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The NME Greatest Albums of The 60's, 70's & 80's
First published on consecutive weeks in September 1993.


The 60’s



Revolver

1. Revolver - The Beatles ‘66
2. Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys ‘66
3. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground ‘67
4. The Beatles -The Beatles ‘68
5. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan ‘65
6. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison ‘68
7. Forever Changes - Love ‘68
8. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones ‘69
9. Blond On Blond - Bob Dylan ‘66
10. Otis Blue - Otis Lifts ‘66
11. Beggars Banquet - The Rolling Stones ‘68
12. The Doors - The Doors ‘67
13. Rubber Soul - The Beatles ‘67
14. Live At The Apollo - James Brown ‘63
15. Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix Experience ‘67
16. Sergeant Pepper - The Beatles ‘67
17. Younger Than Yesterday - The Byrds ‘67
18. Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan ‘65
19. Scott - Scott Walker ‘67
20. White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground ‘68
21. The Stooges - The Stooges ‘69
22. Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake - The Small Faces ‘68
23. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane ‘67
24. A Hard Days Night - The Beatles ‘64
25. Dusty In Memphis - Dusty Springfield ‘69
26. The Songs Of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen ‘68
27. Kick Out The Jams - MC5 ‘69
28. Abbey Road - The Beatles ‘69
29. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young ‘69
30. The Gilded Palace Of Sin - The Flying Burrito Brothers ‘69
31. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground ’69
32. Fifth Dimension - The Byrds ‘66
33. My Generation - The Who ‘65
34. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - Pink Floyd ’67
35. We’re Only In It For The Money - Mothers Of Invention ‘67
36. Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band ‘69
37. Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake ‘69
38. Beatles For Sale - The Beatles ‘64
39. Music From Big Pink - The Band ‘68
40. John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan ‘68
41. Johnny Cash At San Quentin - Johnny Cash ‘69
42. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash ‘68
43. Portrait - The Walker Brothers ‘66
44. The Who Sell Out - The Who ‘68
45. Nancy & Lee - Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood ‘68
46. A Kind Of Blue - Miles Davis ‘60
47. Smiley Smile - The Beach Boys ‘67
48. Scott 2 - Scott Walker ‘68
49. Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds ‘66
50. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin ‘69


The 70’s

Whats Going On


1. What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye ‘71
2. Never Mind The Bollocks - The Sex Pistols ‘77
3. The Clash - The Clash ‘77
4. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division ‘79
5. Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones ‘72
6. London Calling - The Clash ‘79
7. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust.. - David Bowie ‘72
8. Horses - Patti Smith ‘75
9. Blue - Joni Mitchell ‘72
10. Marquee Moon - Television ‘77
11. All Mod Cons - The Jam ‘78
12. Hunky Dory - David Bowie ‘71
13. Surf’s Up - The Beach Boys ‘71
14. Bryter Later - Nick Drake ‘70
15. Innervisions - Stevie Wonder ‘73
16. Parallel Lines - Blondie ‘78
17. Moondance - Van Morrison ‘70
18. Lust For Life - Iggy Pop ‘77
19. After The Goldrush - Neil Young ‘70
20. Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons ‘74
21. Who’s Next - The Who ‘71
22. Harvest - Neil Young ‘72
23. Metal Box - Pil ‘79
24. Low - David Bowie ‘77
25. The Specials - The Specials ‘79
26. John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band ‘71
27. For Your Pleasure - Roxy Music ‘73
28. The Idiot - Iggy Pop ‘77
29. Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan ‘75
30. There’s A Riot Goin’ On - Sly And The Family Stone ‘71
31. Pink Flag - Wire ‘77
32. Clear Spot - Captain Beefheart ‘72
33. Berlin - Lou Reed ‘73
34. Imagine - John Lennon ‘71
35. Saturday Night Fever - Original Soundtrack ‘78
36. Another Green World - Brian Eno ‘75
37. Setting Sons - The Jam ‘79
38. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo ‘76
39. Third/Sister Lovers - Big Star ‘78
40. The Kick Inside - Kate Bush ‘78
41. LA Woman - The Doors ‘71
42. Entertainment - Gang Of Four ‘79
43. Tonight’s The Night - Neil Young ‘75
44. Diana Ross Presents - The Jackson Five ‘73
45. Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye ‘73
46. If Only I Could Remember My Name - David Crosby ‘71
47. Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear ‘75
48. Funhouse - The Stooges ‘70
49. First Issue - Pil ‘78
50. The Undertones - The Undertones ‘79

The 80’s

Stone Roses


1. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses ‘89
2. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths ‘85
3. Three Feet High And Rising - De La Soul ‘89
4. Sign ‘O’ The Times - Prince ‘87
5. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Public Enemy ‘88
6. Psychocandy - Jesus And Mary Chain ‘85
7. Hatful Of Hollow - The Smiths ‘84
8. Closer - Joy Division ‘80
9. Sound Affects - The Jam ‘80
10. Low-Life - New Order ‘85
11. Remain In Light - Talking Heads ‘80
12. Searching For The Young Soul Rebels - Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘80
13. Bummed - Happy Mondays ‘89
14. Surfer Rosa - Pixies ‘88
15. The Lexicon Of Love - ABC ‘82
16. Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits ‘83
17. Kilimanjaro - The Teardrop Explodes ‘80
18. Dare - The Human League ‘81
19. Parade - Prince ‘86
20. 16 Lovers Lane - The Go-Betweens ‘88
21. Rain Dogs - Tom Waits ‘85
22. This Nation’s Saving Grace - The Fall ‘85
23. Rum, Sodomy And The Lash - The Pogues ‘85
24. The Smiths - The Smiths ‘84
25. Blood & Chocolate - Elvis Costello ‘86
26. Don’t Stand Me Down - Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘85
27. The Eight Legged Groove Machine - The Wonder Stuff ‘88
28. Crocodiles - Echo And The Bunnymen ‘80
29. Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen ‘82
30. The Nightfly - Donald Fagen ‘82
31. Talking With The Taxman About Poetry - Billy Bragg ‘86
32. Miss America - Mary Margaret O’Hara ‘88
33. Rattlesnakes - Lloyd Cole & The Commotions ‘84
34. George Best - The Wedding Present ‘87
35. Atomiser - Big Black ‘87
36. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - David Byrne & Brian Eno ‘81
37. Sister - Sonic Youth ‘87
38. Straight Out Of The Jungle - The Jungle Brothers ‘88
39. Heaven Up Here - Echo And The Bunnymen ‘81
40. Green - REM ‘88
41. Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello ‘82
42. You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever - Orange Juice ‘82
43. Midnight Love - Marvin Gaye ‘82
44. Like A Prayer - Madonna ‘89
45. Beautiful Vision - Van Morrison ‘82
46. Infected - The The ‘86
47. Meat Is Murder - The Smiths ‘85
48. New York - Lou Reed ‘89
49. Yo! Bum Rush The Show - Public Enemy ‘87
50. Warehouse: Songs And Stories - Husker Du ‘87