left to right: Andy Rourke, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, and Mike Joyce;
The Smiths were a college rock/synth-pop group formed in Manchester, England. They only lasted five years (1982-1987), but had a significant impact. The band was comprised of Morrissey (vocals), Johnny Marr (guitar), Andy Rourke (bass), and Mike Joyce (drums). The Smiths’ 1986 album The Queen is Dead is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.
Morrissey went on to a successful solo career after the band broke up. Marr worked with other bands, most notably The The (1988-94) and Electronic (1989-98), recorded a couple of solo albums (2013-14), did session work with Beck, Bryan Ferry, Pet Shop Boys, Talking Heads and others and produced Modest Mouse (2006-09). Rourke died on 5/19/2023 at 59 years old.
Check out the DMDB podcast episode The Best of the Smiths, 1983-1987 (In Memory of Andy Rourke) based on this list.
Awards (The Smiths):
Top 50 Songs
This list includes material by the Smiths and Morrissey as a solo artist (noted in parentheses). Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted.
DMDB Top 1%:
1. How Soon Is Now? (1984)
DMDB Top 2%:
2. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (1986)
DMDB Top 5%:
4. Everyday Is Like Sunday (Morrissey, 1988)
DMDB Top 10%:
5. Suedehead (Morrissey, 1988)
DMDB Top 20%:
9. Panic (1986)
11. Bigmouth Strikes Again (1986)
21. First of the Gang to Die (Morrissey, 2004)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
23. The Last of the Famous International Playboys (Morrissey, 1989)
30. Girl Afraid (1984)
41. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful (Morrissey, (1992)
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First posted 2/7/2020; updated 6/14/2023.