For every critical favorite like Radiohead and Arcade Fire, there are dozens of bands that feel the wrath of the music scribe. But the critic's word has always been far from making or breaking an act. These 20 albums defied all critical wonkery and went on to become platinum best-sellers. Click through to see what records made our list.
It's hard to believe, but when Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album arrived in 1970, not everyone gave the metal overlords an enthusiastic welcome. In his Rolling Stone review, Lester Bangs said "the whole album is a shuck — despite the murky songtitles and some inane lyrics that sound like Vanilla Fudge paying doggerel tribute to Aleister Crowley, the album has nothing to do with spiritualism, the occult, or anything much except stiff recitations of Cream clichés that sound like the musicians learned them out of a book, grinding on and on with dogged persistence." Still, Satan prevailed and a genre was launched.