What are the three worst consecutive releases by a single group or artist?

We've got you down for the three best, but how about the three most horrendous? What are the three worst <I>consecutive</I> releases by a single group or artist?

What are the three worst <I>consecutive</I> releases by a single group or artist?
Here they are
56% (32 votes)
Can't think of any
16% (9 votes)
Any three by Madonna
28% (16 votes)
Total votes: 57

Dave Bennett's picture

Genesis: Calling All Stations. It was so bad it should count as three!

Paul J.  Stiles, Mtn.  View, CA's picture

There are some, but I will refrain from mentioning any names. Madonna is noton the list, though. She is one of the exceedingly few entertainers that I still consistently enjoy, album afer album! Her music is immensely fun.

Colin Robertson's picture

OK, I own them, and still kinda like them, but nobody's arguing these days with Metallica's downfall: Load, Re-Load, and the sonically awful St. Anger.

Brankin's picture

Even if they are "just kidding", the death metal band Venom: Welcome To Hell, Black Metal, and At War With Satan. Truly a travesty in lyrics, recording and attitude.

Tony P., Washington, DC's picture

Well, if I actually tried to write them all up, there would be so much data going through your site that it would look like a denial of service attack.

Ralph Pantuso's picture

Why bother? Isn't two in a row enough?

Pab's picture

Anything by Rush since,oh I don't know, ever?

Nodaker's picture

That would have to be U2's Zooropa, Pop, and All That You Can't Leave Behind. What happened to the creativity of U2 like on Joshua Tree, Unforgetable Fire, Rattle & Hum, War, etc?

Travis Klersy's picture

Most of the albums ever put out by anyone. There is a tremendous amount of good music available, but even more bad stuff out there. I honestly think that trend started in the 1970s, when the record companies discovered what a massive cash cow rock could be. I think the shift away from singles contributed to this as well, since it is harder to make a great album than a great single.

Al Marcy's picture


Alan in Victoria's picture

I bet you're gonna get a lot of people saying it's those three "born again" records by Dylan.

Dimitris Gogas's picture

Too many to count. Pick any consecutive albums by any rapper (except Public Enemy) or any new age dance/hip hop/ trance or whatever makes the charts these days. In the last two decades it seems to be getting easieer to release three or more piles of rubbish. Maybe getting a recording contract is taken too lightheartedly?

Paul I's picture

Paul McCartney was 0 for the '80s. Here is a string of five true losers from that period: McCartney II, Tug of War, Pipes of Peace, Give My Regards to Broadstreet, Press to Play.

Ron in Vancouver's picture

Alice Cooper: Constrictor, Raise Your Fist and Yell, and Trash. A truly sad journey on how far the mighty can fall. Easy on Madonna: she is far more important than the Beatles.

Robert's picture

Far too many to name :-)

Big Al - Big Ls Oz Blues Band's picture

All of Madoonna's, then a close second would be all of Kylie's.

Porkins's picture

How about any three by Donny Osmond? There are probably worse than that, but like most here, I wouldn't know because I don't even pay attention to the really bad stuff.

Allen's picture

Any three by a whole lot of people. I don't know who they are because they are so bad!

audio-sleuth@comcast.net's picture

Do the first three winners of American Idol count? If not then I go with the three Shaggs albums. If you can sell someone a high-end system to listen to today's pop music, you're my god.

Scott T.'s picture

I am not that familiar with the Milli Vanilli catalogue (thank God), but I have to imagine that they would have to be up there. The worst three albums from a formerly great band would have to be: Up, Reveal, and Around the Sun. Total crap. The Cure's last three albums are a close runner-up.

F.  Chasinovsky, Van Nuys, CA's picture

Why bother with crap? After all, this is Stereophile, correct?

aperture's picture

Jennifer Lopez Britney Spears Ashley Simpson

Scotty Thompson's picture

Pretty easy...any three albums in whatever order by Alanis Morrisette.

paul's picture

Yoko Ono oh no! Take your pick of all of them: Fly, Approximately Infinite Universe, Feeling The Space.

Keith Y's picture

If they are bad, I don't remember them.

joe's picture

Joshua Redman : Beyond, Passage of Time, and Elastic.

Gerald Neily's picture

I choose the last three albums by Genesis. In contrast to Madonna or Brittney, it hurts a lot more when a band jumps the shark after producing such brilliance as The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. When, Peter Gabriel left, and then Steve Hackett, they at first had something to prove, but their albums got progressively worse. Phil Collins' pop skill provided modest amusement on Invisible Touch, but nothing could save We Can't Dance and Calling All Stations from execrable oblivion.

macksman's picture

Any three consecutive or not releases in any order from Jandek! Each release sounded like he and any accompanists were meeting their instruments for the first time in the junior high recording closet at the local school. Horrid, clumsy, poorly rendered, stupid songs about failure. The guy's got a 25+ year career and about 40 really bad albums. Oh, the horror.

T.  O.  Driskel's picture

Any three consecutive releases by Bushwick Bill!

Michael Chernay's picture

Have to go with a vote for Madonna, can't think of too many artists that have set music back farther, save for maybe any given boy band.