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NME Pop Poll Results 1952 - 1997

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NME Pop Poll Results 1952 - 1996


Some notes about the poll: From almost the time of its inception in the early 50's, the NME has had an annual readers' poll. The early years reflected the paper's original readership of musicians and songwriters; but once rock and roll had arrived, the NME quickly became a pop fans' weekly bible and the poll emphasis changed too, introducing categories which reflected the acts and records making the pop charts. When the paper metamorphosed into a more serious rock weekly during the early 70s, the poll changed once again, reintroducing sections (similar to those which had existed in the early 50s) for players of individual Instruments, and giving attention to acts in the rock album market.

Notes about particular categories:

Single of the year: until the early 70s restricted to British-recorded singles. In 1972 (Hawkwind-Silver Machine) and 1973 (Who-5.15) there were separate polls for UK and world results. After that no restrictions. Vocal group: just "group" in recent years. Best new group: Until '72 only for UK acts. In 1972 (Roxy Music UK winner), 1973 (Leo Sayer) and 1975 (Bebop Deluxe) special sections for UK.



Big Thanks to Han vd Boogaardt for compiling these lists.

1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

For Subsequent Years, The Lists Appear At The Bottom Of The End Of Year Lists.


NME Pop Poll Results For 1952

• Female Singer UK - Lita Roza
• Instrumental Persnality - Ronnie Scott
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Singer UK - Dickie Valentine


NME Pop Poll Results For 1953

• Alto Saxophone - John Dankworth
• Arranger - Reg Owen
• Bass - Johnny Hawksworth
• Drums - Jack Parnell
• Female Singer Uk - Lita Roza
• Guitar - Ivor Mairants
• Instrumental Personality - Ronnie Scott
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Singer Uk - Dickie Valentine
• Piano/Keyboards - Bill Mcguffie
• Tenor Sax - Ronnie Scott
• Trumpet - Kenny Baker


NME Pop Poll Results For 1954

• Alto Saxophone - John Dankworth
• Arranger - Reg Owen
• Baritone Sax - Harry Klein
• Bass - Johnny Hawksworth
• Clarinet - Vic Ash
• Drums - Ronnie Verrell
• Female Singer Uk - Lita Roza
• Guitar - Bert Weedon
• Instrumental Personality - Eric Delaney
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Singer Uk - Dickie Valentine
• Piano/Keyboards - Bill Mcguffie
• Tenor Sax - Tommy Whittle
• Trombone - Don Lusher
• Trumpet - Kenny Baker
• Vibraphone - Victor Feldman
• Vocal Group Uk - Stargazers

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1955

• Female Danceband Vocalist - Rose Brennan
• Female Singer - Doris Day
• Female Singer Uk - Ruby Murray
• Instrumental Personality - Eddie Calvert
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Danceband Vocalist - Bobbie Britton
• Male Singer - Frank Sinatra
• Male Singer Uk - Dickie Valentine
• Most Promising Newcomer - Ronnie Scott
• Vocal Group Uk - Stargazers
• Vocal Personality Uk - Dickie Valentine


NME Pop Poll Results For 1956

• Discjockey - Jack Jackson
• Female Singer - Doris Day
• Female Singer Uk - Alma Cogan
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Singer - Frank Sinatra
• Male Singer Uk - Dickie Valentine
• Musical Personality - Bill Haley
• Vocal Group - Four Aces
• Vocal Group Uk - Stargazers



NME Pop Poll Results For 1957

• Disc Jockey - Jack Jackson
• Female Singer - Doris Day
• Female Singer Uk - Alma Cogan
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Singer - Pat Boone
• Male Singer Uk - Dickie Valentine
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• Vocal Group - Platters
• Vocal Group Uk - King Brothers
• Vocal Personality Uk - Tommy Steele

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1958

• Disc Jockey - Jack Jackson/Pete Murray (Tied)
• Female Singer - Connie Francis
• Female Singer Uk - Alma Cogan
• Instrumental Personality - Eddie Calvert
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer Uk - Frankie Vaughan
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or Tv Singer - Cliff Richard
• Vocal Group - Everly Brothers
• Vocal Group Uk - Mudlarks
• Vocal Personality Uk - Frankie Vaughan



