The Hives Albums Ranked

The Hives are a Swedish rock band that rose to prominence in the early 2000s during the Garage Rock Revival. Their mainstream success came with the release of the album Veni Vidi Vicious, containing the singles “Hate to Say I Told You So”. The band has been acclaimed by music critics as one of the best live rock bands. The Hives have released five studio albums: Barely Legal (1997), Veni Vidi Vicious (2000), Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004), The Black and White Album (2007), and Lex Hives (2012). They have one compilation album, Your New Favourite Band (2001) and they have issued a live DVD, Tussles in Brussels (2005). Here are all of The Hives albums ranked.

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6. Barely Legal (1997)

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“This album is almost genius. While punk rock has taken an image of “random beating and strumming on guitars,” The Hives have clearly proven in this album that their music is complicated, well-thought-out, and freaking awesome. They fill this album with complicated riffs and chords that fall upon each other to make awesome songs. You will find many days of punking pleasure with this album.”

5. Lex Hives (2012)

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“After a hiatus The Hives who are self proclaimed to be the “greatest live band in the world” return with a catchy collection of songs. The first track to catch my attention was Patrolling Days then My Time is Coming really had me listening. Upon further review 1000 Answers stood out to me to be the best track on a cd full of tap your feet and sing along music. If you want to have a good time…get Lex Hives.”

4. Your New Favourite Band (2001)

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“One listen to the blistering opener ‘Hate to Say I told you so’ and for a second you think this may well be your new favorite band but a few songs in and maybe the appeal is starting to wear thin. Still. It’s enjoyable enough head banging fare and certainly packs the kind of punch you want from a really a good garage rock band.”

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3. The Black And White Album (2007)

The Hives: The Black and White Album Album Review | Pitchfork

“The songs are mostly experimental(in a good way) and the boys still sound like they are having fun. First two tracks are typical Hives, two live favorites garage behemoths that also sound gigantic on the record. But the rest of the album is pure experimentation with studio trickery, rhythm machines and ambitious keyboards. If N.E.R.D and The Ramones had a kid, he would be making this kind of sounds.”

2. Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004)

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“I think this is a great album. Probably the best hives album. Here, they’ve slowed down just a little bit and I think that really helps with their sound and creates this interesting robotic sound that i think suits them very well.”

1. Veni Vidi Vicious (2000)

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“Highly energetic, very straight forward riffing, which works as a good driving element. Along with this there’s also some brilliant bass groves to give the band their little extra kick. Many times voted the best live band in Sweden, and after seeing them, I must admit they are one of the best and energetic live acts I’ve seen. Garage punk with a modern sound and quite a good speed to it.”