🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Kinks

Yes yes yes it’s The Kinks hgatr thread…

Coldplay do a little better than expected

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Underworld 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
Beck 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
The Doors 2.89
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
Rancid 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

And today; The Kinks!


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Many albums

  • Kinks
  • Kinda Kinks
  • The Kink Controversy
  • Face To Face
  • Something Else By The Kinks
  • The Village Green Preservation Society
  • Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire)
  • Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One
  • Percy
  • Muswell Hillbillies
  • Everybody’s In Show-Biz
  • Preservation Act 1
  • Preservation Act 2
  • The Kinks Present A Soap Opera
  • The Kinks Present Schoolboys In Disgrace
  • Sleepwalker
  • Misfits
  • Low Budget
  • Give The People What They Want
  • State Of Confusion
  • Word Of Mouth
  • Think Visual
  • UK Jive
  • Phobia

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And from the Ultimate Collection best of

  • You Really Got Me
  • All Day and All of the Night
  • Tired of Waiting for You
  • Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy
  • Set Me Free
  • See My Friends
  • Till the End of the Day
  • Dedicated Follower of Fashion
  • Sunny Afternoon
  • Dead End Street
  • Waterloo Sunset
  • Death of a Clown
  • Autumn Almanac
  • Susannah’s Still Alive
  • Wonderboy
  • Days
  • Plastic Man
  • Victoria
  • Lola
  • Apeman
  • Supersonic Rocket Ship
  • Better Things
  • Come Dancing
  • Don’t Forget to Dance
  • David Watts
  • Stop Your Sobbing
  • Dandy
  • Mr. Pleasant
  • I Gotta Move
  • Who’ll Be the Next In Line
  • I Need You
  • Where Have All the Good Times Gone
  • Sittin’ On My Sofa
  • A Well Respected Man
  • I’m Not Like Everybody Else
  • Love Me Till the Sun Shines
  • She’s Got Everything
  • Starstruck
  • Shangri-La
  • God’s Children
  • Celluloid Heroes
  • (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
  • Do It Again
  • Living On a Thin Line

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Strangers and This Time Tomorrow FTW

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I gave them a five.

Village Green is a brilliant album that I listen to more than any other album from the 60s I think. Arthur is great too.

Any of their Best Of albums is as strong as any other band I can think of.

I voted for Waterloo Sunset as their best song. Yep, definitely over played but it doesn’t stop it from being an absolutely beautiful song.

I saw and met Dave Davies at Rough Trade East in 2018 on the 50th anniversary of Village Green. Came across as a really nice humble bloke too.


Coldplay above Rancid? Wow. Have a word.



Ultimate Collection is the greatest best of ever. Village Green one of the best concept albums ever.
So many indelible tunes in my brain.

The best song ever written about potatoes:

playlist I made when delving beyond UC and VG:


was just wondering when there’d be a kinks one!
I like them but never dived that deep really


It’s a 5 from me. VGPS is an all time classic record and they have a singles back catalogue up there with the very best. Saw Ray Davies at Isle of Wight in 2005 and he was brilliant. Always thought they were far more worthy contemporaries of The Beatles than the Stones were. 5/5.


A lot of their singles annoy me but Village Green is one of the best albums of the 60s - dare I say it, a better complete album than any released by The Beatles. Also, Lola. 4/5

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Sorry but nah, not a fan. 2/5


Bizarrely only ever listened to the Best Of. 5.

They’re a five. I haven’t dived much beyond the singles, other than Village Green, but there are so many great songs there it’s impossible to not give them the fivest of fives.


5 for Village Green and Something Else by the Kinks.

Waterloo Sunset is a perfect single. Still need to investigate a fair bit more of their back catalogue.


Amazing run of early and properly era defining singles.

That run of of 7 albums from The Kink Kontroversy to Muswell Hillbillies is peerless.

Can make a claim to making not 1 but multiple genuine contenders for greatest pop single ever - You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Days.

Even the later stuff has some absolute gems - Come Dancing is a truly wonderful song.

Arthur is actually even better than Village Green imo.

I think they need more time to appreciate than certain other same era bands doing ostensibly similar stuff but the results are far superior. The songs are brilliantly written and constructed and just reward repeated listening.

If you’ve only heard a Best Of it really is worth going to the individual albums to truly reveal how great they are.


Yes! Nice to see some love for this song. It has no right to be so good so late into their career and way past their prime, but I love it.


You basically have to work past or attune your ears to the 80s production and affectations, once you do that it truly is a wonderful song that is a very close call for getting my vote for best song.


4 - brilliant but not top tier. Not better than The Beatles, in spite of almost everyone on here doubtlessly and inevitably saying that.


Never listened to them, will never listen to them. Abstain/5.

Five. Think they were the band that made me realise as a teenager that “old music” could be as enjoyable and entertaining as anything new. Could do beautiful wistful heartache and urgent rock equally well, and were funny with it.

Always love the stories of fraternal violence too, stabbing each other with forks and shit.