Licensed To Ill (studio album) by Beastie Boys

Licensed To Ill
Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 511th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 732 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1986 (8th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (74th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (511th)
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Beastie Boys bestography

Licensed To Ill is ranked 2nd best out of 14 albums by Beastie Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Beastie Boys is Paul's Boutique which is ranked number 204 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 9,331.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 732 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 6% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.7/100, a mean average of 75.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.9.

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90/100
From 06/25/2020 13:21
Amazing from the first beat to the last!
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75/100
From 02/11/2020 04:11
If this album sounds like a group of boys goofing around then that’s exactly what it is. When ‘Liscenced To Ill’ was released in November 1986 Ad-Rock had only just turned 20 , MCA only just turned 22 and Mike D a baby at only 19 yo

But boy did this goofing around resonant with the buying public with this album a global smash on its way to being the highest selling rap album of the 80’s

Note 1: “ You Gotta Fight...” is actually an anti party song poking fun at the macho stereotypes around the party culture, an irony lost on the perpetrators themselves who dug this song

Note 2: I have always love love loved the heavy guitars in “ You Gotta Fight...” and in particular the “Klang Klang Klang” percussion that accompanies the guitars. I’d love to know what this sound is made by? It sounds like the Anvil The Beatles used in “Maxwells Silver Hammer” . If anyone knows post here or PM me

Note 3: “Girls Girls Girls “ totally blows and I always skip it
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Rating:  
80/100
From 02/04/2020 12:42
Don't really get how this one gets overshadowed by Paul's Boutique. It's much rawer and realer. They sound like a bunch of boys having fun, I love it.
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From 07/22/2019 15:16
Favorite Tracks:No Sleep Till Brooklyn, Brass Monkey
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95/100
From 06/26/2019 14:49
Awesome album, loved the blend of rock and hip hop.

Favorites: She's Crafty, Fight For Your Right, Brass Monkey
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95/100
From 01/22/2019 13:54
A timeless classic, captures the angst, anger and energy of youth. Uses great samples, fat basslines and accessible drumbeats. Too simplistic for some, but it's bursting with personality.
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85/100
From 04/16/2018 06:04
Excellent album. Perfect blend of rock and hip hop.
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90/100
From 01/07/2018 20:32
A bona fide classic. Even my 8YO knows Brass Monkey as soon as it begins.
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90/100
From 12/27/2016 08:25
As much as I enjoy it, I feel like this is one of those albums that I'd appreciate even more if I had been alive when it was first released.
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90/100
From 11/24/2016 16:18
Great rap rock album, loving the personalities!
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Best Albums of 1986
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
3. Graceland by Paul Simon
4. So by Peter Gabriel
5. Skylarking by XTC
6. The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk
7. Reign In Blood by Slayer
8. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
9. Lifes Rich Pageant by R.E.M.
10. EVOL by Sonic Youth
11. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
12. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
13. Parade by Prince And The Revolution
14. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? by Megadeth
15. Invisible Touch by Genesis
16. True Blue by Madonna
17. Brotherhood by New Order
18. Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C.
19. Somewhere In Time by Iron Maiden
20. Atomizer by Big Black
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