- Awesome Music: The debut album, from start to finish.
- Epic Riff:
- "The Wait", for one.
- An epic bass riff on "My City Was Gone".
- Face of the Band: Chrissie Hynde.
- First Installment Wins: It will be hard for them to top their 1980 debut album.
- Refrain from Assuming: "My City Was Gone" is sometimes called "The Ohio Song" for its reference to the state in the chorus. (If the song were named "Ohio" it would be a Title-Only Chorus.)
- Signature Song: "I'll Stand by You".
- Sophomore Slump: While Pretenders II contains some of their best-known songs, including "Talk of the Town" and "Message of Love", it's generally regarded as inferior to the debut.
YMMV / Pretenders