Happy Easter, glam fans.
As if the world needs one more list, www.rateyourmusic.com has just posted the 5000 worst albums of all time.
Insert eye roll here.
Agreed, there are some really bad albums on the list, but there's also some really good stuff as well. Tons of glam is considered the worst music of all time. Apparently "fans" vote, therefore creating an album rank.
Let's take a look at the list:
Coming in at #5000 is Sports by Huey Lewis and the News. Close behind is RATT's Invasion of Your Privacy at #4990. Great White Sail Away is number #4695 and Cinderella's Night Songs is #4958.
And this is the good news of the list!
Further on down, we find L.A. Guns Cocked and Loaded at #4722 and at #4605 Motley Crue's Live Entertainment or Death.
As I click page by page trolling for glam, I can't help but notice some really great non-glam albums are on the list like Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor and Pantera Reinventing the Steel.
But back to the glam. At #4580, Jon Bovi's Destination Anywhere is followed closely by Bon Jovi's Keep the Faith at #4517. A little later Whipped! by Faster Pussycat makes the list at #4477. The recently released Quiet Riot Rehab comes in at #4469. Not far behind is Slaughter with Eternal Life at #4466. Stryper's Against the Law hits the list at #4408 and glam revivalists Hardcore Superstar make the list at #4398 with Thank You (For Letting us be Ourself).
Continually clicking through the list, I come across Danger Danger Screw It at #4052 and Lita's Ford Lita at #4010. Voters think In Rock We Trust by Y&T deserves to be at #3999 and W.A.S.P. The Neon God Part 2 comes in at #3991. Bulletboys Za Za ranks #3913 and later Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation at #3443. Even Helix made the list with Walkin' the Razor's Edge at #3308.
Motley Crue's Supersonic and Demonic Relics is listed at #337. Give me a break. It's an album full of B-sides, outtakes and previously unreleased tracks. A disc like this is not intended for anyone but a die-hard fan, so I'm surprised so many people would cast negative votes for this album.
There's tons more on the list, but I'll jump ahead. KISS Hot in the Shade comes in at #97 and Animalize is #87. The KISS solo albums didn't fare too well, either. Gene Simmons self-titled release comes in at #80 and Peter Criss' self-titled effort at #17. Van Halen III comes in at #10, making this Gary Cherone-fronted released the worst glam album on the list. In case you're wondering, Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits by Crazy Frog is considered the worst album ever released.
I suppose it could be worse. When I first heard about the list, I assumed it would be all Metal releases, but there seems to be an equal distribution of pop, rock and Metal. The voters seem to hate Britney Spears and her ex-husband Kevin Federline. Bob Dylan was panned as was the Wallflowers.
I think there's some criminal errors on the list, and in no world is Night Songs a horrible album. Then again neither is Invasion of Your Privacy or Permanent Vacation.
View the entire list at http://rateyourmusic.com/charts/bottom/album/all-time/