Rockstars Who Shockingly Hated Their Own Albums

By Jack Ripley | November 18, 2023

Ozzy Osbourne – 'The Ultimate Sin'

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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Ozzy Osbourne's The Ultimate Sin was a hit among fans of hair metal upon its release, thanks to its shredding guitar tone and anthemic title-track. The album's cover art and delicious riffs quickly gained popularity, becoming the highest-charting solo record of Osbourne's career. However, according to the Prince of Darkness himself, the album was spoiled by the mixing done by producer Ron Nevison.

Despite its commercial success, Osbourne has been vocal about his disappointment with the final product. He has even gone so far as to suggest that Nevison's mixing ruined the album's potential, leading to a less-than-stellar reception among some music critics. While The Ultimate Sin may have been a hit at the time of its release, it seems that Osbourne's feelings towards the album have soured over time. He explained:

If there was ever an album I'd like to remix and do better, it would be The Ultimate Sin. [Ron Nevison] didn't really do a great production job. The songs weren't bad, they were just put down weird. Everything felt and sounded the same. There was no imagination.

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

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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."