Without exception the worst award show is the Grammys. How can you give awards to an art form as subjective as music? The answer is you can’t. That means the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences makes more than their share of mistakes when handing out their annual accolades.
Below, we look at the five worst albums to ever win the gramophone for Album of the Year—that’s the Grammy’s most prestigious prize. “Worst” is a harsh word but in most cases it’s just a relative term. After all, not every album can be number one; somebody has to be last.
Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1970)
Almost all of the albums that won the Grammy for Album of the Year are pretty good. This BST offering from 1970 is no exception. But like we alluded to earlier “bad” is a relative term. Also, this album beat out Abbey Road, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and At San Quentin. All three of those records should be in your collection long before BST.
Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross (1981)
Christopher Cross’ debut album is considered a soft rock classic but it’s fairly top heavy–the LP’s only high points are “Sailing” and “Ride Like the Wind.” Soft rock classic or not, the opus is still not better than Pink Floyd’s The Wall which it beat out for the award. Cross was poised to be a huge star but MTV debuted in 1981 and the crooner had a face for radio.
Toto – Toto IV (1982)
Toto IV not only won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year but it also took home another five trophies. “Africa” is an awesome track. You’ve got to love a song with the line “Gonna take some time to do the things we never have.” “Rosanna” is a fairly righteous song too. The rest of album is okay and extremely dated.
Taylor Swift – Fearless (2010)
Taylor Swift will be around for a long time. She’s an amazing songwriter, and with more life experiences, she’ll get even better. Fearless only resonates if you’re happy, positive, and optimistic. That eliminates just about everyone over 25. Swift will definitely win this award again but in 2010 the trophy should have gone to Lady Gaga.
Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette (1996)
Without a doubt the worse album to ever win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year is Alanis Morissett’s Jagged Little Pill. While the other four selections are relatively bad, this album is actually bad. “Ironic” isn’t ironic, “Hand in My Pocket” is so annoying it could cause a brain tumor, and “You Outta Know” is four minutes of Alanis Morissette whining about her promiscuity. If I wanted to hear a woman complain about her bad choices I’d listen to Liz Phair.
Other Albums In The Bottom Ten:
Vaughn Meader – The First Family (1963)
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track (1979)
Celine Dion – Falling into You (1997)
Norah Jones – Come Away with Me (2003)
Dixie Chicks – Taking the Long Way (2007)
Alanis Morissette’s 2012 Tour
Of course not everything Alanis Morissette records sounds awful. She has a wealth of quality material and she’ll be showing it off this fall. The North American leg of her “Guardian Angel Tour” begins Sept. 24 in San Diego. The Canadian songstress is hitting the highway to promote her latest album, Havoc and Bright Lights. Her eighth studio album dropped Aug. 28.