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 Love - The Cult
3 Closer - Joy Division

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

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

4 Night Time - Killing Joke
5 From the Lions Mouth - The Sound
6 Killing Joke - Killing Joke
7 Y - The Pop Group
8 Entertainment! - Gang Of Four
9 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.

10 The Second Annual Report - Throbbing Gristle

The Contenders

11 White Noise - XTC

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

12 Smash - The Offspring

The best selling independant album of all time xD

13 Metamatic - John Foxx
14 Script of the Bridge - The Chameleons
15 Talking Heads '77 - Talking Heads
16 Metal Box - Public Image Ltd.

The Offspring aren't a post-punk band.

17 Remain in Light - Talking Heads
18 Treasure - Cocteau Twins
19 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'.

20 Stateless - Lene Lovich
21 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.

22 Jeopardy - The Sound
23 Shock of Daylight - The Sound
24 Immigrant - Gene Loves Jezebel
25 Discover - Gene Loves Jezebel
26 Deceit - This Heat

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

27 First Issue - Pil
28 Juju - Siouxsie and the Banshees
29 Good Morning Revival - Good Charlotte

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

30 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.

31 Monarchie & Alltag - Fehlfarben

Post-Punk of the highest quality from Germany.

32 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.

33 Prayers On Fire - Birthday Party
34 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'.

35 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.

36 Heads and Hearts - The Sound
37 Manic Pop Thrill - That Petrol Emotion
38 Mars Needs Guitars! - Hoodoo Gurus
39 Songs of the Free - Gang of Four
40 Kilimanjaro - The Teardrop Explodes
41 After the Snow - Modern English
42 Solid Gold - Gang of Four
43 Porcupine - Echo & the Bunnymen
44 Crocodiles - Echo & the Bunnymen
45 Meat is Murder - The Smiths
46 The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
47 Heaven Up Here - Echo and the Bunnymen
48 Strawberries - The Damned
49 Flowers of Romance - Pil
50 Travelogue - The Human League
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