Top Ten Best The Smiths Songs

The Top Ten

1 There is a Light that Never Goes Out There is a Light that Never Goes Out Cover Art

How could one rate this song below number one? It is the fines example of what Morrissey's lyrics are about: tragic love. The chorus is truly haunting and I do hope you can find it in yourselves to vote this song as the best of The Smith's career.

Oscillating guitar. Very unique. Demonstrates the originality of The Smiths.

The best music of the smiths.

It's fresh even today, because the greatest compliment to love is dying together and the haunting back beat and soft guitar rhythm makes this sing out. Definitely my number one.

2 How Soon is Now? How Soon is Now? Cover Art

This song was my childhood. It's better than the Charmed version.

Honestly, Johnny Marr killed it on this song and you will never convince me otherwise. Not only that, but the lyrics are very poignant - I wonder whether I would ever be able to forget them... Not that I'd want to.

This song is ace even if your not the keenest on his voice, its 'groovay! ' :'D

This song has the most universal message of the portfolio, really meaningful.

3 This Charming Man This Charming Man Cover Art

Easily the best song the smiths have produced!

Oscar wilde would be proud to have written this little gem pure class mike luke.

The greatest opening riff in pop music history

My absolute favourite. Apart from "Ask". However, "it's gruesome that someone so handsome should care".

4 Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

I'm glad this is moving up since I was the one who nominated it! This was also my first Smiths song.

This is my favorite The smiths song! Should definitely be in top 10 come on!

Top 10 songs of my life... Amazing song

For once in my life, let me get what I want

Makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up... Which is the greatest thing a piece of music can do

5 The Boy with the Thorn in His Side The Boy with the Thorn in His Side Cover Art

Great song though I can't see why they released this as a single. It's just not very commercial in my opinion. It took many listens for me to finally understand its greatness.

Can't get enough of this one...

Touch in the soul...

A musical masterpiece.

6 I Know It's Over I Know It's Over Cover Art

A song for all the teenagers going through break ups and life turmoil. Morrissey's lyrics always bring you back home in a melancholic way

God, this song should be in the top ten.

I love this song because of how the lyrics are so heartfelt but also because they can be interpreted in many ways.

Don't distract me, I'm listening to this master piece

7 Bigmouth Strikes Again Bigmouth Strikes Again Cover Art

Words for how much I love this song haven't been invented yet.

Best opening lyrics to a song ever Morrissey is a legend the pope of mope

This my jam laugh out loud

It's just great

8 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now Cover Art

Don't really like the singing on this one, but it does have the greatest lyric ever written "I was looking for a job and then...and heaven knows I'm miserable now"

Beautiful song with a great guitar riff, and as always Morrissey's vocals are as awesome as ever.

11th? Seriously have you heard this song?

Absolutely brilliant

9 Panic Panic Cover Art

'The music that they constantly play, it says nothing to me about my life'
Awesome lyric- that still speaks volumes, and it summed up what I feel like as an Indie kid against the corporate pop of the modern world.

Catchy as hell and just such a good song

One of my favorite past times

Just the best

10 The Queen is Dead The Queen is Dead Cover Art

One of morrissey's first over political/social songs. He has no agenda but his own and this song exemplifies such, the abrasive nature of the guitar contrasts against the twee pop of the boy with the thorn etc...

A very powerful song, I love the drumming and Morrissey's powerful vocals. This should be considered their best. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out being second.

I love this song and have always loved it. Usually doesn't get in lists of the best smiths songs. It's hard for me to see why.

The drumming is so hypnotic. Lyrics are great (as always). My top ten songs of all time.

The Contenders

11 Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before Cover Art

This song should be number 2 not number 4 please vote this song up its in rock band 3 amazing guitar singing bass and drums

Love this song please vote it up should be number 2 good guitar bass drums and singing

This song is really good please vote this one up this PBS should be number 2 not 4 great singing guitar bass and drums

Great opening! A song that comes right out at you, not to be ignored. Best, though, are the lyrics that make me laugh.

12 Cemetry Gates

Best lyrics ever written...

One of the greatest songs ever written.

Ridiculously good song

13 Asleep Asleep Cover Art

Despite the fact that prepubescent girls and wannabe hipsters now flock around this song, it still resonates with me. I never grow tired of hearing it, no matter how many times it gets played now. Yes, Perks was a good movie. Charlie, however, is not someone to emulate. Choose to like the song because it's a good song, not because Charlie liked the song.

The smiths sing this song

I think that this song is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

You listen to the words and you just thank The Smiths' genius.

