The Smiths

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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The group, whose best-known line-up comprised Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce, are regarded as one of the most important to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

The Smiths were signed to the independent label Rough Trade Records. Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, the Smiths' focus on a guitar, bass and drum sound, and fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a rejection of the synth-pop sound that was predominant at the time. Marr's Rickenbacker guitar work was reminiscent of the jangle pop sound of Roger McGuinn from the Byrds. Morrissey's complex, literate lyrics combined themes of ordinary lives with mordant humour.

Several Smiths singles reached the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart and all their studio albums reached the top five of the UK Albums Chart, including the number-one album Meat Is Murder (1985). They achieved mainstream success in Europe with The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987), both of which entered the top 20 of the European Albums Chart. Internal tensions led to their breakup in 1987, followed by lawsuits over royalties; the band have refused offers to reunite. Their live album Rank (1988) reached the top 10 in Europe.

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1984The SmithsThe Smiths4.5516
1985Meat Is MurderThe Smiths4.3516
1986The Queen Is DeadThe Smiths4.427
1987Strangeways, Here We ComeThe Smiths3.915

Album + Compilation

1984Hatful of HollowThe Smiths4.6515
1987The World Won’t ListenThe Smiths4.658
1987Louder Than BombsThe Smiths4.759
1988Stop MeThe Smiths2
1992Best… IThe Smiths57
1992…Best IIThe Smiths45
1995SinglesThe Smiths44
2000The Complete PictureThe Smiths1
2001The Very Best of The SmithsThe Smiths1
2008RareThe Smiths1
2008The Sound of The SmithsThe Smiths5
2011CompleteThe Smiths55
2017The Many Faces of the SmithsThe Smiths & Various Artists1

Album + Live

1986Live in BostonThe Smiths1
1986The Queen Is Dead (live)The Smiths1
1988“Rank”The Smiths11
The Complete John Peel SessionsThe Smiths1

Album + Remix

1992This Charming Man: RemixesThe Smiths2


1983Hand in GloveThe Smiths4.351
1983This Charming ManThe Smiths510
1984What Difference Does It Make?The Smiths55
1984Still IllThe Smiths42
1984Heaven Knows I’m Miserable NowThe Smiths51
1984William, It Was Really NothingThe Smiths56
1984How Soon is Now?The Smiths511
1985Shakespeare’s SisterThe Smiths4.53
1985Barbarism Begins at Home / Shakespeare’s SisterThe Smiths43
1985That Joke Isn’t Funny AnymoreThe Smiths42
1985The Boy With the Thorn in His SideThe Smiths55
1985The Headmaster RitualThe Smiths34
1986Bigmouth Strikes AgainThe Smiths3
1986PanicThe Smiths55
1986AskThe Smiths45
1986I Started Something I Couldn't FinishThe Smiths32
1986Some Girls Are Bigger Than OthersThe Smiths41
1987Shoplifters of the World UniteThe Smiths55
1987There Is a Light That Never Goes OutThe Smiths54
1987Sheila Take a BowThe Smiths4.256
1987Girlfriend in a ComaThe Smiths52
1987Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved MeThe Smiths32
1987Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforeThe Smiths44
1995Sweet and Tender HooliganThe Smiths1
2017I Know It’s OverThe Smiths51
2017The Boy With the Thorn in His Side (demo mix)The Smiths1

Single + Compilation

2008Singles BoxThe Smiths2


1986Only for Dee JaysChris Norman / Billy Ocean / Hong Kong Syndikat / The Smiths / Sophia George / Imagination1
1988The 12″ MixesThe Smiths1

EP + Live

1988The Peel SessionThe Smiths57

Other + Interview

1988The Conversation Disc SeriesThe Smiths1
Interview Picture DiscThe Smiths1

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