The World Won't Listen (album) by The Smiths

The World Won't Listen
The World Won't Listen by The Smiths (1987)
Overall rank: 4,044th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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The World Won't Listen is ranked 9th best out of 14 albums by The Smiths on

The best album by The Smiths is The Queen Is Dead which is ranked number 20 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 77,855.

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From LittleM1971 05/19/2019 00:28
Of course this is superior to Louder Than doesn’t contain that truly awful cover version of ‘Golden Lights’ for starters. More importantly it actually gels like an album where as LTB feels very much as a collection of bits and bobs.
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From calsper 11/14/2016 11:37
Unnecessary record. Stick to Hatful and Louder if you are in for one of their compilations.
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From johnmellor5202 10/15/2016 00:44
'How Soon Is Now' is one of the greatest songs ever, and to think it started as a B side!!
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From jackbrown8786 09/16/2016 00:01
oh and about the comment that this predates louder than bombs or w/e as though louder than bombs is the obsolete one: sorry but the difference between this and louder than bombs is that "louder" has more tracks and NONE of them are on any of the smiths studio albums, whereas this POS is basically only some "louder" tracks + some meat is murder + some queen is dead.
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From jackbrown8786 09/15/2016 23:57
the comments are so misleading. if you have louder than bombs + their studio albums, you have every track on here except for 1, "Money Changes Everything." and that track isn't even on the vinyl version of this record. and it's an instrumental. and stays too samey to justify its runtime.

in other words, this album is 100% unnecessary fluff. hatful of hollow and louder than bombs aren't even really compilation albums, the smiths don't have any records with those songs on them. well, a few songs overlap but they're alternate versions anyway. this album just sucks. "there is a light that never goes out" doesn't fit in between "shakespeare's sister" and "shoplifters of the world unite." among many, many other gripes that aren't worth my time explaining.
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From garycottier 06/07/2016 17:42
The best of The Smith's 'compilation' albums. The world won't listen, is full of all those fantastic Morrisey-Marr tracks. Panic, half a person, and, you just haven't earned it yet, baby, are just three highlights from this great album. Just as essential as any of their other records. Brilliant.
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From Tamthebam 05/12/2015 12:10
One of the best compilations of all time. This and Hatful of Hollow are a must for all Smiths fans along with their 4 studio albums. These 6 albums are all you need you don't need to bother with all the other comps. out there.
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From F1Aaron 01/06/2015 23:51
Fine compilation of some great singles that weren't found in any of The Smiths' four studio albums.
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From thatbeatleskid1 09/23/2014 22:54
Decent but unnecessary.
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From BraddlesHendo 11/27/2013 12:47
Arguably the greatest compilation album I've ever owned. Was my fave album through the 80's
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