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Albums Of The Year And
End Of Year Critic Lists

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Critic And Reader Lists

›› NME Writers Tracks Of The Decade (2000-2009)
›› NME Writers Top 100 Albums Of The Deacde (2000-2009)

›› NME Writers Top 50 albums of 60’s, 70's & 80's.
›› NME Writers All time top 100 - 1974.
›› NME Writers All time top 100 Singles - 1976
›› NME Readers All time top 100 singles - 1976
›› NME Writers All time 100 LP’s - 1985
›› NME Writers All time top 150 singles - 1987
›› NME Readers All time top 100 albums - 1988
›› Debut & Doubles - The best and worst debut (1992) and double albums ever. (1991)
›› 40 Records That Captured the Moment - 40th Anniversary issue 9th May 1992
›› NME 100 Best independent singles ever from 1992.
›› NME Writers all time 100 best albums - 1993
›› NME Best Soundtrack albums of all time - 1995
›› The NME 100: How Rock Shook The World… - 1999 
›› Readers & Writers Choice For The Most Heartbreak Albums Of All Time 2000
›› NME 50 Greatest Artists of all time - 2002 - 50th Anniversary issue
›› NME’s 100 Greatest Singles Of All Time - 2002
›› NME 100 best albums 2003
›› NME 10 Great Live Albums - 2003
›› NME’s 100 Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Films - 2003
›› 117 Songs to soundtrack your summer - 2003
›› NME' 50 Greatest Cover Versions Of All  Time - 2005
›› 100 Greatest British Albums Of All Time - 2006
›› Radiohead - The National Anthems 2006
›› The Greatest Tracks Of The Decade (1996 – 2006)
›› NME Classic Albums & Singles - 2006 - 07
›› NME- The Greatest Indie Anthems Ever - 2007
›› NME Hall Of Fame - 2007
›› NME Albums Of The Year...So Far - July 2010
›› NME 50 Greatest Debut Albums - Nov 2010
›› John Lennon - 20 Most Underrated Tracks
›› NME 100 Greatest Albums You've Never Herd
›› NME 50 Darkest Albums Of All Time - 2011
›› NME 50 Greatest Live Albums - 2011
›› NME/Uncut 501 Lost Songs - 2011
›› NME.COM 150 Best Tracks Of Last 15 Years - 2011
›› NME 100 Greatest Albums You've Never herd...Pt 2 - 2012
›› NME - 60 Years Of NME: Best Of The Decades
›› 100 Greatest Songs Of NME's Lifetime - 2012
›› Readers Top Songs Of NME's Lifetime - 2012
›› 60 Most Important Albums Of NME's Lifetime - 2012
›› NME Greatest No 1 Singles In History - 2013
›› NME - 50 Albums That Built Punk - 2013
›› NME - 100 Greatest Britpop Songs - 2013
›› NME The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time - 2013
›› NME 60 Greatest Soundtrack Albums - 2014
›› NME - The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time - 2014





