The worst album of every year since 2000, according to music critics

RCAJustin Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods.’

Each year in music, one album draws the ire of enough critics to be named the worst LP of the year.

Since the turn of the century, the review aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year’s most poorly received albums by assigning scores based on composite critical reception.

We selected the most critically panned album from each year, starting with 2000 (and including the worst of 2018 so far). The resulting list includes appearances from popular artists like Justin Timberlake, The Chainsmokers, and Lil Wayne.

Check out the worst album of each year in the new century so far:


2000: Enya — “A Day Without Rain”

Warner Music

Critic score: 41/100

User score: 8.5/10

What critics said: “Yanni is Tchaikovsky by comparison, Sarah McLachlan, Ella Fitzgerald. Like Master P or Michael Bolton only worse, she tests one’s faith in democracy itself.” – The Village Voice


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2001: Run-DMC — “Crown Royal”

Arista Records

Critic score: 43/100

User score: 4.3/10

What critics said: “The musical equivalent of Willie Mays stumbling around in the outfield years after his skills were gone, ‘Crown Royal’ fails in the most arbitrary, impersonal way possible.” –The AV Club


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2002: Phil Collins —  “Testify”

Atlantic

Critic score: 34/100

User score: 6.3/10

What critics said: “Middle-age is no excuse for such an unforgivably bland collection of over-emoted love songs.” – Q Magazine


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2003: Limp Bizkit —  “Results May Vary”

Interscope

Critic score: 33/100

User score: 4.1/10

What critics said: “Since the music has no melody, hooks, or energy, all attention is focused on the clown jumping up and down and screaming in front, and long before the record is over, you’re left wondering, how the hell did he ever get to put this mess out?” – AllMusic


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2004: Dirty Vegas — “One”

Capitol

Critic score: 35/100

User score: 2.1/10

What critics said: “Exhaustingly awful.” – Blender


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2005: Alanis Morissette — “Jagged Little Pill Acoustic”

Maverick

Critic score: 40/100

User score: 6.0/10

What critics said: “Like Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells II’ and Meat Loaf’s ‘Back Into Hell,’ it doesn’t so much play as fall out of the speakers with a flump: the sound of a towel being thrown in.” – The Guardian


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2006: Kevin Federline — “Playing With Fire”

Reincarnate

Critic score: 15/100

User score: 2.2/10

What critics said: “Federline’s rhyme flow is the opposite of tight.” – Rolling Stone


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2007: The Stooges —  “The Weirdness”

Virgin Records

Critic score: 44/100

User score: 5.7/10

What critics said: “An album that hideously disgraces the band’s original work.” –Pitchfork


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2008: Louis XIV — “Slick Dogs and Ponies”

Atlantic

Critic score: 37/100

User score: 5.9/10

What critics said: “‘Slick Dogs’ never coalesces into anything more than the sum of its noisy, jagged parts.” – Boston Globe


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2009: Chris Brown — “Graffiti”

Jive

Critic score: 39/100

User score: 5.1/10

What critics said: “A curiously faceless album that largely thumbs its nose at close reading.” – The New York Times


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2010: Lil Wayne — “Rebirth”

Cash Money Records

Critic score: 37/100

User score: 3.0/10

What critics said: “The songs might have been better as parodies than as imitations, although ‘Knockout’ – a Coldplay homage backing a raunchy lyric – comes close to being both.” –The New York Times


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2011: Viva Brother — “Famous First Words”

A&M

Critic score: 34/100

User score: 2.7/10

What critics said: “This album is an abomination. It’s a rancid pile of regurgitated tripe.” – No Ripcord


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2012: Chris Brown — “Fortune”

RCA Records

Critic score: 38/100

User score: 3.4/10

What critics said: “Not all of ‘Fortune’ is so unctuous, but none of it is inspired.” –The AV Club


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2013: Megadeth — “Super Collider”

UMD

Critic score: 41/100

User score: 5.5/10

What critics said: “Super Collider is so mired in midtempo drudgery and familiar hard rock (not thrash) tropes that it never really connects.” – All Music


Listen to it here.


2014: Jennifer Lopez —  “A.K.A.”

Capitol

Critic score: 44/100

User score: 5.4/10

What critics said: “On New Glow, they have either finally dumbed things down too much, or simply reached the end of where this rudimentary songwriting can take them.” – The AV Club


Listen to it here.


2015: Matt and Kim —  “New Glow”

Harvest

Critic score: 52/100

User score: 5.1/10

What critics said: “A poor album due to poor production and song writing, poor sales and poor vocal delivery.” – PopMatters


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2016: Charlie Puth — “Nine Track Mind”

Atlantic

Critic score: 37/100

User score: 4.4/10

What critics said: “‘Nine Track Mind’ whimpers like a sick kitten.” – Q Magazine


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2017: The Chainsmokers — “Memories: Do Not Open”

Columbia

Critic score: 43/100

User score: 1.8/10

What critics said: “Whether the album’s title is a plea or a warning does not matter, as the effect is the same: The Chainsmokers have one song, and if you don’t want to hear 12 versions of it, please do not un-click the latch holding this box closed.” – Spin


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2018 (so far): Justin Timberlake — “Man of the Woods”

RCA

Critic score: 55/100

User score: 5.5/10

What critics said: “Too much of ‘Man of the Woods’ is musically and thematically shallow; at 66 minutes, it’s a mile wide and an inch deep.” – Pitchfork


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