The album is discussed in this article. See The Queen Is Dead for the album’s title tune (song). See The Queen Is Dead for the television episode (Once Upon a Time). The declaration made after a monarch’s demise is described in The king is dead, long live the king!
The Smiths, an English rock band, released their third studio album, The Queen Is Dead. It was released on June 16th in the UK by Rough Trade Records and on June 23rd in the US by Sire Records. It spent 22 weeks and peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart.  The US Billboard Top Pop Albums list saw it reach at number 70, and the RIAA awarded it a Gold certification in late 1990.
On its revised list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time published in 2020, Rolling Stone put The Queen Is Dead at position 113.  The Queen Is Dead was ranked as the best album of all time in the NME’s 2013 list.
 While the Smiths were on tour in Britain in the beginning of 1985, guitarist Johnny Marr composed the music for a number of the songs that were included on The Queen Is Dead. He worked out the arrangements with bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce during soundchecks.  Hubert Selby Jr.’s 1964 book Last Exit to Brooklyn inspired the album’s name.  Alain Delon, a French actor, is depicted in the 1964 movie L’Insoumis on the cover.  Morrissey and Marr worked mostly with engineer Stephen Street, who had also engineered the band’s 1985 record Meat Is Murder, to produce the album.