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Thursday, February 11, 2010

NME Magazine’s Top 100 Albums

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NME (New Musical Express) magazine is a British magazine. Over the years, they’ve put out a number of best-of-all-time album lists. I’ve averaged seven such lists together here for a ranking you won’t find in any of their magazines. The lists are:

Also, check out NME’s annual picks for album of the year. They have made such picks since 1974, but by looking at the consolidated lists described above, the list has been expanded back to 1963.

The aforementioned all-time and annual lists can all be found at Rocklist.net.

  1. Revolver: The Beatles (1966)
  2. The Beatles (aka “The White Album”): The Beatles (1968)
  3. Exile on Main Street: The Rolling Stones (1972)
  4. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the…: Sex Pistols (1977)
  5. Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
  6. Pet Sounds: Beach Boys (1966)
  7. Forever Changes: Love (1967)
  8. Unknown Pleasures: Joy Division (1979)
  9. The Clash: The Clash (1977)
  10. Hunky Dory: David Bowie (1971)

  11. Astral Weeks: Van Morrison (1968)
  12. Closer: Joy Division (1980)
  13. Searching for the Young Soul Rebels: Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1980)
  14. Rubber Soul: The Beatles (1965)
  15. Bringing It All Back Home: Bob Dylan (1965)
  16. The Queen Is Dead: The Smiths (1986)
  17. Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan (1965)
  18. What's Going On: Marvin Gaye (1971)
  19. Blonde on Blonde: Bob Dylan (1966)
  20. London Calling: The Clash (1979)

  21. Marquee Moon: Television (1977)
  22. The Doors: The Doors (1967)
  23. Horses: Patti Smith (1975)
  24. Hatful of Hollow: The Smiths (1984)
  25. Psychocandy: Jesus and Mary Chain (1985)
  26. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: David Bowie (1972)
  27. Otis Blue: Otis Redding (1965)
  28. Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones (1969)
  29. Low: David Bowie (1977)
  30. Blood on the Tracks: Bob Dylan (1975)

  31. For Your Pleasure: Roxy Music (1973)
  32. The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (1989)
  33. Are You Experienced?: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
  34. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Beatles (1967)
  35. All Mod Cons: The Jam (1978)
  36. Trout Mask Replica: Captain Beefheart (1969)
  37. Plastic Ono Band: John Lennon (1970)
  38. The Smiths: The Smiths (1984)
  39. The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground (1969)
  40. Led Zeppelin IV: Led Zeppelin (1971)

  41. After the Gold Rush: Neil Young (1970)
  42. Clear Spot: Captain Beefheart (1972)
  43. Surf’s Up: Beach Boys (1971)
  44. L.A. Woman: The Doors (1971)
  45. This Nation’s Saving Grace: The Fall (1985)
  46. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back: Public Enemy (1988)
  47. Swordfishtrombones: Tom Waits (1983)
  48. Screamadelica: Primal Scream (1991)
  49. Live at the Apollo: James Brown (1962)
  50. Strangeways, Here We Come: The Smiths (1987)

  51. The Sun Sessions: Elvis Presley (1955)
  52. Parallel Lines: Blondie (1978)
  53. Imperial Bedroom: Elvis Costello (1982)
  54. Sign 'O' the Times: Prince (1987)
  55. Technique: New Order (1989)
  56. Surfer Rosa: The Pixies (1988)
  57. The Specials: The Specials (1979)
  58. Abbey Road: The Beatles (1969)
  59. Blue: Joni Mitchell (1971)
  60. My Generation: The Who (1965)

  61. 3 Feet High and Rising: De La Soul (1989)
  62. Beggars Banquet: The Rolling Stones (1968)
  63. Low-Life: New Order (1985)
  64. Kind of Blue: Miles Davis (1959)
  65. Music from Big Pink: The Band (1968)
  66. Led Zeppelin II: Led Zeppelin (1969)
  67. A Hard Day’s Night: The Beatles (1964)
  68. Rain Dogs: Tom Waits (1985)
  69. Lust for Life: Iggy Pop (1977)
  70. A Love Supreme: John Coltrane (1965)

  71. Innervisions: Stevie Wonder (1973)
  72. Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: The Pogues (1985)
  73. Dusty in Memphis: Dusty Springfield (1969)
  74. White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground (1967)
  75. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Neil Young (1969)
  76. Meat Is Murder: The Smiths (1985)
  77. Piper at the Gates of Dawn: Pink Floyd (1967)
  78. We’re Only in It for the Money: Frank Zappa (1968)
  79. Rattlesnakes: Lloyd Cole & The Commotions (1984)
  80. Blood and Chocolate: Elvis Costello (1986)

  81. There’s a Riot Goin’ On: Sly & The Family Stone (1971)
  82. Moondance: Van Morrison (1970)
  83. Greatest Hits: Aretha Franklin (1971)
  84. Blue Lines: Massive Attack (1991)
  85. This Year’s Model: Elvis Costello (1978)
  86. Entertainment!: Gang of Four (1979)
  87. Talking with the Taxman about Poetry: Billy Bragg (1986)
  88. ABC: Lexicon of Love (1982)
  89. Five Leaves Left: Nick Drake (1969)
  90. Let’s Get It On: Marvin Gaye (1973)

  91. Berlin: Lou Reed (1973)
  92. Third/Sister Lovers: Big Star (1975)
  93. Pink Flag: Wire (1977)
  94. Who’s Next: The Who (1971)
  95. Sister: Sonic Youth (1987)
  96. Like a Prayer: Madonna (1989)
  97. Definitely Maybe: Oasis (1994)
  98. Nevermind: Nirvana (1991)
  99. The Band: The Band (1969)
  100. Northern Soul: The Verve (1995)

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