10 Grammy Snubs Classic Rock Albums That Deserved the Win

10 Grammy Snubs Classic Rock Albums That Deserved the Win | Society Of Rock Videos

via The Beach Boys / YouTube

The Grammy Awards, a celebration of musical excellence, occasionally miss the mark in recognizing timeless classics. While the nature of awards is subjective, some iconic albums from the world of classic rock faced Grammy snubs that left fans and critics scratching their heads.

Let’s revisit these masterpieces that, despite their enduring impact, failed to clinch the coveted gramophone.

10. AC/DC – “Back in Black”

“Back in Black,” AC/DC’s hard-rock masterpiece, stands as a tribute to the charismatic Bon Scott. Surprisingly, the Grammy voters overlooked this monumental album in 1981, dominated instead by Christopher Cross. The snub persisted until AC/DC finally claimed a Grammy in 2010 with “War Machine.”

9. The Beach Boys – “Pet Sounds”

Brian Wilson’s psychedelic orchestral pop landmark, “Pet Sounds,” faced a lack of recognition upon its 1966 release. Despite its later acclaim, it was outsold by “Best of the Beach Boys.” Even the iconic “Good Vibrations” didn’t secure a win at the 1967 Grammys.

8. The Clash – “London Calling”

A pinnacle of English punk, “London Calling” by The Clash, a socially conscious double album, reflected its era’s anxieties. Despite its cultural impact, the Grammys overlooked The Clash, not granting a single nomination in 1980.

7. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Cosmo’s Factory”

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Cosmo’s Factory,” a defining album with classics like “Travelin’ Band” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” surprisingly went unrecognized by the Grammys. This oversight remains a glaring omission in the awards’ history.

6. Joni Mitchell – “Court and Spark”

Joni Mitchell, a trailblazer in folk music, presented a new language with “Court and Spark.” The Grammys missed the chance to honor Mitchell’s groundbreaking work in the early ’70s, a period of musical reinvention.

5. Pink Floyd – “The Dark Side of the Moon”

Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” a sleek and polished pop masterpiece, mystifyingly escaped Grammy nominations. The album’s absence from the winner’s circle remains one of the Grammys’ enduring mysteries.

4. The Rolling Stones – “Exile on Main St.”

“Exile on Main St.,” the Rolling Stones’ profound work, was bypassed by the Grammys during its time. Despite the band’s later recognition, this album’s lack of acknowledgment remains a significant oversight.

3. The Who – “Who’s Next”

“The Who’s Next,” a departure from their rock operas, stands as their most cohesive and ambitious creative statement. Despite its groundbreaking impact on radio rock, the Grammys failed to recognize the dawn of the ’70s.

2. Bob Dylan – “Highway 61 Revisited”

Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” earns its spot on the list, marking Dylan’s bold transition from folk rock to a tougher, more modern sound. With electric guitar and organ, Dylan ventured into uncharted musical territory, making an epochal shift in pop music. Alongside other transformative albums like “Pet Sounds,” “Rubber Soul,” “Revolver,” and The Velvet Underground and Nico, “Highway 61 Revisited” showcased pop’s evolution into high art. While the Grammy voters may have struggled to recognize this monumental shift at the time, the album remains a testament to Dylan’s enduring influence and innovation.

1. The Beatles – “Rubber Soul”

While The Beatles reshaped rock music throughout their career, “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” were where the heavy lifting occurred. The Grammys missed the chance to honor these transformative albums that influenced generations of musicians.

Don’t Miss Out! Sign up for the Latest Updates

Premium Partners

Society of Rock partner World War Wings
Society of Rock partner Daily Rock Box
Society of Rock partner Country Music Nation
Society of Rock partner Country Rebel
Society of Rock partner I Love Classic Rock
Society of Rock partner Rock Pasta

Interested in becoming a partner?

Contact us for more info.