Louder Than Bombs (compilation album) by The Smiths

Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths
(Compilation album)
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 617th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 626 votes)
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Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (95th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (617th)
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Louder Than Bombs is ranked 6th best out of 15 albums by The Smiths on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Smiths is The Queen Is Dead which is ranked number 17 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 41,880.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.1/100, a mean average of 81.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.4.

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90/100
From 37 hours ago
Great compilation, but I prefer Hatful Of Hollow, mostly because of raw, post-punk sound that they had, but it's the matter of personal taste. On this album Sheila Take A Bow, Sweet And Tender Hooligan, Panic and London are probably the biggest bangers, but we have some sad lyrical masterpieces here like Ask, Asleep, Unloveable and Half A Person all of them accompanied with Johnny Marr's excellent guitar work. Of course we have soke great tracks that we had already on on Hatful Of Hollow so I will not write about them here.
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80/100
From 05/03/2021 22:08
Essa banda não tem nem dsicarte de b-side! Tudo de primeira qualidade!
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From 05/27/2020 06:19
Their 5th best lp. Meh.
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From 12/31/2018 07:21
What made The Smiths so great was even their B-Sides were good , not all but most . Case in point this compilation and the following killer B-Sides:

-Is It Really So Strange ?
-Sweet and Tender Hooligan
-Half a Person
-London
-Oscillate Wildly
-Rubber Ring
-Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
-Unlovable
-Asleep

Think about it ? That bunch of tracks were B-Sides ! . Ridiculous


'Louder Than Bombs' was released in America as a cousin to their British compilation 'The World Won't Listen' and consists of all singles and nearly all B-sides that had not at that point been available in the United States, either on single or album, with a few other tracks added.

Brilliant , minus the simply awful "Golden Lights" which is hands down the worst Smiths track ... period
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90/100
From 11/29/2018 22:02
I don't know, this doesn't feel like an album as much as "The Hatful of Hollow" but oh. my. god, there are so many good songs here.
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85/100
From 01/06/2018 21:32
Too good.
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From 03/21/2017 22:20
I typically don't like to consider compilations as proper albums and avoid putting them in my charts, but for this and Hatful of Hollow, I make an exception. Most of these tracks don't show up on any of the Smiths' studio releases, so might as well rate it as any other album.
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From 06/11/2016 17:06
Yet another Smith's compilation(paint a vulgar picture, anyone?), but you can't argue with the quality of music on offer. Panic, hand in glove, half a person, are off course all great on an album that flows nicely for a comp. Extremely enjoyable.
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From 03/31/2016 22:30
I agree that a lot of the songs on here flow very well. It's up to opinion what songs people like. The second half isn't as "put together" as the first, but I'm sure some people can find enjoyment in some of the songs there as well. Great for a compilation album.
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From 02/27/2016 17:34
A collection of killer tracks: These Things Take Time, Panic, Sweet and Tender Hooligan, Back to the Old House are among their finest songs. Great !
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Best Albums of 1987
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2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
3. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
4. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
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6. Bad by Michael Jackson
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