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It’s been a big couple of weeks for Morrissey who put out his autobiography, entitled Autobiography, last week, and has now had one of his albums named Greatest Album of All-time by The New Musical Express (NME). NME is a weekly UK pop/rock music news journal that has been published since 1952. This week they put out a list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All-time, and this time around, The Smiths’ The Queen is Dead has topped the list.
The Queen is Dead is the 3rd studio album for The Smiths and was released in June 1986. It reached #2 on the UK charts when it was released. But, NME declares that it now deserves title of Greatest Album. The Queen is Dead has 10 tracks which are “The Queen Is Dead,” “Frankly Mr. Shankly,” “I Know It’s Over,” “Never Had No One Ever,” “Cemetery Gates,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side,” “Vicar in a Tutu,” “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (my personal favorite Smith’s song), and “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others,” respectively.
The staff of past and present NME journalists compile this Greatest list by voting for their 50 favorite albums and rank them with a point system. NME then combines these lists and makes the list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All-time.
Being at the top of this list means a lot for The Smiths since they are somewhat of an obscure band, definitely not considered mainstream, but in this list they beat out other British bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Pixies, and David Bowie.
If you haven’t listened to this album, I would highly suggest it, especially “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.” Originally Morrissey didn’t even want to put this song on the album because he didn’t like it. But, it’s become a widely known Smiths song, and has been featured in films such as (500) Days of Summer. The song has some morbid themes, but is weirdly romantic at the heart of it. The Smiths have such a wonderfully distinct sound, complemented by Morrissey’s voice, and they definitely deserve the notoriety they’re receiving lately.
If you’re interested in seeing the complete list of the 500 Greatest Albums, the issue is available digitally on NME’s website.