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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

248 comments sorted by best / new / date

    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.
    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.
    Random9000
    Would Money technically not count since the solo / jam section live is in 4/4?
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Bigmouth93
    The thing about Lulu is it's not really aimed at Metallica fans, but because they were on it every Metallca fan went "What the **** is this?" Now, it's not a great album, but worst rock album of all time? I really wouldn't have thought so.
    Izzy-Sweet
    Agreed. I don't like LuLu, but as you said, it wasn't intended for Metallica fans so much as it was Lou Reed fans.
    sklaiss24
    Lulu's concept alone should keep it off this list. I don't think they pulled it off, but I do like the concept. And like you said, it isn't intended for Metallica fans per se. I think it's awesome to see one of the most popular bands in history, 30+ years into their careers, still trying to push music in a positive direction.
    thebigredjj10
    It's also not meant to be a rock record. So judging it by standard rock standards is silly.
    Maiden95
    It's not as bad as people make it out to be (especially those who never listened to it in the first place). Really though, give it a thorough listen, there is some good stuff on it.
    CrashLove
    Save Rock and Roll had some decent stuff on it. It wasn't exactly good, but certainly not one of the worst albums of all time.
    victor2697
    i thought Save Rock and Roll was a decent album from Fall Out Boy. Their sound changes with their albums. While Save Rock and Roll is nothing like From Under the Cork Tree, i still think it's a decent album that i could listen to.
    jessejames36
    Agreed. Alone Together is pretty darn catchy and the title track with Elton, while cheesy, ain't too shabby.
    bangbang!!
    I love Fall Out Boy. I've been a huge fan for 10 years now. I was stoked out of my mind about Save Rock and Roll. And it will always be on of the biggest disappointments of my life.
    bangbang!!
    I love Fall Out Boy. I've been a huge fan for 10 years now. I was stoked out of my mind about Save Rock and Roll. And it will always be on of the biggest disappointments of my life.
    SocksAndTrees
    At first, I was too, i was expecting another IOH, with heavy guitar riffs, a few solos, etc, and at first I was pissed, but listen to it from a different stand-point, if you go expecting rock music, you'll be upset, but if you're looking for pop music, it's a pretty solid record.
    jessejames36
    If you imagine more guitars on the record as you listen to it, it becomes a lot more enjoyable, haha
    bangbang!!
    It also helped imagining that Courtney Love wasn't ruining an otherwise tolerable song. Though, to be honest, the title track is still okay. But the rest of the album was cringe-worthy.
    dillyddizzle
    I loved the new fall out boy record, yeah its not as good as their old ones, but i still love it.
    Dalamander
    Considering that every album on this list blows, I would say its a solid list haha
    codyjt5150
    Title of the page is top 10 worst rock albums. #1 album Metallica and Lou Reed. First words of the caption, "worst metal album". People are retarded. But this is a solid list. I never wanted to hear Bon Jovi's new album and it is way worse than I thought it was. They're the next Def Leppard (in a bad, hard rock turned pop/country kinda way).
    Unf
    I see UG brought a pretty decent list to the TABLE.
    rduffy1126
    This was my first time listening to this Lil Wayne rock stuff, and it is atrocious. I'm actually laughing out loud listening to it.
    malacyman
    Myself I like BVB. I can see why people don't like them. but really number 2? plus they aren't really even rock.
    iommi600
    Not a bad list... wait, or is it? My head hurts. Anyway, The Shaggs is also a pretty ****ing bad band. Deserved a mention as well.
    Random9000
    By making a good list of bad albums that makes the list good... But the albums are bad... But since they are bad they fit on a good list of bad albums... AAAAA
    MRoby
    Theres something interesting about the shaggs though. Better than the ones on this list anyways lol
    iommi600
    The only interesting thing about them, in my opinion, is that they just didn't give a crap about how bad they were, lol.
    redhotsexmagic
    until today I'd never heard a single note of Lulu and just figured everyone who said it was bad kind of overreacted and it couldn't be THAT bad. I Just listened to about 3 minutes of it and... HOLY SHIT THAT IS THE WORST SHIT I'VE EVER HEARD.
