Top 5 Albums: Duran Duran

It's Duran Duran Day in Houston, everybody. Word has it that fans are already lining up at Warehouse Live for the band's sold-out club show, and you can bet that it will be a hot evening inside the venue until the last strains of "Rio" echo out onto the street after the lights come up.

We have been doing our Duran Duran homework, digging out our old copy of Decade from high school and scouring the band's catalog on Rdio to make a somewhat cognizant top five list of the band's output. No doubt you have your favorites, like our friend who loves 1997's Medazzaland. What a weirdo.

Anyhow, here's the top five Duran Duran albums you must own before you die, because not owning these Duran Duran albums is worse than death. See how we got all dramatic there?

Duran Duran (Wedding Album)

Known widely for smashes "Come Undone" and "Ordinary World", there is also a Spanish guitar and world music element to this 1993 album most folks glossed over. This album seemed like the best cure for the '80s hangover yet.

Seven & The Ragged Tiger

Tiger came from the road-weary days around Rio, with the band testing it's limits, mentally, sexually, and physically, around the world. The band sounded frantic on this one, and that is what has given it longevity.


Perhaps the band's first stripper-friendly album, with the title track single and "Skin Trade". The follow-up to Notorious, 1988's Big Time was a continuation of the funky template, and a lot slinkier.

Duran Duran

The opening camera stabs of "Girls On Film" firmly planted the Duran flag on the pop landscape for the rest of the '80s. The slab is still best-known for the video of "Girls", which was deemed pornographic at the time, but now would pass as a racier episode of Jersey Shore. Wanna see it? Of course you do!


This one can still be found all over radio, television, movies, and especially thrift stores in the used tape and vinyl racks. It remains their best-selling album, and clocking in with only nine tracks over 40 minutes, it's possibly the best distillation of the Duran sound. The synths, the detached vocals, the New Romantic vibe, even the Nagel print cover. Many people would follow and try to recreate the Rio aesthetic but it was hard to touch.

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Craig Hlavaty
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