14 What Difference Does It Make? What Difference Does It Make? Cover Art

This is definitely one of the best, if not, the best song The Smiths have done. It's amazing rhythmically, melodically, lyrically, and Morrissey's vocals are unlike I've ever heard before. It's such and intense and captivating song. One of the best ever.

This should be in the top three with There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and How Soon Is Now. The riff that flows all the way through is just so memorable, I would be able to identify it anywhere just from the guitar.

This is their best song and maybe even the best song ever. The lyrics are captivating, the riff is memorable, and his voice is mysterious.

Should be higher, man!

15 The Headmaster Ritual The Headmaster Ritual Cover Art

I listened to MIM on a tape of a radio broadcast, during 1985 traveling as a young teen on trains all across Asia. Had no idea what they looked like or their history. I just knew it was the greatest music Id ever heard. Didn't know I'd never hear anything like it again.

Honestly can't believe how low this is. For me, no Smiths playlist would be complete without this song. The opening punches you in the face with some genius guitar and bass and the great musicianship continues throughout the whole song. The lyrics are simple yet some of the best Morrissey has ever written. Everything about this song is great.

Reminds us all of how cruel people can be to children for no reason Morrissey is a genius without question. mike luke.

Best combination of unique catchy riffs, dissonance, master guitar, and lyrics. perfectly captures the artistry of Marr and the pain and insight of a sad English boy being Morrissey.

16 Ask

Writing frightening verse etc. etc. what a incredible idea for a song priceless. mike luke.

Ask... and u shall be disappointed.

Just ask

Ask Me
Ask Me
Ask Me why this song is not top ten?

17 Still Ill Still Ill Cover Art

This is such a masterpiece. It tells the story of the whole world against the unrelenting bass and drum lines and then at the forefront, guitar and vocals, bitterly sweet and clever, masterful, and oh so honest. With such enthusiastic agreement, I've followed the words quite literally and yes, the world is mine and owes me a living, so mostly after that I didn't bother, kissed and got sore lips, and yes, I saw the brighter sides of life, but not very often.

"For there are brighter sides to life, and I should know because I've seen them, but not very often." Something about that line stabs me in the heart every time.

No idea why this isn't in the top ten!
'Under the iron bridge we kissed, and although I ended up with sore lips. It just wasn't like the old days"
'Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body- I don't know'
'I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving. '

The best opening lyrics ever

18 William, It Was Really Nothing

This is the actual best of The Smiths. Two minutes of pure brilliance!

This is their best song by far! I can't believe it's not on the list! It's even on Rolling Stone's list of five-hundred best songs of all time.

19 Hand in Glove Hand in Glove Cover Art

Simply the best Love song there is, there was and ever will be.

The greatest love song ever written.

Basic yet so profound. mike luke.

20 Half a Person Half a Person Cover Art

I do love this song. With a passion. "Call me morbid, call me pale... I've spent six years on your trail. So if you have five seconds to spare, I'll tell you the story of my life"...

I always thought this was such a great classic pop song, so so catchy, I never understood why it wasn't a major single.

Sad and funny at the same time. Mike luke

Such an underrated song.

21 You've Got Everything Now You've Got Everything Now Cover Art
22 Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

Not too long ago I heard this in my playlist and I just lay in my bed and cried for what felt like the entire night. I had that moment of really connecting with the song and somehow I don't think any type of popularity or greatness or whatever can beat that feeling of deepness so for me this is number 1

Just that opening sound, heaves like the agony of a broken heart as it tries to breathe, and then the vocals, like secret internal pain you shamefully hide, and yet Morrissey is so open and vulnerable. I die thinking someone might know they made me feel that way.

Christ, it's not even in the Top 20! Arguably the most depressing song by the smiths, that's saying something. It's truly a brilliant "sad" song. Scratch that, it's a brilliant song, full stop. Should be higher!

By far one of the most powerful songs I've ever heard, tore my soul and heart into a thousand pieces

23 Paint a Vulgar Picture Paint a Vulgar Picture Cover Art

The greatest song about the music business ever

This song is haunting me. My favourite Smiths song, at the moment.

Unusually high praise from my end.

best vibe

24 That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

Johnny Marr's guitar howls like a dying animal in the last minute - one of the best band ever's best songs.

Best song of the smiths lyrically and musically

The best of an incredible trio of waltzes with Please Please and Stretch Out. And as such, best Smiths song ever.

Sublime in all respects.

25 Frankly, Mr. Shankly Frankly, Mr. Shankly Cover Art

In my top five favorites. It's very catchy.

This song is just so catchy and underrated

Great song, it's definitely underrated

Great satire on religion so funny. mike luke

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