Top Ten Best Post Punk Albums


The Top Ten

1 Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division

Should be number one

Personally, I prefer this one to 'Closer'.

2 Closer - Joy Division

Absolutely perfect from the beginning to the end. One of the few albums from which you can not throw a single note. Joy Division at their highest point. - Merkwurdigliebe

More, more votes for this, please! This album is the perfect example of how talent becomes genius and how genius becomes art when the creator experiences the uttermost pain and suffering in his own self. It's Arthur Rimbaud made music, for the unknown pleasures of us all. - n00w

This album totally deserves the top spot. If you listen to it, you might be depressed for the next few days, but your vision of how beautifully emotions can be conveyed will be changed forever. A gorgeous, powerful, exciting and raw masterpiece. - PinkflASHES

3 Deathconsciousness - Have a Nice Life
4 The Great Annihilator - Swans
5 Deceit - This Heat

Why is the Offspring in the top 5 :V - Erucu

6 Remain in Light - Talking Heads
7 From the Lions Mouth - The Sound
8 Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
9 Love - The Cult
10 Y - The Pop Group

The Contenders

11 Entertainment! - Gang Of Four
12 Disintegration - The Cure
13 Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! - Devo

Their cover of Stones's 'Satisfaction' is still one of the cleverest cover-versions of all time and there's not one bad track on the album. And Eno's production has stood the test of time too.

14 Pink Flag - Wire
15 Script of the Bridge - The Chameleons
16 Night Time - Killing Joke
17 The Second Annual Report - Throbbing Gristle
18 White Noise - XTC

Isn't this supposed to be 'White Music'?

19 Smash - The Offspring

The best selling independant album of all time xD

20 The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
21 Metamatic - John Foxx
22 Talking Heads '77 - Talking Heads
23 Metal Box - Public Image Ltd.

The Offspring aren't a post-punk band.

24 Killing Joke - Killing Joke
25 Turn on the Bright Lights - Interpol
26 Treasure - Cocteau Twins
27 Cut - The Slits

Influential for rrriot girls-bands and girl-power groups, 'Cut' features superb tracks like 'Love & Romance', 'Spend, Spend, Spend' and hit-single 'Typical Girls'. I'd recommend the version with the bonus-track 'I heard it through the grapevine'; one of the best and cleverest cover versions. In the same league as Devo's 'Satisfaction'.

28 Stateless - Lene Lovich
29 Breaking Glass - Hazel O'Connor

Underrated, as a great music film, a brilliant album and a gifted vocalist and songwriter. Beautiful ballad 'Will you? ', might be the most famous, but other songs like 'Calls the tune', 'If only' and 'Eighth Day' are equally exellent, if not even better.

30 Jeopardy - The Sound
31 Shock of Daylight - The Sound
32 Immigrant - Gene Loves Jezebel
33 Discover - Gene Loves Jezebel
34 First Issue - Pil
35 Juju - Siouxsie and the Banshees
36 Good Morning Revival - Good Charlotte

What's post-punk about Good Charlotte? Read the titles!

37 Red Skies Over Paradise - Fischer Z

Never understood how 'Marliese', 'Berlin' and the title-track weren't hit-singles in the Uk. The album reached No.6 in the German charts and 'Marliese' was a Top 40-hit. Sure, some of the lyrics (Cold War) are a bit out-dated, but in other parts tragically still relevant now. And the music has certainly stood the test of time. Great vocals.

38 Monarchie & Alltag - Fehlfarben

Post-Punk of the highest quality from Germany.

39 Nunsexmonkrock - Nina Hagen

Nina's amazing experimental solo-debut, after splitting from the Nina Hagen Band (who became the Spliff Radio Show, then just Spliff). One of those 'must hear b4 u die-albums, regardless if one will like it or not.

40 Prayers On Fire - Birthday Party
41 Klaus Nomi - Klaus Nomi

Nomi was one of the first celebrities to die of AIDS (aged 39) and would have had most likely a great career to come. With his unique voice, a countertenor, with a wide vocal range and a style, well ahead of his time, plus collaborating with stars like Bowie and Iggy Pop, just to name two, he was destined to superstardom, but sadly remains, even now, criminally overlooked, almost forgotten. This debut-album, not always perfect, though, but shows his massive potential, especially on his covers of 'The Twist', 'Lightning strikes' and 'You don't own me'.

42 The B-52's - The B-52's

Emerged back the ('78/'79) with their very unique style, releasing one amazing debut-album that still sounds amazing now. Tracks, like 'Planet Claire', 'Rock Lobster' and my personal favourite 'Dance this mess around' are timeless party anthems. Funny, intelligent, energetic pop with an anarchic, punky attitude.

43 Heads and Hearts - The Sound
44 Manic Pop Thrill - That Petrol Emotion
45 Mars Needs Guitars! - Hoodoo Gurus
46 Songs of the Free - Gang of Four
47 Kilimanjaro - The Teardrop Explodes
48 After the Snow - Modern English
49 Solid Gold - Gang of Four
50 Porcupine - Echo & the Bunnymen
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List Stats

100 votes
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10 years, 130 days old

Top Remixes

1. Deathconsciousness - Have a Nice Life
2. The Great Annihilator - Swans
3. Deceit - This Heat
1. Love - The Cult
2. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
3. Closer - Joy Division


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