The Smiths discography

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The Smiths discography
A composite picture of two men. The left image is a head and shoulder photograph of a man wearing a suit and the right image is a head and shoulder photograph of a man wearing a leather jacket.
Morrissey (left) and Johnny Marr (right) post-The Smiths
Releases
Studio albums 4
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 10
EPs 1
Singles 20
Video albums 1
Music videos 14

The discography of the English alternative rock band The Smiths consists of four studio albums, one extended play (EP), one live album, ten compilation albums, twenty singles, one video album and fourteen music videos on the Rough Trade, Sire and WEA record labels. The band was formed in 1982 in Manchester by vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bass player Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

Despite being championed by BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel, the band's debut single, "Hand in Glove" (May 1983), failed to chart. Its follow-up, "This Charming Man" (October 1983), met with critical acclaim and reached number twenty-five on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The Smiths' cult status was followed by mainstream success in 1984, as they reached number twelve in the UK with the "What Difference Does It Make?" single and reached number two on the UK Albums Chart with their debut album, The Smiths (1984). Their next three singles all reached the top twenty of the charts in the UK, helping to consolidate their previous chart success. The next studio album, Meat Is Murder (1985), reached the top of the British charts; however, the only single to be released from the album, "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" (1985), failed to break the UK Top 40. Returning to form, The Smiths' next six singles all reached the higher than number thirty in the UK and their third album, The Queen Is Dead (1986), reached number two in the UK.

Despite the band's chart success, Marr left the group in August 1987 due to a strained relationship with Morrissey.[2] Failing to find a replacement, The Smiths disbanded by the time their final studio album, Strangeways, Here We Come, was released in September that year. Strangeways, Here We Come reached number two in the UK and became the band's highest-charting release in the United States when it reached number fifty-five on the Billboard 200. In early 1992, WEA acquired the entire back catalogue of The Smiths and produced two compilations – Best...I and ...Best II – the first of which reached the top of the UK Albums Chart. WEA released two further singles compilations in 1995 and 2001, with a further compilation, The Sound of The Smiths, released in November 2008.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[3]
US
[4]
AUS
[5]
CAN GER
[6]
NL
[7]
NZ
[8]
SWE
[9]
1984 The Smiths 2 150 77 65
[10]
28 9 44 UK: Gold[11]
1985 Meat Is Murder
  • Released: 11 February 1985
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
1 110 58 40
[12]
45 39 13 27 UK: Gold[11]
1986 The Queen Is Dead
  • Released: 16 June 1986
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
2 70 30 29
[13]
45 11 17 39 UK: Platinum[11]

US: Gold[14]

1987 Strangeways, Here We Come
  • Released: 28 September 1987
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
2 55 28 27
[15]
33 20 14 13 UK: Gold[11]

US: Gold[14]

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[3]
US
[4]
AUS
[5]
CAN
[16]
GER
[6]
NL
[7]
NZ
[8]
SWE
[9]
1988 Rank
  • Released: 5 October 1988
  • Labels: Rough Trade, Sire
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
2 77 30
[A]
82 47 42 25 32 UK: Gold[11]
  • A^ 30 is the peak position of Rank in Australia on the Kent Music Report; the peak position on the ARIA Charts (who began compiling their own data from that year on) is 33.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[3]
US
[4]
AUS
[5]
CAN GER
[6]
IRE
[17]
NL
[7]
NZ
[8]
NOR
[18]
SWE
[9]
1984 Hatful of Hollow
  • Released: 12 November 1984
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
7 91
[19]
21 28 UK: Platinum[11]
1987 The World Won't Listen
  • Released: 23 February 1987
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
2 25 41 15 16 17 19 UK: Gold[11]
Louder Than Bombs
  • Released: 30 March 1987
  • Labels: Rough Trade, Sire
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
38 62 29
[20]
UK: Gold[11]

US: Gold[14]

