The Queen Is Dead

by The Smiths

Original Release Date: 1986-06-16

The Queen Is Dead

The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album by the English rock band the Smiths. It was released on 16 June 1986 in the UK by Rough Trade Records, and on 23 June 1986 in the US by Sire Records. The album was produced by the singer, Morrissey, and the guitarist, Johnny Marr, working predominantly with the engineer Stephen Street, who had engineered the Smiths’ previous album, Meat Is Murder (1985). Marr wrote several songs while the Smiths toured Britain in early 1985, working out arrangements with the bassist, Andy Rourke, and the drummer, Mike Joyce during soundchecks. The title of the album is from Hubert Selby Jr.’s 1964 novel Last Exit to Brooklyn. The cover art features the French actor Alain Delon in the 1964 film L’Insoumis.The Queen Is Dead spent 22 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, reaching number two. It reached number 70 on the US Billboard Top Pop Albums chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA in late 1990. In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked The Queen Is Dead 113th on its updated list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In its 2013 list, NME named The Queen Is Dead the greatest album.


  1. 2017 Remastered Album
  2. The Queen Is Dead (6:24)
  3. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (2:18)
  4. I Know It’s Over (5:48)
  5. Never Had No One Ever (3:37)
  6. Cemetry Gates (2:38)
  7. Bigmouth Strikes Again (3:12)
  8. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (3:16)
  9. Vicar In A Tutu (2:22)
  10. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (4:03)
  11. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (3:16)
  12. Additional Recordings
  13. The Queen Is Dead (Full Version) (7:14)
  14. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (Demo) (2:19)
  15. I Know It’s Over (Demo) (5:49)
  16. Never Had No One Ever (Demo) (4:41)
  17. Cemetry Gates (Demo) (3:01)
  18. Bigmouth Strikes Again (Demo) (3:07)
  19. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Demo) (3:57)
  20. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (Demo Mix) (3:19)
  21. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Take 1) (4:25)
  22. Rubber Ring (Single B-Side) (3:54)
  23. Asleep (Single B-Side) (4:02)
  24. Money Changes Everything (Single B-Side) (4:41)
  25. Unloveable (Single B-Side) (3:56)
  26. Live In Boston
  27. How Soon Is Now? (5:25)
  28. Hand In Glove (2:58)
  29. I Want The One I Can’t Have (3:24)
  30. Never Had No One Ever (3:29)
  31. Stretch Out And Wait (3:09)
  32. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (3:34)
  33. Cemetry Gates (3:01)
  34. Rubber Ring / What She Said / Rubber Ring (4:17)
  35. Is It Really So Strange? (3:23)
  36. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (4:09)
  37. That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (4:51)
  38. The Queen Is Dead (5:08)
  39. I Know It’s Over (7:39)

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Key Value
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Format Box Set Deluxe Edition, Vinyl LP Album Remastered, Vinyl 2× LP Compilation, Vinyl 2× LP Album
Label Warner Bros. Records
Catalog Number 0190295785628
Notes Round silver hype sticker on shrink: ‘5 LP BOX SET featuring the 2017 Master of the seminal album, additional recordings and an unreleased live album, all heavyweight vinyl 0190295785628’. All three issued with gatefold sleeve and printed inner sleeves. Made in the EU.
Discogs URL The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead