Top 10 Worst Rock Albums Ever

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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.

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    Everlong729
    Man, that Lil Wayne was so bad.. Never listened to it before for a reason
    Grarfield
    Can't they come up with better questions than "What is the worst..." etc. Something like the best guitar harmony band or the best odd time signature song? Stuff that's more interesting than simply what is the worst type questions. This could be an opportunity for people to discover good music that they don't know already.
    third(-)eye
    I really want to see a best odd time signature song list.
    Noob_Brood
    Here ya go, 10) Alice in Chains - Them Bones (7/8) 9) Pantera - I'm Broken (7/16) 8) Pink Floyd - Money (7/4) 7) Nine Inch Nails - March of the Pigs (7/8) 6) Tool - Schism (6.5/8) 5) Soundgarden - Outshined (7/4) 4) Radiohead - 2+2=5 (7/8) 3) King Crimson - Starless (13/8) 2) Mastodon - Wolf is Loose (??? I can't figure it out TBH). 1) Meshuggaah - Bleed (23/16, 19/16, 17/8 & others)
    DWAUME
    Soundgarden is ****ing great with time signatures. My Wave sounds catchy in 5/whatever, Black Rain sounds smooth in 9/whatever. So many bands, when playing in an odd signature, seem to be playing a 4/4 riff and then stop a couple notes early, but Soundgarden make it flow naturally.
    peachesenregali
    Probably because they had no idea what time signature they were playing in. Apparently they just went with it and fluked some odd meter riffs.
    MaggaraMarine
    And IMO that's how you should write songs. Not just choose a time signature and write a song in that but more like let the music write itself. If it's in an odd time signature, good and if it's not, good. Odd time signatures for the sake of odd time signatures sucks. If you don't overthink and things happen naturally, it also sounds a lot more natural and has more flow.
    osiris12
    Don't forget Voices by Dream Theater. Pretty sure the opening riff is in 9/8
    stereosmiles
    Hell's Kitchen is a great example. I've never had the patience to figure it out, but I'm sure the whole thing evolves as the song progresses. And as a token hardcore kid, I have to volunterr Hoover's Electrolux, 9/8 all the way though, and the song that switched me on to odd signatures. Thanks guys, you owe me my friends back.
    MaXiMuse
    Mastodon Wolf is Loose is in 4/4 and a 7/8-riff. Aren't you confused with the outro Sleeping Giant? That's a tricky one. And as said before Bleed is in 4/4, but I get what you mean.
    Noob_Brood
    I was debating on whether or not to put Wolf is Loose or Sleeping Giant, but I chose Wolf is Loose just simply because it is a better song (in my opinion) with an odd measure as apposed to Sleeping Giant which is a good song, don't get me wrong, but I honestly thought Wolf is Loose sounded much much trickier than 4/4 with a 7/8 riff. I could have gone with either one honestly.
    Random9000
    Would Money technically not count since the solo / jam section live is in 4/4?
    LysanderSpoon
    Sigur Ros' Gobbledigook deserves a mention, just for having percussion playing 2/2, vocals in 4/4, and guitar in 7/4 at the same time.
    clegtr
    Yeah, anything by Dave Brubeck. Jazz is often completely forgotten on this website
    Iplaymusik
    The Test That Stumped Them All -- 7/4 Pyramid Song...I forget and don't want to hurt myself.
    Noob_Brood
    Pyramid Song was titled off it's time signature. 4 measures of 3/4, and 1 measure of 4/4. A pyramid has 4 faces with 3 sides and 1 face at it's base has 4 sides, giving Radiohead the inspiration for the interesting song name and time signature.
    Legendary_Inc
    Tool - Jambi. Hurts my tiny brain to count.
    Noob_Brood
    A 9/8 meter is used in the song. Unlike a traditional 9/8 signature, which is divided into 3 triplets, the main riff of "Jambi" is broken into 4/8 and 5/8. Here is a Tylenol.
    third(-)eye
    Schism is definitely the weirdest Tool song time signature-wise. The main riff alone is played in 12/8, 13/8, and 14/8 in different parts of the song.
    Noob_Brood
    I think it is also. Right in Two ranks up there too, but Schism takes the cake.
    third(-)eye
    Actually, Right in Two is in 11 pretty much the whole time if you count it out.
    Noob_Brood
    True, it is a very slow 11/8, but it is subdivided into three 3/8 measures and a single 2/8. There are 3 sets of the same rhythm in 3, followed by one set in 2 - three times a dotted quarter is followed by three eighths, and is followed by one measure of 2 quarter notes. This last bar of two is where Maynard's "right in two", where the word two lands on 1, starting the cycle over. Point is, there is more things within the song other than the signature (which is almost unbalanced), that make it really unusual for a Tool song...and that says a lot, because they are a gnarly band.
    third(-)eye
    Yeah, it changes the rhythmic phrasing a lot, but it all comes out to 11. Pretty awesome.
    Jimjambanx
    I'd like to see a "best (insert country) bands" I'd be a great way to shed some light on foreign bands, we could have best German band, best Japanese band, best Swedish band, best Aussie band, best UK band etc. This way we won't have metallica being in the top spot every week.
    Maniac1075
    Do you mean a top 10, or who is the best? If the later, no doubt AC/DC is the #1 Australian band.
    Noob_Brood
    Australia has a great list of bands to come out of that country for sure (AC/DC, Wolfmother, The Mark of Cain, Silverchair, Alchemist, Mortification, ect.) Very underrated music scene happening down under. But, I would be surprised if AC/DC didn't top that list in all seriousness.
    everythingevil3
    I just want to give an Honorable Mention to Nickelback, for not even having a specific album named, but still garnering what a huge number of votes
    TJWhonley
    Everybody who hates Nickelback needs to listen to the 'All the right reasons' album. sure there's some crap acoustic songs on there, but it's a decent rock album (just my opinion, but seriously, listen to it)
    DWAUME
    This right here. I loved it as a teenager, hated it when I started getting into metal, and now I like it again now that I've given it a chance. It's not great, but it's good.
    Metallidethium
    Silver Side Up and The Long Road were pretty good albums. I didn't care for All The Right Reasons and cite that as the album where they started to go downhill fast.
    third(-)eye
    It should have been Dark Horse, that's the iceberg in the ocean of shit.
    codyjt5150
    Dark Horse was probably the better out of all the albums they've made. All the Right Reasons was absolute garbage though.
    phds
    Which goes to show how hating Nickelback has become a bandwagon.
    CreedenceTool
    "Which goes to show how hating Nickelback has become a bandwagon." ...Or people just realize how boring and cheesy that band is.
    The_Dayman
    Hating on something that's commonly hated doesn't automatically mean jumping on a bandwagon. Maybe there's a reason they get so much hate.
    Firehawk2410
    I can't disagree with this list at all. Good job UG. Still think "The Elder" by KISS deserves an honorable mention. Sure enough, Lou Reed worked on that one too.
    EpsilonX
    Save Rock N Roll and Set The World on Fire aren't that bad. You can easily find MUCH worse.
    TheMattGusta
    Save Rock And Roll shouldn't even be on the list. It's a good album, but just isn't rock music. The title is very misleading and is the probably the biggest reason why that album's even on here.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Other than Lou's solo stuff (and his early work), I've never heard of anything good by him.
    buddy1991
    Velvet underground was amazing. I haven't listened to anything else by him other than his first solo cd.
    seance
    Lou Reed (and the Velvet Underground) from 1967-1973 was some the best, most original and innovative music at the time.
    HitmanJenkins
    Velvet Underground is amazing and all of his early solo stuff as well, but after Metal Machine Music he slowly descended into madness.