List of songs recorded by the Smiths

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The Smiths members post-break-up
The members of the Smiths in the 2000s. Clockwise from left: Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, and Andy Rourke.

The English rock band the Smiths recorded 74 songs during their five-year career, which included 70 originals and 4 covers. The band was formed in Manchester in 1982 and signed a one-off recording contract with independent record label Rough Trade Records, releasing their debut single, "Hand in Glove" in May 1983.[1] The single found success in the UK, earning the group a full contract.[2] Their follow-up singles, "This Charming Man" and "What Difference Does It Make?" fared better on the UK charts and helped increase the band's popularity.[2] The next year saw the release of their self-titled debut album, several non-album singles, and Hatful of Hollow, a collection of B-sides, live recordings, and numerous non-album singles.[2][3][4] The band's popularity increased with Meat Is Murder (1985), their only UK number one album, and The Queen Is Dead (1986), which reached number two on the UK charts and peaked in the US Top 100.[2] Several non-album singles after Hatful of Hollow saw release on the compilations The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs in early 1987.[2][5][6] Despite their chart success, tensions began growing in the band, mainly between Marr and Morrissey and the band's label; the band announced their break-up shortly before the release of their final album, Strangeways, Here We Come.[2][7] The live album Rank followed in 1988.[8]

The majority of the Smiths' songs were written by the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Johnny Marr.[1] Throughout their career, their songs differed from the traditional synth-pop British sound of the early 1980s,[2] instead fusing together 1960s rock and post-punk.[9] In their early years, the band purposely rejected synthesisers and dance music,[10] until Meat Is Murder, which contained keyboards as well as rockabilly and funk influences.[11] The Queen Is Dead was notable for featuring harder-rocking songs with witty, satirical lyrics of British social mores, intellectualism and class.[12] Throughout their career, Morrissey drew attention during interviews and live performances for his provocative statements, such as criticising the Thatcher administration and being pro-vegetarian, as shown in the title track of Meat Is Murder.[13] The Smiths often addressed controversial topics in their lyrics, including homosexuality ("Hand in Glove"),[2] the Moors murders ("Suffer Little Children"),[2] as well as burning "the disco" and hanging "the DJ" ("Panic").[14] Since their breakup, the Smiths have been considered one of the most influential bands of the 1980s,[2] with Ian Youngs of BBC News describing them as "the band that inspired deeper devotion than any British group since the Beatles."[15]

Songs[edit]

