What is the best Pet Shop Boys album ever? [UPDATE 2020]

What is the best Pet Shop Boys album ever?

A kind of discography review

To find out which is the best Pet Shop Boys album, I did the work and rated every single album track by track. I sum­mar­ized the res­ult in a rank­ing and would like to present this to you here. At the end of the art­icle, the val­ues are again clearly arranged, shown chro­no­lo­gic­ally in a curve graph.

The best Pet Shop Boys album charts

Pet Shop Boys - Elysium

14. Elysium

Release: 2012
Overall Rating: 3.17
Great tracks: Ego Music, Memory Of The Future
Weak tracks: (None)

What dis­ap­poin­ted me most about this album was the large num­ber of mediocre songs. In prin­ciple, there are no really bad tracks on the album, but there are also no real highlights.

Pet Shop Boys - Very

13. Very

Release: 1993
Overall Rating: 3.25
Great tracks: Can You Forgive Her?, I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing, Yesterday, When I Was Mad
Weak tracks: (None)

I'm not 100% sure, but I guess 'Very' is the most com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful album of Pet Shop Boys. For me the most annoy­ing track is 'Go West' which for many is a radio all-time ever­green. If a drunk­en gun club is roar­ing a syn­thpop song at a dingy corner pub, then that's just wrong. Despite the gen­er­al mediocrity, there are some nice 90s synth tracks here.

Pet Shop Boys - Bilingual

12. Bilingual

Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.63
Great tracks: Discoteca, Single, Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is), A Red Letter Day, Before, To Step Aside
Weak tracks: (None)

If someone would ask me for a typ­ic­al 90's syn­thpop sound example, this album would surely be one of my first places to go. A good half of the album 'Bilingual' are 4 star rat­ings and there­fore an above-aver­age over­all work. Also the concept of bilin­gual­ism plus the Latin American melod­ies and sounds makes the album espe­cially worth listen­ing to and recommendable.

Pet Shop Boys - Release

11. Release

Release: 2002
Overall Rating: 3.7
Great tracks: Home And Dry, London, E‑Mail, The Samurai In Autumn, Love Is A Catastrophe, Here
Weak tracks: (None)

At the begin­ning of 2000 it seemed really bad with good releases in the Synth Pop genre. The whole scene was in an almost leth­ar­gic state. So it was all the more pleas­ing when Pet Shop Boys released the album 'Release' which is full of many great songs. Incredibly var­ied, cre­at­ive and catchy like in the 80s, but in a new mod­ern style.

Pet Shop Boys - Nightlife

10. Nightlife

Release: 1999
Overall Rating: 3.75
Great tracks: For Your Own Good, Closer To Heaven, I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More, Happiness Is An Option, You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk, Radiophonic, Only One, New York City Boy
Weak tracks: (None)

The album 'Nightlife' with the disco hit 'New York City Boy' was one of my high­lights in 1999. The album is full of fant­ast­ic Electropop songs that invite you to dance.

Pet Shop Boys - Please

9. Please

Release: 1986
Overall Rating: 4
Great tracks: Two Divided By Zero, West End Girls, Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money), Love Comes Quickly, Suburbia, Why Don't We Live Together?
Weak tracks: (None)

The place­ments of the albums from here on are really only rel­at­ive. Even this place­ment is an over­all 4‑star album with time­less clas­sics and high-qual­ity com­pos­i­tions. My abso­lute PSB favour­ite song 'Love Comes Quickly' is also on the debut and def­in­itely belongs on every CD shelf of an Electropop fan. A total of four 5 star rat­ings are rep­res­en­ted here. I think this is one of the strongest debut works of all time in the whole Electropop genre.

BTW: I already had this album on the ori­gin­al cas­sette as a child and let it run in a con­tinu­ous loop until it was inaud­ible. I love this album! Despite the nos­tal­gic feel­ings for this album, the last half of the album isn't so strong and is over­taken by oth­er works in the ranking.

Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot

8. Hotspot

Release: 2020
Overall Rating: 4.15
Great tracks: Will O The Wisp, You Are The One, Happy People, Dreamland, Hoping For A Miracle, I Don't Wanna, Monkey Business, Only The Dark, Buring The Heather
Weak tracks: (None)

The album was pro­duced and mixed by Stuart Price and it is the third part of the tri­logy pro­duced by Price, which star­ted in 2013 with ‘Electric‘ and the second part ‘Super‘ was released in 2016. With the album 'Hotspot' the Pet Shop Boys have laid a found­a­tion stone. This is what mod­ern Electropop sounds like in the new dec­ade! Read our album review here.

Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour

7. Behaviour

Release: 1990
Overall Rating: 4.15
Great tracks: Being Boring, This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave, How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?, Only The Wind, My October Symphony, So Hard, The End Of The World, Jealousy
Weak tracks: (None)

When bit­ter­sweet mel­an­choly meets nos­tal­gia, the song 'Being Boring' by Pet Shop Boys is the anthem to it. This spe­cial fea­ture packed into an easy-sound­ing Electropop song can't be achieved as well as by Neil and Chris. The sound of the album is also very spe­cial. It still has many typ­ic­al sounds, instru­ments and samples from the 80s, but it also fits won­der­fully into the 90s.

