Music For The Masses (studio album) by Depeche Mode

Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 482nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 593 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1987 (8th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (69th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (482nd)
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Depeche Mode bestography

Music For The Masses is ranked 2nd best out of 44 albums by Depeche Mode on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Depeche Mode is Violator which is ranked number 114 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 12,618.

Depeche Mode album bestography « Higher ranked (114th) This album (482nd) Lower ranked (696th) »
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Music For The Masses track list

  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: 
79/100 (from 593 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.5/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.2.

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35/100
From 02/25/2024 09:17
There used to be a time when a dj would conveniently ruin the end of a song you recorded off the radio to cassette. I sort of wish that every time someone put these songs on back in the day the dj had talk over the top of the whole song.
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75/100
From 09/11/2023 10:59
Whilst at face value this album itself doesn’t sound like music for the masses , ironically it very much was selling a tick under 2’000 000 copies worldwide and taking DP from a cult band to playing stadiums. There’s a lot to like here highlighted by the double entendre opener “Never Let Me Down Again” (given a host of new fans on the back of appearing on The Last of Us TV series), “Nothing” and the dark and searing “Pimpf” closing out proceedings
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85/100
From 02/06/2023 23:38
It's more consistent than Black Celebration, but there is still room for improvement. The album has dark tone, while being catchy at the same time, some tracks sound really cool - Never Let Me Down Again, Behind The Wheel, Strangelove, but some of them are still a little bit bland - Little 15, To Have And To Hold.
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85/100
From 11/06/2021 23:45
This is a very compact album that has a lot of great cuts. The opening track really kicks the record off in style and it really sets the mood for the rest of the record. This atmosphere is then maintained throughout the rest of the record and is a real high point of the music. This was their first truly dark album and you can see all the potential for the brilliant synth led music that they would create. I love the vocal performance as well with it being consistently gloomy and deeper than their other works. However, there are a few tracks which do dip in quality with some of them not really grabbing my attention. This album laid the amazing groundwork for what would be Violator in my opinion but it doesn't reach the same levels that album does. Overall, this is a great album and one I love to listen too but it is a close second in terms of greatest Depeche Mode albums.
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75/100
From 01/13/2021 20:48
Not much separates this and Violator.
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From 09/06/2020 21:50
Much darker in tone than their previous releases, a trend they would only explore deeper with their next album Violator.
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From 01/07/2020 01:47
Classic album of the 80s. Depeche Mode´s best album of the 80s, just one step behind to their masterpiece Violator (1990).
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90/100
From 09/20/2019 17:53
Really good album.

Favorites: Strangelove, Behind The Wheel.
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From 07/22/2019 15:10
Favorite Tracks:Behind The Wheel
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From 04/15/2019 23:38
Best track: "Nothing"
Weakest track: "Pimpf"
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Best Albums of 1987
1. The Joshua Tree by U2
2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
3. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
4. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
5. You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr.
6. Document by R.E.M.
7. Bad by Michael Jackson
8. Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode
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10. Hysteria by Def Leppard
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