Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

XS ROCK

80s Rock & Pop

Ranked: Billy Idol’s Albums “From Best To Worst”

Ranked: Billy Idol's Albums "From Best To Worst"

To call Billy Idol a rock music icon, might be an understatement. As a Grammy-Nominated and multi-platinum selling artist, Billy Idol reportedly took his stage name after one of his school teachers called him Billy Idle, because he didn’t apply himself to his schoolwork. His real name is William Michael Albert Broad. Having been in the UK punk band Generation X from 1976 to 1980, Idol decided to move to the U.S. and go solo in 1981. The rest as they say is history… Now let’s take a look at his solo albums and see which album is ranked as the “Best”.

 

Ranked: Billy Idol's Albums "From Best To Worst"#7 Cyberpunk (1993)

1993 saw the release of the album “Cyberpunk. It was a commercial disaster in terms of sales. Panned by critics, it was Idol’s reflection at the time, on the growing interest in cyberculture. Billy Idol was also one of the first mainstream rock artists to embrace the promotion of an album using the internet and digital media. Looking back on this album, it isn’t bad at all. Sure, it was very experimental at the time, but it could also be called “ahead of its time”. Many of the sounds and musical elements incorporated in this album had not been heard in mainstream music before with Idol bringing the futuristic sound from the underground music scene to his fans, many of who were unsure what to think about it. It hit the U.S. Billboard at #48 but quickly faded. It was also the first Billy Idol to not reach at least Gold status. Musically, I still enjoy this album, but the album cover was borderline terrible.

 




Ranked: Billy Idol's Albums "From Best To Worst"#6 Kings & Queens of the Underground (2014)

Once again, Billy Idol would take a long break between releasing albums. This time it was 9 years before “Kings & Queens of the Underground” would be released. It would strangely turn out to be Billy Idol’s highest-charting album in the U.S., hitting #34 on the Billboard Top 200 and #9 on The Billboard Top Rock Albums. Once again, Idol still reminds his fans of his original sound, especially with the song “Postcards From The Past” while mixing in a bit of the current scene sound. The album finds a more mature Billy Idol reflecting on his career and comes across as genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

Ranked: Billy Idol's Albums "From Best To Worst"#5 Devil’s Playground (2005)

Billy Idol didn’t Devil’s Playground until a long 12 years after the “Cyberpunk” album. Many fans saw “Devil’s Playground” as a return to the classic Billy Idol sound with longtime musical partner and guitarist, Steve Stevens returning to the band. But, never one to repeat the past, Idol shows flashes of his early solo albums sound but also treads in a more modern rock sound territory as well.  Fans of Idol’s classic sound had plenty to enjoy here and fans seemingly embraced his updated sound too. Devil’s Playground found Billy Idol making it back into the Billboard charts at a respectable # 46.

 

 

 

Ranked: Billy Idol's Albums "From Best To Worst"#4 Charmed Life (1990)

Charmed Life was Billy Idol’s first solo album released outside of the 1980s. Propelled by the hit singles “Cradle of Love” and a cover of The Doors song “L.A. Woman”, Idol once again managed to have another Platinum-selling album. It’s notable that Charmed Life was the first solo album to not feature Steve Stevens on guitar. MTV awarded Idol video of the year for “Cradle Of Love’ which also helped keep him in the limelight.

 

 

 

 

Ranked: Billy Idol's Albums "From Best To Worst"#3 Whiplash Smile (1986)

Billy Idol released Whiplash Smile 3 years after scoring a huge hit with the Rebel Yell album. The album sold well commercially and hit #6 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Although it received a Platinum-selling certification, his previous album Rebel Yell sold twice that amount. Whiplash Smile featured the singles “To Be a Lover”, “Don’t Need a Gun” and “Sweet Sixteen”. “To Be A Lover” was a smash hit but the other two singles didn’t quite reach the same level. Whiplash Smile kept Billy’s Idol name in the press and through critics were divided on it, it’s still a fan favorite to this day.

