Stop Making Sense (live album) by Talking Heads

Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
(Live album)
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 450th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 599 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1984 (11th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (60th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (450th)
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Talking Heads bestography

Stop Making Sense is ranked 4th 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 30 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 35,771.

Talking Heads album bestography « Higher ranked (386th) This album (450th) Lower ranked (474th) »
Speaking In TonguesStop Making SenseTalking Heads: 77

Upcoming concerts

Aug
13
Fri
20:00
Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, Nashville, United States. United States
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Oct
15
Fri
20:00
Start Making Sense: A Talking Heads Tribute
Elevation 27, Virginia Beach, United States. United States
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Oct
31
Sun
17:00
Talking Something: Big Something Talking Heads Tribute Show
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington, United States. United States
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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 87 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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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 82.6/100, a mean average of 81.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.7.

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95/100
From 05/07/2021 16:46
The definitive versions of some of the Head's best songs. In terms of visual experience, easily the best concert film of all time.
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From 05/12/2020 23:13
Before this album, I had never encountered a live album I liked. But this is so well put together it immediately became one of my all time favorites, and has remained as such ever since.
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From 07/13/2019 15:22
Experiencing a record album the way an artist/producer arranges it is a gift from art. Personally, I love albums, but I love live music even more. And most live performances are compilations of songs and stories and themes from different albums. That being said, this is the best live concert video I have ever seen. Maybe my opinion of a video should not be transferred to a soundtrack CD; but I cannot hear the soundtrack without seeing the video in my mind. After all, isn't what music does to your heart and soul and mind what counts?
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From 07/05/2019 14:02
I lived off this as my only Talking Heads album for years. Don't know what took me so long to get into their studio albums because this is a brilliant album. Agree that if you like it listen to the extended live album - well worth it
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From 05/21/2019 16:35
Great tracks, works better as a film, doesn't seem as cohesive audially.
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85/100
From 09/26/2018 18:17
The Special Edition, which includes more live versions, is amazing! I would recommend listening to that one
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From 06/12/2018 11:53
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 03/16/2018 00:28
I wish they’d release the full album on vinyl it’s frankly the best concert album of all time.
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From 02/21/2018 02:40
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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From 12/13/2017 10:27
Im going to rate this as the expanded album. Greatest concert film of all time and brilliant show overall. Perfect!
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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
3. The Smiths by The Smiths
4. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
5. Let It Be by The Replacements
6. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
7. Double Nickels On The Dime by Minutemen
8. Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers
9. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
10. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
11. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
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13. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
14. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
15. Reckoning by R.E.M.
16. 1984 by Van Halen
17. Diamond Life by Sade
18. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
19. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
20. Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa by Keith Jarrett / Gidon Kremer; Dennis Russell Davies / Staatsorchester Stuttgart; The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Saulius Sondeckis / Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra / Alfred Schnittke
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