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500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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The Smiths, 'The Queen Is Dead'


The Smiths, 'The Queen Is Dead'
218/500

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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