1992 Best...I
  • Released: 17 August 1992
  • Label: WEA
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
1 139 46
[B]
38
[21]
56 74 15 35 45 UK: Gold[11]
...Best II
  • Released: 2 November 1992
  • Label: WEA
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
29 UK: Gold[11]
1995 Singles
  • Released: 20 February 1995
  • Label: WEA
  • Format: CD
5 26 UK: Platinum[11]
2001 The Very Best of The Smiths
  • Released: 4 June 2001
  • Label: WEA
  • Format: CD
30 34 UK: Platinum[11]
2008 The Sound of The Smiths
  • Released: 10 November 2008
  • Label: WEA
  • Format: CD
21
[22]
98 28 UK: Platinum[11]
The Smiths Singles Box
  • Released: 8 December 2008
  • Label: WEA
  • Formats: 12 × 7" vinyl, 12 × CD
2011 The Smiths Complete
  • Released: 26 September 2011
    3 October 2011
  • Label: Rhino
  • Formats: 8 × CD, 8 × LP, 8 x CD + 8 x LP + 25 x 7" vinyl + DVD
63 75
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
  • B^ 46 is the peak position of Rank in Australia on the AMR Chart; the peak position on the ARIA Charts is 64.

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details
1988 The Peel Sessions

Other album appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Notes
1984 "Girl Afraid"[23] Department of Enjoyment A live version of the song performed on 2 March 1984 in Glasgow.
1985 "What She Said"[23] Poll Winners EP A live version of the song performed on 18 March 1985 in Oxford.
"Miserable Lie"[23] A Rough Trade Compilation A live version of the song performed on 18 March 1985 in Oxford.
1987 "Meat Is Murder"[23] Animal Liberation A live version of the song performed on 18 March 1985 in Oxford.
1997 "This Charming Man (New York Vocal)"[23] The Ongoing History of New Music Volume 2 An alternative mix to the 1983 single.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[24]
US Dance
[25]
IRE
[26]
AUS
[5]
1983 "Hand in Glove" 124 Non-album singles
"This Charming Man" 25 52
1984 "What Difference Does It Make?" 12 12 The Smiths
"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" 10 11 Non-album singles
"William, It Was Really Nothing" 17 8
1985 "How Soon Is Now?" 24 36 5
"Shakespeare's Sister" 26 11
"That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" 49 20 Meat Is Murder
"The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" 23 49 15 The Queen Is Dead
1986 "Bigmouth Strikes Again" 26
"Panic" 11 7 Non-album singles
"Ask" 14 9
1987 "Shoplifters of the World Unite" 12 7
"Sheila Take a Bow" 10 3
"Girlfriend in a Coma" 13 12 Strangeways, Here We Come
"I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" 23 13
"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" 30 17
"Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" 91
1992 "This Charming Man" 8 9 ...Best I
"How Soon Is Now?" 16
"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" 25 22 ...Best II
1995 "Ask" 62 Non-album singles
"Sweet and Tender Hooligan"

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details
1992 The Complete Picture
  • Label: WEA
  • Format: VHS/LASER DISC/DVD

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
1985 "How Soon Is Now?" Paula Greif and Richard Levine
"The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" Ken O'Neill
1986 "The Queen Is Dead"/"Panic"/"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" Derek Jarman A short film made for the 1986 Edinburgh Festival.
"Panic" Derek Jarman A promo video for the "Panic" single was made using a mixture of concert footage and footage from Jarman's film.
"Ask" Derek Jarman
1987 "Shoplifters of the World Unite" Tamra Davis Combines footage of The Smiths on The Tube in April 1987 with footage from the film A Place In the Sun.
"Sheila Take a Bow" Tamra Davis
"Girlfriend in a Coma" Tim Broad
"Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before" Tim Broad Video produced for a single whose release was cancelled.
"I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" Tim Broad Promo video released after The Smiths had split, which recycles footage from the "Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before" video.
1988 "Ask" (live) Peter Fowler Promo video produced to promote the Rank live album.
1992 "This Charming Man" Unknown Uses footage originally shot for the Tyne Tees Television show The Tube in 1983.
"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" Tim Broad Recycles footage from the "Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before" promo video.

References[edit]

General
Specific
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