Brian Molko ranks all eight of Placebo’s albums

Singer looks back over their 20-year career

Placebo singer Brian Molko has placed all eight of the band’s albums in order of his personal preference.

Molko gave his reasons to Noisey to mark Placebo’s new Best Of compilation ‘A Place For Us To Dream’ and nine-date arena tour in December. The band have also recently released new EP ‘Life’s What You Make It’.

Speaking about Placbo’s 20 years since their self-titled debut album, Molko said: “I’ve been doing this my entire adult life, and I don’t really know how to do anything else.”


Molko cited last year’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ album as his favourite, saying: “It’s one of the most important of our career. Our past could be reinterpreted and stripped down, and to me that’s an indicator of a good song. I’m over the moon about this record.”

He named 2000’s ‘Black Market Music’ as his least favourite, admitting: “It’s the record that suffers most from having a blanket sound. It’s a real sombre record, so it doesn’t really conjure up euphoria, which is what I look for in music.”

‘A Place For Us To Dream’ was released last week (October 7) and features new songs ‘Life’s What You Make It’ and ‘Jesus’ Son’.

Brian Molko’s list of his favourite Placebo albums:
8: ‘Black Market Music’ (2000)
7: ‘Placebo’ (1996)
6: ‘Without You I’m Nothing’ (1998)
5: ‘Battle For The Sun’ (2009)
4: ‘Sleeping With Ghosts’ (2003)
3: ‘Meds’ (2006)
2: ‘Loud Like Love’ (2013)
1: ‘MTV Unplugged’ (2015)

Placebo will play:
Glasgow SSE Hydro (December 2)
Leeds First Direct Arena (3)
Manchester Arena (5)
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena (6)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (8)
Dublin 3 Arena (10)
Newport Centre (12)
Brighton Centre (14)
Wembley SSE Arena (15)