NME Pop Poll Results For 1959

• Discjockey - Pete Murray
• Female Singer - Connie Francis
• Female Singer Uk - Shirley Bassey
• Instrumental Personality - Russ Conway
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer Uk - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or Tv Singer - Craig Douglas
• Single - Cliff Richard-Living Doll
• Vocal Group - Everly Brothers
• Vocal Group Uk - Mudlarks
• Vocal Personality Uk - Frankie Vaughan



NME Pop Poll Results For 1960

• Disc Jockey - David Jacobs
• Female Singer - Connie Francis
• Female Singer Uk - Shirley Bassey
• Instrumental Personality - Russ Conway
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer Uk - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Duane Eddy
• New Disc Or Tv Singer - Emile Ford
• Single - Shadows-Apache
• Vocal Group - Everly Brothers
• Vocal Group Uk - King Brothers
• Vocal Personality Uk - Lonnie Donegan

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1961

• Disc Jockey - David Jacobs
• Female Singer - Connie Francis
• Female Singer Uk - Helen Shapiro
• Instrumental Personality - Bert Weedon
• Large Band/Orchestra - Ted Heath
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer Uk - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or Tv Singer - John Leyton
• Single - Johnny Leyton-Johnny Remember Me
• Trad Jazz Band - Acker Bilk
• Vocal Group - Everly Brothers
• Vocal Group Uk - Springfields
• Vocal Personality Uk - Adam Faith



NME Pop Poll Results For 1962

• Disc Jockey - David Jacobs
• Female Singer - Brenda Lee
• Female Singer Uk - Helen Shapiro
• Instrumental Personality - Jet Harrisn
• Large Band/Orchestra - Joe Loss
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer Uk - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or Tv Singer - Frank Ifield
• Single - Frank Ifield-I Remember You
• Trad Jazz Band - Kenny Ball
• Vocal Group - Everly Brothers
• Vocal Group Uk - Springfields
• Vocal Personality Uk - Joe Brown



NME Pop Poll Results For 1963

• Discjockey - David Jacobs
• Female Singer - Brenda Lee
• Female Singer Uk - Kathy Kirby
• Instrumental Personality - Jet Harrisn
• Large Band/Orchestra - Joe Loss
• Male Singer - Cliff Richard
• Male Singer Uk - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Singer - Gerry Marsden
• Single - Beatles - She Loves You
• Trad Jazz Band - Kenny Ball
• Vocal Group - Beatles
• Vocal Group Uk - Beatles
• Vocal Personality Uk - Joe Brown

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1964

• Blues/R&B Group UK - Rolling Stones
• Discjockey - Jimmy Savile
• Female Singer - Brenda Lee
• Female Singer UK - Dusty Springfield
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer UK - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or TV Singer - Mick Jagger
• New Group/Most Promising - Rolling Stones
• Single - Animals-House Of The Rising Sun
• TV Show - Ready Steady Go!
• Vocal Group - Beatles
• Vocal Group UK - Beatles
• Vocal Personality UK - Cliff Richard



NME Pop Poll Results For 1965


• Blues/R&B Group UK - Rolling Stones
• Discjockey - Jimmy Savile
• Female Singer - Dusty Springfield
• Female Singer UK - Dusty Springfield
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer UK - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or TV Singer - Donovan
• New Group/Most Promising - Seekers
• Single - Rolling Stones-Satisfaction
• TV Show - Top Of The Pops
• Vocal Group - Beatles
• Vocal Group UK - Beatles
• Vocal Personality UK - John Lennon



NME Pop Poll Results For 1966

• Blues/R&B Group UK - Rolling Stones
• Discjockey - Jimmy Savile
• Female Singer - Dusty Springfield
• Female Singer UK - Dusty Springfield
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer UK - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or TV Singer - Steve Winwood
• New Group/Most Promising - Spencer Davis
• Single - Beatles-Eleanor Rigby
• TV Show - Top Of The Pops
• Vocal Group - Beach Boys
• Vocal Group UK - Beatles
• Vocal Personality UK - Cliff Richard



NME Pop Poll Results For 1967


• Blues/R&B Group UK - Rolling Stones
• Discjockey - Jimmy Savile
• Female Singer - Dusty Springfield
• Female Singer UK - Lulu
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer UK - Tom Jones
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or TV Singer - Engelbert Humperdinck
• New Group/Most Promising - Bee Gees
• Single - Procol Harum-A Whiter Shade Of Pale
• TV Show - Top Of The Pops
• Vocal Group - Beatles
• Vocal Group UK - Beatles
• Vocal Personality UK - Cliff Richard

