The Smiths' best album and arguably one of the biggest landmarks in alternative music was released 30 years ago today. And, like a true millennial, I'm gonna re listen to it on Spotify and rank it!
  1. 10.
    Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
    Weird title and lyric. Strangely underwhelming end to an otherwise brilliant album?? (Also let's talk about this siiiick album art)
  2. 9.
    Never Had No One Ever
    One of the least memorable on the album. A definite album track.
  3. 8.
    The Queen Is Dead
    The thing that obviously stands out is the anti-monarchy lyrics but I LOVE Moz's literal wailing in the background. The end lyric, "Life is very long when you're lonely", is so Morrissey, it's almost a parody of himself.
  4. 7.
    Frankly Mr Shankly
    This is the second track on the album following The Queen Is Dead and I love the juxtaposition of the two songs. Another lyrical gem- "I've got the 21st century breathing down my neck". Gaaaah what a brilliant line.
  5. 6.
    I Know It's Over
    Classic 'slow dance at a disco' beat. I can just see the band up on stage at a high school dance. This song just goes on for a little too long without really going anywhere.
  6. 5.
    Cemetery Gates
    Jangly, poetic and melancholic, as all the best songs are. I think this song is a stand out for Marr. He has an amazing ability to mould with Morrissey's lyrics whilst making the song entirely about him and his guitar playing. LOVE U Johnny ❤️ Plus, there's a great tip on plagiarism in there too!
  7. 4.
    The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    This works perfectly as a stand alone track but, if I'm being honest, by this point in the album it doesn't stand out.
  8. 3.
    Vicar In A Tutu
    I feel like you could line dance to this rhythm. Weird but I like it. I love the whole nonsensical story too.
  9. 2.
    Bigmouth Strikes Again
    A fan favourite because it's so bloody catchy. Props for getting Joan of Arc and Walkman into the same sentence and weirdly making it work.
  10. 1.
    There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    It's a classic for a reason. This was the first Smiths song I ever heard and my reaction was 1) what in the hell are these lyrics? 2) what is this man droning on about? 3) where can I listen to more of this? As indie music goes, that song is pretty flipping special.