Adam & The Ants Albums Ranked

Adam and the Ants were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. The group existed in two incarnations, both fronted by Adam Ant, lasting from 1977 to 1982. The first, founded in May 1977 and known simply as The Ants until November of that year, achieved considerable cult popularity during the transition from the punk rock era to the post-punk and new wave era and were noted for their high camp, overtly sexualized stage performances and songs. The final line-up of this incarnation—Dave Barbarossa, Matthew Ashman, and Leigh Gorman—left the band in January 1980 at the suggestion of de facto manager Malcolm McLaren to form Bow Wow Wow. The second incarnation of Adam and the Ants featured guitarist Marco Pirroni and drummer/producer Chris Hughes and was noted for its use of Burundi drums. This group lasted from February 1980 to March 1982, achieving major commercial success in the UK and abroad which continued into its frontman’s solo career. With their music videos receiving airplay on MTV and Ant appearing as a guest VJ on the station, they were associated with the Second British Invasion. Here are all of Adam & The Ants’ albums ranked.

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5. The Collection (1991)

Adam And The Ants – The Collection (1991, CD) - Discogs

“Part of the new wave scene, adam and the ants took the uk by storm with such chart hits as “antmusic”, “stand and deliver”, and “kings of the wild frontier”. He did not reach u.s. success until going solo with the no. 12 hit “goody two shoes” off the friend or foe lp. His success waned after that, delivering one final hit in “room at the top.” All the aforementioned songs plus many more are here, digitally remastered. The remastering is great, not overcompressed or “brick walled” like many of today’s remasters and new releases. An “essential” pick up for any fan of great 80’s new wave music!!”

4. The Complete Radio 1 Sessions (1996)

Adam & The Ants – The Complete Radio 1 Sessions (2001, CD) - Discogs

“What a shame that Adam Ant is only known by many for his hit single “Goody Two Shoes”. Adam and the Ants have a hard edge to their music that transcends the term “new wave”. Fantastic melodies, the excellent hard rock guitar sounds from Marco, Adam’s always excellent vocals make this CD more than just an interesting curiosity. I can’t recommend any CD I’ve heard lately as much as this. This CD has a raw edge that enhances the already classic material included. The acoustic version of Adam’s last hit “Wonderful” is just that.”

3. Prince Charming (1981)

Adam and the Ants - Prince Charming - Music

“At this point Adam and the Ants could do no wrong in 1981. This is their most realized and fun work. Of the ten original songs there’s not a wasted note. Each song plays perfectly off the last. In America, the only song I saw a video for was “Prince Charming”, but there were other great songs like “Scorpios”, “Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios”, “Five Guns West”, “That Voodoo”, “Stand And Deliver”, “Mile High Club”, “Ant Rap”, “Mowhok” and “S.E.X.” are also as equally campy and entertaining. This is truly a fun album and no one makes music like this anymore.”

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2. Dirk Wears White Sox (1979)

Dirk Wears White Sox (Remastered) - Album by Adam & The Ants | Spotify

“The first half of the album is virtually flawless. Beginning with the double classic Cartrouble, Parts 1 and 2, we go from weird & funky to rocking in 5 minutes. Digital Tenderness is a surprisingly normal rock song, one that reminds me of melodic techniques Kurt Cobain would use more than 10 years later. The same can be said for Day I Met God. I’m not sure Kurt actually liked the Ants (or would have admitted it), but the similarities are there, nonetheless.”

1. Kings Of The Wild Frontier (1980)

Kings Of The Wild Frontier - Album by Adam & The Ants | Spotify

“This album came out before Adam and The Ants had success in the US. The shame is that for many that were exposed to Adam and The Ants because of later releases that were not as good, they never listened to Kings of the Wild Frontier. Big mistake! If you are even a marginal Adam fan stop now and get this truly great CD. A ground breaking sound when it came out that really has never been duplicated. One of my all-time favorite albums that needs to be listened to from beginning to end. Highly recommended for any music fan.”