London Calling (studio album) by The Clash

London Calling by The Clash
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 20th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
87/100 (from 3,080 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1979 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1970s (5th)
Award Top 20 albums of all time (20th)
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87/100 (from 3,080 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 86.9/100, a mean average of 85.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 87.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.8.

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45/100
From 12/17/2023 15:17
Don’t understand the hype for this album- it was a struggle for me to get through
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From 11/19/2023 12:40
The best punk album ever made
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90/100
From 07/31/2023 22:53
Still as relevant today as it was when it was released. The songs are still powerful and the music is still fresh.
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90/100
From 05/22/2023 09:45
A unique take on punk music from The Clash where they aren't scared to experiment with their sound resulting in one of the earliest post punk records. I will start with the negatives which is the length of this album as it leads to an elongated listen that does drag near the back end of the second half. The lowest point is probably Lover's Rock and Four Horsemen which could probably both be cut. I can also see the argument for the music on here to be a little repetitive especially for people who aren't massive fans of this type of music. Onto the positives, with one of the major ones being that this is pretty much a greatest hits record. Up until about track 13 we just get hit after hit, except for The Right Profile, with every song being exciting, engaging and infectious. They are all unique and distinctive as well with them maintaining their roots in punk but mixing in other genres and styles to make an interesting fusion. One thing that helps this fusion work is the brilliant instrumental performances from every member of the group as well as some fantastic backing from The Irish Horns. This backing gives extra depth and character to the music with it making it sound rich and pleasing to the ear. The vocal performances are strong as well with them displaying a wide range that suits the style of music perfectly. The main draw to this album for me however, which is what makes it one of my all time personal favourites, is the charm that the group possesses. They just ooze charisma and their aura is infectious which has resulted in this becoming almost a comfort album for me and so while it might not be the greatest album of all time it will always be a special album to me. Overall, the pros far outweigh the cons on here with there being loads of personality and quality to make this one of the most beloved albums of all time as well as one of the greatest.
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65/100
From 04/30/2023 03:35
I was expecting some punk rock nonsense. This album actually takes a lot of good stuff from multiple different genres and combines it with decent songwriting and lyrics covering a wide range of themes. Pretty good, but definitely could have cut a few songs.
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From 12/09/2022 19:36
Great start, then a bit of a lull in the middle, then the last two tracks are great. Overall an enjoyable album but it's a little bloated - they could have cut some of the filler tracks and had an awesome 12-track album. Very hard to pull off a 19-track album and keep the quality as high as the high-points on this album. I wouldn't have this near my top 100 but I can definitely see why it's ranked in the top 20 on this site.

My favourites are Train in Vain, London Calling, Hateful, The Right Profile and Rudie can't fail.
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75/100
From 10/31/2022 06:49
Overall it's a good album with some great songs but a bit patchy
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95/100
From 10/20/2022 14:22
Entertaining all the way. It´s like listening to a greatest hits compilation. One good catchy song after the other. Great album!
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90/100
From 08/31/2022 03:20
Great album
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From 06/28/2022 22:27
This is one of the most consistently entertaining albums of all time, there is a finest selection of The Clash's songs on this record and there is no weak one which is impressive for album that long.
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Best Albums of 1979
1. London Calling by The Clash
2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
3. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
4. Fear Of Music by Talking Heads
5. Entertainment! by Gang Of Four
6. Breakfast In America by Supertramp
7. Off The Wall by Michael Jackson
8. Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
9. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
10. Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
11. Reggatta De Blanc by The Police
12. Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
13. Metal Box by Public Image Ltd.
14. The B-52's by The B-52's
15. Specials by The Specials
16. Armed Forces by Elvis Costello And The Attractions
17. Singles Going Steady by Buzzcocks
18. 154 by Wire
19. Setting Sons by The Jam
20. Y by The Pop Group
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