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Universal acclaim- based on 154 Ratings

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  1. Oct 23, 2014
    Pure genius. After the first two albums being solid in your face punk rock, this album explores a range of genres and instrumentation. At the core, there's still the punk songs 'London Calling', 'Death or Glory' and 'Clampdown'. Then there's the reggae/ska tracks 'Wrong Em' Boyo' and 'Revolution Rock'. With the piano based 'The Card Cheat' and the dub based 'Guns of Brixton' thrown in there as well. A truly unique classic which will have an everlasting influential legacy. Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2014
    Am I the only one who feels like this album isn't very punk? Don't get me wrong, this album places on my 5 greatest of all time, without a doubt, but it doesn't have the basic musical intensity that the self-titled album or Give 'em Enough Rope had. Now, the album is still a magnificent piece of pure Rock. I struggle to find flaws even when I deliberately try to look for them. This album is timeless, that is not even arguable. Rolling Stone ironically hit the nail on the head when they crowned London Calling the best album of the 80's, though it was released in '79. Expand
  3. Dec 9, 2013
    Suckest guitar sounds... Stupidest performers... London calling is an absolute dumbed down of the 70s decade..........................................
  4. Nov 18, 2013
    This album is just incredible. What's great is that The Card Cheat, not London Calling, is the best song. Each song is so unique that it feels like a different band could've written each one. It suits any mood and it shows just what kind of talent the Clash had. It is more than rock n' roll and is phenomenal. Everyone needs to listen to it.
  5. Apr 6, 2013
    The album that practically defines both punk music and The Clash. A sprawling 65 minutes of diverse music ranging from garage rock to reggae. A genuine classic.
  6. Jan 26, 2013
    The Clash are one of thee most brilliant bands to have existed, if not the greatest. Taking all sorts of genres and molding them into a perfect, flowing masterpiece. Every single song from London Calling to Train In Vain is perfection. Not one song should have been cut. It's The Clash at their best. It's music at it's best. It's the CLASH.
  7. Jan 4, 2013
    The Clash's finest hour for me, keeping punk rock at the core of thing but adding many other dimensions to the mix as well. For a record always associated with Punk it's got surprising diversity. So many moments of genius, if it had one or 2 less tracks it could have been perfect. Highly recommended.
  8. Jun 25, 2012
    this is a very good album. in my top ten,the clash are one of he most influential bands of all time and london calling is there best body of work. it would have been even better if they cut 4 or 5 tracks but still amazing
  9. Apr 25, 2012
    This album represents the "only band that matters" at the height of their powers. Countless young men and women have picked up guitars and started a band specifically because of this album. "London Calling" is the most influential album in that time between the Beatles and Nirvana. There isn't a bad song on the record and "London Calling" stands out as one of the all-time greats. Those opening chords are iconic. My only criticism of the album is that it's too ambitious. Double albums have the tendency to water down the impact of the truly great songs. A little more editing and this record could have been perfect. Expand
  10. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    One of the best Rock records I have ever heard. Not just influential in punk rock, but for rock music in general. From the swooning (my favorite) 'Lost in the Supermarket', to the gangster ridden rap of 'The Guns of Brixton.' It's an album that builds from one song to another, making it feel neither dull or repetitive.
  11. Aug 8, 2011
    One of best albums ever , has 1 or 2 worse songs but overall is brilliant. The Clash made their best , London Calling is ALMOST a masterpiece :) The title song is the best song on it :)
  12. May 12, 2011
    the 2 people who gave this album a bad review have no taste in music. and yes i hope you do read this because are how the hell are you not gonna like this album. i loved this album. now the people who gave it 7 or 8 i respect that. at least your on point. this album is a classic.
  13. Apr 23, 2011
    Believe the hype, it really is one of the best albums of all time. This needs to be at least 150 characters long, but to be honest there isn't much else to say.
  14. Nov 16, 2010
    A true masterpiece by a great band working at its creative peak, which stands among the best rock albums of all time. It is possibly the greatest of them all. I believe it is. It is really not a true punk album, but a rock album laced with a good deal of reggae, country, pop, jazz, soul, rockability, and yes, punk. There is not one bad track on the album, which is rare, particularly for a double album. Expand
  15. Oct 28, 2010
    London Calling is a very, very good album and although I am slightly stumped by the incredible claim it has received it is still worth a couple of listens whatever your taste in music. The title track is an iconic punk blues track which tops anything else. The coupling of 'Spanish Bombs' and 'The Right Profile' is clever, both are catchy and memorable. Every track has a different quality, but still keeping a repetitive,interesting punky feel. This is a superb album with punk that still manages to appeal to a mass audience. Expand
  16. Oct 19, 2010
    I dare to say that this is THE best album of all time. Absolutely flawless. This should be seen as the benchmark of a good album. All hail The Clash.
  17. Sep 19, 2010
    Each listening brings a new pleasure,every song is a sing along. Some of the lines are unforgettable such as ,"he who ..... nuns will later join the church". Just an awesome album for it's time and forever!
  18. Aug 24, 2010
    It still surprises me that to this day this album of tripe gets rated so highly.
    Why is this album good???, because Rolling Stone Magazine told you so. Sorry they stopped being culturally relevant 30 years ago.
    As for those who said this is rock n roll, it's not, it's not even punk, it's ska. Ska is one of the poorest forms of music known to man. The Clash are the granddaddies of some
    incredibly poor music, think Cake, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Just because it's from Britain and has one decent song on it doesn't make it good. This album is un-listenable, and if they were from anywhere bar the USA or Britain, they never would have been heard of.

    I wonder if the people giving 10's here are also massive fans of The Police and Sting because they are just The Clash gone commercial, but I dare say that wouldn't be touched with a ten foot pole.............because it's not cool.

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    The demo versions... sound like an incompetent Clash cover band rehearsing in a sock.... If you're considering buying this glorious record for the first time, save 20 bucks and go for the basic version. [Oct 2004, p.136]
  2. A serious, ridiculously ambitious punk album. [14 Oct 2004, p.100]
  3. What burns from the music is The Clash's defining characteristic: the fact that they were insatiable omnivores. [Oct 2004, p.136]