The Top

Universal Music India Ltd.
Release date
11 Jul 1984
Running length
10 tracks
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1 Shake Dog Shake 4:57 57,577
2 The Birdmad Girl 4:05 2,065
3 Wailing Wall 5:17 39,477
4 Give Me It 3:42 47,411
5 Dressing Up 2:49 49,683
6 The Caterpillar 3:43 140,767
7 Piggy in the Mirror 3:39 40,492
8 The Empty World 2:37 39,568
9 Bananafishbones 3:11 40,000
10 The Top 6:52 36,215

About this album

“The Top” is the 5th studio album of seminal post-punk / gothic rock band The Cure.

With the incorporation of folk, psychedelic and ethnic elements “The Top” is the band’s most experimental work to date, though much of the gloomy strains and post-punk melodicism of earlier Cure albums were retained throughout this album’s duration.

Reception to “The Top” has been varied since its release. Some fans criticize the album for being too unusual while others praise its emotional complexity citing tracks like “Wailing Wall” and “The Empty World” as among The Cure’s very best material to date. “The Top” was also a moderate commercial success which furthered Cure’s exposure to music fans around the world. It entered 180th in The Billboard 200 for 1984.

The album was followed by a world tour that same year.

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  • kuru-kuru-

    Extremely underrated

    14 Sep 4:48am Reply
  • zykoveddy

    One of the weirdest cases of "underrated".

    13 Sep 7:03am Reply
  • gonzeaux

    This album lends itself very well to multiple listens. This is The Cure's wildest, messiest, most psychedelic album. Not one of their best, but there's a lot of brilliant stuff happening on this record. [2]

    14 Apr 3:26am Reply
  • XMarry_RoseX

    My favourite album <3

    13 Mar 6:00am Reply
  • lamblung

    Whoa, I just heard this album for the first time! Quite enjoyable :-D

    7 Feb 7:37pm Reply
  • bernhl87

    hmm yes I see your point. Those three you mentioned are among their best, as well as Pornography and Faith (IMO).. I guess I love this album because whenever I feel in a strange mood I can relate so well to the whole of it. Robert's a genious for having created all those wonderful albums.

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • aHeadOnTheDoor

    Your points are reasonable, sir, but I still stick to my original post. I didn't call those "who happen to like" this album "pretentious". But considering the 13 studio albums The Cure have released so far, I think it is pretty pretentious (or overestimating, at best) to position this album as highly as "The Head on the Door", "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me" and "Disintegration". Of course, it is quite possible that one can claim "Love's Labour's Lost" is a better play than "Hamlet" or "King Lear"; but one must be taking everything too lowly to take this claim seriously.

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • bernhl87

    Disagree completely. While it might seem super odd compared to their other releases, all the songs in here capture a very special psychedelia, a sense of self-loathing combined with extreme insanity and delusion while being aware and proud of it. That's what makes this record special, you either get it or you don't, but don't call pretentious those who happen to like it. It is a very strong, angry and dense record theme-wise, which doesn't make it very friendly. Very well pieced together and not a single song feels out of place or like a filler.

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • aHeadOnTheDoor

    I think people who say this album is one of the best of The Cure are plain pretentious. At best, this record can be renamed "The Hitchiker's Guide to Siouxsie & the Banshees", and it's still something no doubt. In any case a below-average The Cure album is a decent album overall.

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Ivansxm

    I thinks this is my favourite Cure album with Faith, and one of their best no doubt!

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • corcinodiego

    aprendi a amar esse disco, não gosta muito dele não, dei uma segunda chance e hoje acho Gênial

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • cunnuh

    so underrated

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • Smapizard

    Why did I hate this album so much when I first listened to it? :/

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • juamorant

    probably their most underrated album. its just brilliant, as lotsajoy wrote, it is indeed a shame Robert didn't explore this kind of sound any further

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • jill-hives


    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    I dust my lemonlime with powder pink...

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Waltz3

    This album lends itself very well to multiple listens. This is The Cure's wildest, messiest, most psychedelic album. Not one of their best, but there's a lot of brilliant stuff happening on this record.

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • hayleymaverick


    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • TheTristo

    New release :D :D

    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • d-purple

    facepalm. @new release@

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
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