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1968

• Blues/R&B Group UK - Rolling Stones
• Discjockey - Jimmy Savile
• Female Singer - Lulu
• Female Singer UK - Lulu
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer UK - Tom Jones
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or TV Singer - Mary Hopkin
• New Group/Most Promising - Love Affair
• Single - Beatles-Hey Jude
• TV Show - Top Of The Pops
• Vocal Group - Beatles
• Vocal Group UK - Beatles
• Vocal Personality UK - Cliff Richard



NME Pop Poll Results For 1969

• Blues/R&B Group UK - Fleetwood Mac
• Discjockey - Jimmy Savile
• Female Singer - Dusty Springfield
• Female Singer UK - Lulu
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer UK - Tom Jones
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or TV Singer - Clodagh Rodgers
• New Group/Most Promising - Jethro Tull
• Single - Rolling Stones-Honky Tonk Women
• TV Show - Top Of The Pops
• Vocal Group - Beatles
• Vocal Group UK - Beatles
• Vocal Personality UK - Cliff Richard



NME Pop Poll Results For 1970

• Album – Beatles - Let It Be
• Discjockey - Jimmy Savile
• Female Singer - Diana Ross
• Female Singer Uk - Cilla Black
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer Uk - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or TV Singer - Elton John
• New Group/Most Promising - Mcguiness Flint
• Single - Mungo Jerry-In The Summertime
• TV Show - Top Of The Pops
• Vocal Group - Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Vocal Group Uk - Beatles
• Vocal Personality Uk - Cliff Richard

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1971

• Album - T.Rex-Electric Warrior
• Discjockey - Jimmy Savile
• Female Singer - Diana Ross
• Female Singer Uk - Cilla Black
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer Uk - Cliff Richard
• Musical Personality - Elvis Presley
• New Disc Or Tv Singer - Rod Stewart
• New Group/Most Promising - New Seekers
• Single - George Harrison-My Sweet Lord
• Tv Show - Top Of The Pops
• Vocal Group - T.Rex
• Vocal Group Uk - T.Rex
• Vocal Personality Uk - Cliff Richard



NME Pop Poll Results For 1972

• Album - Rod Stewart-Never A Dull Moment
• Bass - Paul Mccartney
• Discjockey - John Peel
• Drums - Carl Palmer
• Female Singer - Maggie Bell
• Female Singer Uk - Maggie Bell
• Guitar - Eric Clapton
• Instrumental Personality - Keith Emerson
• Male Singer - Elvis Presley
• Male Singer Uk - Rod Stewart
• Most Enterprising Label - Rca
• Most Overrated Single - Donny Osmond-Puppy Love
• New Group/Most Promising - Focus
• Piano/Keyboards - Keith Emerson
• Producer - Greg Lake
• Radio Show - Sound Of The 70s
• Single - Alice Cooper-School's Out
• Stage Band/Live Act - Slade
• Tv Show - The Old Grey Whistle Test
• Vocal Group - Alice Cooper
• Vocal Group Uk - Slade

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1973

• Album - Pink Floyd-Dark Side Of The Moon
• Bass - Paul Mccartney
• Best Dressed LP – Yes - Yessongs
• Discjockey - John Peel
• Drums - Carl Palmer
• Female Singer - Diana Ross
• Female Singer Uk - Maggie Bell
• Guitar - Eric Clapton
• Instrumental Personality - Roy Wood
• Male Singer - David Bowie
• Male Singer Uk - David Bowie
• Most Overrated Single - Dawn-Tie A Yellow Ribbon
• New Group/Most Promising - Golden Earring
• Piano/Keyboards - Rick Wakeman
• Producer - David Bowie
• Radio Show - Sound Of The 70s
• Single - Golden Earring-Radar Love
• Songwriters - Elton John/Bernie Taupin
• Soul Act - Stevie Wonder
• Stage Band/Live Act - Alice Cooper
• Tv Show - The Old Grey Whistle Test
• Vocal Group - Yes
• Vocal Group UK - Yes