1986 NME Albums

Prinec - Parade


1. Parade - Prince & The Revolution
2. Rapture - Anita Baker
3. Control - Janet Jackson
4. Evol - Sonic Youth
5. Word Up - Cameo
6. Graceland - Paul Simon
7. Bend Sinister - The Fall
8. Rasin' Hell - Run Dmc
9. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
10. The Album - Mantronix
11. Nelson Mandela - Youssou N'dour
12. Life's Rich Pageant - Rem
13. Blood And Chocolate - Elvis Costello
14. King Of America - Elvis Costello
15. Your Funeral...My Trial - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
16. Schoolly D - Schoolly D
17. Rough & Rugged - Shinehead
18. Tutu - Miles Davis
19. Say What! - Trouble Funk
20. Liberty Bell & The Black Diamond.. - The Go-Betweens
21. Born Sandy Devotional - The Trifids
22. Talking To The Taxman.. - Billy Bragg
23. Candy Apple Grey - Husker Du
24. Boat To Bolivia - Martin Stephenson & The Dainties
25. London 0, Hull 4 - The Housemartins
26. Atomizer - Big Black
27. Electric Cafe - Kraftwerk
28. Holy Money - The Swans
29. True Stories - Talking Heads
30. The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom - Test Department
31. Gravity - James Brown
32. Infected The The
33. No Guru, No Method, No Teacher - Van Morrison
34. I Love My Radio - Ll Cool J
35. Please - Pet Shop Boys
36. Giant - The Woodentops
37. Kicking Against The Pricks - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
38. Song X - Pat Metheny And Ornette Coleman
39. Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc Etc.. - Dwight Yoakam
40. Communards - The Communards
41. Album - Pil
42. Force - A Certain Ratio
43. Flaunt It - Sigue Sigue Sputnik
44. Quirk Out - Stump
45. Rembrandt Pussy Horse - The Butthole Surfers
46. Out On The Boardwalk - Ted Hawkins
47. Shop Assistants - Same
48. Back To The Old School - Just Ice
49. Oben Im Eck - Holger Hiller
50. R ‘N’ B Skeletons In The Closet - George Clinton
51. Watch Your Step - Ted Hawkins
52. Folksinger - Phranc
53. Greed - Swans
54. Avant Pop - Lester Bowie
55. Manic Pop Thrill - That Petrol Emotion
56. Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses
57. Contenders - Easterhouse
58. Peter Case - Same
59. Romantically Yours - Marvin Gaye
60. Stutter - James

NME Singles 1986

1. Kiss - Prince
2. Word Up - Cameo
3. Into The Groove(Y) - Ciccone Youth
4. Walk This Way - Run Dmc
5. Bang Zoom! Lets Go Go! - The Real Roxanne
6. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent - Gwen Guthrie
7. Pain - Betty Wright
8. Kiss - Age Of Chance
9. Levi Stubbs Tears - Billy Bragg
10. Still Smokin' - Trouble Funk
11. Almost Prayed - The Weather Prophets
12. Baby I Love You So - Colourbox
13. Nasty - Janet Jackson
14. Who The Cap Fit - Shinehead
15. Rise - Pil
16. I Want You - Elvis Costello
17. Galveston Bay - Lonnie Hill
18. Psk (What Does It Mean?) - Schoolly D
19. Human - Human League
20. A Screw - Swans
21. No Conversation - View From The Hill
22. Sweet Bird Of Truth - The The
23. Panic - The Smiths
24. Sweet Love - Anita Baker
25. Starpower/Expressway To Your Skull - Sonic Youth
26. Some Candy Talking - Jesus And Mary Chain
27. World Shut Your Mouth - Julian Cope
28. Love Can't Turn Around - Farley Jackmaster Funk
29. Ask - The Smiths
30. Living To Late - The Fall
31. Safety Net - Shop Assistants
32. Mr Pharmacist - The Fall
33. Time Is Money (Bastard) - Swans
34. You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
35. Sho’ Nuff Bumpin’ - Eu
36. Diggin’ Your Scene - The Blow Monkeys
37. Hard Left - Gary Clail
38. What Have You Done For Me Lately? - Janet Jackson
39. Saturday Night - Cherrelle & Alexander O’neil
40. Sorry Somehow - Husker Du
41. Rock The Bells - Ll Cool J
42. Wide Open Road - The Triffids
43. Greetings - Half Pint
44. I’m Chilln’ - Kurtis Blow
45. Heartland - The The
46. Do Fries Go With That Shake? - George Clinton
47. Lady Soul - The Temptations
48. Rubberband Man - Youssou N’dour
49. Once More - Wedding Present
50. She’s On It - The Beast Boys
51. Poguetry In Motion Ep - The Pogues
52. Therese - The Bodines
53. Mind At The End Of The Tether - Tackhead
54. E=Mc2 - Big Audio Dynamite
55. Basslines - Mantronix
56. Jump Back(Set Me Free) - Dhar Braxton
57. Bahia Girl - David Rudder
58. Rumors - Timex Social Club
59. Velocity Girl - Primal Scream
60. Whistling In The Dark - Easterhouse

New Musical Express Compiled Other Lists This Year

• Compilation Albums
• Re-Issues
• Reggae 45’s
• Reggae Albums
• African Albums
• Country Albums
• Jazz