Motorhead Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)
Motorhead were formed in London, England in 1975 by Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) (bass, primary songwriter and lead vocals), Lucas Fox (drums) and Larry Wallis (guitar). Over the years Motorhead have had many guitarists and drummers with Lemmy being the only constant member. Most of their most popular and best selling albums and singles feature “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitar and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor on drums.
Lemmy died on December 28th 2015, the day after that the band disbanded and within 3 years of that date all 3 members of Motorhead’s lineup were dead.
Best Motorhead Albums Of All Time
Motorhead’s back catalogue includes 23 studio albums, 10 live albums, 12 compilation albums and 5 EPs. Motorhead hold a unique position in the music industry being favoured by both metalheads and punks. Lemmy has always said they were a rock’n’roll band and that Motorhead had more in common with punk bands but with their own unique sound.
Ranking Motorhead albums from worst to best is quite funny when you consider that during their early years Motorhead were nicknamed “The worst band in the world”, only to top the British charts just a few years later. They were the forerunners of thrash metal and always claimed they were rock n roll artists.
Here then are our Motorhead albums ranked from worst to best and as always we only include studio albums in our rankings and as always if you don’t agree with our rankings let us know why and how you’d rank them differently in the comments.
23. March Or Die (1992)
We’ve ranked this as the worst purely because it was the album made after Motorhead’s only corporate sell out. It could have all been so different, what with appearances on the album by Ozzy Osbourne and Slash, but it didn’t work out too well for the band.
22.Snake Bite Love (1998)
Lemmy admitted that just 6 weeks before recording they never had one song for this album, and he had the ‘flu as well. The album barely contained any really decent material at all, the only exception really being “Love For Sale”.
21. Hammered (2002)
Another album that was cobbled together at the last minute, “Hammered” had the lyrics written in the studio to tunes that had taken Phil Cambell and Mikkey Dee less than a month to produce. There are a couple of stand out tracks “Walking A Crooked Mile” and “Red Raw” but apart from that, not their best work.
20. Inferno (2004)
This album had the distinct feeling it was going nowhere musically. Probably because it was their first with producer Cameron Webb who wanted the band to be far heavier sounding than they were. Lemmy was always adamant that Motorhead were rock n rollers and not metalheads, so there was always going to be friction.
19. Kiss Of Death (2006)
This was the first album recorded after Lemmy turned 60 which is probably why it’s called “Kiss Of Death” but apart from a couple of stand out tracks, it didn’t really do too much for us die hard fans even with the guest appearances of C.C.Deville and Mike Inez. The stand out tracks are “Christie”, “Kingdom of the Worm” and “Sucker”.
18. Sacrifice (1995)
In many ways “Sacrifice” was a great album but it lacked something. It turns out that it was the last album that Wurzel played on which might have something to do with the lack of cohesion. Don’t take this the wrong way, it’s a great album, just not up there with the greats.
17. Iron Fist (1982)
An overall great album which shows the amount of quality material Motorhead produced if this can only make number 17! By far the stand out track is the title track which proved to be ever popular with the fans. This was the last studio album produced by the classic trio of Lemmy, Fast Eddie and Philthy Animal.
16. Motörizer (2008)
This was Motorhead’s 19th studio album and their last on the Steamhammer label. Lemmy described the track “Runaround Man” as “nonsense set to an infectious beat.” He said of “The Thousand Names of God”, “It’s completely extraneous, the title… It’s about soldiers being conned into going into battle, for like, business men. It isn’t even a cause anymore.” Nevertheless, it’s one of the album’s stand out tracks along with,”English Rose” and “Teach You How To Sing The Blues”.
15. The World Is Yours (2010)
Lemmy dedicated this album to his old friend Ronnie James Dio who had died from cancer. With stand out tracks like “Brotherhood Of Man”, “Born To Lose” and “I Know How To Die” this was always going to rank fairly high up in our rankings.
14. We Are Motorhead (2000)
Motorhead started the new millennium pretty much the same way they ended the last one, by rocking hard. Just to reiterate the bands long held connection to the punk scene, this album contains a cover of the Sex Pistols “God Save The Queen”.
13. Overnight Sensation (1996)
After Wurzel went, Motorhead were back to being a trio again. The transition from two guitars to one does show a bit on this album, but with songs like “Broken”, “I Don’t Believe A Word” and “Crazy Like A Fox” who cares?
12. Bastards (1993)
Just pure Motorhead, with such outstanding tracks as “Born To Raise Hell”, “Burner” and “Death or Glory” this has to be one of their best albums, and yet we still have 11 to go.
11. On Parole (1979)
This was their 4th studio album but it had been scheduled as their first album due to the record company being unsure of it. However, due to the success of “Overkill” and “Bomber” that same year it was released without the band’s permission. It’s an extremely bluesy feeling album, we like it.
10. Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987)
This was their 8th studio album and their last with the GWR label and it only reached number 34 in the UK album charts which made it Motorhead’s worst performing album of all time. With that said it produced some stand out tracks including “Traitor”,”Boogeyman” and “Dogs”. The album also contains the single “Eat The Rich” that Lemmy wrote for the film by Peter Richardson that Lemmy had a small part in.
9. Bad Magic (2015)
This was the band’s last studio album and has a real bluesy feel about it. The band recorded a cover of “Sympathy For The Devil” at the request of Triple H the pro wrestler. Stand out tracks include; “Victory Or Die”, “Electricity” and “Till The End”.
8. 1916 (1991)
The title track was in memory of all the soldiers who fell during the first world war, specifically the battle of the Somme. It relied heavily on the sound of the keyboard which was unusual for a Motorhead track. Stand out tracks include; “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” and “I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)”.
7. Aftershock (2013)
This is the Motorhead album that had it all (nearly), from rock’n’roll, metal and blues all wrapped up in one album. Stand out tracks include; “Going To Mexico”, “Crying Shame” and “Loose Woman Blues”.
6. Orgasmatron (1986)
This is by far Motorhead’s most heavy album with tracks like; “Deaf Forever”, “Doctor Rock” and the title track standing out for us. The album was originally going to be called “Ridin’ With The Driver” which explains the train on the album cover.
5. Motörhead (1977)
This was their debut release even though it wasn’t their first recorded album. Tracks like “White Line Fever”, “Iron Horse/Born To Lose” and the title track stand out. The track “Motörhead” was a remnant from Lemmy’s days with Hawkwind.
4. Another Perfect Day (1983)
This was the only album to feature Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy) on guitar, and as a result, it has an extremely bluesy feel to it. Stand out tracks include; “One Track Mind”, “Die You Bastard” and the title track.
3. Bomber (1979)
Two albums in one year and both excellent, that’s how “Bomber” and “Overkill” have been described. Stand out tracks include; “Poison”, “Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Lawman”. Plus of course the title track that became such a regular at their live shows.
2. Ace Of Spades (1980)
If we could have, we would have had a joint first place because there’s so little to distinguish between this and our number one ranking Motorhead album. This album had it all, it was made for radio and also stuck to Lemmy’s hard rocking ideals. We don’t need to mention outstanding tracks on this one, but we will; “Ace Of Spades”, “Jailbait” and “(We Are) The Roadcrew”.
1. Overkill (1979)
This was the album that established Motorhead and it’s jam packed with classic tracks like; “Stay Clean”, “”Capricorn”, “Tear Ya Down” and “No Class”. This album sounds so simple and yet that simplicity took a lot of hard work to achieve.
All Motorhead Albums In Chronological Order
|Ace Of Spades||1980|
|Another Perfect Day||1983|
|Rock ‘n’ Roll||1987|
|March ör Die||1992|
|Snake Bite Love||1998|
|We Are Motörhead||2000|
|Kiss of Death||2006|
|The Wörld Is Yours||2010|
Frequently Asked Questions
The overall best selling album by Motorhead is “No Sleep `Til Hammersmith” (1981) which was a live album and has sold more than 110,000 copies. Their best selling studio album is “Ace Of Spades (1980) which has sold more than 100,000 copies.
The newest Motorhead album was “Bad Magic” which was released on August 28th 2015.
The first Motorhead album to be released was “Motörhead” which was released on August 21st 1977. Their first recorded album was actually released 3 years after it was recorded, and was released under the title “On Parole” on December 8th 1979.
Motorhead’s most famous song is “Ace Of Spades” which was released on October 27th 1980 and taken from the album of the same name.
Motorhead were formed in London, England, UK in 1975.
Motorhead’s genres include; Speed metal, heavy metal, hard rock and rock and roll.
The only constant member of motorhead was Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, other members included; Pete Gill, Eddie Clarke, Larry Wallis, Michael Burston, Phil Taylor, Phil Campbell, Lucas Fox, Brian Robertson and Mikkey Dee.