NME Pop Poll Results For 1974

• Album - Rod Stewart-Smiler
• Bass - Paul Mccartney
• Best Dressed Lp - Yes-Relayer
• Discjockey - Noel Edmonds
• Drums - Carl Palmer
• Female Singer - Joni Mitchell
• Female Singer Uk - Kiki Dee
• Guitar - Eric Clapton
• Instrumental Personality - Mike Oldfield
• Klutz/Creep Of The Year - Steve Harley
• Male Singer - Robert Plant
• Male Singer Uk - Paul Rodgers
• Most Overrated Single - Carl Douglas-Kung Fu Fighting
• New Group/Most Promising - Bad Company
• Piano/Keyboards - Rick Wakeman
• Producer - Eddie Offord
• Radio Show - Alan Freeman Show
• Single - Bad Company-Can't Get Enough
• Soul Act - Stevie Wonder
• Stage Band/Live Act - Pink Floyd
• Tv Show - The Old Grey Whistle Test
• Vocal Group - Led Zeppelin
• Vocal Group Uk - Roxy Music

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1975

• Album - Led Zeppelin-Physical Grafitti
• Bass - Chris Squire
• Best Dressed Lp - Led Zeppelin-Physical Graffiti
• Country Act - Eagles
• Discjockey - John Peel
• Drums - Keith Moon
• Female Singer - Joni Mitchell
• Female Singer Uk - Kiki Dee
• Folk Act - Steeleye Span
• Guitar - Jimmy Page
• Instrumental Personality - Mike Oldfield
• Jazz Act - Weather Report
• Klutz/Creep Of The Year - Bay City Rollers
• Male Singer - Robert Plant
• Male Singer Uk - Robert Plant
• New Group/Most Promising - Bruce Springsteen
• Piano/Keyboards - Rick Wakeman
• Producer - Jimmy Page
• Radio Show - Alan Freeman Show
• Single - Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody
• Soul Act - Bob Marley
• Stage Band/Live Act - Who
• Tv Show -The Old Grey Whistle Test
• Vocal Group - Led Zeppelin
• Vocal Group Uk - Led Zeppelin



NME Pop Poll Results For 1976

• Album - Led Zeppelin-The Song Remains The Same
• Bass - Paul Mccartney
• Best Dressed Lp - Led Zeppelin-Song Never Remains The Same
• Discjockey - John Peel
• Drums - John Bonham
• Female Singer - Linda Ronstadt
• Guitar - Jimmy Page
• Instrumental Personality - Mike Oldfield
• Klutz/Creep Of The Year - Sex Pistols
• Male Singer -Robert Plant
• Most Missed Dead Act - Jimi Hendrix
• Most Wonderful Humanbeing - Johnny Rotten
• New Group/Most Promising - Eddie & The Hot Rods
• Piano/Keyboards - Rick Wakeman
• Radio Show - Alan Freeman's Saturday Show
• Single - Thin Lizzy-The Boys Are Back In Town
• Songwriters - Bob Dylan
• Tv Show - The Old Grey Whistle Test
• Vocal Group - Led Zeppelin



NME Pop Poll Results For 1977

• Album - Sex Pistols-Never Mind The Bollocks
• Bass - Jean Jacques Burnel
• Best Dressed Lp - Sex Pistols-Never Mind The Bollocks
• Discjockey - John Peel
• Drums - Paul Cook
• Event Of The Year - Death Of Elvis Presley
• Female Singer - Julie Covington
• Guitar - Jimmy Page
• Instrumental Personality - Mike Oldfield
• Klutz/Creep Of The Year - Freddie Mercury
• Male Singer - David Bowie
• Most Wonderful Humanbeing - Johnny Rotten
• New Group/Most Promising - Tom Robinson
• Piano/Keyboards - Rick Wakeman
• Radio Show - John Peel Show
• Single - Sex Pistols-God Save The Queen
• Songwriters - David Bowie
• TV Show - The Old Grey Whistle Test
• Vocal Group - Sex Pistols

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1978

• Album - Jam-All Mod Cons
• Bass - Bruce Foxton
• Best Dressed Lp - Rolling Stones-Some Girls
• Discjockey - John Peel
• Drums - Keith Moon
• Female Singer - Debbie Harry
• Film - Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind
• Guitar - Mick Jones
• Klutz/Creep Of The Year - John Travolta
• Male Singer - David Bowie
• Most Wonderful Humanbeing - Sid Vicious
• New Group/Most Promising - Public Image Limited
• Piano/Keyboards - Dave Greenfield
• Pin Up - Debbie Harry
• Radio Show - John Peel Show
• Single -Clash-(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
• Songwriters - Elvis Costello
• Tv Show - Revolver
• Vocal Group - Clash



