Mötley Crüe Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Mötley Crüe Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Mötley Crüe were formed in Hollywood, California, USA in 1981 and apart from a few breaks over the years, the lineup has remained the same. The band members are Nikki Sixx (bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Mick Mars (lead & Rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Vince Neil (lead vocals, occasional guitar) and Tommy Lee (drums, backing vocals and piano).

In 2014 the band announced their retirement tour and signed a “cessation of touring agreement”, which meant they could never tour under the name of Mötley Crüe after the end of 2015. They performed what was advertised as their last ever show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on new year’s eve 2015. In September 2018 Mötley Crüe had recorded 4 new songs for the band’s biopic “The Dirt” which was released on Netflix on March 22nd 2019.

Best Mötley Crüe Albums Of All Time

Mötley Crüe released 10 albums before announcing in 2014 that they would be retiring in 2015. As always we will rank them as we see them from the rest to the best.

10. Generation Swine (1997)

Released on June 24th 1997 this was the band’s 7th studio album. This was the band’s last album with Elektra Records and the last to feature Tommy Lee for 11 years until “Saints Of Los Angeles” (2008). 

It’s also the album that Vince Neil returned for after he left the band in 1991. 

They released 3 singles from this album which were “Afraid”, “Beauty” and “Glitter (Remix)”.

The album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US and number 80 in the UK.

9. New Tattoo (2000)

“New Tattoo” is Mötley Crüe’s 8th studio album which was released on July 11th 2000. This was the band’s only album not to feature Tommy Lee on drums as he had left the previous year and was replaced by Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne).

There were 3 singles released from this album which were; “Hell On High Heels”, “New Tattoo” and “Treat Me Like The Dog I Am”.

On the tour to support this album, drummer Randy Castillo fell ill and was replaced by Samantha Maloney (Hole).

The album peaked at number 41 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 17 on the Japanese Oricon album chart.

SEE ALSO: New Tattoo Lyrics & Guitar Chords

8. Live: Entertainment Or Death (1999)

This was the band’s first official live album which was released on November 23rd 1999. It had been recorded over a 17 year period during various live shows performed by the band.

There was some controversy about this album at the time of its release because “Metal Sludge” website had revealed that a small number of tracks had been “redone” or “touched up” in the studio. This called the album’s “Live” authenticity into question.

The 2 CD album contains no tracks from their self-titled 1994 album or their 1997 album “Generation Swine” Nikki Sixx said in a 2000 interview; “

We picked the stuff that sounded the best without having to touch it up, We still play some of those songs in the set; they just didn’t make the final tracklisting. 

Nikki Sixx

The album peaked at number 133 on the Billboard 200 chart.

7. Mötley Crüe (1994)

Released on March 15th 1994 this was the band’s 6th studio album. It was their only album with vocalist John Corabi and their first album of new material since “Dr. Feelgood” (1989).

This was also the first album since the band signed a $25 million contract with Elektra Records.

There were 2 singles released from this album which were “Hooligan’s Holiday” and “ Misunderstood”.

The album peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 17 on the UK album charts.

6. Saints Of Los Angeles (2008)

This was the band’s 9th and final studio album  which was released on June 24th 2008. It was their first full length album since “Generation Swine” (1997).

There were 3 singles released from this album which were; “Saints Of Los Angeles”, “Mutherf#@ker Of The Year” and “White Trash Circus”. The title track was released as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band.

One of the songwriters for this album was Marti Frederiksen who works with Aerosmith on occasion.

The album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 78 in the UK.

SEE ALSO: The Very Best Aerosmith Songs Of All Time (list with chords & lyrics)

5. Too Fast For Love (1982)

“Too Fast For Love” was the band’s debut album which was released on November 10th 1981. It was originally released on the band’s Leathür Records label, after they signed with Elektra Records it was re-released with a different track listing and different artwork and all subsequent re-issues are made from the Elektra copy.

There were 2 singles released from this album which were; “Stick To Your Guns” and “Live Wire”. 

The album peaked at number 77 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US.

