Britain’s most well-known music publication, NME have unveiled the top 25 from their definitive list of “The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.” Not the first of such lists to be released by a major music magazine, nor even the first by NME, theirs sees the odd choice of The Smiths‘ classic The Queen Is Dead at the top spot.
Editors compiled the rather long-winded list based on the votes of past and present NME journalists and critics, as well as on previously published end-of-year “Top 50” lists. In 2006, the magazine released a list of the “Greatest British Albums of All Time” with The Stone Roses‘ self-titled debut placed at #1.
“There’s a perverse national pride to be gleaned from the knowledge that Britain was just as broken in 1986 as it is in 2013,” read the blurb that accompanied the top spot. “No album is made in a vacuum, but The Queen Is Dead is one of the select few that seems to transcend its influences and synthesise them into something singular and new.”
Though of course the same could be said of Iggy Pop‘s groundbreaking 1977 album The Idiot, which the magazine placed at 467. Right at the bottom of the list was OutKast‘s modern classic, Stankonia at 500.
The top 25 included other controversial and not-so-controversial picks, with Kanye West‘s relatively recent My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy nestled alongside such undisputed classics such as The Beatles’ Revolver and The Velvet Underground & Nico‘s The Velvet Underground. The highest ranked album by an Australian artist was AC/DC‘s Back in Black at a piddling #197.
The selections, which have already drawn wails of “THAT IS NOT THE BEST PJ HARVEY ALBUM! WTF?! OUTRAGE!” and “Bunch of tin-eared idiots!” from Music Feeds staff, will be unveiled in full in the latest issue of NME, dated 26th October. In the meantime, you can check out the top 25 albums below.
NME’s Top 25 Albums Of All Time