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Stop Making Sense (album) by Talking Heads

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Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads (1984)
Overall rank: 442nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 516 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1984 (11th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (59th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (442nd)

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Talking Heads bestography

Stop Making Sense is ranked 3rd best out of 15 albums by Talking Heads on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Talking Heads is Remain In Light which is ranked number 39 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 47,207.

Talking Heads album bestography « Higher ranked (286th) This album (442nd) Lower ranked (461st) »
Fear Of MusicStop Making SenseTalking Heads: 77

Members who like this album also like: Remain In Light by Talking Heads, London Calling by The Clash and Doolittle by Pixies.

Upcoming concerts (searched for 'Talking Heads')

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Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute Concert Cruise
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Start Making Sense - Tribute To Talking Heads
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Stop Making Sense rankings

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 516 votes)
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From Laujas
Great tracks, works better as a film, doesn't seem as cohesive audially.
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From lleon79
The Special Edition, which includes more live versions, is amazing! I would recommend listening to that one
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85/100
From Brad1770
Stop Making Sense is a stone cold classic and almost perfect from top to bottom , the live versions of these album tracks absolutely spring to life and pop with energy and vigour . I much prefer these live renditions

Viewing the movie is an absolute must and is freely available free on-line , I recently re-watched it for the first time in years and it reminded me what truly remarkable piece of cinematography it is . Byrnes on stage energy has to be seen to be believed

My other recommendation is to check out the full 16 track concert for the definitive SMS listening experience (make sure you skip past The Tom Tom Club bit because it pretty much sucks), the 9 track abridged version whilst totally awesome makes the listener feel short changed as it is over in the blink of an eye

SMS would easily be in my all time top 20 albums were it not for my no live/compilations rule

SMS is timeless and totally breathtaking

Stop Making Sense completely Makes Sense

85/100 ( not 100 / 100 due to Tom Tom club)
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From JackCox
I wish they’d release the full album on vinyl it’s frankly the best concert album of all time.
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80/100
From Ashmark
Plenty of Talking Heads awesomeness to get your teeth stuck in to. Girlfriend is Better is my favourite song on this album. Still, you don’t know Talking Heads until you experience the Remain In Light album.
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Im going to rate this as the expanded album. Greatest concert film of all time and brilliant show overall. Perfect!
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90/100
My second favorite live album after Live At Leeds.
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From Scoott
Live in Rome 1980 easily better than Stop Making Sense imo. The band was at their creative peak and the expanded lineup with the afro band and Adrian Belew is too good. Maybe I just feel this way because I'm a huge RIL fanboy, lol. The life during wartime performance on this concert blows any other TH performance out of the water though.
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If it wasn't a compilation, it would have been on my top-10
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From Onater
The original 9-track album, the one listed on this site, is a pretty OK live album, but the concert film that this is taken from, and the 1999 re-release of the album that contains all of the tracks from the film, is the kind of thing that will make you never be able to appreciate concerts the same way again because nothing will ever be able to compare to the absolute perfection that this is.
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