4. Theatre Of Pain (1985)

Released on June 21st 1985, this was the band’s 3rd studio album. This was the album that saw the band move from a heavy metal band to a more glam metal sounding band. The working title for this album was “Entertainment Or Death”.

At the time this album came out, Vince Neil was charged with Vehicular manslaughter after a car crash which killed Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley the drummer with the band Hanoi Rocks.

There were 3 singles released from this album which were; “Smokin’ In The Boys Room”, “Home Sweet Home” and “Keep Your Eye On The Money”.

The album peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 36 on the UK album charts.

SEE ALSO: Home Sweet Home Lyrics & Guitar Chords

3. Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)

This was the 4th studio album by Mötley Crüe which was released on May 15th 1987. This album has a much more blues-like feel about it which was received very positively by music critics.

There were 3 singles released from this album which were; “Girls, Girls, Girls”, “Wild Side” and “You’re All I Need”. “Wild Side” was a popular choice on MTV which helped the chart position of the album.

The album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and was kept from the number one spot by Whitney Houston’s album “Whitney”. The album peaked at number 4 in Canada, Number 3 in Finland and number 14 in the UK.

SEE ALSO: Girls Girls Girls Lyrics & Guitar Chords

2. Shout At The Devil (1983) 

Released on September 26th 1983, “Shout At The Devil” was the band’s 2nd studio album. It was their breakthrough album, and established them as one of the top heavy metal bands of the 1980s. 

The album sold 200,000 copies in its first 2 weeks of release.

Just before recording this album Mötley Crüe were booted off their support spot on the Kiss “Creatures Of The Night” tour due to their “bad behaviour”. At that time the band were notoriously badly behaved which culminated in Nikki Sixx fighting with a group of Hells Angels bikers who turned out to be undercover cops which resulted in Sixx being arrested.

There were 3 singles released from this album which were “Looks That Kill”, a cover of The Beatles song “Helter Skelter” and “Too Young To Fall In Love”.

The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 23 on the Canadian RPM chart.

1. Dr. Feelgood (1989)

This was the band’s 5th studio album which was released on August 28th 1989. It is widely accepted as the band’s best studio album by fans and critics alike. 

It was also the last album to feature Vince Neil until “Generation Swine” (1997).  The album’s producer Bob Rock decided to have each band member record their parts separately to allow for a smoother recording process due to in-band fighting.

There were 5 singles released from this album which were; “Dr. Feelgood”, “Kickstart My Heart”, “Without You”, “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” and “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)”.

The track “Sticky Sweet” features Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Bryan Adams on backing vocals. 

The album was Mötley Crüe’s only number one album on the Billboard 200 chart. It peaked at number 4 on the UK album charts and number 7 in Canada.

SEE ALSO: Dr Feelgood By Motley Crue Lyrics & Guitar Chords

All Mötley Crüe Albums In Chronological Order

AlbumDate
Too Fast for Love1981
Shout at the Devil 1983
Theatre Of Pain1985
Girls, Girls, Girls1987
Dr. Feelgood1989
Mötley Crüe1994
Generation Swine 1997
Live: Entertainment Or Death 1999
New Tattoo2000
Saints of Los Angeles2008

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best selling Mötley Crüe album?

The best selling Mötley Crüe album is “Dr. Feelgood” which has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide.

What is the newest Mötley Crüe album?

The newest Mötley Crüe album is “Saints Of Los Angeles” which was released on June 24th 2008.

What is the first Mötley Crüe album?

The first Mötley Crüe album is “Too Fast For Love” which was released on November 10th 1981.

What is Mötley Crüe’s most famous song?

Mötley Crüe’s most famous song is “Dr. Feelgood” which was taken from the album of the same name.

When did Mötley Crüe start?

Mötley Crüe were formed in Hollywood, California, USA in 1981.

What genre is Mötley Crüe?

The genres ascribed to Mötley Crüe are; Hard rock, glam metal and heavy metal.

Who are the members of Mötley Crüe?

The members of Mötley Crüe are; Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Vince Neil. Past members are; John Corabi and Randy Castillo.

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