Friday, April 12, 2019

New Musical Express (NME): Songs of the Year, 1953-2018

Originally posted 4/12/2019.

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music magazine first published in 1952. The magazine was responsible for the first UK singles chart that same year and has gone on to publish multiple best-of lists (links at bottom of page) throughout its history. Based on those lists are the top songs of each year from 1952 to 2008. From 2009 through 2018, the top songs are determined by year-end lists.

  • 2018: Ariana Grande “No Tears Left to Cry”
  • 2017: Lorde “Green Light”
  • 2016: Rihanna with Drake “Work
  • 2015: Skepta “Shutdown”
  • 2014: Future Islands “Seasons (Waiting on You)”
  • 2013: Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky
  • 2012: Palma Violets “Best of Friends”
  • 2011: Lana Del Rey “Video Games”
  • 2010: Foals “Spanish Sahara”

  • 2009: Bat Lashes “Daniel”
  • 2008: M.I.A. “Paper Planes
  • 2007: The Gossip “Standing in the Way of Control”
  • 2006: Hot Chip “Over and Over”
  • 2005: Arctic Monkeys “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor”
  • 2004: The Killers “Mr. Brightside
  • 2003: The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army
  • 2002: The Libertines “Time for Heroes”
  • 2001: The Strokes “Last Nite”
  • 2000: Eminem “The Real Slim Shady”

  • 1999: Aphex Twin “Windowlicker”
  • 1998: Beastie Boys “Intergalactic”
  • 1997: The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony”
  • 1996: Manic Street Preachers “A Design for Life”
  • 1995: Pulp “Common People”
  • 1994: Oasis “Live Forever”
  • 1993: Rage Against the Machine “Killing in the Name”
  • 1992: Radiohead “Creep
  • 1991: Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • 1990: SinĂ©ad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U

  • 1989: The Stone Roses “Fools Gold”
  • 1988: The La’s “There She Goes”
  • 1987: Sugarcubes “Birthday”
  • 1986: The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
  • 1985: Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill”
  • 1984: The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?”
  • 1983: The Smiths “This Charming Man”
  • 1982: This Mortal Coil “Song to the Siren”
  • 1981: The Specials “Ghost Town”
  • 1980: Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart

  • 1979: The Clash “London Calling”
  • 1978: The Undertones “Teenage Kicks”
  • 1977: David Bowie “Heroes”
  • 1976: Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.”
  • 1975: Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody
  • 1974: Bob Marley & the Wailers “No Woman, No Cry”
  • 1973: T-Rex “20th Century Boy”
  • 1972: Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side”
  • 1971: Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On
  • 1970: Derek & the Dominos “Layla

  • 1969: David Bowie “Space Oddity
  • 1968: The Rolling Stones “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
  • 1967: The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever
  • 1966: The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations
  • 1965: Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone
  • 1964: The Kinks “You Really Got Me
  • 1963: The Ronettes “Be My Baby
  • 1962: Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions”
  • 1961: Ben E. King “Stand by Me
  • 1960: The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”

  • 1959: Ray Charles “What’d I Say
  • 1958: Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode
  • 1957: Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day
  • 1956: Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel
  • 1955: Little Richard “Tutti Frutti
  • 1954: Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock
  • 1953: The Orioles “Crying in the Chapel”

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2 comments:

  1. In the songs you share I like the song No Tears Left to Cry of the singer Ariana Grande. I downloaded that song as a ringtone for my phone

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