Unknown Pleasures (studio album) by Joy Division

Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 35th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
87/100 (from 2,166 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1979 (3rd)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1970s (8th)
Award Top 50 albums of all time (35th)
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Average Rating: 
87/100 (from 2,166 votes)
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06/23/2022 14:39 conallmalone  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,48574/100

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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 86.6/100, a mean average of 85.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 86.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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95/100
From 06/23/2022 21:46
Probably the greatest post punk album, almost every song on here is captivating and great in its own way. I really like dark, haunting and heavy atmosphere that maintains through entire record. Disorder, New Dawn Fades, She's Lost Control and Shadowplay are masterpieces.
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80/100
From 04/13/2022 17:06
Dark and challenging mostly where the moments of sparseness feel like respite. There is real substance here but needs multiple listens to get more out of it.
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60/100
From 03/07/2022 18:53
This album combines the sparse, uninspired music of a college band that hasn’t yet learned how to write interesting songs with the permanently flat (musically and emotionally) voice of Ian Curtis.

Disorder had an interesting hook. Then the record slid precipitously off a cliff.
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55/100
From 01/29/2022 17:21
I didn't get the hype on this one.
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85/100
From 11/02/2021 22:47
Post punk in the form that everyone knows it best.
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From 10/14/2021 18:24
monotone driving heavily drum based post punk
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From 08/30/2021 18:51
Demasiado oscuro en mi opinión
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100/100
From 05/13/2021 12:58
My cousin, who introduced me to this website domain, took years before he got into post punk. He finally broke the seal with this album....I made him listen to it lol....
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95/100
From 04/29/2021 12:34
Intensity, bleak, cold, dense, poetic. These are the words usually applied to Joy Division. Nothing quite like them at that time even until now, probably due to Curtis' real-life experience. It's just very pure, that it feels contagious.
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85/100
From 02/13/2021 22:02
Grande álbum, imenso poder de imersão!
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Best Albums of 1979
1. London Calling by The Clash
2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
3. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
4. Fear Of Music by Talking Heads
5. Entertainment! by Gang Of Four
6. Off The Wall by Michael Jackson
7. Breakfast In America by Supertramp
8. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
9. Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
10. Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
11. Reggatta De Blanc by The Police
12. Metal Box by Public Image Ltd.
13. Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
14. The B-52's by The B-52's
15. Armed Forces by Elvis Costello And The Attractions
16. Specials by The Specials
17. Singles Going Steady by Buzzcocks
18. 154 by Wire
19. Setting Sons by The Jam
20. Y by The Pop Group
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