NME Pop Poll Results For 1979

• Album - Jam-Settings Songs
• Bass - Bruce Foxton
• Best Dressed Lp - Public Image Limited-Metal Box
• Discjockey - John Peel
• Drums - Rick Buckler
• Face Of The Decade - Johnny Rotten
• Farce Of The Decade - Mod Revival
• Female Singer - Kate Bush
• Film - Quadrophenia
• Guitar - Paul Weller
• Image Of The Year - Gary Numan
• Klutz/Creep Of The Year - Gary Numan
• Male Singer - Sting
• Most Wonderful Humanbeing - John Peel
• New Group/Most Promising - Specials
• Piano/Keyboards - Dave Greenfield
• Radio Show - John Peel Show
• Single - Specials-Gangsters
• Songwriters - Paul Weller
• Tv Show - Fawlty Towers
• Vocal Group - Jam



NME Pop Poll Results For 1980

• Album - Jam-Sound Affects
• Bass - Bruce Foxton
• Best Dressed Lp Jam-Sound Affects
• Best Dressed Person - Adam Ant
• Discjockey - John Peel
• Drums - Rick Buckler
• Event Of The Year - Death Of John Lennon
• Female Singer - Siouxsie
• Film - The Elephant Man
• Guitar - Paul Weller
• Haircut Of The Year - Eugene Reynolds
• Klutz/Creep Of The Year - Margaret Thatcher
• Male Singer - Paul Weller
• Most Wonderful Humanbeing - Paul Weller
• New Group/Most Promising - Ub40
• Other Instruments - Saxa (Saxophone)
• Piano/Keyboards - Dave Greenfield
• Single - Jam-Going Underground
• Songwriters - Paul Weller
• Tv Show - Not The Nine O'clock News
• Vocal Group - Jam

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1981

• Album - Echo & The Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here
• Bass - Bruce Foxton
• Best Dressed Lp - Echo & The Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here
• Best Dressed Person - Michael Foot
• Discjockey - John Peel
• Drums - Rick Buckler
• Female Singer - Siouxsie
• Film - Gregory's Girl
• Guitar - Paul Weller
• Klutz/Creep Of The Year - Adam Ant
• Male Singer - David Bowie
• Most Wonderful Humanbeing - Paul Weller
• New Group/Most Promising - Altered Images
• Piano/Keyboards - Dave Greenfield
• Radio Show - John Peel Show
• Single - Specials-Ghost Town
• Songwriters - Paul Weller
• Tv Show -Coronation Street
• Vocal Group - Jam



NME Pop Poll Results For 1982

• Album - Jam-The Gift
• Bass - Bruce Foxton
• Best Dressed Lp - Siouxise & Banshees-Kiss In Dreamhouse
• Best Dressed Person - Paul Weller (Male)
• Best Dressed Person - Siouxsie (Female)
• Dancefloor Record - Wham-Young Guns (Go For It)
• Drums - Rick Buckler
• Electronics - Vince Clarke
• Event Of The Year - Jam Split
• Female Singer - Siouxsie
• Film - E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial
• Guitar - Paul Weller
• Haircut Of The Year - Paul Weller
• Klutz/Creep Of The Year - Margaret Thatcher
• Male Singer - Paul Weller
• Most Wonderful Humanbeing - Paul Weller
• Other Instruments - Emerald Express (Violin)
• Promo Video - Madness-House Of Fun
• Radio Show - John Peel Show
• Single - Jam-Town Called Malice
• Songwriters - Paul Weller
• Stage Band/Live Act - Jam
• TV Show - The Young Ones
• Vocal Group - Jam


NME Readers Poll for 1983

• Best Group - New Order
• Best Album - Elvis Costello - Punch the clock
• Single - New Order - Blue Monday

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NME Readers Poll for 1984

(as published in NME, 23rd February, 1985, page 20-23)