Pet Shop Boys - Super

6. Super

Release: 2016
Overall Rating: 4.17
Great tracks: Happiness, The Pop Kids, Twenty-Something, Groovy, The Dictator Decides, Undertow, Sad Robot World, Say It To Me, Burn, Into Thin Air
Weak tracks: (None)

I imme­di­ately fell in love with the song 'The Pop Kids'. I knew a fant­ast­ic Pet Shop Boys album was com­ing and I wasn't dis­ap­poin­ted. It felt like the Pet Shop Boys were gain­ing momentum again with this album. The album sounds almost like a 'Best of'. All songs are super catchy and sound fresh like nev­er before. Read our album review here.

Pet Shop Boys - Yes

5. Yes

Release: 2009
Overall Rating: 4.18
Great tracks: Love Etc., All Over The World, Beautiful People, Did You See Me Coming?, Vulnerable, More Than A Dream, Building A Wall, Pandemonium, The Way It Used To Be
Weak tracks: (None)

Electropop music at its finest is also fea­tured on the 2009 album 'Yes'. The min­im­al­ist­ic album title and the cov­er art­work let the Electropop fan imme­di­ately recog­nize that it is a typ­ic­al Pet Shop Boys work. And that's exactly how it behaves with the con­tent. Romantic and dreamy would be the gen­er­ic terms if I had to describe the album briefly. And espe­cially recom­mend­able to raise the mood. Read our album review here. The album 'Yes' is also part of the art­icle '20 Synth Pop mile­stones and col­lec­tion must-haves'.

Pet Shop Boys - Fundamental

4. Fundamental

Release: 2006
Overall Rating: 4.21
Great tracks: Psychological, The Sodom & Gomorrah Show, I Made My Excuses And Left, Minimal, Numb, Luna Park, I'm With Stupid, Casanova In Hell, Twentieth Century, Indefinite Leave To Remain
Weak tracks: God Willing

The album offers so much vari­ety. From the clas­sic radio hot rota­tion track to the dance­able club hit and up to the extremely emo­tion­al bal­lad that brings tears to your eyes. So beau­ti­ful and power­ful is almost every song com­posed on 'Fundamental'. If Electrozombies had already been online as a magazine in 2006, this would have been a sure can­did­ate for the album of the year.

Pet Shop Boys - Electric

3. Electric

Release: 2013
Overall Rating: 4.22
Great tracks: Bolshy, Love Is A Bourgeois Construct, Fluorescent, Inside A Dream, The Last To Die, Shouting In The Evening, Thursday, Vocal
Weak tracks: (None)

The album 'Electric' now doesn't have as many 5 star rat­ings as the albums before, but also has less weak tracks to offer. Of course, this raises the over­all score a lot. Especially note­worthy is the song 'Vocal', which I have enclosed deep in my heart. The album cov­er com­pletely does without typo­graphy. And what should I say? It works! This is a first-class Pet Shop Boys album in terms of con­tent and design. Read our album review here.

Pet Shop Boys - Actually

2. Actually

Release: 1987
Overall Rating: 4.5
Great tracks: One More Chance, What Have I Done To Deserve This, Shopping, Rent, Hit Music, It Couldn't Happen Here, It's A Sin, I Want To Wake Up, Heart, King's Cross
Weak tracks: (None)

Seen as a com­plete work the 'Actually' is my favour­ite album by Pet Shop Boys. The songs on this mas­ter­piece get only 4 and 5‑star rat­ings from me. For me, this is the per­fect Electropop album with cult status and it still doesn't rank first in this list. It feels like the album is ranked first for me, but only the relent­less track by track rat­ing counts for com­par­is­on. And yes, at the 'Great tracks' all songs of the album are listed.

Pet Shop Boys - Introspective

1. Introspective

Release: 1988
Overall Rating: 4.58
Great tracks: Left To My Own Devices, I Want A Dog, Domino Dancing, I'm Not Scared, Always On My Mind/In My House, It's Alright
Weak tracks: (None)

The mini-album 'Introspective' with 6 gor­geous tracks in the 4 to 5‑star range makes the race for the best Pet Shop Boys album ever. At least from the ration­al track by track point of view. Also here all songs are lis­ted at the 'Great tracks' because this album presents itself almost flawless.

All Pet Shop Boys albums in a chart overview

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Bonus – Electrozombies Pet Shop Boys tribute compilation 'Prism'

To hon­our the band, we have released a trib­ute com­pil­a­tion in 2016. If you might have missed it, go and get it now:

Prism (A Tribute To Pet Shop Boys)
Prism (A Tribute To Pet Shop Boys)

 

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  1. 14. Elysium
    13. Behaviour
    12. Release
    11. Nightlife
    10. Yes
    9. Bilingual
    8. Very
    7. Hotspot
    6. Fundamental
    5. Electric
    4. Super
    3. Please
    2. Actually
    1. Introspective

  2. 1) Behavior 2) Please 3) Disco 2…although I haven’t listened to ALL their albums, like Yes, Electric, Fundamental, etc.

  3. 1. Very
    2. Actually
    3. Release
    4. Yes
    5. Hotspot (I really like Burning the Heather.)

    I was dat­ing a guy when Actually came out. Our favor­ite res­taur­ant at that time closed due to renov­a­tion. He star­ted to sing "How am I gonna get food?" with What Have I Done To Deserve This? I recall this every time I hear this song.

  4. 1. Behaviour
    2. Very
    3. Actually
    4. Please
    5. Introspective

    The five greatest. The rest will always be debat­able at least for most fans.

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