Rockstars Who Shockingly Hated Their Own Albums

By Jack Ripley | October 28, 2023

The Rolling Stones, 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' 

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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The Rolling Stones ventured into a new musical territory with Satanic Majesties Request, an album that featured a psychedelic sound with unconventional elements like Mellotron, African rhythms, and sound effects. The band self-produced the album as their manager/producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, had left the group. Recording was complicated by drug use, legal issues, and jail sentences of band members. The group members were rarely present in the studio together, leading to a prolonged and disjointed recording process. Additionally, members often showed up with guests, further hindering productivity in the studio.

Even though the album includes two absolute bangers in "She's A Rainbow," and "2000 Light Years Away," members of the band tend to distance themselves from the record as a whole whenever it comes up. In 1995, Mick Jagger said of Satanic Majesties Request:

It's not very good. It had interesting things on it, but I don't think any of the songs are very good. There's two good songs on it. The rest of them are nonsense.

Billy Joel - 'The Bridge'

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Billy Joel had a solid decade of hits and success after the release of his 1977 album "The Stranger". However, when it came time to create "The Bridge" in 1986, Joel was feeling burnt out. In a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, he admitted, "I wasn't all that focused on writing again and recording again. I just was a new dad, I just had a baby girl, and I kinda just wanted to be at home with my family at that time, but it was time to get back in the studio."

Despite this lack of enthusiasm, Joel worked with longtime producer Phil Ramone to create a few genuinely great songs, such as "A Matter of Trust" and his Ray Charles duet "Baby Grand." However, the majority of the album is filled with lifeless tracks like "Code of Silence" and "Getting Closer." "The band that I had worked with for so long had become somewhat disenfranchised from the whole process," Joel said. "They really weren't part of the creative process anymore. It was sort of becoming like a business." Despite its shortcomings, "The Bridge" did achieve moderate commercial success, but Joel has since acknowledged that it's not one of his best works.