Everyone loves a Epic/Best/Greatest list – especially when a classic album such as Violator gets some recognition.
But where might Violator feature in catalogue of the Greatest Dance Albums Of All Time?
Thump, a website which charts the fortunes of the global dance music scene, set out its criteria as follows:
“We looked exclusively at artist albums—those complete statements of musical intention and dancefloor ambition.
“Singles rule but albums like these are iconic in their own right, holding down the foundation of dance music’s storied past and bright future.
“There are no compilations, best-ofs, soundtracks, or mixes included; they have their place, but elsewhere.
“Instead, we gathered the 99 LPs that have left a mark on dancefloors and are guaranteed to make you work up a sweat while doing your thing, be that in your bedroom, under a mirrorball, or bathed in starlight.”
So that’s that…
The top ten, in reverse order:
- 10 – Kylie Minogue – Aphrodite (2010)
- 9 – Basement Jaxx – Rooty (2001)
- 8 – Robyn – Body Talk (2010)
- 7 – Disclosure – Settle (2013)
- 6 – Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole (1997)
- 5 – Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1994)
- 4 – Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby (1998)
- 3 – Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor (2005)
- 2 – Carl Craig – Landcruising (1995)
- 1 – Daft Punk – Discovery (2001)
Very difficult to argue against Daft Punk’s barnstorming groove-fest that is Discovery (Daft Punk’s live act is still one of best on the circuit), but where is Violator?
This is what the compilers had to say about Depeche Mode’s 1990 long-player:
“This near-perfect jewel of synth-goth glory is Depeche Mode’s singularly most beloved work of art. It begat generational anthems like Personal Jesus, Enjoy the Silence, and Policy of Truth, catapulting the band from underground faves to global mainstream success.
“Part pop saveur, part lecherous perv, Violator at 25 is still creepy-sexy enough to arrest a new generation in its tracks.”
And that, ladies and gents, was enough to put Violator in at number 11.
Shame it missed the top ten by a whisker, but a very good position overall, in extremely hallowed company…
But, as someone has already pointed out: Is Violator a dance album? 🙂