The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The group consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke, and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.
In 2002, the NME named The Smiths as "the artist to have had the most influence on the NME". Their impact was further recognized when all four of their albums appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" in 2003.
Despite their significant achievements, internal tensions led to The Smiths breaking up in 1987. Since then, they have turned down several offers to reunite. With their unique sound and influential presence, The Smiths continue to be revered by fans and musicians alike.