Top 10 Most Overrated Albums

So here's what UG community considers overrated.

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This week we asked you guys to name the most overrated album in the rock realm. The question stirred up quite an argument and the biggest number of downvotes we've seen in a while, but somehow, we managed to round up the Top 10. Check out the final result below.

10. Muse - 'The Resistance'

Released in 2009, Muse's "The Resistance" sold almost half a million copies in the first week, bringing the band massive stardom. However, the praises from fans and critics might a bit unfounded, earning the record an opening spot on the list.

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9. Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Stadium Arcadium'

Clocking in at over two hours, RHCP's "Stadium Arcadium" has a tad too much filler in the eyes of UG to be considered the ultimate classic.

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8. Coldplay - 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'

Coldplay's sophomore effort got listed among 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone after selling 15 million copies around the globe with hit singles like "In My Place" or "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face." Should the sale figures be lower, or "A Rush of Blood to the Head" is really as good as they say?

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7. Kanye West - 'Yeezus'

Taking a slight hip-hop detour here - Kanye's latest effort, Rick Rubin-produced "Yeezus" came with high expectations. It's getting massive praises, as well as a bashing or two on the side.

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6. Slayer - 'Reign in Blood'

Commonly dubbed one of the greatest metal albums ever, Slayer's "Reign in Blood" is like a Bible to some fans. It features all-time classics like "Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood," but also some less-known tunes. Filler or gems?

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5. Any Radiohead Album

Radiohead counts as one of the more popular bands on UG, but Thom Yorke and co. still found their spot on the list not with a specific record, but their entire discography.

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4. Any KISS Album

Similarly to Radiohead, KISS are represented with their entire opus. Whether it's "Destroyer" or "Monster," the band's just getting too much attention with the gimmicky approach.

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3. Avenged Sevenfold - 'Hail to the King'

As an album that got quite a lot of attention from the metal world in recent months, for better or worse, Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail to the King" seems to have fetched more bashings than praises from UG.

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2. Nirvana - 'Nevermind'

Often dubbed an album that shaped a generation, Nirvana's "Nevermind" is still getting praises and attention from fans around the globe. But is it too much?

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1. Any Oasis Album

Finally, Gallagher brothers take the crown as kings of overrated. And they do it in style, not with a single album, but each and every one of them.

