10 Musicians Whose Careers Were Destroyed By Just One Album

The ill-fated genre shifts, too-ambitious follow up flops, and misjudged classics...


A lot of causes can contribute to the untimely demise of a musician's career.

Whether they're break out solo artists or bands enjoying recognition and fame for their recent records, sometimes artists can spend years after years cranking out progressively less impressive efforts after their initial hit.

Some are lucky enough to throw out a classic or two and live off the royalties and touring fees for the rest of their days, whilst still further artists are fortunate enough to have many missteps in their storied careers, but always manage to win back the crowd in the end (looking at you, Bruce Springsteen/ David Bowie/ Kate Bush).

However, in some rare cases, one bad album is all it takes to end an entire promising career in a matter of over-produced, underwritten minutes.

Whether it's a pretentious piece of laughably over-ambitious rock, a tragic slice of late-career pop, or a bit of hip hop which leaves listeners cringing at its inauthenticity, the ten albums here have one thing in common with one another: each of them was widely derided enough to end the promise of their creators.

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