🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Madness

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Confirmation of Public Enemy’s score

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 4.3
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Marvin Gaye 4.21
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
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
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
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Madonna 3.4
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.3
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
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
Girls Aloud 2.93
Britney Spears 2.85
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.6
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
The Spice Girls 1.81

And today, Madness


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Think we’ll just do a singles poll for this one

  • The Prince
  • One Step Beyond
  • My Girl
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Embarrassment
  • The Return Of The Los Palmas 7
  • Grey Day
  • Shut Up
  • It Must Be Love
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • House Of Fun
  • Driving In My Car
  • Our House
  • Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)
  • Madness (Is All In The Mind)
  • Wings Of A Dove
  • The Sun And The Rain
  • Michael Caine
  • One Better Day
  • Yesterday’s Men
  • Uncle Sam
  • Sweetest Girl
  • (Waiting For) The Ghost Train
  • The Harder They Come
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Lovestruck
  • Johnny The Horse
  • Drip Fed Fred
  • Shame & Scandal
  • Girl Why Don’t You
  • Sorry
  • NW5
  • Dust Devil
  • Sugar And Spice
  • Forever Young
  • Never Knew Your Name

0 voters

They’re shite.

Saw them at Leeds Fest and Suggs kept talking about pills, was weird.

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Gave them a 3 (three) out of five (5).
Only really know the singles up to 1986 but some of them were brilliant!

Struggling with this one. I derive absolutely no pleasure from hearing Madness, in fact I find them actively irritating. Everything about that screams “1”. But are they as bad as Oasis? Definitely not. Saying that, I still believe there should have been a sub-1 score for Oasis, so a 1 for Madness is probably correct.

I’ve decided. Thanks for reading

Not voting in the singles poll because I don’t like any of those songs.

1/5. Bastardised and watered down bollocks for brexit voters who wouldn’t listen to music made my black musicians.


In my experiences the people you’re describing really weirdly and fucking aggressively love reggae. Obviously they’re still cunts and I get your point about Madness, just think they had a run of really good pop singles regardless of how they’ve been co-opted by Brexit wankers.


Not sure I can answer this. They were everywhere when I was growing up and yet I don’t really feel like I rate them even though their songs are pretty much all ones I have fond memories of

I bumped into Suggs in a London Pub last year… lovely guy!


Love them. A far far better band than the incoming tsunami of hot takes will give them credit for. Can see why they might be off-putting to some, but can’t help but feel that’s down to this notion of them being some sort of lightweight frothy end-of-the-pier red nose trouser-dropping-to-a-swanee-whistle act. Give the later albums a shot and there’s more than a healthy dollop of melancholia in there to offset the jauntiness (that’s why I’ve gone for One Better Day as my singles vote).

Sure, they’ve been a bit patchy since they came back, but the good stuff’s still there. Liberty Of Norton Folgate is as good as anything they’ve ever done.

No album poll though, @anon19035908?


I can do one, just didn’t think it’d get many votes, always seen them as primarily a singles band.

3.6. I love that era and loads of second (and first)-wave ska. But the Specials and the Selecter had better tunes.

Fair enough! There’s enough good stuff in the singles poll to rake in the votes.

  • One Step Beyond…
  • Absolutely
  • 7
  • The Rise & Fall
  • Keep Moving
  • Mad Not Mad
  • The Madness
  • Wonderful
  • The Dangermen Sessions Vol. 1
  • The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
  • Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da
  • Can’t Touch Us Now

0 voters

Set the template for all those annoying ska-punk bands.

The Prince is properly great though

A band that remind me of being a kid as my siblings listened to them a lot. Tainted somewhat by seeing them at Finsbury Park in 1998, just before the world cup, where Finley Quaye supported. He proceeded to say that England didn’t have a chance in the tournament and got a torrent of racist abuse and was bottled off. As a 13 year old it really skewed my feelings about Madness and haven’t quite shaken it off since.

Nice one! Of course, I’ve been hoist by my own petard here and am swithering over three albums :smile:

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4/5 - great pop singles and loved them as a kid.


Went for Keep Moving for best album, with Liberty Of Norton Folgate a very very close second.

Bold move including The Madness in there though!

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