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60 Years Of The NME

The Best Tracks Of The Last Six Decades

To celebrate the NME's 60th year, the paper is compiling the best tracks of each of their decades. The lists are being published in full on NME.com from March 2012. Here are the bare bones lists. A full appraisal and embedded videos of most of the tracks are available at NME.com.

›› 1950's | 1960's | 1970's | 1980's | 1990's | 2000's

Also published in the magazine a top 100 in June 2012 and a readers Top 20 in July 2012

›› 100 Greatest Tracks Of NME's Lifetime...So Far
›› NME Readers Best Tracks Of The Last 60 Years





The 1950's

1. Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
2. Elvis Presley - Hound Dog
3. Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire
4. Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
5. Howlin Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin
6. Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
7. Sam Cooke - You Send Me
8. The Drifters - Money Honey
9. Hank Williams - Your Cheatin’ Heart
10. Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue
11. Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
12. Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes
13. Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven
14. Junior Parker - Mystery Train
15. The Isley Brothers - Shout
16. Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill
17. Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love?
18. The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You
19. Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On
20. Wanda Jackson - Lets Have A Party
21. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
22. Ray Charles - Whatd I Say
23. The Platters - Only You
24. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
25. Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen
26. Little Richard - Good Golly Miss Molly
27. Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line
28. James Brown - Please - Please - Please
29. Screamin Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
30. Frank Sinatra - Ive Got you Under My Skin
31. Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man
32. The Everly Brothers - Wake Up Little Susie
33. Little Richard - Long Tall Sally
34. Elvis Presley - Thats All Right Mama
35. Link Wray - Rumble
36. Buddy Holly & The Crickets - Thatll Be The Day
37. Nat King Cole - When I Fall In Love
38. Elvis Presley - Dont Be Cruel
39. Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
40. Elmore James - Dust My Broom
41. Dale Hawkins - Susie Q
42. Patsy Cline - Walkin After Midnight
43. Barrett Strong - Money (Thats What I Want)
44. Shirley & Lee - Let The Good Times Roll
45. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
46. Huey Piano Smith - Rockin Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu
47. Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love
48. Johnny Preston - Running Bear
49. The Coasters - Yakety Yak
50. Chuck Berry - Maybellene
51. Smiley Lewis - I Hear You Knocking
52. Buddy Holly & The Crickets - Not Fade Away
53. Big Joe Turner - Shake - Rattle And Roll
54. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
55. Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
56. The Five Satins - In The Still Of The Night
57. The Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream
58. The Penguins - Earth Angel
59. Chuck Berry - School Days
60. Eddie Cochran - Cmon Everybody
61. Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock
62. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps - Be-Bop-A-Lula
63. Miles Davis - Blue In Green
64. Chuck Berry - Rock And Roll Music
65. Patti Page - Tennessee Waltz
66. The Cadillacs - Speedoo
67. Little Richard - Lucille
68. Hank Williams - Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
69. The Shirelles - I Met Him On A Sunday
70. Roy Orbison - Ooby Dooby
71. The Platters - The Great Pretender
72. Lloyd Price - Lawdy Miss Clawdy
73. The Spaniels - Goodnight Sweetheart - Goodnight
74. Paul Anka - Diana
75. Johnny Otis - Willie And The Hand Jive
76. Julie London - Cry Me A River
77. Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats - Rocket 88
78. Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working
79. Danny & The Juniors - At The Hop
80. Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite
81. Johnny Ace - Pledging My Love
82. The Chords - Sh-Boom
83. Cliff Richard & The Drifters - Move It!
84. The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five
85. Ray Charles -  I Got A Woman
86. The Dells - Oh - What A Night
87. Jimmy Reed - Honest I Do
88. B.B.King - Rock Me Baby
89. Dinah Washington - What A Diffrence A Day Makes
90. The Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace
91. Johnny Burnette & The RocknRoll Trio - Train Kept A-Rollin
92. Fats Domino - Aint That A Shame
93. Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
94. Johnnie Ray - Cry
95. The Champs - Tequila
96. Little Willie John - Fever
97. Elizabeth Cotten - Freight Train
98. Clarence Frogman Henry - Aint Got No Home
99. Sonny Boy Williamson - Dont Start Me Talkin
100. Dion & The Belmonts - A Teenager In Love


