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March Badness 2021

Vote: March Badness Sweet 16



This is March! 32 albums face off in our tournament to determine the worst album ever, we call it simply… March Badness.

These records were selected based on reputation, fan suggestions, and our own nomination process. For round 1 each of us gets to vote on each matchup. Whichever albums gets 2 votes moves on. Pretty simple. Round 2 will incorporate the audience poll. Whoever wins the poll (meaning the album that people think is worse) will get 2 points. That means only one of us needs to side with the audience to push it through to the elite 8.

Here’s the bracket in all its glory. The first round was mostly chalk and all three Listographers were in agreement more often than not.

Round two, aka the Sweet Sixteen, is where things get a little tricky. Please at least try and skim the album in question before you vote, there’s a lot of really bad stuff here, we don’t want any albums getting the short shrift based on the artists reputation alone (here’s looking at you, Pink Floyd).

Vote now on the album you think is WORSE.

Which Album is Worse?

  • Boston - Life, Love & Hope (83%, 202 Votes)
  • Stooges - The Weirdness (17%, 40 Votes)

Total Voters: 242

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Which Album is Worse?

  • The Shaggs - Philosophy of the World (62%, 144 Votes)
  • Dee Dee King - Standing in the Spotlight (38%, 90 Votes)

Total Voters: 234

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Which Album is Worse?

  • Nickelback - All the Right Reasons (77%, 191 Votes)
  • Blondie - Ghosts of Download (23%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 249

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Which Album is Worse?

  • Limp Bizkit - Results May Vary (62%, 149 Votes)
  • Metallica and Lou Reed - Lulu (38%, 92 Votes)

Total Voters: 241

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Which Album is Worse?

  • Corey Feldman - Angelic 2 the Core (82%, 197 Votes)
  • Beach Boys - Summer in Paradise (18%, 43 Votes)

Total Voters: 240

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Which Album is Worse?

  • AJR - The Click (58%, 130 Votes)
  • Liz Phair - Funstyle (42%, 94 Votes)

Total Voters: 224

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Which Album is Worse?

  • Bon Jovi - 2020 (57%, 137 Votes)
  • Kevin Federline - Playing with Fire (43%, 102 Votes)

Total Voters: 239

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Which Album is Worse?

  • Eagles - Long Road Out of Eden (82%, 209 Votes)
  • Pink Floyd - Ummagumma (18%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 256

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Brent Uptain

so much fun!

Fran Garcia

Awesomely BAD. Awfully good

william aldridge

it really hurt to vote bon jovi but i actually have not heard any of the albums i just wanted to vote before the next video came out

Chris DeLisle

OK, so I gave the Eagles and Pink Floyd albums a shot…what the Eagles released was mediocre, meaningless, a far cry from their 70’s heyday perfectionism and pop sensibilities. There is no reason for it to exist, and yet it does. The only reason for it to exist, I guess, is to dupe people into buying it, and that’s pretty sinister. I only listened to 5 tracks or so – a lot of it seems to be blocked in America on YouTube. My guess is that the worst part of Long Road Out Of Eden is that there’s so much of it. I guess I haven’t listened to the Ummagumma studio recordings in ages, because the Roger Waters tracks – to my memory, “the highlights” of the studio recordings – succeed as…something resembling noises made, I guess. The first few minutes of the David Gilmour stuff is…disappointing and irritating at best. The Richard Wright stuff, however, is unconscionable. I’m not even going to put myself through the Mason track(s). My recollection was that The Final Cut was among their worst albums. No, the answer is the studio version of Ummagumma. It should not exist. The Spinal Tap said it best: shit sandwich.

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Chris DeLisle

OK, so I gave as much as I could to listening to the Corey Feldman and Beach Boys songs. Now, the Beach Boys should know better. None of this was a good idea. Those sounds with those voices – none of this works. It is absolutely a terrible album and belongs in this tournament. For the band to have put all of those great albums out in the 60’s and 70’s to have put this out. That’s just terrible. Someone in their camp had to know that releasing this was just plain stupid. Now, the Corey Feldman album is kind of interesting in its concept. In what I’ve heard, there are some interesting sounds. I like that he’s trying for something. It’s just…worse than the Beach Boys record. I mean it is colossally bad and deserves its place in infamy. I’m listening to the Liz Phair record at the moment, and despite the fact that she made some poor choices as far as tracks she put on her album…come on…it’s not as bad as either of these 2 records. The song “Satisfied,” on its own, is better listening than…well, ANY of the four other horrible albums I’ve sampled tracks from.

Mark Santucci

as bad as these albums are there contenders are worse. surprised in round one it was Kiss the elder instead of Sonic boom. but this round like Blondie is certainly better than
Nickel back and Beach boys is better than Feldman .


Good job again guys!???? I only voted for those I’d heard btw…


That Shaggs thing is just unlistenable. At least the other albums were trying to make something resembling…. something. The only good thing was looking at the comments.


This was a difficult vote because I hated almost all of these albums. So, great job putting this list together guys.


Interesting idea, a lot of bad stuff out there. Love the channel

jean fleury

Summer or Paradise by the beach boys is actually a very cool album


Before you three overrule the popular vote that currently looks likely to remove Lulu from the competition, let me explain my ballot: I’m always more forgiving of transgressions that proceed from being ambitious, taking creative chances, trying something new, etc. as opposed to those that are the product of cynical, uninspired, going-through-the-motions-to-bilk-the-fans-one-more-time schlock. Especially in the case of Metallica, a band that could easily reproduce its trademark sound time and again and whose fan based would largely lap it up. Lulu may not be an easy listen for most, but they get an A (or some other nonfailing grade) for effort and ambition and originality. The Limp Bizkit record is Fs across the board.
I also have a hard time getting too worked up about the Feldman and Federline records. These are vanity projects that don’t rate serious contention for best or worst anything – like albums by William Shatner or Bruce Willis or Mr. T (yeah, it exists) and dozens of other celebrities, they are souvenirs for fans, not artistic statements. They are essentially novelty records. I wouldn’t bother ranking them here any more than I would a Chipmunks album. 
All that said, this is a fun conversation about some really bad albums.

Nicky Ramone

I like Lulu. I listen to some or all of it once every three months or so. I’ll admit I’ve never listened to it with anyone else around though. I came to it from the Lou Reed side. I don’t have any Metallica records, but I do like noise too, I just have never bought any of Metallica’s noise.

David Lawrence

I am ‘born and bred’ Classic Rock. So forgive me when I say that Nickelback is A-okay in my book! Though – at this juncture- it looks like Listography Nation disagrees. Imaginative tourney. Laid a ducat on Federline to go all the way…

Chris DeLisle

I really hate the sound Steve Albini produces. That Iggy record is not good. But it sounds like the guys from Boston forgot how songs are often structured. Those are 2 bad records. I didn’t mind what I heard from Blondie. Naturally, the Nickelback record is worth being in this tourney. (On a side note, even though I hate the sound levels it’s recorded at, you guys should really look into the Poster Children’s album with Steve Albini producing called “DaisyChain Reaction.” Such a great group of songs! I wished it were produced/mixed better.)

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