Boys Don't Cry is the U.S. debut album by The Cure, released in February 1980 in the UK and in August 1980 (see 1980 in music) in the U.S. It is a compilation of songs from Three Imaginary Boys, but replacing five of that album's tracks ("Foxy Lady", "Meathook", "So What", "It's Not You" and the uncredited instrumental "The Weedy Burton") with "Jumping Someone Else's Train", "Boys Don't Cry", "Plastic Passion", "Killing an Arab" and "World War". The debut single from this album was "Boys Don't Cry".
On the back cover of original UK album Three Imaginary Boys, the song titles were not listed conventionally, but represented by pictograms. Boys Don't Cry took the pictogram for the song "Fire in Cairo" for its sleeve picture.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 442 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
All songs written and composed by The Cure.
On the CD version of the album, "Object" was replaced by "So What", the scream at the end of "Subway Song" was shortened, and "World War" was removed.
The original Fiction/Polygram CD edition made in West Germany (#815 011-2) features 13 tracks. It matches the content and sequence of the original US vinyl