🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Beastie Boys

Alright? Might as well get this going again I reckon.

Here’s how the thing looks

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Neil Young 4.48
R.E.M. 4.38
Otis Redding 4.34
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
Stevie Wonder 4.17
PJ Harvey 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Public Enemy 4.08
Pulp 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Blondie 3.73
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
Supergrass 3.32
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Jay-Z 3.14
Taylor Swift 3.14
Interpol 3.12
The Rolling Stones 3.09
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3.00
Girls Aloud 2.93
Britney Spears 2.85
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81

And now to the Beastie Boys

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  • 4
  • 5

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  • Licensed To Ill
  • Paul’s Boutique
  • Check Your Head
  • Ill Communication
  • Hello Nasty
  • To The 5 Boroughs
  • The Mix-Up
  • Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

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  • She’s On It
  • (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)
  • No Sleep Till Brooklyn
  • Girls
  • Hey Ladies
  • Pass The Mic
  • Jimmy James
  • Sabotage
  • Get It Together
  • Sure Shot
  • Intergalactic
  • Body Movin
  • Remote Control/Three MC’s And One DJ
  • Alive
  • Ch-Check It Out
  • Triple Trouble
  • An Open Letter To NYC
  • Too Many Rappers

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A straight 5 from me.


I’m glad you’ve brought this back!


Just to get in there and say if you haven’t read (or even better, listened to) the Beastie Boys Book yet then you really ought to.

I was a fan of Ill communication and Paul’s Boutique without ever having explored any further but the book made me absolutely fall in love with them as people and artists.


Would be 5/5 if it were just Paul, Check and Ill, but the first album’s pretty cheesy rubbish and everything from Hello Nasty onwards is a bit forgettable.

Love them as guys though and RIP MCA


Nice to see these threads back and sorts out my listening for the day. Excellent

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Good point - I’m off to listen to some Beasties!

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Don’t really like em

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Had originally given them a 4 for the same reason, but remembered that generally I’ve been basing my scores off each act’s peak.

PB -> IC is as good a run of 3 albums as any I’ve come across so I’ve bumped it up to a 5 :slight_smile:

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Easy 5 from me. Can’t think of any other bands who can try their hands at so many genres in a single album and it still sound coherent. As above, Beastie Boys Book is a brilliant read too - just a massive love letter to New York and its music scene.

Firm 4. I like them, I really really like them, but I don’t quite love them. I even feel that I should love them… not entirely sure why they’ve never quite made it into my inner-pantheon.

The Negotiation Limerick File is their best track.

  1. Lot of good memories attached to their music too of my time in Manchester

I’m not that arsed about them tbh.

Intergalactic & Sabotage are fun songs but I don’t get the love for Paul’s Boutique love. It’s so boring!

Also not as good as Blink 182. So it’s a 2 from me, Clive.

It’s a 4 (four) out of five (5) from me.

I’m old enough to remember the utter fear across the UK that these 3 young boys caused! The press went crazy!
Volkswagen car owners have probably never recovered.

The part of the “listen all of y’all it’s a sabotage” breakdown into the “IIIIIIIII can’t stand it…” is one of my top 5 bits in any music, ever.


going to be a bit irked when they finish ahead of all the other rap acts, even though I love them


I’ve given them a four, but that’s feeling a bit harsh, might revise. They are great characters, their book is one of the best music books ever produced, Grand Royal was top fun, they’ve made some all time classic songs…it’s just that all their records feel about twenty minutes too long, and it’s rare I’ll listen to one all the way through instead of cherry picking a few tracks. Hmmmm.

Any excuse to post this again though

(I don’t think they’re real monks, you know)


Also not as good as Blink 182

You better believe that’s a paddlin’…


Also thanks for bringing this back, Funky. I was worried only yesterday I’d missed my chance to kick the almighty shit out of Steely Dan