Morrissey Albums Ranked

Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known professionally as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter, and author. He came to prominence as the frontman of the rock band the Smiths, who were active from 1982 to 1987. Since then, he has pursued a successful solo career. Morrissey’s music is characterized by his baritone voice and distinctive lyrics with recurring themes of emotional isolation, sexual longing, self-deprecating and dark humor, and anti-establishment stances. Highly influential, Morrissey has been credited as a seminal figure in the emergence of indie rock and Britpop. In a 2006 poll for the BBC’s Culture Show, Morrissey was voted the second-greatest living British cultural icon.[5] His work has been the subject of academic study. He has been a controversial figure throughout his music career due to his forthright opinions and outspoken nature—endorsing vegetarianism and animal rights, criticizing royalty and prominent politicians, and defending a particular vision of English national identity while critiquing the effect of immigration on the UK. Here are all of Morrissey’s albums ranked.

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10. Kill Uncle, 1991

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“This re-release irons out a lot of issues with the original album- It’s honestly rather good. The extra tracks aren’t exactly the greatest but the album has many other redeeming factors. The track order is greatly improved, and the previous closing track has a harder, rockier sound.”

9. Years Of Refusal, 2009

Morrissey - Years Of Refusal | Releases | Discogs

Refusal is a bit of a return to the basic rock of albums like Your Arsenal, but with even more aggression added into the mix, providing some of the most stripped-down, raw and, occasionally, downright angry music of Morrissey’s career. Much like Arsenal, it also shares a neatly compact structure chock full of songs with absolutely no fat.”

8. Ringleader Of The Tormentors, 2006

Morrissey: Ringleader of the Tormentors Album Review | Pitchfork

“Quite the man. With every album he looks and sounds more masculine and rock star like. The music is sentimental in a good way. The songs are just really well created and performed. Impossible not to like.”

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7. Low In High School . 2017

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“All politics aside, the music here is just beautiful and very well-written. It’s certainly on a higher level than your average indie band. There’s still an inescapable tone of pretentiousness that you’re bound to find in anything Morrissey-related, but it’s still a very enjoyable listen.”

6. World Peace Is None Of Your Business, 2014

MORRISSEY - World Peace Is None of Your Business - Music

“A very varied offering from Mozza and a lot to digest on the first listening. Definitely a grower and an album that will reward you with repeated plays. Lots of different arrangements and instruments that blend and compliment Morrissey’s vocals beautifully.”

5. Bona Drag, 1990

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“The most essential Morrissey album. Even as a compilation it stands shoulder to shoulder with the Smith’s catalogue and other than the suede head and every day… none of these tracks can be found on a studio disc.”

4. Your Arsenal, 1992

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“A very interesting record by Morrissey. Your Arsenal is 40 minutes of carefully crafted glam-influenced pop-rock songs, produced by Mick Ronson, one of his last works before his unfortunate death, this album sees Morrissey tread on thin ice here with some of the lyrical topics and perhaps the most visibly so at this point in his career.”

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3. You Are The Quarry, 2004

Morrissey: You Are the Quarry Album Review | Pitchfork

“Morrissey’s triumphant return. After seven years of silence, perhaps the pent up feeling that he was sorely missed caused people to go overboard. It would be churlish to bedgrudge him his greatest success as a solo artist, but at the same time You Are the Quarry does not entirely justify the hype.”

2. Vauxhall And I, 1994

Morrissey: Vauxhall and I Album Review | Pitchfork

“”Vauxhall and I” feels like Morrissey recorded an album in a confessional and it’s arguably not only Morrissey’s most personal album but his most consistent one. There are a countless amount of epithets for this album: frank, sapient, venerable, brilliant and genuine are among some of them. Laying down many of the elements that give this album such deserving titles, the band’s presence strongly reinforces Morrissey’s ubiquity. However, the album’s brilliance truly comes from the man himself, a flood of Mozzerian (of Morrissey) wit and power. Had this actually been his last album, it would have been one hell of a way to go out as the album certainly leaves a strong impression.”

1. Viva Hate, 1988

Morrissey – Viva Hate (1988, Vinyl) - Discogs

“‘Viva Hate’ released off the backbone of all that Smiths chaos of 1987, is Morrissey finally going solo, showing he can do it on his own and boy does he give it a great effort. Filled with an abundance of those self-pitying lyrics we came and loved to know Morrissey for in The Smiths. This was his most melancholic release since ‘The Smiths’ the debut self-titled album from the aforementioned ‘The Smiths’.”