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Plenty of magazines are willing to let you know their picks for the year’s best albums. But as far as we know, only one rag regularly runs its list of the worst. Entertainment Weekly’s year-end issue includes its list of barrel-fish music targets, and we’ve got them all listed out below. You’ll never guess their pick for worst album. (Actually, yes you will, because it’s everyone else’s pick and because you presumably have eyes and have already noticed the graphic above.) We’ve also got their deeply weird list of the 10 best albums.

First, the worst:

05 Nickelback – Here And Now
04 Owl City – All Things Bright And Beautiful
03 Scotty McCreery – Clear As Day
02 Soulja Boy – Skate Boy
01 Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu

Now, the best:

10 Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
09 Pistol Annies – Hell On Heels
08 My Morning Jacket – Circuital
07 Demi Lovato – Unbroken
06 Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra.
05 Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
04 Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
03 Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
02 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
01 Adele – 21

And in case you hadn’t already seen it, here’s our own list of the year’s 50 best albums.

Comments (36)
  1. Demi Lovato > Kurt Vile, I guess?

    • Correct me if I’m wrong, and please let me be wrong.

      Appearances in all of the reposted ‘best of’ lists:
      Demi Lovato: 1
      J Mascis: 0

  2. I think Demi Lovato is on the wrong list…

  3. I don’t care what anyone says, the worst album of the year is still that Childish Gambino mess.

  4. your credibility was just shot to shit with the addition of Demi Lovato.

  5. I haven’t read Entertainment Weekly in a while. Which reminds me… I should make a dentist appointment soon.

  6. No matter how much dispute there is for best album or any stuff like that, for worst album, it seems to be universally accepted that it is Lulu.

  7. Yo one good thing is MMJ’s Circuital being included. That ish is underrated!

  8. Well, nothing offensive here, it would seem.

  9. Big Birds review of EW’s top album list.

  10. I secretly (but not at all secretly) hope that our ears will undergo some weird dramatic change and in 2020 we’ll call Lulu the best album of the decade. I mean really, wouldn’t that actually be kind of rad???

    • I do suspect it will eventually gain a kind of Metal Machine Music-like cult following.

      • No way. I think part of the appeal of Metal Machine Music is how Lou Reed was somehow able to get RCA to release it. As Lester Bangs said (and yeah I only know of this through Wikipedia), “As a statement it’s great, as a giant FUCK YOU it shows integrity.” Lou knew what he was doing with Metal Machine Music was weird. He thinks what he did with Lulu is amazing, and all the interviews surrounding it make it tragically clear that Lulu is not intended as a joke.

        • well, it was sort of a half joke. and yeah, i’m sure he knew MMM was weird and off-putting, but i’d be shocked if he didn’t also think it was good. he’d explored those types of sounds before, that’s just the first time they weren’t wrapped in pop songs.

  11. “How could they not like my debut album?”

  12. On a positive note this is great news for Lars, as no one is illegally downloading their newest album.

  13. KoRn got snubbed. I thought they would at least get in the top three worst albums.
    and mac miller too.

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  15. the word ‘Lulu’ is going to forever be known as a buzzword for a horrific bomb of an album, or at least the specific word for a scary/retardo collaboration album haha…WELL DONE Metal-Lick-Uh, WEL DONE! (soft applause)

  16. I don’t know that “deeply weird” is the best way to describe their best-of-11 list, considering most of the albums are on everyone else’s best-of-11 lists as well. The only truly weird one was Demi Lovato.

    • I agree, since the Demi Lovato album is the only one on their list I haven’t seen in any other top 50 or 100. I haven’t heard a note of it but who knows, maybe it’s a great record. I wouldn’t want to dismiss someone’s music because of Disney Pop roots.

  17. I believe that you put Adam Young on the WRONG list……The entire Hoot Owl Fandom will be pissed about this one….

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