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Joy Division United Kingdom 

See also: Warsaw.

The best album by Joy Division is Unknown Pleasures which is ranked number 36 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 41,135.

Joy Division is ranked number 26 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 72,039.

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Joy Division best albums

The following albums by Joy Division are ranked highest in the greatest album charts:

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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,201 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:41,086
Rank in 1970s11Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,371 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:910 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:28,056
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,184 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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3.

Substance
Compilation
United Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1988Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1988:18Rank Score:2,095
Rank in 1980s152Overall Rank:961
Average Rating:  81/100 (252 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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4.

Still
Compilation
United Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1981Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1981:76Rank Score:350
Rank in 1980s658Overall Rank:4,097
Average Rating:  76/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

WarsawUnited Kingdom Warsaw
Year of Release:1994Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1994:171Rank Score:165
Rank in 1990s1,488Overall Rank:7,298
Average Rating:  75/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979United Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:2001Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 2001:240Rank Score:114
Rank in 2000s2,518Overall Rank:9,770
Average Rating:  81/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

The Best Of Joy Division
Compilation
United Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:2008Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 2008:484Rank Score:66
Rank in 2000s4,202Overall Rank:15,537
Average Rating:  74/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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8.

Heart And Soul
Compilation
United Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1997Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1997:372Rank Score:58
Rank in 1990s3,496Overall Rank:16,886
Average Rating:  75/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.

PermanentUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1995Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1995:508Rank Score:23
Rank in 1990s4,918Overall Rank:24,308
Average Rating:  77/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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10.

The Peel Sessions
Compilation
United Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1990Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1990:431Rank Score:18
Rank in 1990s5,349Overall Rank:26,584
Average Rating:  78/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Overall band rank: 26

This may not be a complete discography for Joy Division. This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear in at least one chart on this site. If an album is 'missing' that you think deserves to be here, you can include it in your own chart from the My Charts page!

Joy Division best tracks

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1.Love Will Tear Us Apart
(from the album Substance)
 92/100 (324 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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2.Disorder
(from the album Unknown Pleasures)
 91/100 (370 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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3.She's Lost Control
(from the album Unknown Pleasures)
 91/100 (339 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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4.Decades
(from the album Closer)
 90/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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5.Shadowplay
(from the album Unknown Pleasures)
 90/100 (314 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.Atmosphere
(from the album Substance)
 90/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.New Dawn Fades
(from the album Unknown Pleasures)
 89/100 (275 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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8.Transmission
(from the album Substance)
 89/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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9.Twenty Four Hours
(from the album Closer)
 88/100 (221 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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10.She's Lost Control
(from the album Substance)
 88/100 (79 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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11.The Eternal
(from the album Closer)
 87/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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12.Day Of The Lords
(from the album Unknown Pleasures)
 87/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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13.Isolation
(from the album Closer)
 86/100 (221 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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14.Interzone
(from the album Unknown Pleasures)
 86/100 (236 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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15.Heart & Soul
(from the album Closer)
 85/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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16.Insight
(from the album Unknown Pleasures)
 85/100 (240 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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17.I Remember Nothing
(from the album Unknown Pleasures)
 85/100 (229 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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18.Dead Souls
(from the album Substance)
 85/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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19.Atrocity Exhibition
(from the album Closer)
 85/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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20.Wilderness
(from the album Unknown Pleasures)
 84/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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85/100 (from 210 votes)
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From LordMark 12/11/2016 21:57
Joy Division is one of those rare bands where the bassist is arguably the most essential member. Unknown Pleasures, Closer, and Substance are among my favourite albums ever recorded.
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From souplipton 09/04/2016 21:05
Joy Division is one the most unique, and uniquely powerful bands ever. Their music is extremely emotional, and gives off a sense of loneliness and isolation which is unparalleled. The loss of Ian Curtis is one of the biggest tragedies in music history.
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From Gerard1968 06/15/2016 17:16
Did you know that an earlier incarnation of the band were called Boy Division; Ian, Barney, Stephen & Hookie would sit on stools, sing Ian's dark lyric in unison, standing up for the second chorus
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From DeusExMackia 05/18/2016 17:59
(Rewriting my comment, as my previous simply doesn't do them justice.)

Take Joy Division for what they were literally, and you have a superbly dark and moody band who captured the very essence of their time and place and converted it into music.

Go further than that and you will discover one of the most hard-hitting, innovative and truly groundbreaking bands of all time. Their influence alone is proof enough of their skill - it stretches far beyond the realms of Post-Punk and far into all forms of modern culture.

It's been said a million times before, but there is no denying how Ian Curtis drove this band. His words, most importantly, define Joy Divisions legacy. But there can also be no doubt that the work of his fellow band members - Sumners, Hook, Morris - and that of their producer Martin Harnett helped to vastly expand Curtis' message and give it more life and figure than they could have possibly imagined.

I don't see a band when I see Joy Division, I see a vision. That vision was so well realised and so well designed that the music it produced continues to be just as powerful, bold and enlightening today as it was in the late 70s. Perhaps it is even made more effective by the tragedy of Ian Curtis, who's story is so deeply woven into Joy Division's sound and perception.

Few artists can claim to be quite as effective as Joy Division, and almost none can claim to be better. One of the most important, groundbreaking and incredible bands of all time.
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From Deckiller 04/25/2016 06:25
Undeniably classic, innovative, and influential. I was drawn in by the proto-80s production, Morrison-esque singing and atmosphere, and bass dominance. Don't let their punk roots scare you off.
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From Gerard1968 02/20/2016 21:20
For those who don't know the band's original name was Warsaw, and there is an eponymously named Warsaw album that I have It contains early recordings of JD songs, plus a few others. The band left too little, every morsel should be treasured.
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From Gerard1968 02/20/2016 21:09
Did you know that Hooky's aunty Joyce was dab hand at slicing perfectly uniform pieces of Eccles cake. This is how the band got their name.
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From Grzywa 01/07/2016 23:37
Up there with a few others as one of the most influential acts ever. Like Beatles years before, they met their match with a great producer Martin Hannett. Had it not been for him, Unknown Pleasures or Closer would not sound so intriguing, no matter how deep Ian's lyrics are, or what great basslines Hooky delivered.
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From awesomness425 07/17/2015 06:06
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From gon2bed 06/19/2015 11:54
Only three of the eleven albums on this website were released before Ian Curtis' death. Well Closer was released a week later I believe but it was recorded before.

For the three albums they had, two are great but I think this shows how much a death over-rates a band. Two albums is not enough to be considered one of the best bands of all time. They were one of the best for a few years in the late 70's. Influence doesn't equal the best for me, I judge on the music. I would say they are definitely in the top 100 bands of all time, but not top 30.

I know many will disagree with me but that's ok. The amount of quality does play a part for me, all that said they have a cult following for two of their albums and I like the albums too. Shame he took his life for depression. R.I.P.
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