 

 

 

#2 Billy Idol (1982)

Coming in at #2 and barely missing the #1 spot by a fraction is Billy’s self-titled debut album which featured the hit singles “White Wedding Pt. 1”, “Dancing With Myself” and “Hot In The City”. It made the Top 50 on the Billboard charts and landed Idol his first Gold Record. The newly formed MTV helped Idol to reach a larger audience with videos for the singles being played in heavy rotation.

 

 

 

 

Ranked: Billy Idol's Albums "From Best To Worst"

#1 Rebel Yell (1983)

After finding success with his debut album, Idol followed it up only one year later with Rebel Yell, which saw the album make it all the way to the number 6 chart position on Billboard in the U.S.  With the hit singles “Rebel Yell”, “Flesh For Fantasy”, “Eyes Without A Face” and “Catch My Fall”, Billy Idol had a Double Platinum-selling album. Mainstream radio and MTV continued to make Idol’s songs a staple and he quickly became a household name and new-wave, pop-punk icon. While it’s a tough choice placing Rebel yell and Billy’s debut album in the first and second positions, Rebel yell takes the #1 spot for sales, a Grammy Nomination and the sheer impact this entire album made on the music scene of the 80s/

 

 

 

 

You May Also Like

Hard Rock & Metal

Recently, I received an advanced release for Josh Todd & The Conflict’s debut album, “Year Of The Tiger”. Most of you probably know Josh...

Featured Articles

During the 80’s hard rock ruled the airwaves. Quiet Riot’s Metal Health became the first #1 metal album of all time. Soon after the...

Featured Articles

For every Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Van Halen, There were many other bands that were really good, but somehow didn’t quite make it...

Hard Rock & Metal

Britny Fox was formed in 1985 with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson on vocals, former Cinderella drummer Tony Destra, former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith and...

Christian Rock & Metal

01. Stryper-Stryper has to be at the top of this list. Not because I think they’re the best, but because their contribution to Christian...

Hard Rock & Metal

Formed in 1982 by Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, Cinderella was one of the biggest bands of the ’80s rock and metal era.  Following several...

Featured Articles

  Battle Axe – Burn This Town Burn this town? More like burn this album cover! Although, apparently this was only supposed to be...

Hard Rock & Metal

Prior to the concept album “THE OTHER ONE” which will be released on March 24, 2023 (Friday), BABYMETAL has revealed that they will simultaneously...

Featured Articles

During the 80’s glam and melodic metal ruled the airwaves. For all of the bands that made it big, there were plenty of other...

80s Rock & Pop

Watch New Prince Video For "Manic Monday", The Song That He Gave To The Bangles

80s Music Video Of The Day

Prince wrote this massive hit for the Bangles and the original version as recorded by Prince has been un-earthed and was released on the...

Watch New Music Video "Gonna Be You" With Dolly Parton, Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan & Debbie Harry Watch New Music Video "Gonna Be You" With Dolly Parton, Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan & Debbie Harry

80s Rock & Pop

80 For Brady is inspired by the true story of four best friends living life to the fullest when they take a wild trip...

Madonna has just announced ‘The Celebration Tour’: 4 decades of music and her greatest hits!! Madonna has just announced ‘The Celebration Tour’: 4 decades of music and her greatest hits!!

80s Rock & Pop

Today, Madonna announced Madonna: The Celebration Tour, in an iconic viral video with a wink to her groundbreaking film Truth or Dare. The video (click here for trailer version) features...

Watch Hilarious New Commercial For Chex Mix Starring Sir Mix-A-Lot Watch Hilarious New Commercial For Chex Mix Starring Sir Mix-A-Lot

80s Rock & Pop

Sir Mix A Lot has returned to spoof his own song and parody the video for “Baby’s Got Back” in this brand new Chex...

80s Rock & Pop

Billy Idol has shared the following info about his Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony and the link to watch it live: Join me in...