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    Stadium Arcadium is far from being overrated. In fact, its quite underrated compared to Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magick or By The Way.
    THIS!!! BSSM is THE most overrated RHCP album!! But, to be fair and completely honest, Stadium Arcadium sucks BIG TIME!!
    You might find it overrated, but you can't deny that there's a reason it's so overrated. I own the physical RHCP discog. and must say that there's really no album I truly love more than BSSM. That album is hella sweet!
    AGREED! If you grew up liking the chili peppers and was there from the beginning, like I was. You, of course, seen progression with every album. But when BSSM came out, it was like a kick in the face. It literaly was like a sonic boom. Every little thing on BSSM is amazing, and the chili peppers best album.
    But then again, this list was doomed from the beginning. Obvious trollbait.
    wats trollbait? r people wit oponions trols?
    See, when i saw your first reply further up the page, i thought you were typing like that as a joke, but god, you are not.
    It was kind of funny the first time, but sadly the funnny's gone... =/
    Idk, I kind of like this retarded humor. Then again, I'm constantly surrounded by it and won't be able to get away from it for about two more years so I've learned to laugh at it.
    Eh, pretty poor list overall. Not a very good question to begin with though.
    Yeah and do people really expect to get an accurate list from asking the public? There's so much bias: 'That's not metal', 'You need to listen to true metal', 'that band is sh*t', etc. without actually considering the music elements. Just boiled down to popularity, or in this, unpopularity. The band with the most fans/haters will dominate polls, as we've seen before.
    Ah well this list was doomed from the beginning. at least it isn't as bad as it could have been.
    I'm surprised to see Stadium Arcadium on here. I've never heard anyone outside of RHCP superfans circles say they like it.
    Stadium Arcadium is one of my favorite RHCP albums ever along with Californication. Of course I like the early stuff too but these are definitely not 2 good songs and the rest filler albums.
    Problem is mostly with how the comments section work, you throw your suggestion in as quick as possible and it jumps up. TBH I can't say I personally know anyone who loves this album, they all point at Californication or Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    "5. Any Radiohead Album" "1. Any Oasis Album" Oh, get ****ed, UG community.
    Seriously, the "#5 album" makes me never want to read **** posts and lists like this again. Radiohead is beyond underrated, they're defined by "Creep" to the average person because some radio stations play it once a week. They're so much more than the single off their self titled album, especially before they found their true sound after The Bends and again with after In Rainbows. They've been the most unique Alt Rock band since the 90's, new bands still try to copy their sound but always fall short. Their albums not just ambient noise, their chord structures and instrumentation are complex and they always have a central theme for each album. Modern alt rock and experimental bands just make stuff that sounds cool and it gets marketed as "artsy" and "transcendental" when it's really just three bearded guys hammering out I-V-vi-IV progressions on a Moog and maybe a banjo/mandolin feature. Bottom line, Radiohead is untouchable even if their production is dwindling down (okay, maybe their hiatus is indefinite but I'm not ready to face it). I'm not surprised though, the UG community dislikes everything that isn't Lemmy or Dave Mustaine.
    I agree with you, however: 1) They don't have a self-titled album - Creep came off their debut "Pablo Honey" 2) Their production isn't dwindling down - Ever since they finished their 6-album contract with EMI they've decided to go with the flow instead of rushing through on stuff. That change was fortunate, as In Rainbows would had sounded completely different had it been released just a year earlier. 3) Not even the UG-community likes Dave Mustaine - At least not when he isn't playing, and even when he does it's not nessecarily an escape from his slightly... "Unique" views...
    Honestly I'd say Radiohead are one of the bands I think are rated accurately. They're not very radio friendly to be played all over the airwaves, but every album they release is a big deal to music fans casual and extreme. Their work is universally praised, they are still popular having been on the Grammys, headlining festivals, and selling out arenas around the world. Hell, if you mention you like Radiohead in a music discussion of any sort you're maybe 90% certain to get approval.
    Agree whole heartedly... 1) That's a serious lack of imagination and answers their "Most overrated bands" question, rather than "Albums"... (You hate them, but you can't think of why???) 2) Nearly all of the "Top ten best rock/Metal albums" lists from here in the past actually feature the 'top ten overrated albums'... Apparently people who like Guitar-web forums don't understand irony...
    Personally I find Oasis pretty dull so I can see what people mean on that count, but I can certainly see a strong case for say, The Number of the Beast or Master of Puppets being on here. Having been through the Maiden phase myself, though, I understand exactly why they aren't...
    Right!? "Any Radiohead album." Is that a joke? Radiohead is one of the most important and influential bands of the last twenty years! They've released massive albums like "OK Computer" "Kid A" "The Bends" "In Rainbows"... You could seriously name any one of them! Sure, maybe it won't reflect on the UG community, but there is a musical world outside of metal...
    I think this is part of the reason why they made it onto the list. In my experience a lot of Radiohead fans regard them as the only significant band to emerge in the last few decades. Sure they're great, but hyping them up to the point of discrediting every other band in existence is only going to create a backlash from lesser fans.
