The Queen Is Dead

by The Smiths

Original Release Date: 1986-06-16

The Queen Is Dead

The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album by the English rock band the Smiths. It was released on 16 June 1986 in the UK by Rough Trade Records, and on 23 June 1986 in the US by Sire Records. The album was produced by the singer, Morrissey, and the guitarist, Johnny Marr, working predominantly with the engineer Stephen Street, who had engineered the Smiths’ previous album, Meat Is Murder (1985). Marr wrote several songs while the Smiths toured Britain in early 1985, working out arrangements with the bassist, Andy Rourke, and the drummer, Mike Joyce during soundchecks. The title of the album is from Hubert Selby Jr.’s 1964 novel Last Exit to Brooklyn. The cover art features the French actor Alain Delon in the 1964 film L’Insoumis.The Queen Is Dead spent 22 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, reaching number two. It reached number 70 on the US Billboard Top Pop Albums chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA in late 1990. In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked The Queen Is Dead 113th on its updated list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In its 2013 list, NME named The Queen Is Dead the greatest album.


  1. The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty) (Medley) (6:23)
  2. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (2:17)
  3. I Know It’s Over (5:48)
  4. Never Had No One Ever (3:36)
  5. Cemetry Gates (2:39)
  6. Bigmouth Strikes Again (3:12)
  7. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (3:15)
  8. Vicar In A Tutu (2:21)
  9. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (4:02)
  10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (3:14)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue Stereo (Gatefold, 180 Gram)
Label Warner Music UK Ltd.
Catalog Number 2564665887
Notes Pink sticker, gatefold sleeve and original inner sleeve. [Gatefold inside] Warner Bros UK Ltd. [Inner sleeve] recorded in England, Winter 1985 Cicely Courtneidge recording courtesy of Thorn EMI Elstree Studios Ltd Cover star Alain Delon photos © 1965 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc “take me back to dear old Blighty” [Labels] ℗ & © 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd. Made in the E.U.
Discogs URL The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead