Are these the worst albums of all time?

Mr Blobby has beaten Justin Bieber to the unwanted title of worst album of all time according to a recent survey by

Sunday, 11th September 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Monday, 12th September 2016, 5:21 pm
Mr Blobby takes the top spot
Mr Blobby takes the top spot

It may come as no surprise that Noel Edmonds’ weird sidekick from his 90s TV show Noel’s House Party topped the chart with his 1994 self-titled album, but what may come as a shock to music fans are the records that did make the hit list.

With a handful of 90s pop albums that we all would rather forget – yes, Vengaboys, Babylon Zoo and Aqua I’m looking at you – making the cut, there are a few that as left me bewildered as to why they were voted as the worst records ever written.

Case number one – Lou Reed’s ‘Metal Machine Music’ (1975). The fifth album by the American rocker reached no 20 on the list. It was a departure from Reed’s usual style and while it doesn’t actually feature any songs (okay, there are no songs whatsoever; it is just an hour or so of screechy feedback and guitar effects) he should be applauded for taking that risk and stepping out of his comfort zone to give us this album of weird sounds. C’mon, he gave us ‘Perfect Day and ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ so he can’t be all that bad.

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Surprisingly, Lou Reed is on the list - twice!

Bob Dylan’s ‘Saved’ which was released in 1980 is at no 42. Really? Bob Dylan? His 20th studio album and the second in his Christian trilogy, may not be to everybody’s taste I will grant you that, but it still reached no 3 in the UK charts and no 24 in the States upon its release. It received mixed reviews from the critics with some believing that songs were “too religious” while others were a bit kinder and called it a “failed experiment”. Either way, it’s Bob Dylan and he shouldn’t be on this list. End of discussion.

The third album which doesn’t deserve the title of one of the worst albums of all time is Aerosmith’s ‘Pump’. Released in 1989, the tenth studio album by the American rockers features classic songs such as ‘Love in an Elevator’, ‘What It Takes’ and ‘Janie’s Got a Gun’. It was released to large critical acclaim with Q magazine saying “ took a bunch of hoary, addled old stagers like Aerosmith to come up with the year’s best metal album”.

The band were – and still are – the reigning king of the hard rock double entendre. I vote that they should be stripped of their title of having one of the worst albums.

What would you take out and/or add? Did your favourite album make the list? I’m just happy that my beloved Rolling Stones didn’t make the list...

Surprisingly, Lou Reed is on the list - twice!

Here’s the top 50 worst albums of all time:

1. Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby the Album (1994)

2. Cheeky Girls – Party Time (2004)

3. Vengaboys – The Party Album (1999)

4. Justin Bieber – Believe (2012)

5. Justin Bieber – Purpose (2015)

6. Aqua – Aquarium (1997)

7. Bruce Willis – The Return of Bruno (1987)

8. One Direction – Take Me Home (2012)

9. JLS – JLS (2009)

10. Hanson – MMMBop: The Collection (2005)

11. One Direction – Made in the A.M. (2015)

12. Ozzy Osbourne – Under Cover (2005)

13. Eminem – Recovery (2010)

14. Rick Astley – The Best Of (2014)

15. Britney Spears – Oops!… I did it Again (2000)

16. Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water (2009)

17. Puff Daddy – Forever (2005)

18. Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All (1992)

19. James Blunt – Back to Bedlam (2004)

20. Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (1975)

21. Madonna – MDNA (2015)

22. Meghan Trainor – Title (2015)

23. Robbie Williams – Swing When You’re Winning (2001)

24. Limp Bizkit – Results May Vary (2008)

25. Nickelback – Dark Horse (2008)

26. U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004)

27. Britney Spears – Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004)

28. Michael Buble – Crazy Love (2009)

29. Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (2007)

30. U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)

31. Babylon Zoo – Boy with the X-Ray Eyes (1996)

32. Prince – Come (1994)

33. Rod Stewart – Body Wishes (1983)

34. Shania Twain – Come On Over (1997)

35. Billy Idol – Cyberpunk (1993)

36. Busted – Busted (2002)

37. Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

38. Oasis – Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000)

39. Duran Duran – Thank You (1995)

40. Michael Bolton – Time, Love and Tenderness (1991)

41. Nickelback – Silver Side Up (2001)

42. Bob Dylan – Saved (1980)

43. Bon Jovi – What About Now (2013)

44. Elvis Presley – Having Fun with Elvis on Stage (1974)

45. Happy Mondays – Uncle Dysfunktional (2007)

46. Justin Timberlake – Justified (2002)

47. Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu (2011)

48. Aerosmith – Pump (1989)

49. Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin (2004)

50. Elton John – Victim of Love (1979)