably bad acts like Limp Bizkit. "Even the brighter musical moments struggle to get off the ground. It's a real shame," we said in our review at the time.
6. Bon Jovi "What About Now"
Jovi isn't to everyone's tastes, but even his die-hard fans had to question where the energy came from in this release from 2013. It's so predictable that there's little need to complete a song. Warning: if you hit play on this, be in a position where you can collapse and comfortably sleep for eight hours.
5. Fall Out Boy "Save Rock and Roll"
This album didn't fare too badly from critics, but the pitchfork-weilding voters this week say that it's a bad album. This author is indifferent - I mean honestly, who had heard it all the way through?
4. Infant Sorrow "African Child"
Russel Brand's alter-ego Aldous Snow appeared in "Get Him to the Greek" and before that "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" as the rocker with a conscionce. It's meant to sound bad - and succeeded.
3. Lil' Wayne "Rebirth"
This could be the most bizarre moment in both rock and hip-hop history. And that includes Vanilla Ice borrowing a Queen riff. This is when Lil' Wayne took his guitar hobby too seriously, and tried releasing a rock album. The result was a disaster, but strangely fascinating. It might not have won the worst album on votes, but from a technical perspective this is the worst rock album ever recorded.
2. Black Veil Brides "Set The World on Fire"
They say the name comes from people who hear the album and feel that burning everything down is better than letting the poor children of the world risk hearing it.
1. Metallica & Lou Reed "Lulu"
This album won "Worst Metal Album" last year too, so you KNOW it's bad. We really thought this would have a chance of breaking brew ground, but our optimism was crushed by Hetfield's "Table," with a drunken Lou Reed stamping upon it, ranting about art and noise. We await a day when "Lulu" doesn't rear her ugly head on this site again.
That's the end of our top 10 worst rock albums ever. Got a better nomination? Agree with the list? Let us know in the comments. Thank you, this has been horrible. Goodnight.