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The 1960's






1. The Beatles - A Day In The Life
2. The Ronettes - Bee My Baby
3. The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower
5. The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack
6. The Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting For The Man
7. The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
8. Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
9. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
10. Marvin Gaye - I Herd It Through The Grapevine
11. Mamas & The Papas - California Dreamin'
12. The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
13. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
14. The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
15. The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
16. Aretha Franklin - Respect
17. These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
18. The Jackson Five - I Want You Back
19. Procal Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
20. David Bowie - Space Oddity
21. The Kinks - You Really Got Me
22. Mc5 - Kick Out The Jams
23. Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
24. The Beatles - She Loves You
25. Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
26. The Who - My Generation
27. The Rolling Stones - Gimmie Shelter
28. Otis Redding - Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
29. The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
30. The Band - The Weight
31. Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
32. Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
33. 13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me
34. Ben E. King - Stand By Me
35. The Zombies - Time Of The Season
36. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
37. Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
38. The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
39. The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
40. Pink Floyd - See Emily Play
41. James Brown - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
42. The Monkees - I'm A Believer
43. The Four Tops - (Reach Out) I'll Be There
44. The Velvet Underground - Venus In Furs
45. The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
46. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
47. The Byrds - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
48. Silver Apples - Oscillations
49. The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
50. The Velvet Underground - Heroin
51. The Impressions - People Get Ready
52. The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
53. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
54. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
55. The Beatles - In My Life
56. Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
57. The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer In The City
58. Ike And Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High
59. Sly And The Family Stone - Dance To The Music
60. The Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
61. The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
62. The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun
63. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Fire
64. Simon And Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence
65. The Miracles - The Tracks Of My Tears
66. Nick Drake - River Man
67. The Who - I Can't Explain
68. Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
69. Love - Alone Again Or
70. Patsy Cline - Crazy
71. The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
72. The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache
73. The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
74. Tommy James And The Shondells - Crimson And Clover
75. The Trogs - Wild Thing
76. The Yardbirds - For Your Love
77. The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?
78. Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused
79. Booker T & The M.G.'S - Green Onions
80. The Byrds - Eight Miles High
81. Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind
82. Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
83. The Hollies - Bus Stop
84. The Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
85. Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
86. Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot - Bonnie And Clyde
87. Leonard Cohen - So Long, Marianne
88. The Zombies - She's Not There
89. Small Faces - Tin Soldier
90. Crosby Stills & Nash - Wooden Ships
91. The Sonics - The Witch
92. Del Shannon - Runaway
93. Cream - White Room
94. The Bee Gees - To Love Somebody
95. The Supremes - Stop In The Name Of Love
96. The Isley Brothers - Twist And Shout
97. The Temptations - My Girl
98. The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
99. Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire
100. Shocking Blue - Send Me A Postcard


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The 1970's




1. Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
2. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
3. The Clash - London Calling
4. David Bowie - Heroes
5. The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
6. Donna Summer – I Feel Love
7. Blondie - Heart Of Glass
8. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
9. Michael Jackson - Dont Stop Til You Get Enough
10. Wings - Band On The Run
11. Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
12. John Lennon - Imagine
13. The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
14. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
15. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
16. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
17. The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
18. Ian Dury - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
19. Joy Division - Transmission
20. Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
21. Marvin Gaye - Lets Get It On
22. Sugarhill Gang - Rappers Delight
23. Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric?
24. AC/DC - Highway To Hell
25. David Bowie - Life On Mars?
26. Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side
27. ABBA - Dancing Queen
28. Kraftwerk - The Model
29. The B52s - Rock Lobster
30. Al Green - Lets Stay Together
31. Television - Marquee Moon
32. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
33. Marvin Gaye - Whats Going On
34. Rod Stewart - Maggie May
35. Gladys Knight And The Pips - Midnight Train To Georgia
36. Sly And The Family Stone - Family Affair
37. Iggy And The Stooges - Search And Destroy
38. Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK
39. Bee Gees - Stayin Alive
40. The Knack - My Sharona
41. The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice
42. T. Rex - Get It On
43. Dolly Parton - Jolene
44. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
45. Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
46. Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods
47. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
48. Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
49. The Clash - Train In Vain
50. The Cramps - Human Fly
51. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
52. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
53. Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
54. Elton John – Tiny Dancer
55. Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
56. The Velvet Underground - Rock & Roll
57. Squeeze - Up The Junction
58. The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner
59. Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
60. Elvis Costello – Olivers Army
61. Patti Smith – Because The Night
62. Gary Numan – Cars
63. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
64. Big Star – September Gurls
65. George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
66. Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
67. Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
68. The Clash - (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
69. Sparks - This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us
70. Wire - I Am The Fly
71. Suicide – Ghost Rider
72. The Who - Who Are You
73. XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
74. Brian Eno - Needles In The Camels Eye
75. Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
76. The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
77. John Lennon - Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
78. New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
79. The Jam - The Eton Rifles
80. Blondie - One Way Or Another
81. Chic - Le Freak
82. Giorgio Moroder - Chase
83. Althea & Donna - Upton Top Rankin
84. Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
85. Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldntve)
86. Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel No. 2
87. Roxy Music - Virginia Plain
88. The Kinks - Lola
89. The Specials - A Message To You Rudy
90. Madness - One Step Beyond
91. The Beatles - The Long And Winding Road
92. Public Image Ltd - Public Image
93. Can - Oh Yeah
94. The Slits - Typical Girls
95. Siouxsie And The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
96. Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman, No Cry
97. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
98. James Brown - Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
99. The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
100. Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove


