The Idiot (studio album) by Iggy Pop

The Idiot by Iggy Pop
Year: 1977
Overall rank: 666th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 524 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1977 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (154th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (666th)

Iggy Pop bestography

The Idiot is ranked 2nd best out of 36 albums by Iggy Pop on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Iggy Pop is Lust For Life which is ranked number 526 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,446.

Iggy Pop album bestography « Higher ranked (526th) This album (666th) Lower ranked (2,200th) »
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The Idiot track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 524 votes)
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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 80.2/100, a mean average of 79.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.2.

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90/100
From 01/29/2023 01:21
I knew about this record having been produced by Bowie, but after listening to it and reading a bit more, this can be easily considered a Bowie album.
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From 12/28/2022 03:10
Iggys’s solo debut was a great collaboration with David Bowie. Best tracks are Sister Midnight, Nightclubbing, Funtime, China Girls and Dum Dum Boys about his old band.
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From 04/23/2022 12:14
There are some pretty good songs here like Nightclubbing, Funtime and China Girl, the rest isn't so great, but as a whole it works.
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From 09/08/2021 16:56
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75/100
From 10/31/2020 00:26
Sister Midnight, China Girl, Dum Dum Boys, and Nightclubbing are really good. The rest are fine. For an album with 8 songs, that's a fine rate, but for me it's not as memorable or as front to back listenable as Lust for Life or the Stooges albums.
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From 07/21/2020 01:10
Krautrock meets Garage Rock in a nocturnal album with a plenty of industrial influence. Maybe the birth of Post-Punk.
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85/100
From 06/24/2020 02:00
The Idiot sees Iggy Pop at his most creative. Songs like Nightclubbing and Funtime are good examples of the industrial flavors this album contains, they’re very hypnotic and driving.
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75/100
From 07/21/2019 11:52
Favourite track: "Mass Production"
Least-favourite track: "Tiny Girls"
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From 07/02/2019 15:44
85/100

Love this Station to station - Low sound, bowie music at his best, iggy vocals very mysterious and dark, good album
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From 05/06/2019 12:36
Another album I've loved for years. The opener Sister Midnight is one of my favourite all time tunes - it featured as Red Money on Bowie's Lodger album with different lyrics (and I love that version too).
Also featuring here and to appear later on Bowie is China Girl - again like both versions but prefer Iggy's. Finally, must mention Nightclubbing - there isn't a bad track on this album although Mass Production and Dum Dum Boys won't please everyone. Sadly for me it's just dropped out of my personal top 100 however
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Best Albums of 1977
1. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
2. Animals by Pink Floyd
3. Marquee Moon by Television
4. Low by David Bowie
5. Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols
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