Rockstars Who Shockingly Hated Their Own Albums

By Jack Ripley | January 13, 2024

Prince – 'The Black Album'

Not every hit album is revered by the artists who recorded them. Some of the most popular and important albums of the '70s, '80s, and '90s are downright hated by the bands who made them happen. Many of us remember these albums from their release, and they became part of our musical identity. However, unbeknownst to many fans, some of these albums were not held in high esteem by the very artists who created them.

From David Bowie to Metallica, these albums range in genre and era, but all share the commonality of being loved by fans and loathed by their creators. Join us as we take a closer look at these iconic albums and the reasons behind the artists' disdain. Don't miss out on this inside look into the music industry's most controversial albums.

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Prince was known for his innovative and boundary-pushing music, but his 1987 album, The Black Album, was a bridge too far for the legendary musician. Convinced that the album was evil and the product of a malevolent force known as Spooky Electric, Prince refused to release it despite its intended audience, the black community.

Originally intended as a follow-up to his masterpiece, Sign O' The Times, The Black Album was marketed as The Funk Bible in press releases, but Prince's spiritual awakening caused him to reconsider. Though bootlegs of the album began to circulate and sell for large amounts of money, Prince refused to budge. It wasn't until 1994, when his label Warner Bros. released a limited edition version of the album, that it saw the light of day.

However, even with its limited release, Prince maintained a distance from the "haunted" record, leaving it to languish in relative obscurity compared to his other works. Despite Prince's reservations, The Black Album has become a sought-after artifact for his fans and a testament to the musician's uncompromising artistic vision.

Bob Geldof, "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"

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While not a full album, Geldof's ire for this inspiring holiday tune has to be recognized. Even though the song raised awareness of the famine in Ethiopia while raising £8 million for charitable causes that doesn't mean that Geldof is happy with his work. He said:

I will go to the supermarket, head to the meat counter and it will be playing – every [explative] Christmas... I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history, One is 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and the other one is 'We Are the World.'