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The 1980's


         




1. New Order - Blue Monday
2. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
3. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
4. Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
5. The Specials - Ghost Town
6. Prince - When Doves Cry
7. Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
8. The Cure - In Between Days
9. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
10. Rakim - Paid In Full
11. Human League - Love Action (I Believe In Love)
12. The Stone Roses - Fools Gold
13. The Jesus And Mary Chain - April Skies
14. The Smiths - This Charming Man
15. Pet Shop Boys - Its A Sin
16. Pixies - Debaser
17. Bon Jovi - Livin On A Prayer
18. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
19. Joy Division - Atmosphere
20. Salt N Pepa - Push It
21. This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
22. Dinosaur Jr - Freak Scene
23. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
24. The Jesus And Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
25. Public Enemy - Dont Believe The Hype
26. David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
27. The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
28. Sugarcubes - Birthday
29. The Jam - Thats Entertainment
30. Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This?
31. New Order - Temptation
32. The Stone Roses - Made Of Stone
33. Madonna - Like A Prayer
34. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
35. NWA - Straight Outta Compton
36. R.E.M. - The One I Love
37. AC/DC - Back In Black
38. Run DMC - Walk This Way
39. Echo And The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
40. Happy Mondays - Hallelujah
41. Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
42. Cameo - Word Up
43. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
44. Morrissey - Everyday Is Like Sunday
45. Don Henley - The Boys Of Summer
46. Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
47. Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
48. Prince - Sign O The Times
49. My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise
50. MARRS - Pump Up The Volume
51. The Jam - Going Underground
52. Bruce Springsteen - The River
53. The Cure - Just Like Heaven
54. 808 State - Pacific State
55. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes
56. Soul II Soul - Back To Life
57. Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
58. Bomb The Bass - Beat Dis
59. Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills
60. Guns N Roses - Sweet Child O Mine
61. The Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon
62. Sundays - Cant Be Sure
63. Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again
64. Nirvana - About A Girl
65. Melle Mel - White Lines (Dont Dont Do It)
66. U2 - With Or Without You
67. Duran Duran - Rio
68. Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
69. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
70. Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere
71. Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure
72. The Clash - Rock The Casbah
73. The Fall - Hit The North
74. Orange Juice - Rip It Up
75. Dead Kennedys - Too Drunk To Fuck
76. Simple Minds - Dont You (Forget About Me)
77. De La Soul - The Magic Number
78. Faith No More - We Care A Lot
79. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
80. S-Express - Theme From S-Express
81. Van Halen - Jump
82. The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drums
83. James - Sit Down
84. Soft Cell - Tainted Love
85. Womack & Womack - Teardrops
86. Madness - House Of Fun
87. Blondie - Atomic
88. Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
89. Lil Louis - French Kiss
90. Primal Scream - Velocity Girl
91. INXS - Need You Tonight
92. Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere
93. The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
94. Starship - Nothings Gonna Stop Us
95. Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding
96. OMD - Enola Gay
97. Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
98. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
99. The Clash - Straight To Hell
100. Paul Simon - Graceland



