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Watchmojo's Top 20 Most Controversial Albums

These albums rocked AND shocked! For this list, we'll be ranking the biggest albums that made headlines and ruffled feathers at the time of their release – and perhaps still do today! Our countdown includes "Reign in Blood", "In Utero", "Like a Virgin", "The Marshall Mathers LP", "Rage Against the Machine", and more! Did any of these shock you? Let us know in the comments!
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1
Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A, 1988)
Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A, 1988)
2
Rage Against the Machine (Rage Against the Machine, 1992)
Rage Against the Machine (Rage Against the Machine, 1992)
3
Body Count (Body Count, 1992)
Body Count (Body Count, 1992)
4
Mechanical Animals (Marilyn Manson, 1998)
Mechanical Animals (Marilyn Manson, 1998)
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5
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977)
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977)
6
Fear of a Black Planet (Public Enemy, 1990)
Fear of a Black Planet (Public Enemy, 1990)
7
The Marshall Mathers LP (Eminem, 2000)
The Marshall Mathers LP (Eminem, 2000)
8
Tomb of the Mutilated (Cannibal Corpse, 1992)
Tomb of the Mutilated (Cannibal Corpse, 1992)
9
Stained Class (Judas Priest, 1978)
Stained Class (Judas Priest, 1978)
10
As Nasty as They Wanna Be (2 Live Crew, 1989)
As Nasty as They Wanna Be (2 Live Crew, 1989)
11
Like a Virgin (Madonna, 1984)
Like a Virgin (Madonna, 1984)
12
Frankenchrist (Dead Kennedys, 1985)
Frankenchrist (Dead Kennedys, 1985)
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13
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Mayhem, 1994)
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Mayhem, 1994)
14
Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne, 1980)
Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne, 1980)
15
G N' R Lies (Guns N' Roses, 1988)
G N' R Lies (Guns N' Roses, 1988)
16
W.A.S.P. (W.A.S.P., 1984)
W.A.S.P. (W.A.S.P., 1984)
17
Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin, 1971)
Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin, 1971)
18
In Utero (Nirvana, 1993)
In Utero (Nirvana, 1993)
19
Beggars Banquet (The Rolling Stones, 1968)
Beggars Banquet (The Rolling Stones, 1968)
20
Reign in Blood (Slayer, 1986)
Reign in Blood (Slayer, 1986)
21
The Fat of the Land (The Prodigy, 1997)
The Fat of the Land (The Prodigy, 1997)
22
Sheik Yerbouti (Frank Zappa, 1979)
Sheik Yerbouti (Frank Zappa, 1979)
23
The Downward Spiral (Nine Inch Nails, 1994)
The Downward Spiral (Nine Inch Nails, 1994)
24
The Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden, 1982)
The Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden, 1982)
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