The 41 worst albums of all time, according to critics

While most are keen to block out bad music from their lives, there exists another group who can approach hot garbage openly, with varying degrees of ironic appreciation.

And then there’s that unfortunate, outlying enigma – genuine fans of Limp Bizkit.

With the latter two groups of listeners in mind, we turned to the reviews aggregator Metacritic to compile this list of the most critically panned albums in history.

From the works of Kevin Federline to Limp Bizkit, to multiple entries from Chris Brown, these LPs drew the ire of critics and provoked the repulsion of many.

Here are the 41 worst albums of all time, according to critics:

Note: This list only includes albums with seven or more reviews.


41. The Vines — “Melodia”

Ivy League Records

Critic score:44/100

User score: 5.7/10

What critics said: “For an album called Melodia written by a self-confessed Beatles fanatic who once penned the gorgeous ‘Homesick’ and ‘Winning Days’, actual melodies are rare and most, like ‘Hey’ or the turgid ‘She Is Gone’, sound embryonic at best.” – NME


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40. The Entrance Band — “The Entrance Band”

Ecstatic Peace

Critic score:44/100

User score: 7.0/10

What critics said: “He’s only a middling guitar player, but insists on soloing and showboating endlessly, drawing out songs to unnecessary lengths.” – Pitchfork


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39. Sean Paul — “Imperial Blaze”

Atlantic

Critic score:44/100

User score: 5.4/10

What critics said: “The audacity, the immaturity contained on ‘Imperial Blaze’ is enough to hang a dark cloud over music, if only for an hour as the album lulls needlessly along.” – PopMatters


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38. The Stooges — “The Weirdness”

Virgin

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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37. Audio Bullys — “Generation”

Source UK

Critic score:44/100

User score: 5.7/10

What critics said: “Betrays Audio Bullys’ aspirations to say Something Important, undeterred by the absence of either insight or eloquence.” – The Guardian


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36. Mariah Carey — “Charmbracelet”

Universal

Critic score:43/100

User score: 6.4/10

What critics said: “Her voice is damaged, and there’s not a moment where it sounds strong or inviting.” – AllMusic


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35. Run-D.M.C. — “Crown Royal”

Arista

Critic score:43/100

User score: 4.5/10

What critics said: “The Ishtar of comeback albums — overdone, underinspired, and marketed to within an inch of its life.” – New York Magazine


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34. Ben Lee — “The Rebirth Of Venus”

Universal

Critic score:43/100

User score: 5.0/10

What critics said: “Were the central conceit not so half-assed and Lee’s lyrics not so shallow, Venus might qualify as actively misogynist in a way that could be interesting to engage and dissect. As is, the album is simple to an annoying, tiresome degree.” – Slant


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33. The Chainsmokers — “Memories: Do Not Open”

Columbia

Critic score:43/100

User score: 1.9/10

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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32. Ashlee Simpson — “I Am Me”

Geffen

Critic score: 43/100

User score: 5.2/10

What critics said: “Her singing is not convincing in the least.” – Los Angeles Times


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31. Lenny Kravitz — “Baptism”

Virgin

Critic score:43/100

User score: 4.9/10

What critics said: “It’s a shame and embarrassment, and hopefully it will be a temporary slump like Circus.” – AllMusic


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30. Chris Cornell — “Scream”

Interscope

Critic score: 42/100

User score: 4.1/10

What critics said: “The record sounds phoned in, plain and simple, and its awkward concessions to cliche, its trash heap lyrical conceits, and its dopey production have a cumulative effect that would be insulting if it weren’t so transparently uninspired and uninteresting.” –No Ripcord


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29. The Twang — “Jewellery Quarter”

Warner

Critic score: 42/100

User score: 7.6/10

What critics said: “The message is simple: the joke isn’t funny any more, last orders rang long ago and the game is well and truly up.” – NME


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28. Rod Stewart — “It Had to Be You… The Great American Songbook”

J

Critic score: 42/100

User score: 7.6/10

What critics said: “His similar-sounding interpretations lose their oomph a few tracks in.” –E! Online


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27. Soulja Boy Tell Em — “iSouljaBoyTellem”

Interscope

Critic score: 42/100

User score: 1.5/10

What critics said: “Short on new ideas and lacking in cohesion, Soulja Boy Tell Em’s second official full-length finds the young upstart trying way too hard to re-create the bazillion selling ‘Crank That’ and repeatedly coming up short.” – AllMusic


