The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album by the English rock band The Smiths. It was released in 1986.
It has sold consistently well ever since and has received unanimous critical acclaim, with NME listing it as the greatest album of all time in 2013.
When The Smiths released the album, it quickly became clear that the record was going to be considered a classic for many years to come. Quite simply, it was the Smiths record with everything that people loved about them: the driving rock of the title track; the English music hall romps of Frankly, Mr Shankly and Vicar In A Tutu; the maudlin angst of I Know It's Over and, of course, the sweeping beauty of songs like The Boy With The Thorn In His Side and There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.