• Best group: The Smiths
• Male singer: Bono
• Female singer: Elizabeth Fraser
• Instrumentalist: Johnny Marr
• Best single: Relax (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
• Best LP: Treasure (The Cocteau Twins)
• Best songwriter: Morrissey & Marr
• Best new act: Bronski Beat
• Reggae act: Smiley Culture
• Soul act: Womack & Womack
• TV show: The Tube
• Radio show: John Peel
• Best dressed sleeve: Welcome To The Pleasure Dome (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
• Promo video: Two Tribes (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
• Film: 1984
• Best dressed person: Paul Weller
• Creep of the year: Margaret Thatcher
• Most wonderful human being: Arhtur Scargill


NME Readers Poll for 1985

• Single - Jesus & Mary Chain-Never Understand
• Album - Smiths-Meat Is Murder
• Band - Smiths
• Male Singer - Morrissey
• Female Singer - Liz Fraser
• Stage Band/Live Act - Pogues
• Film - Letter To Brezhnev
• Songwriter - Morrissey/Marr
• New Band - Jesus & Mary Chain
• Soul/Funk - Cameo
• Reggae - UB40
• Most Wonderful Humanbeing - Bob Geldof
• Biggest Mouth - Bob Geldof
• Bastard Of The Year - Margaret Thatcher
• TV Show - Whistle Test
• Radio Show - John Peel Show
• Video - Talking Heads-Road To Nowhere
• Best Dressed LP - Pogues-Rum, Sodomy & The Lash
• Hype - Jesus & Mary Chain
• Best Dressed Person - Morrissey
• Worst Dressed Person - Bob Geldof/Madonna (Ex Aequo)

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NME Readers Poll for 1986

• Album - The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
• Best Club/Venu - Town & Country Club - London
• Best Dance Record - Word Up - Cameo
• Best Film - Mona Lisa
• Best Group - The Smiths
• Best New Act - The Housemartins
• Best Radio Show - John Peel
• Best Tv Show - The Singing Detective
• Creep Of The Year - Margaret Thacher
• Event Of The Year - The World Cup
• Female Singer - Liz Frazer
• Male Singer - Morrissey
• Sex Symbol - Joanne Whalley
• Single - Panic - The Smiths
• Thteat Of The Year - Aids
• Wonderful Human Being - Morrissey
 

NME Pop Poll for 1987

• Best Group: The Smiths
• Best Single: Prince - 'Sign O The Times'
• Best LP: The Smiths - 'Strangeways Here We Come'
• Male Singer: Morrissey
• Best Female Singer: Suzanne Vega
• Best New Act: The Proclaimers
• Best Dance Record: M/A/R/R/S - 'Pump Up The Volume'
• Most Wonderful Human Being: Morrissey
• Creep Of The Year: Margaret Thatcher
• Bad News Of The Year: Another Conservative Victory At The General Election
• Safe Sex: Morrissey
• Radio: John Peel
• Best TV Programme: 'Brookside'
• Best Film: 'Angel Heart'
• Event Of The Year: Nuclear Agreement


NME Readers Poll for 1988

• Album - Green - R.E.M.
• Bad News - Us Election Result
• Band - The Wedding Present
• Best Nme Cover - Morrissey
• Creep Of The Year - Margaret Thacher
• Event - Mandela's Birthday Bash
• Film - A Fish Called Wanda
• Most Wonderful Human Being - Morrissey
• New Act - The House Of Love
• Night Out - The Wedding Present
• Object Of Desire - Wendy James
• Radio Show - John Peel
• Single - Destroy The Heart - The House Of Love
• Solo Artist - Morrissey
• Stimulant - Acid
• Tv Program - Brookside
• Ugly Bastard - Bros - All Of 'Em



NME Readers Poll 1989

• Band - Stone Roses
• Album - Stone Roses-Stone Roses
• Single - Stone Roses-Fool's Gold
• New Band - Stone Roses
• Solo Artist - Morrissey
• Dance Record - Happy Mondays-Wfl
• Hype - Batman
• Most Desirable Humanbeing - Wendy James
• Radio Show - John Peel Show
• Tv Show - Blackadder
• Film - Dead Poets Society
• Event Of The Year - Reading Festival (Music)
• Event Of The Year - Revolution In Eastern Europe (Real Life)
• Bastard Of The Year - Margaret Thatcher