    sadly, for some coldplay and radiohead are the same thing musically speaking ...
    Bad Kharmel
    yeah those who aren't British and are tired of the suck that is britpop
    If you ask me, UK has an awesome musical scene. Also, Radiohead britpop? I'm afraid not mate.
    I voted "every Radiohead album after OK Computer"
    God damn it, don't make me spam post-Computer Radiohead Youtube links again. Please don't.
    The two albums before OK Computer were standard pop rock with some nice high points (mostly on The Bends). OKC was where things really started to get interesting.
    Bad Kharmel
    nope, every radiohead album is the only acceptable answer, this list is actually just "how many overrated British bands are there" and since the majority of English speakers in the world are American and we thought radiohead,oasis, and blur all sucked giant monkey dick, this list reflects it, (ie British, I like radiohead after OK Computer; American, who are Radiohead?; aren't they that crap one-hit wonder from the 90's that sang the nonsense that was Wonderwall, I mean really, this girl is a superhero wall?, what's next, the Amazing Window? or the Incredible Chair?
    If Americans allegedly think that Radiohead is a "crap one-hit wonder" band, then why have they been headlining American festivals for the last decade, when Creep is played maybe once every couple of years? Creep doesn't even scratch the surface on reflecting everything that this band has done.
    stadium arcadium?! that album is incredible! no way in hell is it overrated!
    Stadium Arcadium is actually my personal favorite Chili Peppers album. Yeah, it's got a lot of songs, but they're all decent at their worst. It's also got a bunch of really great songs that I NEVER hear on the radio, like "Slow Cheetah", "Torture Me", "Death Of A Martian" "Especially In Michigan", "Desecration Smile", and my favorite Chili Peppers song "Animal Bar". I saw the voting on Wednesday, and I didn't think that Stadium was actually going to make the list. It's a bit of a disappointment, really.
    Agreed. Stadium Arcadium is a masterpiece, all the way through. All 28 tracks. Plus, if you look around online, there's a pile of like a dozen or so extra songs that didn't make it on the album, and they're also amazing. Some of them even better than tracks that did make it.
    Stadium Aracdium was basically my bible to Guitar playing. Those solos, man they're not too difficult but they taught me so much. I find it funny that a Guitar website calls one of my personal favorite "Guitar" albums over rated. List needs Dark side of the moon.
    I'm with ya, it hurts to see one of your favorite albums on an overrated list. Loved Stadium Arcadium, the guitar work is phenomenal
    I literally picked up playing guitar because of Stadium Arcadium, the whole album and even the b-sides are just so f***ing beautiful.
    No other RHCP album tops Blood Sugar Sex Magic, in my opinion. The band was kicking on all cylinders when they made that album. The guitar and bass tracks are out of this world on B.S.S.M.
    Californication man. I struggle to think of a song from that album that wasn't awesome.
    first CD i ever bought was Californication, there isn't a single song on that album i press skip on, even 15 years later
    To be honest, I absolutely get the criticisms, and I can see why they're raised - I just disagree. I think it was a solid album throughout, but it's true it would be easier to see it as an even better album if only the standout tracks had been included.
    I agree with your criticism of the album but this is where this list fails. Stadium Arcadium as well as many of the albums on this list were never thought to be classics in the first place. You can't be overrated if you aren't on a pedestal to begin with.
    I know right? If I was to pick an over rated RHCP album it would have to be Californication (even though that album contains some of my fav tracks by them. Stadium Arcadium Disc 1 is one of the best things I have ever heard in my life (disc 2 has a great start, but gets slaughtered by some filler towards the end.)
    If they condensed it to one disc it would've been great
    Too many standout tracks for one disc. Not a perfect double album, but not a filler filled one either. Way superior to blood sugar sex magic. And on another note, LULU should be on this list, because there is no way in Hell anyone can really believe it is a decent album. Metallica and Reid overrated their own work.
    except LULU was never praised, it was panned by everyone from the get go
    You missed my point. Metallica and Reid praised it. Their opinion alone makes it worthy of an overrated nod.
    Metallica has already admitted that Lulu was a failure. But even besides that, Lulu was a Lou Reed album featuring Metallica. So stop b*tching about it. It shouldn't even be in their discography in my opinion.
    Yes, because a band liking their own work makes an album one of the top ten most overrated albums ever... really? Top ten most overrated albums should go to things like Sgt. Pepper's, Dark Side of the Moon, etc. I'm not saying those albums are overrated, I'm just saying that they are very highly praised to the point where there's a much greater chance of it being overrated. Very popular, very praised, and considered very important, are the albums that are going to be overrated. None of these things describe Lulu.
    It is not way superior to BSSM. That was an honest undertaking and a piece of beauty. Stadium Arcadium felt like "OK what sort of song should we put on the album next?" There are some great moments on it, enough for a brilliant single album, but overall it's their weakest album.
    Satdium Arcadium is actually my personal favorite Chili Peppers album. Yeah, it's got a lot of songs, but they're all decent at their worst. It's also got a bunch of really great songs that I NEVER hear on the radio, like "Slow Cheetah", "Torture Me", "Death Of A Martian" "Especially In Michigan", "Desecration SMile", and my favorite Chili Peppers song "Animal Bar". I saw the voting on Wednesday, and I didn't think that Stadium was actually going to make the list. It's a bit of a disappointment, really.