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26. Queen + Paul Rodgers — “Cosmos Rocks”

Universal

Critic score: 42/100

User score: 7.0/10

What critics said: “Freddie-less queen fail to recall old glories.” – Hot Press


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25. Kreayshawn — “Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay”

Columbia

Critic score: 42/100

User score: 4.1/10

What critics said: “It’s a puny representation of a big sound made all the more unlistenable by the nuisance of the vocal lines.” – Exclaim


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24. Black Flag — “What The…”

SST Records

Critic score: 42/100

User score: 4.1/10

What critics said: “It’s a puny representation of a big sound made all the more unlistenable by the nuisance of the vocal lines.” – Exclaim


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23. Chingy — “Hoodstar”

DTP

Critic score: 41/100

User score: 2.4/10

What critics said: “Aside from a few catchy club tracks, there is nothing all that exciting about Chingy’s third album.” – Billboard


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22. Megadeth — “Super Collider”

Universal

Critic score: 41/100

User score: 5.5/10

What critics said: “Truthfully, ‘Super Collider’ is just a Megadeth album born of complacency and issued with only the faintest interest in remaining relevant.” – Sputnikmusic


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21. Nickelback — “All The Right Reasons”

Roadrunner

Critic score: 41/100

User score: 4.4/10

What critics said: “‘All the Right Reasons’ is so depressing, you’re almost glad Kurt’s not around to hear it.” – Rolling Stone


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20. Staind — “14 Shades Of Grey”

Flip

Critic score: 41/100

User score: 6.8/10

What critics said: “Another dollop of rock sludge with a remarkably honest title.” – Q Magazine


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19. Enya — “A Day Without Rain”

Warner Music

Critic score: 41/100

User score: 8.4/10

What critics said: “Unless you’re bound in an herbal body wrap, there’s simply no acceptable reason to listen to this New Age nonsense.” – Entertainment Weekly


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18. Paul Oakenfold — “A Lively Mind”

Maverick

Critic score: 40/100

User score: 2.2/10

What critics said: “On his new disc the veteran of populist trance shows himself unable to come up with anything remotely innovative or engaging, even for the dance floor.” – PopMatters


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17. Backstreet Boys — “Never Gone”

Jive

Critic score: 40/100

User score: 6.0/10

What critics said: “Lest you doubted it, this is grotesque.” – Village Voice


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16. Liz Phair — “Liz Phair”

Capitol

Critic score:40/100

User score: 6.4/10

What critics said: “‘Liz Phair’ proves so ultimately unnecessary, it might as well not even exist.” – Pitchfork


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15. Alanis Morissette — “Jagged Little Pill Acoustic”

Maverick

Critic score:40/100

User score: 5.9/10

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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14. 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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13. Gucci Mane & V-Nasty — “BAYTL”

Warner Bros.

Critic score:39/100

User score: 1.8/10

What critics said: “There is Michael Jackson bad, there is Ed Wood bad, and then there is BAYTL, a union so unholy that it cries out for a show on Bravo.” – Spin


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12. Richard Ashcroft — “United Nations of Sound”

Parlophone

Critic score:39/100

User score: 6.4/10

What critics said: “Sunk by a grating, calculated over-eagerness to please.” – Pitchfork


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11. The Panic Channel — “(One)”

Capitol Records

Critic score:39/100

User score: 5.2/10

What critics said: “Sounds a lot like a collection of rejected Foo Fighters tunes.” –Rolling Stone


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10. 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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9. Puddle of Mudd — “Life on Display”

Geffen

Critic score:37/100

User score: 4.7/10

What critics said: “Third-rate grunge retreads stuffed with overdriven guitars and generic rock-dude melancholia.” – Rolling Stone


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8. 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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7. 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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6. 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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5. Dirty Vegas — “One”

Capitol

Critic score:35/100

User score: 2.1/10

What critics said: “Exhaustingly awful.” – Blender


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4. Phil Collins — “Testify”

Atlantic

Critic score:34/100

User score: 6.1/10

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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3. Viva Brother — “Famous First Words”

A&M

Critic score:34/100

User score: 2.5/10

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


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2. Limp Bizkit — “Results May Vary”

Interscope

Critic score:33/100

User score: 4.0/10

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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1. 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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