Massive Attack Songs Ranked

Massive Attack is an English electronic band formed in 1988 in Bristol by Robert “3D” Del Naja, Adrian “Tricky” Thaws, Andrew “Mushroom” Vowles, and Grant “Daddy G” Marshall. The band currently consists of Del Naja, Thaws, and Marshall, with Shara Nelson and Horace Andy as guest vocalists. The debut Massive Attack album Blue Lines was released in 1991, with the single “Unfinished Sympathy” reaching the charts and later being voted the 63rd greatest song of all time in a poll by NME. 1998’s Mezzanine (containing “Teardrop”) and 2003’s 100th Window charted in the UK at number one. Both Blue Lines and Mezzanine feature in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The group has won numerous music awards throughout their career, including a Brit Award-winning Best British Dance Act, two MTV Europe Music Awards, and two Q Awards. They have released five studio albums that have sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Here are all of the Massive Attack albums ranked. Here are all of the Massive Attack songs ranked.

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15. Live with Me (Collected, 2006)

“One of the strongest vocal performances on any of their songs and the instrumentation creates a perfect sorrowful atmosphere. Their most moving track in my opinion.”

14. Protection (Protection, 1994)

“These lyrics encompass a lot of what was so great about Massive Attack in the 1990s. You may think that the first two lines, with their unbroken row of monosyllables, are as minimalistic as you can get. Here we find devotion and loyalty stripped down to their essence. But then Massive Attack go and beat themselves by reducing the entire concept to a single word: protection.”

13. Special Cases (100th Window, 2003)

“Great song, great album, and here the Akufen remix is really good as well and similar in style to his seminal album, My Way. All Feminazis and Angry Wives should hear this song for a change. Simple thought-provoking lyrics.”

100th Window - Album by Massive Attack | Spotify

12. Inertia Creeps (Mezzanine, 1998)

“This is what a single should be: the original song and a few remixes which turn it into something completely different and go in many different directions. Manic Street Preachers’ version kicks so much ass and the State of Bengal mix is a beautifully thumpy Indian-flavored world music/DnB/house hybrid. “Reflection” is something completely new: dark, haunting, dubby, drenched in reverb and experimental.”

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11. Dissolved Girl (Mezzanine, 1998)

“This song is true trip hop at its greatest! You feel beat the guitar you feel the music! This is the way a person feel before the explode. In any sense possible”

10. Karmacoma (Protection, 1994)

“With its clanking rhythms and grim, dungeon-like atmosphere Karmacoma invokes their seediest portrayal of inner-city life yet. Tricky and 3D get up to no good on the mics and along the way they commit a rhyming couplet so obvious and trite they really should be sent to prison for it.”

Protection - Album by Massive Attack | Spotify

9. Safe from Harm (Blue Lines, 1991)

“First song on Blue Lines and when I first heard it, totally blew me away. What a bassline. And love 3D’s rap. MA have recorded some amazing tracks but for me, they’ll never beat Safe From Harm.”

8. Daydreaming (Blue Lines, 1991)

“Daydreaming” is a nice, mellow song to work with and it’s accompanied by mellow remixes. The (Luv It) version in particular has a nice, bassy dub sway to it. In addition, Massive Attack re-recorded their first-ever single from 1989, which originally had Bristol native Carlton on vocals, and this time it’s Tony Bryan, who does a much better job, IMO. It’s an uplifting early 90s soul-pop song if I’ve ever heard one. This is one of the cheeriest things MA has ever done… for lovers of Blue Lines, in particular.”

7. Splitting the Atom (Splitting the Atom, 2009)

“I love this unique song, and the voices of the singers are distinctive. Quite different from singers who are not singing but screaming and difficult-to-understand rappers.”

Blue Lines - Album by Massive Attack | Spotify

6. Atlas Air (Heligoland, 2010)

“Really different from their other tracks… Forged with intense emotions, Atlas Air makes you feel the anguish of a war prisoner”

5. Angel (Mezzanine, 1998)

“Wonderful incredible unique the best track they ever made no one got anywhere near My favorite song and awesome. It would be cool if they can make one with lyrics. This song is really cool can’t stop listening to it..”

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4. Paradise Circus (Heligoland, 2010)

“Really different in comparison to their other songs. For me their best song and album together with Mazzanine. Awesome song with great lyrics and a peaked instrumental, just awesomely great!

Heligoland - Album by Massive Attack | Spotify

3. Unfinished Sympathy (Now! That’s What I Call Music 19, 1991)

“As Horbglober said this sounds a little like early Moby, and the vocals even sound like something that Paul Okenfold would do. The beat is awesome it is early Trance music, and it goes between two cymbals hitting each other, and violin used on a drum beat. It would be one of the better beats of 1991, then there is a woman with a screechy voice that mixes with the rhythm of this track. Since I heard this last year it has grown more on me, add this to your collection of beats, when she is not messing up everything the beats or awesome.”

2. Risingson (Abre los ojos (disc 2), 1997)

“One of my all time favorite songs! It’s a dark, cinematic masterpiece that gives me chills every time I listen to it. Definitely my favorite MA song. Amazing!”

1. Teardrop (Mezzanine, 1998)

“I never realized this was Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins singing those enchanting vocals until about 3 years after I first heard this song. Also I never realized this was the opening theme to House until a good 5 years after seeing that show. None of that matters though, because Massive Attack’s gorgeous downtempo anthem is a timeless piece of music that’ll outlast anything and everything, as well as being one of the best tracks of the 90’s to boot.”