Rockstars Who Shockingly Hated Their Own Albums

By Jack Ripley | January 27, 2024

Metallica - 'Load' & 'ReLoad'

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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For many Metallica fans the Load/ReLoad era of this all-time metal band is a nadir for the group. It turns out that frontman James Hetfield agrees with all the old heads out there. In the documentary Some Kind of Monster, while the other band members underwent therapy, Hetfield revealed that he didn't want to include a song on the record just because it was average. During their work on St. Anger, Hetfield admitted that "we've already been able to whip pretty much anything into decent enough shape, and we've proved that on Load and Reload."

Specifically regarding the Load/Reload era of the band, Hetfield has always been open about these two albums, telling Clash Music:

As far as doing something that doesn’t feel right, I’m sure there’s been a few times that it’s happened – the Load and Reload era, for me, was one of those; the way that was looking, I wasn’t 100 percent on with it, but I would say that that was a compromise. I said, ‘I’m going with Lars’ and Kirk’s vision on this. You guys are extremely passionate about this, so I’ll jump on board, because if the four of us are into it, it’s going to be better.’

Hetfield says that the back to back albums "didn’t pan out as good," but continued, stating "there’s no regrets, because at the time it felt like the right thing to do."

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.'