Rockstars Who Shockingly Hated Their Own Albums

By Jack Ripley | November 13, 2023

The Beatles - 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band'

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 Beatles' catalog is a testament to their unmatched musical prowess. From the early fun-filled A Hard Day's Night to the masterpiece that is Abbey Road, each of the band's releases has set the foundation for how a rock band's career should go. But if there's one record that showcases each member at the height of their powers, it has to be Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

More than just an album, Sgt. Pepper's was a gamechanger in the world of pop music, with its wild sounds emanating from the perspective of an imaginary band on the cover. Despite the acclaim it received, John Lennon was its harshest critic, expressing his dislike for the actual concept of the record. In interviews, Lennon even revealed that he wrote the song "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" just so he could be represented on the album, which he felt was dominated by Paul McCartney.

Although the band members may not have seen eye to eye on the conceptual work, the songs on the album are still a great time capsule of the '60s and a distinct movement towards newer sonic ideas in the world of rock. Despite Lennon's cynicism, the album continues to be lauded as a masterpiece.

As many musicians will attest, it can sometimes be the work you think is your worst that makes the biggest waves for you. Though The Beatles had long been household names by the time Sgt. Pepper's was released, some fans mark it as their most impressive work. However, the band members themselves disagreed. Lennon described the album as "not going anywhere," while George Harrison admitted in the Beatles Anthology documentary that he "didn't really like that album much."

Radiohead - 'Pablo Honey'

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Radiohead is a band that has become synonymous with art rock. Though they were initially known as one of the biggest stars of alternative rock, it was their work from Kid A to A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016 that truly cemented their status as sonic trailblazers. However, what many forget is that this band was almost labeled a one-album wonder.

Their third album, OK Computer, is an outright classic. However, the band's first outing with Pablo Honey is a release that the band doesn't enjoy revisiting. While most of the album consists of the standard angsty alternative rock of the day, much of the band's frustration comes down to the lead single, "Creep."

Even in the studio, the band hated this song. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood intentionally tried to sabotage it in between takes. As Radiohead has continued to produce music, "Creep" remains a classic of the '90s, but the band has almost completely excluded it from their touring setlists for years now. While it's one thing to dislike an album, Pablo Honey (and "Creep" specifically) is the one thing that Radiohead pretends doesn't exist.