500 Greatest Albums of All Time


The Smiths, 'The Queen Is Dead'

Sire/Rough Trade, 1986

The original kings of British mope rock could have earned that title on the basis of this album alone. The Smiths' most tuneful record is full of emulsifying rage ("The Queen Is Dead"), epic sadness ("There Is a Light That Never Goes Out") and strummy social commentary ("Frankly, Mr. Shankly").

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