Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Musical Express (NME) Top 100 Songs

Originally posted 5/29/2012; updated 4/10/2019.

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. This is an aggregate of 18 of those lists, resulting in an interesting meshing of classic rock alongside alternative rock with the occasional pop or R&B song thrown in for good measure.

  1. The Strokes “Last Nite” (2001)
  2. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
  3. Arctic Monkeys “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” (2005)
  4. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
  5. The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony” (1997)
  6. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1985)
  7. The Rolling Stones “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1968)
  8. The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (1964)
  9. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
  10. The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” (2003)

  11. The Libertines “Time for Heroes” (2003)
  12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps” (2003)
  13. The Who “My Generation” (1965)
  14. The Killers “Mr. Brightside” (2004)
  15. The Streets “Dry Your Eyes” (2004)
  16. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Get Ur Freak On” (2001)
  17. The Beatles “Paperback Writer” (1966)
  18. Futureheads “Hounds of Love” (2005)
  19. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
  20. The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (1986)

  21. Pulp “Common People” (1995)
  22. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
  23. The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
  24. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
  25. Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out” (2004)
  26. BeyoncĂ© with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
  27. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
  28. Jay-Z “99 Problems” (2004)
  29. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
  30. The Smiths “This Charming Man” (1983)

  31. Stone Roses “Fools Gold” (1989)
  32. Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side” (1973)
  33. Manic Street Preachers “A Design for Life” (1996)
  34. The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” (1966)
  35. Dizzee Rascal “Fix Up Look Sharp” (2003)
  36. The Rapture “House of Jealous Lovers” (2002)
  37. Johnny Cash “Hurt” (2003)
  38. The Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black” (1966)
  39. Hot Chip “Over and Over” (2006)
  40. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)

  41. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
  42. Arcade Fire “Rebellion (Lies)” (2005)
  43. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
  44. David Bowie “Space Oddity” (1969)
  45. The Undertones “Teenage Kicks” (1978)
  46. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
  47. Eminem “The Real Slim Shady” (2000)
  48. David Bowie “Heroes” (1977)
  49. Oasis “Live Forever” (1994)
  50. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)

  51. Radiohead “Paranoid Android” (1997)
  52. SinĂ©ad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U“ (1990)
  53. Ike & Tina Turner “River Deep, Mountain High” (1966)
  54. The Clash “London Calling” (1979)
  55. Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen” (1977)
  56. M.I.A. “Paper Planes” (2008)
  57. LCD Soundsystem “Losing My Edge” (2002)
  58. The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry” (1979)
  59. Arcade Fire “Wake Up” (2005)
  60. The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)

  61. The Walkmen “The Rat” (2004)
  62. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
  63. Queens of the Stone Age “No One Knows” (2002)
  64. The La’s “There She Goes” (1989)
  65. Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.” (1976)
  66. MGMT “Time to Pretend” (2008)
  67. The Gossip “Standing in the Way of Control” (2007)
  68. The Libertines “Can’t Stand Me Now” (2004)
  69. Joy Division “Transmission” (1979)
  70. Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (2001)

  71. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
  72. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
  73. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Hey Joe” (1966)
  74. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
  75. Blur “Song 2” (1997)
  76. This Mortal Coil “Song to the Siren” (1982)
  77. The Pixies “Gigantic” (1988)
  78. Roxy Music “Virginia Plain” (1972)
  79. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
  80. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)

  81. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” (1967)
  82. Klaxons “Golden Skans” (2007)
  83. The Doors “Light My Fire” (1967)
  84. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
  85. Wolfman with Pete Doherty “For Lovers” (2004)
  86. Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (2006)
  87. Bob Marley & the Wailers “No Woman, No Cry” (1974)
  88. Robert Wyatt “Shipbuilding” (1982)
  89. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)“ (1966)
  90. The Byrds “Eight Miles High” (1966)

  91. Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella” (2007)
  92. My Bloody Valentine “You Made Me Realise” (1988)
  93. Bloc Party “Banquet” (2005)
  94. The Specials “Ghost Town” (1981)
  95. The Beatles “Penny Lane” (1967)
  96. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
  97. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
  98. The White Stripes “Fell in Love with a Girl” (2001)
  99. Donna Summer “I Feel Love” (1977)
  100. The Stone Roses “I Am the Resurrection” (1989)


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