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The 1990's





1. Pulp - Common People
2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
3. Suede - Stay Together
4. Radiohead - Paranoid Android
5. Manic Street Preachers - Motorcycle Emptiness
6. Oasis - Supersonic
7. Beastie Boys - Sabotage
8. Daft Punk - Da Funk
9. McAlmont & Butler - Yes
10. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
11. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
12. Madonna - Vogue
13. Primal Scream - Loaded
14. Suede - Animal Nitrate
15. Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
16. Eminem - My Name Is
17. Weezer - Buddy Holly
18. Blur - Song 2
19. Ash - Girl From Mars
20. Green Day - Basket Case
21. Oasis - Live Forever
22. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
23. Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
24. Kelis - Caught Out There
25. The Verve - History
26. Warren G - Regulate
27. PJ Harvey - Down By The Water
28. Foo Fighters - Everlong
29. Blur - Girls And Boys
30. Underworld - Born Slippy
31. Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
32. Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
33. The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance)
34. Portishead - Glory Box
35. Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
36. Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
37. Daft Punk - Around The World
38. Julee Cruise - Falling
39. Boo Radleys - Lazarus
40. Super Furry Animals - If You Don't Want Me To Destroy You
41. The Charlatans - The Only One I Know
42. Beck - Wheres It At
43. Blackstreet - No Diggity
44. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
45. TLC - No Scrubs
46. Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
47. House Of Pain - Jump Around
48. Blur - For Tomorrow
49. R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
50. Supergrass - Caught By The Fuzz
51. The Stone Roses - One Love
52. Nirvana - Lithium
53. Elastica - Stutter
54. Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
55. Fugees - Ready Or Not
56. ‘Ol Dirty Bastard - Got Your Money
57. Elliott Smith - Needle In The Hay
58. The Cure - Friday Im In Love
59. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
60. The Breeders - Cannonball
61. The Lemonheads - Its A Shame About Ray
62. Pearl Jam - Alive
63. Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
64. Missy Elliott - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
65. U2 - One
66. Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine
67. Tricky - Hell Is Round The Corner
68. The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl
69. Bjork - Hyperballad
70. Radiohead - Creep
71. Wu Tang Clan - Protect Ya Neck
72. Cornershop - Brimful Of Asha (Fatboy Slim Remix)
73. Sinead OConnor - Nothing Compares 2 U
74. New Order - Regret
75. Hole - Celebrity Skin
76. Primal Scream - Come Together
77. Air - Sexy Boy
78. KLF - What Time Is Love?
79. Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
80. Beta Band - Dry The Rain
81. Ride - Vapour Trail
82. 2Pac - California Love
83. Happy Mondays - Step On
84. No Doubt – Don’t Speak
85. Sonic Youth - Sugar Kane
86. Oasis - Wonderwall
87. Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life
88. Metallica - Enter Sandman
89. Belle & Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap
90. A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?
91. Pulp - Babies
92. Dr Dre - Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang
93. James - Laid
94. Leftfield - Open Up
95. Guns N Roses - November Rain
96. New Radicals - You Get What You Give
97. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Who Am I? (What’s My Name)
98. Paul Weller - The Changingman
99. Black Grape - Reverend Black Grape
100. Coolio - Gangstas Paradise


