Kind of an unpopular opinion thread, but focused on a specific idea. Just looking for communion with other people with weird tastes. ;-) Some examples for me: Black Sabbath - the debut seems to be one of their more popular albums recently. I'd rank it in last place with respect to both the Ozzy and Dio albums. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road--in my bottom three of the albums through Blue Moves. Frank Zeppa - I'd easily rank Freak Out last. I'd also put Hot Rats pretty far down a list of FZ albums--definitely in the lower half. Grateful Dead - Two weird things: (1) both Workingman's Dead and American Beauty would be in the bottom part of my Dead studio album list (my bottom five would be those two plus In the Dark, Go to Heaven and Built to Last--I'm not entirely sure what the order would be without relistening one after the other with this in mind), and (2) I'd rank their studio output in general over their live output. Jethro Tull - Aqualung would maybe be in my bottom three of their albums through Stormwatch. Joni Mitchell - Blue would be in my bottom five. King Crimson - I'd easily rank In the Court of the Crimson King last. Metallica - both Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning would be close to the bottom of my list . . . they might even be the bottom two (I'm more sure about Kill 'Em All being last), and yes, I'm including stuff like Lulu. Miles Davis - Both Bitches Brew and Kind of Blue would easily be in the lower half of a ranked Miles list for me. Most of Miles' 70s output would be at the bottom of my Miles list. Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything would be one of my bottom five probably. That's not to say that I dislike any of the above albums, by the way--I'm a big fan of everyone I mentioned above. But relative to their other work . . . Also, as a big fan of the artists above, I can find it frustrating that the albums I mentioned are the ones always recommended to people looking to explore those artists. I think, "Well, if this person's tastes are anything like my own, that's a horrible recommendation." Even though I don't dislike the albums above, sometimes I appreciate them more simply in the context of their overall work and for their cultural importance. If I didn't know anything about someone like Zappa or Miles etc., though, and someone said, "Man, you've got to check out Freak Out/Bitches Brew/etc. first," I might be reluctant to try more.