The 1975 | Albums Ranked

Ranking all of The 1975’s albums to date – from our least favourite to our most favourite!

Manchester indie pop band The 1975 have been releasing music now for nearly a decade. They have 4 studio albums to their name and have flown up the charts over the years, headlining festivals and experiencing extreme stardom.

Here, I look at their albums so far and rank them from best to worst… 

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4. Notes on a Conditional Form (2020)

Released last May during the height of the Pandemic, Notes on a Conditional Form is the bands’ 4th studio album. While it does not paint the band in a bad light at all, to me, it only seems half-finished and acts as though there could have been so much creative room for more. As the album was released during a global pandemic, I’m not going to slate it too much! 

Admittedly, this is the album I am least familiar with. Songs such as Guys and Roadkill are fairly reminiscent of their earlier records, although their sound hasn’t really ever changed too far from their original music. I can imagine Notes on a Conditional Form will act as the perfect stepping stone between A brief inquiry into online relationships and their next release, which will undoubtedly be more developed as it will be released during “normal times”.

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3. I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (2016)

5 years after its release, I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It is still extremely popular among fans of the band. She’s American, This Must Be My Dream and The Sound are all songs which I personally love, consisting of a new sound for the band with elements of their previous songs in the mix. 

I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it is the band’s 2nd studio record, following on from their first album, The 1975. It was released in 2016 and reached the number one spot in both the UK and US album charts. The singles released from the record include Love Me and UGH! However, these (in my opinion) were two of the most baffling songs they’ve ever made. Even though they are known for their mix of the indie and pop genres, The 1975 tried to mix almost too many genres together with these tracks. However, it does not mean that I don’t love this album and I still listen to it very often. 

The 1975 a brief inquiry into online relationships

2. A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (2018)

Another stepping stone between their ever-changing production styles, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is the perfect mix of the band’s various styles. They also touch on a lot of socio-political issues, especially in tracks such as  Love It If We Made It. Songs like these are some of my personal favourites, simply because they tell a story in such a powerful and creative way, rather than just being all about how it sounds to listeners. Both elements are always important to a song, however it’s a refreshing change to have the lyrics push on about modern day issues.

This album, for me, brought back a bit of their classic style. In the songs It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) and TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME, you can easily picture these belonging to either their first or second records. Despite their 3rd studio album lacking the indie side to the Manchester group, it definitely doesn’t disappoint and makes for a great listen. 

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1. The 1975 (2013)

Last but not least comes my all time favourite, their first studio record The 1975. Having been a fan of this masterpiece since it’s release in 2013, it is clear that the songs over the years have remained so timeless and effortlessly brilliant. Settle Down, Girls and Robbers are some of my all time favourite tracks. They just sound as if they belong to a 90s indie band and that’s what I love so much about this whole album.

Other songs, including The City and Sex are definitely some of their heavier ones, with very little if no elements of pop found within the tracks. All of the band’s albums are unique in their own way and all create a discography worth remembering. However, nothing they make will ever come close to their first album, in my opinion. 

What is your favourite album from The 1975?

Words by Hannah Youds

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