Boy George Albums Ranked

George Alan O’Dowd (born 14 June 1961), known professionally as Boy George, is an English singer, songwriter, DJ, fashion designer, photographer, and record producer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band’s fame, during the 1980s, they recorded global hit songs such as “Karma Chameleon”, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and “Time (Clock of the Heart)”. George is known for his soulful voice and his androgynous appearance. He was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues, and reggae. His look and style of fashion were greatly inspired by glam rock pioneers David Bowie and Marc Bolan. He was the lead singer of Jesus Loves You between 1989 and 1992. In 2015, Boy George received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors for Outstanding Services to British Music. In 2002, he was voted forty-sixth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Here are all of Boy George’s albums ranked.

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10. Ordinary Alien: The Kinky Roland Files (2010)

Boy George - Ordinary Alien (The Kinky Roland Files) | Discogs

“The dance floor opens with this record. The truth is that it is also a great return to the world of Boy George music. Ordinary Alien is produced by Kinky Roland. The album is full of good songs, including the well-known Yes We Can, Amazing Grace, and Time Machine. For his coming-out, as usual, he has Kinky Roland (Boy George’s right-hand man for a long time) who manages to give him an even more dance touch with the mixes introduced. Boy’s voice is still wonderful”

9. Boy George’s Taboo (Original London Cast) (2002)

TABOO O.B.C. - Boy George's Taboo - Music

“To say I don’t really care for musical theatre, I actually really enjyoyed this. Based loosely on Boy George’s autobiography and touching on the life of Leigh Bowery, this musical captures the spirit of the decadent early new-romantic 80s and onto the global success of Culture Club and the excesses of Boy George’s life.”

8. The Unrecoupable One Man Bandit: Volume One (1999)

Boy George – The Unrecoupable One Man Bandit (Volume One) (1999, CD) -  Discogs

“This is a great album. Though it’s not an “official” album so to speak it’s more a compilation of previously unreleased tracks that are compile specifically for the hardcore fans. Some of the songs I have heard before, one specifically “Who Killed Rock n’ Roll? was on the culture club four cd box set. That set included unreleased demos and alternate takes and is a must have as well (for hardcore fans). This cd is cheaply priced considering what it is.”

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7. Boyfriend (1989)

Boy George - Boyfriend Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

“As a fan of Boy George for many years now, I have always wondered why the “mainstream” music audience seems to continually turn a casual back to his music. I have also wondered who are these people in charge of record companies, and why is it that genuinely good music can sit, sometimes for years, in dusty old vaults in the depths of record company basements. “

6. Tense Nervous Headache (1988)

Boy George – Tense Nervous Headache (1988, CD) - Discogs

“To me, maybe the best Boy George solo album. Great bass, rythms & rythm boxes, entransing tunes, interesting influences (amazing ragamuffin by MC Kinky, entransing tablas by Jagjeep Singh). Only a couple of songs are not so worthy of recognition. Great use of his voice.”

5. Sold (1987)

Sold - Album by Boy George | Spotify

“I don’t consider it a bad album. I like the way George uses his voice in many different ways. Songs sound a bit insipid at times. However, many interesting voices, instruments, & melodies.”

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4. Life (2018)

Boy George And Culture Club – Life (2018, CD) - Discogs

“I love Culture Club and Boy George… I have many of his solo albums and was highly anticipating this addition to my collection. I have not been disappointed! When I first started listening to it, Boy George’s vibrato seemed a little over the top, but the lyrics and the music are fantastic. There’s a wide assortment of styles on the disc as well, which is typical of Culture Club. His voice has also matured and deepened, which I find enjoyable.”

3. Classic Masters (2002)

Classic Masters - Album by Boy George | Spotify

“There are tonnes of Culture Club comps, but this is the only one I know with his solo material. Most people assume it’s all one in the same, thinking he was CC, even though he couldn’t always match the same success on his own, like many standout frontmen who did the same thing. “Everything I Own” and “The Crying Game”, his non-CC benchmarks, often appear on those group releases. I saw this at the store once, but couldn’t afford it, but I now have these tracks on the studio albums and such. For those getting started in his non-Club work.”

2. Cheapness And Beauty (1995)

Boy George - Cheapness & Beauty - Music

“Boy George. Genre magazine called it brilliant. OUT had him on the cover. Jay Leno had the Boy for half his show performing some of the songs. The book,”Take It Like A Man”,was high on the best-seller list. Everything was going great. It was a truly magnificent comeback, then tragedy struck. The Boy was called back to England at the beginning of a successful tour to deal with a murder investigation involving his brother.”

1. This Is What I Do (2013)

Boy George – This Is What I Do (2013, CD) - Discogs

“Just listened to Boy’s new album, and found my blood pressure dropping and my life anxiety level easing, while a smile slowly crept over my face. His deeper voice (seasoned with life experience and age) is a pleasure to listen to (though I’ve always loved his voice), and the new songs are obviously a result of his work on himself and his current path in life. It’s only a first reaction so far, but I think I’m going to be playing this one repeatedly–especially when I’m in need of some relaxation and peace in my life.”