    Audiolife
    I guess if UG readers had said that Micheal Jacksons Bad was the worst rock album it would have made the list, even though it's not a rock album. I guess that explains why SRAR is on this list.
    thebigredjj10
    I didn't even think it was a bad album. I liked a few of the tracks. I normally don't like pop music but a few of FoB's songs are actually decent. I like the song The Phoenix.
    glennh855
    I gonna risk an internet mob and go out there and say; I actually liked Lulu....
    PatrickMarc
    I have been whole heartedly disgusted with BFMV. The Poison was so visceral, one of my favourite albums. And now we have Temper Temper.....what a shame.
    thebigredjj10
    I get bands wanting to change their sound and try new things, but why the hell did they have to start catering their sound to 12 year olds. When I heard the single I just shook my head. The whole thing was so cheesy (bad cheesy, not good cheesy)and immature.
    CWindow93
    Bracing myself for the torrent of downvotes I may get for this comment, BUT, I actually quite like Temper Temper and Set The World on Fire... and on that Limp Bizkit album, the only decent song worth listening to is Phenomenon
    Reevo
    Im with you there. I havent actually listened to the Limp Bizkit album so i cant comment on that, but i enjoy the majority of Temper Temper, its not a good Bullet album, but its very very far from the worst Rock Album, and Im a late adopter to BvB, ive listened to Set The World on Fire a ton, i feel a fair amount of the lyric are pretty cliche and certainly have more of an appeal to a lonely emo in their room (i used to be one) but overall its not a bad album. People have short memories and just like to go for the most popular and recent
    ][v][ETAL
    I actually liked Lulu. Everything except the spoken word by lou reed was pretty amazing.
    Validischofe
    Personally I think the main reason people react so harshly to Lulu is because of its infamy. It became a trend to hate that album, much in the same way it became a trend to hate Nickelback. It's really not bad enough to justify the strong negative reactions it receives. Still, Metallica will probably never live that one down, but hey, nobody's perfect. Metallica are still awesome in my opinion.
    myap0calypse99
    I did my own remix and master of Lulu and i find myself listening to it quite often. The original is way to elongated and annoying at times, but i cut and pasted the best parts of each song and its awesome.. also, its not surprising even after hearing my version would still hate it cause its not "dundudndudnajndlkjaskd THRASH METAL THRASH METAL SJDJHASKJHDASKHDASLHD" so i'm very understanding
    Rimfrost
    Dragon and Cheat On Me could have been awesome if they had been 6 minutes shorter. I will also admit that i kinda like Pmping Blood and The View.
    Vash_15
    I don't think Results May Vary should be there based purely on the fact that Eat You Alive was a decent song, and that's more than any of these other albums managed to have.
    Metallidethium
    I enjoy Fall Out Boy's Save Rock and Roll. It's not rock so much, despite it's namesake, as it is pop rock. Their album before this, Folie a Deux, is much, much worse and also closer to rock. I can't argue against some of the other choices, especially Lulu.
    Nishikigoi
    Metallica has the best and the worse albums.. That makes them an average band
    metaldalz
    Sure... The BIGGEST mediocre band EVER!! WTF???
    Nishikigoi
    Sorry if I hurt your feelings.. but of course I was joking
    Pete-V
    I don't really like Fall Out Boys old music anymore, but the new album is actually pretty interesting.
    rockerwannabe
    Hmmm... I never listed to Lulu before now. I think it's either the worst Metallica cd or the best thing Lou Reed ever did. Matter of perspective, I guess. Either way, I would never buy it.
    battenj1
    I don't think it's fair to put Shark Sandwich on the list - the "Sh*t Sandwich" review is merely a parody of the always negative reviews that Heavy Metal albums received at the time. Then again, the album did contain "Sex Farm", which is one of the weaker Tap songs.
    SlashFan810
    I'm not a big fan of Limp Biskit in any real way but Results May Vary was a quality album, I thought. Some good riffs mixed in with more thoughtful and melodic songwriting. It may be bad relative to fans' expectations of what kind of music Limp Biskit is supposed to make, but it's not a bad album at all. Some cringeworthy moments occasionally but hey, it's Limp Biskit.
    baspvn
    Limp Bizkit - Results May Vary is definitely not their best but its not that bad really... just because its limp bizkit they get nominated. Close minded people ughh...
    ThomasSambora
    I LOVE Bon Jovi, I'm one of their biggest fans, loved them my entire life, and I dont think What About Now should be number 6 on this list. It should be number 1, at least number 2 That album sucks so much ass it could be a gimp. I've always loved Bon Jovi but seriously, that latest "album" is an affront to music Nothing but boring, bland, lifeless, meaningless songs, there's no heart to it whatsoever. It's a world away from Richie Sambora's latest solo album Aftermath of the Lowdown which is actually pretty damn good
    Jehuty
    I will probably get a lot of hate for this, but I really don't think Results May Vary is that bad. There are quite a few tracks on there that I enjoy. It's not exactly a great album, but still enjoyable for me.
    Brands99
    i might get some hate for this, but I personally enjoyed Save Rock n Roll, wouldnt put it in the top 10 worst rock albums, and most people have only heard their songs on the radio... but Young Volcanoes, Save rock n roll and death valley were all good songs!
    .:!j.man!:.
    That limp bizkit albums my favourite of theres. The songs are so melodic and relaxing... I don't know how anyone can really have a problem with that one. Even the lyrics arnt as bad which is what a lot of people seem to have a problem with.
    Iplaymusik
    My theory: (these are not my opinions) 1) "behind blue eyes" cover on the album. 2) LB didn't have the cred to do that 3) 1 + 2 = it must suck 4) because it sucked the album sucks I love results may vary.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    listen to Three Dollar Bill, Y'all and Reasonable Doubt it's so much better than Results, that album is god aweful, pretty much everything from Chocolate Starfish on, after Fred became douchasaurus rex is terrible.
    eternaldarkness
    also avenged sevenfold hail to the king should be up on that list
    The Tempest
    I really hope you're joking. It ain't groundbreaking sure, but it's a good solid album and they pulled off what they wanted to do well in my view. The real problem is the direct influence, Ie This Means War, Ie Sad But True mkII. Not stunning but no way worth a spot on this. Admittedly A7X are one of my favourite bands so I have quite a lot of bias there, but I'm sure I'm not the only one with this view.
    eternaldarkness
    no I'm not joking compared to what they have put out before even Nightmare was overall a 100% better album than hail to the king. The songs are just so boring to me on hail to the king. But everyone has their opinion.
    eternaldarkness
    no I'm not joking compared to what they have put out before even Nightmare was overall a 100% better album than hail to the king. The songs are just so boring to me on hail to the king. But everyone has their opinion.
    notaconotaco
    Songs for the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age
    JAHellraiser
    You must be deaf if you truly believe that.
    SGofawesome
    You know you ****ed up when your downvotes exceed that of the medal-winner's upvotes.
    death4077
    LOL Let the butthurt QOTSA fans flow in
    iommi600
    Does that mean they can... go with the flow? I'll just show myself out...
    vppark2
    No One Knows why he would say that.
    third(-)eye
    I hope he doesn't do it again.
    Basjo
    And the argument goes on and on ...like clockwork
    Way Cool JR.
    As much as I can't stand anything from QOTSA there's a hell of a-lot worse stuff out there.
    roddy.gadeberg
    die. go die in a burning inferno. i hope you fall on a sword. in some situation where you're walking down the street and a ****ing sword is sitting on the road, and you trip and just happen to fall on it and ****ing die!
    Noob_Brood
    If you have to think midway through saying someone is your best friend than you don't have any friends.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    I think Temper Temper gets too much of a bad rep yeah sure it's not the best album in the world and not as good as their first 3 but it's alright.
    Oborth
    save rock'n roll seriously?? temper temper? you're dead wrong dude
    BjarnedeGraaf
    What happened to the nickelback entry?
    Rajah
    And what entry was that? No-one actually named an album, they just bagged them. Most haters just hate to be cool and can't honestly say they've listened to their music. Bandwagon coming through.
    ericguitarfob09
    A band playing guitars and putting on a rock show hitting #1 is a good thing to me. Standards are low, but they're just as low for the rest of popular rock music. A lot of dinosaur acts sell, but contemporary rock hasn't caught up. In my opinion, any band trying to "Save Rock and Roll" and actually making an impact in this climate should be commended.