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Zen Arcade (album) by Hüsker Dü  

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Zen Arcade
Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü (1984)
Overall rank: 444th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 401 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1984 (11th)
Top 100 albums of the 1980s (60th)
Top 500 albums of all time (444th)

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Hüsker Dü bestography

Zen Arcade is ranked as the best album by Hüsker Dü .

Hüsker Dü album bestography « Higher ranked This album (444th) Lower ranked (1,098th) »
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Zen Arcade track list

Overall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 80 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Track pickSomething I Learned Today
 85/100 (65 votes)
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2.Broken Home, Broken Heart
 82/100 (53 votes)
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3.Never Talking To You Again
 82/100 (58 votes)
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4.Chartered Trips
 84/100 (54 votes)
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5.Dreams Reoccurring
 76/100 (48 votes)
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6.Indecision Time
 78/100 (44 votes)
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7.Hare Krsna
 75/100 (47 votes)
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8.Beyond The Threshold
 78/100 (43 votes)
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9.Pride
 75/100 (41 votes)
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10.I'll Never Forget You
 80/100 (45 votes)
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11.The Biggest Lie
 79/100 (43 votes)
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12.What's Going On
 80/100 (48 votes)
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13.Masochism World
 80/100 (40 votes)
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14.Standing By The Sea
 83/100 (47 votes)
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15.Somewhere
 82/100 (45 votes)
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16.One Step At A Time
 78/100 (38 votes)
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17.Track pickPink Turns To Blue
 86/100 (63 votes)
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18.Newest Industry
 82/100 (45 votes)
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19.Monday Will Never Be The Same
 78/100 (44 votes)
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20.Whatever
 83/100 (46 votes)
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21.The Tooth Fairy And The Princess
 78/100 (39 votes)
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22.Turn On The News
 84/100 (51 votes)
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23.Reoccurring Dreams
 79/100 (44 votes)
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Zen Arcade rankings

Zen Arcade ratings

Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 401 votes)
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72/100

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From Kalos 09/14/2017 16:09
R.I.P. Grant Hart. Thank you for this masterpiece that made my youth better.
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From poppmusic 07/26/2016 00:35
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From buzzdainer 05/30/2016 00:56
Zen Arcade brings together two voices--a screaming voice in Bob Mould and a a warmer, more yearning one in Grant Hart--to tell vignettes of twentysomething white Minnesotan masculinity, doing so mostly in a loud three-piece rock format. There's a fourteen-minute instrumental, a short piano instrumental, a song with percussion swirls and general noise underscoring a reference to Hare Krishna's chanting practices, a frenetic acoustic number, and other points of variation. But mostly it's that three-piece arrangement, with Mould's guitar often a sheet of blazing noise that feels like a corrugated aluminum wall shattering in your face, other times a queasy backward masked swirl; Norton's bass skipping along and digging deep, standing out just enough to matter; and Hart galloping and crashing behind his drum kit. This is a band still chasing the land speed record that was the title of their first release, but with the added maturity shown in a greater sense of melody and purpose. A great rock band finding its authentic voice.
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80/100
From sethmadsen 04/16/2016 23:30
Some really great stuff and some really OK to bad stuff. Kinda wish it was condensed down to 10 best songs, but that's totally against the punk mentality. Probably the most experimental punk record I've heard (cause I've heard like 10... hehe).
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75/100
From ItSaysDilbert 12/23/2015 22:29
Very good albums!

Favorite tracks: Something I Learned Today, Broken Home, Broken Heart, Never Talking To You Again, The Biggest Lie, Standing By The Sea, Turn On The News

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From migglemo 08/24/2015 20:10
A sprawling record the size and depth of life itself in the mode of brainy punk. Spawned a generation of alt-people. Leans too far in no direction, with tracts of rage giving way to gorgeous pop songs, finalizing with a fury of guitar noise.
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80/100
From exileonthehell 05/19/2015 16:32
Ahead of its time. I thought it was an 1985 album.
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90/100
From Jimmy Dread 07/14/2014 20:32
Because, Timtooky, it's a little more cerebral than your beloved Toy Dolls LP. I hope you didn't read that it was a concept album and were expecting another Dark Side...

And yes, having looked at your chart, your music taste is disastrous. Maybe giving this album more than 3 minutes would help address that (and starting with Turn On The News rather than Dreams Recurring). Otherwise it's Europe LPs and sodding Life is Live by Opus until you shuffle off, I'm afraid.
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5/100
From timtooky 04/08/2014 21:04
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From babyBlueSedan 02/26/2014 03:50
A masterpiece because of how messy, loud, and uncompromising it is. So many different styles and genres somehow mesh into a quasi-concept album that takes the listener on a wild ride. It's crazy to think that it was all recorded in less than two days (apparently one two tracks required multiple takes). My only gripe is that I wish the lyrics weren't drowned out so much.
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