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The Queen Is Dead (album) by The Smiths 

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The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths (1986)
Overall rank: 22nd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
87/100 (from 1,287 votes)
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Accolades: Best album of 1986 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 1980s (2nd)
Top 50 albums of all time (22nd)

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The Queen Is Dead is ranked as the best album by The Smiths.

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Average Rating: 
87/100 (from 1,287 votes)
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75/100
From Roal 4 days ago
Clearly their best work if not counting any compilations.
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From Roal 4 days ago
To die by ur side the pleasure and privileged is mine.
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85/100
From RobertChristgau 05/09/2015 19:05
After disliking their other albums instantly, I was confused enough by my instant attraction to table this one, especially since I had no stomach for the comparisons I knew an investigation would entail. And indeed, I still can't stand the others. But here Morrissey wears his wit on his sleeve, dishing the queen like Johnny Rotten never did and kissing off a day-job boss who's no Mr. Sellack. This makes it easier to go along on his moonier escapades, like when he reveals that looks and fame don't guarantee a good social life. Which gives you time to notice the tunes, the guitars, the backup munchkins.

85/100 = B+
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90/100
From calsper 04/17/2015 00:53


A fantastic and explosive pop record!

Searingly sounding and lyrically great, Johnny Marr finally pulled of this great band's best in 1986 - it really touches me with each listen how great all the songs are! Morrissey's best performance to date on this record as well with gleaming, British and smooth vocals and sounds.

Truly a masterpiece and awe inspiring for me personally.
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From CharlesHnz96 03/26/2015 08:30
Definitely the best album of the smiths , the real sound of the band...
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From bestdressed 03/10/2015 09:54
Great album but it's not the Smiths' best IMO. It's the 3rd best behind the debut and Meat is Murder. I think the other albums are more upbeat (faster) and Johnny Marr showcases his skills more.
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From rnmusic1983 02/12/2015 22:40
every track on this is just stunning , the queen is dead is probably the best opening to an album ive heard , there is a light that never goes out is so good , easy one of my fav ever albums, the smiths must never have been crap
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From poppmusic 01/12/2015 23:14
I don't really get it...Morissey is a great singer, and "The Queen Is Dead" (the song) is incredible. Then there's the rest of the album...like, it's kind of funny, but it gets repetitive, and some of it is just stupid (tks 8 + 10), others plain morbid (3, 4) and the music isn't exactly exceptional either. So I don't really get the best album ever claims...
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From Robertstorm 01/08/2015 11:36
One of the best albums I've ever heard, and probably their best. Favourite Songs: Some girls are bigger..., the boy with the horn..., there is a light that never... ( the best song in the album), Frankly Mr. Shankly, ....
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From ItSaysDilbert 12/04/2014 23:41
Great Album! Morrissey's vocals are my favourite aspect of the album. My favourite song on the album would have to be "Bigmouth Strikes Again".

Favorite Tracks: Frankly, Mr. Shankly, I Know It's Over, Bigmouth Strikes Again, The Boy with the Horn in His Side, There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

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