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The 2000's






1. Beyonce - Crazy In Love
2. MGMT - Time To Pretend
3. The Strokes - Hard To Explain
4. MIA - Paper Planes
5. Outkast - Hey Yeah
6. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers
7. Klaxons - Golden Skans
8. Blur - Out Of Time
9. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
10. Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance
11. The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now
12. The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
13. The Walkman - The Rat
14. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Bang
16. Rihanna - Umbrella
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
18. Outkast - Ms Jackson
19. Radiohead - Reckoner
20. Hot Chip - Over And Over
21. The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
22. The Strokes - Last Night
23. Muse - Knights Of Cydonia
24. Doves - There Goes The Fear
25. Arcade Fire - Wake Up
26. Amy Winehouse - Rehab
27. Justice Vs. Simian - We Are Your Friends
28. Arctic Monkeyd - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
29. Lcd Sound System - Losing My Edge
30. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
31. Bloc Party - Banquet
32. Jay-Z And Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind
33. Queens Of The Stoneage - No One Knows
34. Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
35. At The Drive In - One Armed Scissor
36. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On
37. Crystal Castles - Alice Practice
38. Doves - The Ceder Room
39. Girls Aloud - Sound Of The Underground
40. Kanye West - Gold Digger
41. The Killers - Mr Brightside
42. Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
43. Coldplay - Clocks
44. Battles - Atlas
45. Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp
46. Lily Allen - Smile
47. Britiney Spears - Toxic
48. Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
49. Jay-Z - 99 Problems
50. Kasabian - Empire
51. Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Better
52. La Roux - In For The Kill
53. The Libertines - Time For Heroes
54. Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
55. The Xx - Islands
56. The Coral - Dreaming Of You
57. Elbow - One Day Like This
58. Radiohead - Everything In It's Right Place
59. Interpol - Evil
60. Regina Spektor - Us
61. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
62. Spiller - Groovejet
63. Babyshambles - Fuck Forever
64. Jamie T - Sheila
65. Wolfman - For Lovers
66. Friendly Fires - Paris
67. The Vines - Highly Evolved
68. Kings Of Leon - Red Morning Light
69. Super Furry Animals - Slow Life
70. Primal Scream - Accelerator
71. Kelis - Milkshake
72. The Knife - Heartbeats
73. Eminem - Without You
74. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
75. TV On The Radio - Staring At The Sun
76. Gnarls Barkly - Crazy
77. The Cribs - Man's Needs
78. Glasvegas - Daddy's Gone
79. Muse - Plug In Baby
80. The Futurheads - Hounds Of Love
81. Antony And The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
82. Kinks Of Leon - Sex On Fire
83. Destiny's Child - Independent Woman Pt.1
84. Pulp - Bad Cover Version
85. Yaesayer - Sunrise
86. Foals - Spanish Sahara
87. Black Lips - O Katrina
88. The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea
89. Beck - Chemtrails
90. Eminem - The Real Slim Shady
91. CSS - Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above
92. Johnny Cash - Hurt
93. The Big Pink - Dominos
94. Animal Collective - My Girls
95. The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
96. Crystal Castles - Crimewave
97. Sugababes - Round Round
98. Morrissey - Irish Blood, English Heart
99. Flaming Lips - Do You Realize
100. Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure


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NME’s 100 Greatest Songs Of NME's Lifetime....So Far (2012)


NME June 2012


Love Will Tear Us Apert


1. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart - 1980
2. Pulp – Common People – 1995
3. David Bowie – Heroes – 1977
4. The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations – 1966
5. New Order – Blue Monday – 1983
6. The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums – 1989
7. The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – 1986
8. The Specials – Ghost Town – 1981
9. Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp – 2003
10. Oasis - Wonderwall – 1995
11. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil – 1968
12. The Ronettes – Be My Baby – 1963
13. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean – 1982
14. Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen – 1977
15. The Beatles – A Day In The Life – 1967
16. The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry – 1979
17. Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone – 1965
18. The Beach Boys – God Only Knows – 1966
19. Madonna – Like A Prayer – 1989
20. The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection – 1989
21. Beyonce – Crazy In Love – 2003
22. The Clash – London Calling – 1979
23. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army – 2003
24. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Sprit – 1991
25. Prince – When Doves Cry – 1984
26. The Beatles – She Loves You – 1963
27. Marvin Gaye – I Herd It Through The Grapevine – 1966
28. The Libertines – Time For Heroes – 2002
29. The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love – 1966
30. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Al Along The Watchtower – 1968
31. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – 2008
32. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony – 1997
33. Jay-Z – 99 Problems – 2004
34. The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back – 1969
35. Lana Del Ray – Video Games – 2011
36. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares To You
37. Oasis – Live Forever – 1994
38. Radiohead – Paranoid Android – 1997
39. David Bowie – Space Oddity – 1969
40. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now? – 1985
41. Ben E King – Stand By Me – 1961
42. Blur – Girls And Boys – 1994
43. MIA – Paper Planes – 2007
44. The Shangre-Las – Leader Of The Pack – 1964
45. Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop – 1976
46. The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black – 1966
47. Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name – 1992
48. Amy Winehouse – Rehab – 2006
49. Soft Cell – Tainted Love – 1981
50. Talking Heads – Psycho Killer – 1977
51. The Stoges – I Wanna Be Your Dog – 1969
52. Outkast – Hey Ya! – 2003
53. Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds – 1969
54. R.E.M. – Losing My Religion – 1991
55. The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man – 1967
56. Beastie Boys – Sabotage – 1994
57. Stevie Wonder – Superstition – 1972
58. Grandmaster Flash – The Message – 1982
59. Arcade Fire – Wake Up – 2005
60. The Who – My Generation – 1965
61. Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side – 1972
62. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps – 2003
63. Kelis – Milkshake – 2003
64. Dépêche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough – 1981
65. Undertones – Teenage Kicks – 1978
66. Warren G Feat. Nate Dogg – Regulate – 1994
67. Thekinks – You Really Got Me – 1964
68. Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive – 1977
69. Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man – 1968
70. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey – 1985
71. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle – 1992
72. Happy Mondays – Step On – 1990
73. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady – 2000
74. NWA – Straight Outta Compton – 1988
75. The La’s – There She Goes – 1988
76. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights – 1976
77. Fugees – Ready Or Not – 1996
78. Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone – 1978
79. Donna Summer – I Feel Love - 1977
80. Primal Scream – Come Together – 1990
81. The Prodigy – No Good (Start He Dance) – 1994
82. Hot Chip – Over And Over – 2006
83. The Killers – Mr Brightside – 2004
84. Johnny Cash – Hurt – 2002
85. Missy Elliott – Get Yr Freak On – 2001
86. Bob Marley And The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry – 1974
87. Kanye West – Gold Digger – 2004
88. The Streets – Dry Your Eyes – 2004
89. The Walkman – The Rat – 2004
90. Devo – Whip It – 1980
91. The Jam – The Eton Rifles – 1979
92. Salt-N-Pepa – Push It 1988
93. Television – Marquee Moon – 1977
94. Daft Punk – Da Funk – 1995
95. Azealia Banks – 212 – 2011
96. The Breeders – Cannonball – 1993
97. MGMT – Time To Pretend – 2008
98. Pixies – Debaser – 1989
99. The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby – 1966
100. The Strokes – Last Night – 2001