    I don't usually jump on the "Worst wednesday question ever" bandwagon, but for once, with the utmost sincerity: This is quite possibly the worst list I've seen in my life. There is no consistancy, no argumentation, and to top it all off, almost no actually overrated albums. Exactly as Iommi600 has written, this list was doomed from the beginning, with people wailing and raging against artists more than albums most of the time. The entire comment section of that question was a shithole crafted from the fiery anus of satan himself, devouring truckloads of chipotle. The lines between irony, ignorance, sarcasm, and stupidity were blurred far beyond the point where they were no longer distinguishable, and furthermore hivemind mentality took over, which meant that actually overrated albums resulted in a massive angry response from the fanbases. If you want to find the proper nominations in that thread, look no further than for the massively downvoted people - But if you're having a nice or great day, I wouldn't recommend going into there, since it might ruin it slightly. This list, and the thread that it was born from was an absolute disaster. /rant
    Opinions aside, this list sucks. Listing a whole discography as an "album" is a cop-out. And how can The Resistance be overrated if it's one of Muse's two most loathed albums?
    Resistance isn't overrated at all to begin with, since it doesn't make a consensus between fan. Most of them consider that record as an "ok" one, far away from Muse's previous work.
    True. How can an album that is universally panned as "alright" be overrated? If they said something like "Absolution" or "Black Holes" then maybe there would be something to work with, but I don't know too many Muse fans who would put "The Resistance" near the top of their list... or at least fans that existed before that album hah.
    I absolutely agree with your comments on TR - when I opened the article I was curious whether it'd be Absolution or OoS I saw on the list - not the album which most fans wish would disappear?
    I'm in no way a Coldplay fan, but Rush Of Blood To The Head is a very good album. Also, Stadium Arcadium is decent.
    Not many groups of the time were directly using bands like Echo and the Bunnymen and George Harrison as influences. The band did what needed to be done for them to thrive, they reinvented their sound for their second record. Rush of Blood sounds like a different band than Parachutes. It's a lot darker, more mature, more fearful, and more focused. But also less accessible. I'd say X&Y, albeit being my favorite Coldplay album, would be more overrated as it went the opposite direction and became more pop and accessible, which isn't bad as any multi-million dollar band will tell you.
    Seems to be a fair list because these albums seem to polarize possible fans opposed to appeal to all. Hail the King surprises me because who the hell on this site even rated it high to begin with?
    I'm sorry, but this is't most overhyped BAND, it's most overhyped ALBUM, and Radiohead's THE BENDS and Oasis' DEFINITELY MAYBE have NO BUSINESS BEING ANYWHERE on this list. Same with RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD - Coldplay made their name off "Yellow" from the first album, but THIS album is what made people realize they were more than one-hit wonders.
    That's ridiculous. I noticed earlier that people on this website hear only guitar, especially when it is guitar in metal. You don't listen to the music and that's fu**ing sad. "Stadium Arcadium"? "A Rush..."? Radiohead? "Nevermind?!! Oasis?! I know that guitarists in those bands don't play fastest solos, don't use tapping, don't play metal riffs, don't shred. They write music. They write songs. They compose. And it doesn't matter if songs has 4 chords or 34 chords. You nominated fantastic albums with great, melodic songs. I'm really disappointed. Appreciate talents that make music. Music is melody. Not fastest solos and metal riffs.
    this list sucks. you guys haven't even been trying lately. 3 any albums picks? LAME!!
    Essentially what this person is saying is that anything popular is overrated. Stay tuned for next week's article by this guy on soda. #1. COCA COLA - This soft drink brand pulls in $47 Billion dollars each year in sales and has the most recognizable logo in the world. Shouldn't they just stop at this point?
    An utterly bizarre list. Oasis produced two absolute masterpieces in Definitely Maybe and Whats the Story. Their other 5 albums have the great and the bad all on one disc but they're undoubted the biggest British/Irish band of the last 25/30 years and pretty much defined British guitar music since then. On another note why aren't U2 on this list?? they're one of the most over rated bands around and Bono is an absolute tosser that most people can't stand (and i live around the corner from where he was brought up)
    I agree with roughly half of this list. I thought The Bends from Radiohead, A Rush of Blood to the Head and Definitely Maybe and What's the Story Morning Glory from Oasis were all great albums.
    I think UG need to learn the difference between overrated and disliked by metal elitists
    Metal elitists? Did you see the previous week's question results? It doesn't look to me like this site's userbase is made even in 30% of metalheads (not to mention metal elitists).
    I know it's cool to hate KISS and all especially after all the RARHOF bullshit but Destroyer is a very good/classic album and certainly shouldn't be disregarded due to people's personal opinions of the modern-day KISS/Gene Simmons. Similarly, Love Gun and their debut album are also up there and I would go as far as arguing likewise for Sonic Boom, but that's just me. I can understand not everyone will agree.
    I'd say Slayers best album is "South of Heaven." But it's just my favorite of theirs, so what do I know.
