Friday, October 25, 2013

NME Magazine’s Top 100 Albums

First posted 2/11/2010; updated 8/3/2020.

NME Magazine:

The Top 100+ Albums

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. This DMDB exclusive list aggregates 7 of NME’s lists together (see resources for all the lists at the bottom of the page). All albums appearing on 3 or more lists are included.

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.

7 lists:

1. The Beatles Revolver (1966)
2. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
3. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (1972)

6 lists:

4. Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
5. Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
6. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
7. Love Forever Changes (1967)
8. David Bowie Hunky Dory (1971)
9. Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (1979)
10. Joy Division Closer (1980)

11. The Clash The Clash (1977)
12. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968)
13. The Beatles Rubber Soul (1965)
14. Dexy’s Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)
15. Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home (1965)

5 lists:

16. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986)
17. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
18. Television Marquee Moon (1977)
19. The Clash London Calling (1979)
20. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (1966)

21. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
22. Patti Smith Horses (1975)
23. David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
24. David Bowie Low (1977)
25. The Smiths Hatful of Hollow (1984)
26. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969)
27. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1975)
28. Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy (1985)
29. The Doors The Doors (1967)
30. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

31. Roxy Music For Your Pleasure (1973)
32. Otis Redding Otis Blue (1965)

4 lists:

33. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses (1989)
34. Primal Scream Screamadelica (1991)
35. The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
36. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
37. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
38. New Order Technique (1989)
39. Massive Attack Blue Lines (1991)
40. The Smiths The Smiths (1984)

41. John Lennon Plastic Ono Band (1970)
42. Neil Young After the Gold Rush (1970)
43. The Jam All Mod Cons (1978)
44. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (1969)
45. Elvis Costello & The Attractions This Year’s Model (1978)
46. The Beach Boys Surf’s Up (1971)
47. The Fall This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)

3 lists:

48. Oasis Definitely Maybe (1994)
49. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
50. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)

51. Radiohead OK Computer (1997)
52. Elvis Presley The Sun Sessions (archives, recorded 1954-55, released 1976)
53. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
54. Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
55. The Band The Band (1969)
56. Radiohead The Bends (1995)
57. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (1971)
58. Pixies Surfer Rosa (1988)
59. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992)
60. The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground (1969)

61. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)
62. Kraftwerk Trans-Europa Express (Trans Europe Express) (1977)
63. Aretha Franklin Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971)
64. Blur Parklife (1994)
65. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (1973)
66. Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (1969)
67. Suede (aka “London Suede”) Dog Man Star (1994)
68. James Brown Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962)
69. Kate Bush Hounds of Love (1985)
70. Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)

71. The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet (1968)
72. Oasis What’s the Story Morning Glory (1995)
73. David Bowie Station to Station (1976)
74. Lou Reed Transformer (1972)
75. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (1968)
76. Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)
77. Streets Original Pirate Material (2002)
78. Tom Waits Rain Dogs (1985)
79. The Doors L.A. Woman (1971)
80. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Clear Spot (1972)

81. De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
82. Pulp His ‘N’ Hers (1994)
83. PJ Harvey Dry (1992)
84. ABC Lexicon of Love (1982)
85. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
86. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
87. Gang of Four Entertainment! (1979)
88. Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992)
89. John Coltrane A Love Supreme (1965)
90. The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night (soundtrack, 1964)

91. David Bowie Young Americans (1975)
92. Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
93. Talking Heads Fear of Music (1979)
94. The Specials The Specials (1979)
95. Iggy Pop Lust for Life (1977)
96. Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones (1983)
97. The Smiths Meat is Murder (1985)
98. Elvis Costello & The Attractions Imperial Bedroom (1982)
99. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
100. Nick Drake Five Leaves Left (1969)

101. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
102. The Verve A Northern Soul (1995)
103. New Order Low-Life (1985)
104. The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat (1967)
105. Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention We’re Only in It for the Money (1968)
106. David Bowie Heroes (1977)
107. The Who Who’s Next (1971)
108. Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
109. Wire Pink Flag (1977)
110. Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen (aka “Two Wheels Good”) (1985)

111. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
112. Big Star Third/Sister Lovers (recorded 1975, released 1978)
113. Elvis Costello Blood and Chocolate (1986)
114. Lou Reed Berlin (1973)


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