Fred White Of Earth, Wind & Fire Dead At 67 Fred White Of Earth, Wind & Fire Dead At 67

80s Rock & Pop

Fred’s brother Verdine White, broke the news of Fred’s death on Instagram with the following post: Dearest Family Friends and Fans….. Our family is...

Alternative-Punk-Electronic

Alternative / Punk

Sex Pistols bassist and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Glen Matlock has inked a worldwide deal with Cooking Vinyl, which will see...

Alternative / Punk

In celebration of 36 years, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT will hit the road again after a four-year hiatus. The “Evil Eye...

Alternative / Punk

Nimrod, Green Day’s fifth studio album, was originally released on October 14, 1997. The Billboard Top10 LP declared “Green Days best!” by Kerrang was...

Alternative / Punk

“I’m excited to finally start getting these tracks out for Orgy again. As we move toward a new direction musically speaking, I wanted to put a...

Alternative / Punk

Influential punk band NOFX is known as one of the world’s most controversial and significant punk bands of their time. They are no strangers to pushing...

Public Image Ltd. Release New Song and Will Compete In Eurovision 2023 Public Image Ltd. Release New Song and Will Compete In Eurovision 2023

Alternative / Punk

Public Image Ltd will compete to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2023They will perform a previously unheard song Hawaii on The Late Late Show from 9.30pm on...

Rock News

Laura Cox Delivers Knockout Blow with New Album “Head Above Water”

Music Reviews

Laura Cox has been blazing a trail on the French and European rock/blues scene over the past 11 years, but she has been largely...

Rock

Considered by many to be one of the best rock guitarists of all time, Beck died peacefully after a short battle with bacterial meningitis....

2 Must-Have Jimi Hendrix Releases 2 Must-Have Jimi Hendrix Releases

Rock

Jimi Hendrix — Burning Desire On these studio recordings with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles in the wake of the dissolution of the...

Tom Petty Estate Pursues Legal Action Against Kari Lake's Use Of "I Won't Back Down" in Campaign Tom Petty Estate Pursues Legal Action Against Kari Lake's Use Of "I Won't Back Down" in Campaign

80s Rock & Pop

Tom Petty Estate Pursues Legal Action Against Kari Lake's Use Of "I Won't Back Down" in Campaign

Legendary Rockers Foreigner Announces Farewell Tour Legendary Rockers Foreigner Announces Farewell Tour

80s Rock & Pop

Foreigner hits the tour circuit to bid farewell to a long-running career. The opening band for the tour will be none other than Loverboy....

Hard Rock & Metal News

Hard Rock & Metal

ROXANNE Release Music Video For Debut Single “Keep On Keepin’ On” Featuring Jeff Scott Soto From Their Upcoming Studio Album Stereo Typical  On the heels...

Hard Rock & Metal

Soulfly released their latest album “Totem” back in August of 2022 and now the band is ready to hit the tour circuit in support...

DOPE RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR DEBUT TRACK “BELIEVE” DOPE RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR DEBUT TRACK “BELIEVE”

Hard Rock & Metal

Dope is giving away a free download of their new upcoming album “Blood Money Part Zero”. All you have to do is visit their...

What Do You Get When You Cross Ozzy Osbourne, Wham! And Van Halen? What Do You Get When You Cross Ozzy Osbourne, Wham! And Van Halen?

Hard Rock & Metal

You get an insane musical mashup of Ozzy singing the main lyrics of Black Sabbath’s Children Of The Grave over the music of Wake...

Hard Rock & Metal

L.A. Guns will release their brand new studio album “Black Diamonds” in April 2023 through Frontiers Music. Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns have announced...

Rumors Say That Marty Friedman Will Perform With Megadeth In Japan! Rumors Say That Marty Friedman Will Perform With Megadeth In Japan!

Hard Rock & Metal

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman is now heavily rumored to be joining the band on stage for their concert in Tokyo on February 27th....