Twinkle in a trade ad in 1964
The Smiths covered Twinkle's song "Golden Lights" in 1986.
Don Black in 2010
Cilla Black in 1970
The Smiths covered Guy Woolfenden (not pictured), Don Black (top), and Cilla Black's (bottom) song "Work Is a Four Letter Word" in 1987.
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Key
Song released as a single Song released as a single
Indicate songs not written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey Song not written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey
Indicates songs originally released as B-sides Song originally released as a B-side
Name of song, writer(s), original release, and year of release
Song Writer(s) Original release Year Ref(s)
"Accept Yourself" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow 1984 [16]
"Ask" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(Non-album single)
1986 [17][18]
"Asleep" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(B-side to "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side")
1985 [19][17]
"Back to the Old House" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow
(B-side to "What Difference Does It Make?")
1984 [16][20]
"Barbarism Begins at Home" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Meat Is Murder 1985 [21]
"Bigmouth Strikes Again" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"Cemetry Gates" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"Death at One's Elbow" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"Death of a Disco Dancer" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"The Draize Train" Hash-tag Johnny Marr dagger Non-album single
(B-side to "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others")
1986 [24]
"Frankly, Mr. Shankly" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"Girl Afraid" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow
(B-side to "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now")
1984 [16][25]
"Girlfriend in a Coma" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"Golden Lights" Hash-tag Twinkle dagger Louder Than Bombs
(B-side to "Ask")
1987 [26][27]
"Half a Person" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(B-side to "Shoplifters of the World Unite")
1987 [28][17]
"Hand in Glove" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]
"The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]
"Handsome Devil" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow 1984 [16]
"The Headmaster Ritual" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Meat Is Murder 1985 [21]
"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow
(Non-album single)
1984 [16][30]
"His Latest Flame"[a] (live) Doc Pomus
Mort Shuman dagger
Rank 1988 [31]
"How Soon Is Now?" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow
(B-side to "William, It Was Really Nothing")
1984 [16][32]
"I Don't Owe You Anything" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]
"I Keep Mine Hidden" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Non-album single
(B-side to "Girlfriend in a Coma")
1987 [33]
"I Know It's Over" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"I Want the One I Can't Have" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Meat Is Murder 1985 [21]
"I Won't Share You" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"Is It Really So Strange?" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Louder Than Bombs
(B-side to "Sheila Take a Bow")
1987 [26][34]
"Jeane" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Non-album single
(B-side to "This Charming Man")
1983 [35]
"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"London" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(B-side to "Shoplifters of the World Unite")
1987 [28][17]
"Meat Is Murder" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Meat Is Murder 1985 [21]
"Miserable Lie" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]
"Money Changes Everything" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(B-side to "Bigmouth Strikes Again")
1986 [17][36]
"Never Had No One Ever" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"Nowhere Fast" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Meat Is Murder 1985 [21]
"Oscillate Wildly" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(B-side to "How Soon Is Now?")
1985 [17][37]
"Paint a Vulgar Picture" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"Panic" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(Non-album single)
1986 [38][17]
"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow
(B-side to "William, It Was Really Nothing")
1984 [16][32]
"Pretty Girls Make Graves" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]
"The Queen Is Dead" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"Reel Around the Fountain" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]
"Rubber Ring" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(B-side to "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side")
1985 [17][19]
"A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"Rusholme Ruffians" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Meat Is Murder 1985 [21]
"Shakespeare's Sister" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(Non-album single)
1985 [17][39]
"Sheila Take a Bow" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Louder Than Bombs
(Non-album single)
1987 [26][40]
"Shoplifters of the World Unite" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(Non-album single)
1986 [17][41]
"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"Still Ill" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]
"Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"Stretch Out and Wait" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(B-side to "Shakespeare's Sister")
1985 [17][42]
"Suffer Little Children" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]
"Sweet and Tender Hooligan" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Louder Than Bombs
(B-side to "Sheila Take a Bow")
1987 [26][34]
"That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Meat Is Murder 1985 [21]
"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"These Things Take Time" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow
(B-side to "What Difference Does It Make?")
1984 [16][20]
"This Charming Man" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow
(Non-album single)
1983 [16][43]
"This Night Has Opened My Eyes" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow 1984 [16]
"Unhappy Birthday" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 [23]
"Unloveable" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen
(B-side to "Bigmouth Strikes Again")
1987 [17][36]
"Vicar in a Tutu" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Queen Is Dead 1986 [22]
"Well I Wonder" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Meat Is Murder 1985 [21]
"What Difference Does It Make?" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]
"What She Said" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Meat Is Murder 1985 [21]
"What's the World" (live) Hash-tag James dagger Non-album single
(B-side to "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish")
1987 [44]
"William, It Was Really Nothing" double-dagger Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Hatful of Hollow
(Non-album single)
1984 [16][45]
"Wonderful Woman" Hash-tag Johnny Marr
Morrissey
Non-album single
(B-side to "This Charming Man")
1983 [46]
"Work is a Four Letter Word" Hash-tag Guy Woolfenden
Don Black
Cilla Black dagger
Non-album single
(B-side to "Girlfriend in a Coma")
1987 [33]
"You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The World Won't Listen 1987 [17]
"You've Got Everything Now" Johnny Marr
Morrissey
The Smiths 1984 [29]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Performed live as a medley with "Rushholme Ruffians"[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Goddard, Simon (2006). The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life. Reynolds and Hearn. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-905287-14-7.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Smiths – Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Smiths – The Smiths". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Hatful of Hollow – The Smiths". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  5. ^ DiGravina, Tim. "The World Won't Listen – The Smiths". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Louder Than Bombs – The Smiths". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Strangeways, Here We Come – The Smiths". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  8. ^ DiGravina, Tim. "Rank – The Smiths". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  9. ^ Reynolds, Simon C. W. "The Smiths – Members, Songs, & Facts". Britannica Online. Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  10. ^ Rogan, Johnny (1992). Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance. London: Omnibus. pp. 281–282. ISBN 978-0-7119-3000-1.
  11. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Meat Is Murder – The Smiths". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  12. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  13. ^ Adams, Erik (28 February 2015). "The Smiths' "Meat Is Murder" is nauseating to vegetarians and carnivores alike". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on 10 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  14. ^ "What is the Meaning of "Panic" By The Smiths?". Radio X. 13 October 2018. Archived from the original on 10 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  15. ^ Youngs, Ian (17 February 2013). "Johnny Marr on The Smiths and going solo". BBC News. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Hatful of Hollow (LP liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1984.CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m The World Won't Listen (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade. 1987.CS1 maint: others (link)
  18. ^ "Ask" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1986. RTT 194 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  19. ^ a b "Rubber Ring"/"Asleep" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1985. RTT 191 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  20. ^ a b "Back to the Old House"/"These Things Take Time" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1984. RTT 146 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i Meat Is Murder (LP liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1985.CS1 maint: others (link)
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The Queen Is Dead (LP liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1986.CS1 maint: others (link)
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Strangeways, Here We Come (LP liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1987.CS1 maint: others (link)
  24. ^ "Frankly Mr. Shankly"/"The Draize Train" (liner notes). The Smiths. Germany: Zensor. 1986. 6.20628 AE – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  25. ^ "Girl Afraid" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1986. RTT 156 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  26. ^ a b c d Louder Than Bombs (LP liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1987.CS1 maint: others (link)
  27. ^ "Golden Lights" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1986. RTT 194 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  28. ^ a b "London"/"Half a Person" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1986. RTT 195 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The Smiths (LP liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1984.CS1 maint: others (link)
  30. ^ "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1986. RTT 156 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  31. ^ a b Rank (LP liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1988.CS1 maint: others (link)
  32. ^ a b "How Soon Is Now" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1984. RTT 166 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  33. ^ a b "Work is a Four-Letter Word"/"I Keep Mine Hidden (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1987. RTT 197 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  34. ^ a b "Is It Really So Strange?" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1987. RTT 196 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  35. ^ "Jeane" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1983. RTT 156 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  36. ^ a b "Money Changes Everything"/"Unloveable" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1986. RTT 192 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  37. ^ "Well I Wonder"/"Oscillate Wildly" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1985. RTT 176 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  38. ^ "Panic" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1986. RTT 193 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  39. ^ "Shakespeare's Sister" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1985. RTT 181 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  40. ^ "Sheila Take a Bow" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1987. RTT 196 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  41. ^ "Shoplifters of the World Unite" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1986. RTT 195 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  42. ^ "What She Said"/"Stretch Out and Wait" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1985. RTT 181 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  43. ^ "This Charming Man" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1983. RTT 136 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  44. ^ "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" (Cassette single label). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1987. RTT 198C – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  45. ^ "William, It Was Really Nothing" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1984. RTT 166 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)
  46. ^ "Wonderful Woman" (liner notes). The Smiths. UK: Rough Trade Records. 1983. RTT 136 – via Discogs.CS1 maint: others (link)

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