Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums Ranked From Worst To Best

From humble beginnings, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have grown into one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.

Founded in 1983 by a band of high school students, the band – initially consisting of vocalist Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Hillel Slovak, bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary and drummer Jack Irons – found common ground in their love of funk and punk. Combining these styles would help the band find a style, but it would take time to develop. At first, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were a work in progress, trying to find the right balance in their musical influences. Lineup changes would also affect the band, with a rotating roster of drummers and guitarists teaming up with Flea and Kiedis.

The arrival of Chad Smith in 1988 would bring stability behind the kit. Guitarist John Frusciante arrived the same year, replacing the late Slovak. While Frusciante would become the band’s longest-serving guitarist, his struggles (including drug addiction) would force him to quit the band twice.

After his first start in 1992, Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction joined the ranks of the Chili Peppers for a polarizing period in the band’s history. Frusciante returned in 1998, helping to usher in the band’s biggest commercial successes. When Frusciante left again in 2009, newcomer Josh Klinghoffer stepped in, ensuring the band didn’t miss a milestone during their decade in the band.

Through it all, the band have managed to carve out a legendary career, releasing records that have spanned almost four decades now. We rank all Red Hot Chili Peppers albums from worst to best.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Album Chart

The funk rockers delivered some timeless classics…and some unforgettable releases too.

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