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NME Readers Poll 1990

• Album - Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches - Happy Mondays
• Band - Happy Mondays
• Bastard Of The Year - Saddam Hussein
• Club Or Venue - Town And Country Club, London
• Event Of The Year - Thacher Going
• Fashion Item - Dm Boots
• Film - Wild At Heart
• Hype Of The Year - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
• New Band - The Charlatans
• Object Of Desire - Betty Boo
• Phrase Of The Year - You Wouldn't Let It Lie
• Radio Show - John Peel
• Single - The Only One I Know - The Charlatans
• Solo Artist - Morrissey
• Tv Show - Vic Reeves Big Night Out

 

NME Readers Poll 1991

• Album - Screamadelica - Primal Scream
• Band - R.E.M.
• Bastard Of The Year - Saddam Hussein
• Event Of The Year - Release Of Terry Waite
• Fashion Item - Dm Boots
• Film - Silence Of The Lambs
• Hype Of The Year - Michael Jackson
• New Band - Kingmaker
• Object Of Desire - Toni Halliday
• Phrase - You Fat Bastard
• Radio Show - John Peel
• Single - Smells Like Teen Sprit - Nirvana
• Solo Artist - Morrissey
• Tv Show - Vic Reeves Bg Night Out
• Venue - Town And Country Club - London
• Worst Record Everything I Do - Bryan Adams

 

NME Readers Poll 1992

• Album - Automatic For The People - R.E.M.
• Band - R.E.M.
• Bastard Of The Year - John Major
• Event - Bill Clinton's Election Victory
• Fashion Item - Dm Boots
• Film - Wayne's World
• Hype Of The Year - Sex - Madonna
• New Band - Suede
• Object Of Desire - Toni Halliday
• Phrase - Not!
• Radio Show - John Peel
• Single - The Drowners - Suede
• Solo Artist - Morrissey
• Tv Show - Have I Got News For You
• Venue - Town And Country Club - London
• Worst Record - Ebeneezer Goode - The Shamen

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NME Readers Poll for 1993

• New Band - Elastica
• Album - Boo Radleys-Giant Steps
• Single - Radiohead - Creep
• Worst Record - Meat Loaf - I Would Do Anything For Love
• Film - Reservoir Dogs
• TV Show - The Smell Of Reeves & Mortimer
• Most Desirable Humanbeing - Bjork
• Radio Show - John Peel Show
• Event Of The Year - The Unity March
• Bummer Of The Year - John Major
• Band - Suede



NME Readers Poll for 1994

• Album - Blur-Parklife
• Single - Oasis-Live Forever
• New Band - Oasis
• Solo Artist - Paul Weller
• Worst Record - Whigfield-Saturdaynight
• Film - Pulp Fiction
• TV Show - Knowing Me Knowing You W/Alan Partrig
• Comedian - Steve Coogan
• Most Desirable Humanbeing - Kylie Minogue
• Radio Show - Radio 1 Evening Session
• Event Of The Year - Glastonbury Festival
• Bummer Of The Year - Kurt Cobain's Suicide
• Video - Blur-Parklife
• Band - Blur



NME Readers Poll for 1995

BEST LP

1. (What's The Story)Morning Glory - Oasis
2. Different Class - Pulp
3. The Great Escape - Blur
4. The Bends - Radiohead
5. It's Great When Your Straight.. - Black Grape
6. I Should Coco - Supergrass
7. Stanley Road - Paul Weller
8. Maxinquaye - Tricky
9. The Charlatans - The Charlatans
10. A Northern Soul - The Verve

BEST SINGLE

1. Wonderwall - Oasis
2. Common People - Pulp
3. Sorted For E's And Wiz - Pulp
4. Some Might Say - Oasis
5. Alright - Supergrass
6. Girl From Mars - Ash
7. Yes - Mcalmont & Butler
8. The Universal Miller - Blur
9. Rev Black Grape - Black Grape
10. Lucky - Radiohead

BEST BAND

1. Oasis
2. Pulp
3. Blur
4. Radiohead
5. Black Grape
6. The Stone Roses
7. The Charlatans
8. Manic Street Preachers
9. Suede
10. R.E.M.