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NME Readers Best Tracks Of The Last 60 Years
From Iss. 28th July 2012

1. Amy Winehouse – Rehab
2. The Killers – Mr Brightside
3. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
4. The Strokes – Last Night
5. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Sprit
6. The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
7. The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
8. The Clash – London Calling
9. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
10. The Kinks – You Really Got Me
11. Oasis – Wonderwall
12. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
13. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
14. The Who – My Generation
15. Pulp – Common People
16. David Bowie – Heroes
17. The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
18. The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
19. Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
20. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony



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60 Most Important Albums Of NME’s Lifetime (60 Years)
Autumn 2012

NME 60 Albums

A Special Edition Supplement That Was Issued To Coincide With NME's 60th Birthday.

The List Was Presented In (More Or Less) Chronological Order

• Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley – 1957
• Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard – 1957
• Billie Holiday – Lady Sings The Blues – 1956
• Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley – 1959

• The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones – 1964
• James Brown – Live At The Apollo – 1963
• Jerry Lee Lewis – Live At The Star Club, Hamburg – 1964
• The Beatles – Rubber Soul – 1965
• The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds – 1966
• The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico – 1967
• Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland – 1968
• Leonard Cohen – The Songs Of Leonard Cohen – 1967
• Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis – 1969
• The Stooges – The Stooges – 1969
• Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II – 1969

• The Who – Live At Leeds – 1970
• Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On – 1971
• Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality – 1971
• David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust… - 1972
• Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon – 1973
• Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks – 1975
• Bruce Sprinsteen – Born To Run – 1975
• Television – Marquee Moon – 1977
• Suicide – Suicide – 1977
• Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – 1977
• The Clash – London Calling – 1979

• Joy Division – Closer – 1980
• Talking Heads – Remain In Light – 1980
• Michael Jackson – Thriller – 1982
• Prince – Purple Rain – 1984
• The Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy – 1985
• The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead – 1986
• Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill – 1986
• Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction – 1987
• Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back – 1988
• NWA – Straight Outta Compton – 1988
• Pixies – Doolittle – 1989
• The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses – 1989

• Primal Scream – Screamadelica – 1991
• Nirvana – Nevermind – 1991
• My Bloody Valentine – Loveless – 1991
• Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine – 1992
• Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang Clan – 1993
• Portishead – Dummy – 1994
• Oasis – Definitely Maybe – 1994
• DJ Shadow – Entroducing – 1996
• Radiohead – Ok Computer – 1997
• Eminem – The Slim Shady LP – 1999

• Daft Punk – Discovery – 2001
• The White Stripes – White Blood Cells – 2001
• The Strokes – Is This It – 2001
• The Streets – Original Pirate Material – 2001
• The Libertines – Up The Bracket – 2002
• Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner – 2003
• Amy Winehouse – Back To Black – 2006
• Burial – Untrue – 2007
• Mia – Kala – 2007
• Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles – 2008
• Arcade Fire – The Suburbs – 2010
• PJ Harvey – Let England Shake 2011




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