The Smiths

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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982 and composed of singer Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke, and drummer Mike Joyce. Morrissey and Marr formed the band's songwriting partnership. The Smiths are regarded as one of the most important acts to emerge from 1980s British independent music.

The Smiths signed to the independent label Rough Trade Records in 1983 and released their first album, The Smiths, in 1984. Their focus on a guitar, bass and drum sound, fusing 1960s rock and post-punk, was a rejection of the synth-pop sound that was predominant at the time. 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 the Smiths' breakup in 1987, followed by public lawsuits over royalties. The members each said that the band would never reunite and refused all offers to do so. Rourke died on 19 May 2023 from complications of pancreatic cancer.

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1984The SmithsThe Smiths4.516
1985Meat Is MurderThe Smiths4.2519
1986The Queen Is DeadThe Smiths4.3531
1987Strangeways, Here We ComeThe Smiths3.916

Album + Compilation

1984Hatful of HollowThe Smiths4.5516
1987The World Won’t ListenThe Smiths4.658
1987Louder Than BombsThe Smiths4.79
1988Stop MeThe Smiths2
1992Best… IThe Smiths58
1992…Best IIThe Smiths46
1995SinglesThe Smiths45
2000The Complete PictureThe Smiths1
2001The Very Best of The SmithsThe Smiths1
2008RareThe Smiths1
2008The Sound of The SmithsThe Smiths6
2011CompleteThe Smiths55
2017The Many Faces of the SmithsThe Smiths & Various Artists1

Album + Live

1986The Queen Is Dead (live)The Smiths1
1988“Rank”The Smiths11
Live in BostonThe Smiths0
The Complete John Peel SessionsThe Smiths2

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 Smiths56
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

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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