BEST NEW BAND

1. Supergrass
2. Black Grape
3. Cast
4. Ash
5. The Bluetones
6. Garbage
7. Menswear
8. Foo Fighters
9. Tricky
10. Marion

BEST SOLO ARTIST

1. Paul Weller
2. Bjork
3. Tricky
4. PJ Harvey
5. Morrissy
6. Alanis Morissette
7. Neil Young
8. Julian Cope
9. David Bowie
10. Madonna

BEST DANCE ACT

1. The Prodigy
2. Tricky
3. The Chemical Brothers
4. Goldie
5. Leftfield
6. Portishead
7. None They're All Crap .. Mmm One To Watch Out For..
8. M People
9. Black Grape
10. Orbital

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NME Pop Poll for 1996

Best LP

1. Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers
2. Comming Up - Suede
3. K - Kula Shaker
4. 1977 - Ash
5. Fuzzy Logic - Super Furry Animals
6. Expcting To Fly - Bluetones
7. Moseley Shoals - Ocean Colour Scene
8. Odelay - Beck
9. Spiders - Space
10. A Maximum High - Shed Seven

Best Single

1. A Design For Life - Manic Street Preachers
2. Trash - Suede
3. Firestarter - Prodigy
4. Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
5. One To Another - The Charlatans
6. Born Slippy - Underworld
7. Tattva - Kula Shaker
8. The Beautiful Ones - Suede
9. Breathe - The Prodigy
10. Hey Dude - Kula Shaker

Best Band

1. Oasis
2. Manic Street Preachers
3. Suede
4. Pulp
5. Kula Shaker
6. The Prodigy
7. Radiohead
8. Blur
9. Ocean Colour Scene
10. The Charlatans
11. Best New Band
12. Kula Shaker
13. Space
14. Super Furry Animals
15. Spice Girls
16. Geneva
17. Mansun
18. Placebo
19. Tiger
20. Catatonia
21. Kenickie

Best Solo Artist

1. Beck
2. Paul Weller
3. Bjork
4. Alanis Morissette
5. Tricky
6. George Michael
7. PJ Harvey
8. Sheryl Crow
9. Morrissey
10. Billy Bragg

Best Dance Act

1. The Prodigy
2. Underworld
3. The Chemical Brothers
4. Orbital
5. Tricky
6. Spice Girls
7. Leftfield
8. Goldie
9. Faithless
10. Massive Attack

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NME Pop Poll For 1997

Band

1. The Verve
2. Radiohead
3. Oasis
4. The Charlatans
5. Prodigy
6. Blur
7. Super Furry Animals
8. Spiritalized
9. Manic Street Preachers
10. Primal Scream

Album

1. Radiohead – OK Computer
2. The Verve – Urban Hymns
3. Oasis – Be Here Now
4. Prodigy – Fat Of The Land
5. The Charlatans – Tellin' Stories
6. Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentlemen ….
7. Blur – Blur
8. Super Furry Animals – Radiator
9. Primal Scream – Vanishing Point
10. Manson – Attack Of The Grey Lantern

Single
1. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
2. The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
3. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
4. Blur – Song 2
5. Embrace – All You Good Good People
6. Radiohead – Karma Police
7. Oasis – D’you Know What I Mean
8. Oasis – Stand By Me
9. The Verve – Lucky Man
10. The Charlatans – How High

Solo Artist

1. Beck
2. Paul Weller
3. Bjork
4. Finley Quaye
5. Sheryl Crow
6. Robbie Williams
7. Beth Orton
8. Natalie Imbruglia
9. Morrissey
10. Louise

Dance Act

1. Prodigy
2. Chemical Brothers
3. Bently Rhythm Ace
4. Roni Size
5. Daft Punk
6. Dj Shadow
7. Sash
8. Primal Scream
9. Propellerheads
10. Lo-Fidelity All Stars

Dance Single

1. Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
2. Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats
3. Bently Rhythm Ace – Bently’s Gonna Sort You Out
4. Chemical Brothers – Electrobank
5. Roni Size – Brown Paper Bag
6. Pf Project – Choose Life
7. Dj Shadow – High Noon
8. Primal Scream – Kowalski
9. Daft Punk – Da Funk
10. Dario G – Sunchyme

New Act

1. Embrace
2. Stereophonics
3. Travis
4. The Seahorses
5. Hurricane #1
6. Finley Quaye
7. Symposium
8. Bently Rhythm Ace
9. Mogwai
10. Roni Size