    Saying Reign in Blood is overrated is just being ignorant. That album, on its own, is already some of the best thrash there is available, but when you consider the time it was released in and the buttons it pushed at said time, its value just grows exponencially. Im not saying its the best album ever, but it certainly opened too many doors and has too much individual value to be considered overrated, expecially when lumped together with the rest of this list.
    Dave Lambardo created the double bass craze with this album. Postmortem feeding into Raining Blood is a great 5 minutes of trash. That five minutes alone makes the album legit.
    Yea I aggree. Also, it was one of the first, if not the first thrash album stepping away from that reverb-y production. This album's sound is so much more in your face than everything else being made at the time.
    There's nothing wrong with making a list like this, but you have to say *why* the ****ing albums are allegedly overrated. It's easy as pie to get clicks and raise ire by picking entries people love and saying they aren't very good; but it's hollow and ridiculous to not actually say what's wrong with them or why they deserve criticism. "Muse's "The Resistance" was a super popular album...but don't you think it's a little overrated? #10!" "Nirvana's Nevermind allegedly shaped a generation of listeners...but don't you think it's a little overrated?" "KISS, Radiohead, Coldplay and all the bands you might like! But don't you think their most famous albums might be a little overrated?" Jesus tapdancing Christ. How does one write words that actually express absolutely no real thoughts? That's a talent.
    I think everyone needs to realize that an overrated album can still be a good album. All that we are saying is that it isn't the "album sent from heaven" that people describe it as. That being said, Nevermind should not be on here. The cultural impact that it had and continues to have cannot be overstated.
    I agree. I think we'd all be scratching our heads if Nevermind didn't do what it did. It's one of the most solid and musically memorable albums out there. ..but maybe people like us are the reason why it's considered overrated...oh well, it's still a great album.
    Radiohead ?? i cant realize why there is so much hate recently on radiohead . at least name album not all the works and songs they maid . its awful |
    > at least name album not all the works and songs they maid. Excuse me?
    How about Metallica's Black Album? As far as a metal album, it's overrated. The definition of overrated is clearly blurred with some selections. I didn't know Stadium Arcadium was really thought of that highly.
    if it ain't some shredding metal shit it's overrated by UG community standards
    If any I think that all of Radiohead's recent albums are being overlook. But that's just my opinion.
    Radiohead? Radiohead?I mean, Radiohead?You know, the band Radiohead...Seriously? Radiohead?Radiohead?RADIOHEAD?????
    I hear that Creep is their best song by far. No other songs compare to it. lol jk
    Bad Kharmel
    you sir are either British or know nothing of music, lol I forgot they were the same
    how wrong you are once you realize that the majority of bands that are called "the greatest band ever" (ie. Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Queen, The Who, Genesis, The Police, etc.) are all British.
    I learned that my top 10 favorite bands are all either American or Canadian. Since it's all opinion I can totally disregard your comment and not even be wrong about anything. I'm not saying British bands suck or anything, but I really think the most important musical steps taken by musicians all happened in America, Canada, and Germany.
    enlighten us on what important musical steps happened in Canada and Germany. America I can understand, because of the blues, jazz, country/bluegrass, and early rock n roll like elvis and chuck berry.
    Sometimes I think the UG community needs to climb out of its own arse
    i thought anthraxs worship music was really overrated. average riffs and joey belladonnas voice is shot, yet everyone loved it and critics hailed it as amazing
    I agree with all of them except Radiohead. Radiohead are not overrated. They are pioneers.
    Though you may be right, it's comments like this that probably got them on this list in the first place.
    Well as soon as you start using the word "pioneer" to describe ANY band, there will always be people who will respond that they're overrated.
    FUCKED UP LIST!!!! One of the worst lists i have come across at UG.....
    Since we're allowing "Anything by...", we need "Anything by Anthrax after Among The Living" on this list. VASTLY overrated; I was 16 in 1985 and even back then, it was Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus, Testament, and...oh yeah, Anthrax. I always felt that the only reason they were included was so the East Coast wouldn't feel left out. Cheesy riffs, the whole "Not" fiasco, and the fact that every single disc after Among The Living was terrible. Scott Ian keeps trying to keep them relevant with 50 lineup changes, and they have to tour the country on a bus playing ATL in its entirety just to get people to come out. Just stop.
    Bad Kharmel
    I'll give you that Anthrax has always stuck out as the glam band that wanted to be thrash
    But Anthrax can really only be overrated to the metal community. They're largely underrated (if even noticed) by the general rock community.
    Second Rate
    I've never been able to take Anthrax too seriously because when i was coming up, they were putting out alt/groove metal trash like Sound of White Noise, Stomp 442, and Volume 8: The Threat is Real. I've met very few metal fans in my lifetime who legitimately enjoy the music of Anthrax. They seem like they were a group that got lucky because they were in the right place at the right time. So many other thrash bands were getting scooped up by major labels, Island didn't wanna get left out of the game, saw Anthrax and said "ehhh, what the hell... let's take these guys." You could just as easily rotate them out of the "big four" and replace them with Testament, Exodus, Overkill, or Death Angel and I don't think anyone would notice.