The Top (album) by The Cure

The Top
The Top by The Cure (1984)
Overall rank: 3,569th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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70/100 (from 156 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1984 (63rd)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (570th)
Award Best albums of all time (3,569th)
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The Cure bestography

The Top is ranked 12th best out of 34 albums by The Cure on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Cure is Disintegration which is ranked number 44 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 44,616.

The Cure album bestography « Higher ranked (2,501st) This album (3,569th) Lower ranked (4,035th) »
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70/100 (from 156 votes)
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This album has a mean average rating of 69.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 70.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.0.

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From santropez 04/15/2019 23:30
Best track: "The Caterpillar"
Weakest track: "Give Me It"
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From Brad1770 12/15/2018 10:17
'The Top' - not as good as the champions claim yet not as bad as the detractors cry .

Me , I really like it . It is leg 2 of the remarkable run of albums The Cure punched out in the mid to late 80's with each release better than the previous...'Pornography' 82 , followed by 'The Top' 84 , followed by 'The Head On The Door' 85 , followed by 'Kiss Me , Kiss Me , Kiss Me' 87 and finally 89's masterpiece 'Disintegration' before the miss-fire 'Wish' in 92

It came at a critical point in my young self having just fell in love with 'Pornography' ( the album !) this follow up was to my mind a bet each way , it still had the Pornography darkness but something else was there that was weird and different and seemingly taking the band in a new direction . Being 17 at the time I was too naive to fully appreciate what was happening and it was only much much later I "got" this album

Anyway 'The Top' holds a special place in my musical heart

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From randomchildbam 01/12/2018 18:59
Worth a listen, especially if you're into the pop side of The Cure. Some cool experimental stuff in here.

Highs: The Caterpillar, Dressing Up, Shake Dog Shake

Lows: Give Me It
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From jellybelly 12/26/2017 00:30
this is the album that changed the game. the cure went from dark goths to great pop songwriters. it may not be their best album but its importance for the band's sound evolution is undeniable. The Top is actually a very experimental album more than pop and there's a great diversity between the tracks which space frome Shake Dog Shake, which is probably the heaviest song on the album, and Dressing Up, which is kinda quiet but still very sad sounding. The Caterpilar is a fine pop tune too. some of the songs on the album are forgettable but The Top is definitely worth a listen.
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85/100
From Bungalowracoon 10/19/2017 07:00


totally underatted

this is my favourite cure album - and my most listened Cure album
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80/100
From makro 03/11/2017 01:52
Honestly I don't get all the hate for this album, it's pretty good. I enjoy the whole psychedelic marries gothic vibes, and I absolutely love the drums. I still have to listen to a lot from the cure, but this is currently one of my favorites from the band. From what I gather, people are unhappy with it because it's radically different than what you'd expect from the band. Still, I think it's good.
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From garycottier 06/04/2016 21:04
Probably The Cure's weakest album of the eighties. There really isn't much to recommend it, maybe, the caterpillar, and, shake dog shake. It's all okay, but that's not good enough. Really a Robert Smith solo album in all but name. So so
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From lizherdman 04/22/2016 19:40
i have never liked the Cure or listened to their albums...for some reason however I put this album on and didnt switch it off! I really enjoyed the tempos and the drumming and bass !
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From 10/05/2014 14:03
It's weird how people assume that this record was bad, and that this record was "poppy". The Top is an amazing album, and it closes off the Gothic Rock of Pornography, but it doesn't forget it, tracks like "Wailing Wall" and "The Top" re-create a similar atmosphere to what was on Pornography, however drops the aggression.
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