Dusty Springfield, ‘Dusty In Memphis’ (1969) Atlantic. Extremely personal but invitingly intimate, it opens a window on Mitchell’s loves and losses with a poetic eloquence. 88. Manic Street Preachers, ‘The Holy Bible’ (1994) Epic. ‘Different Class’ is the sound of Pulp smuggling some deeply subversive truths into our record players. Certain images on this site may contain adult content and are flagged as 'unsafe'. Copyright © 2005-2020 BestEverAlbums.com. If the message of ‘Changes’ was that nothing lasts forever, it’s ironic how that song has gone on to become his most enduring hit, and ‘Hunky Dory’ his most time-tested album. 58. Parlophone. The Guardian noted that NME's Features Editor in 2013, Laura Snapes, rated in her top four spots four albums by the same band, the National. 16. Massive Attack, ‘Blue Lines’ (1991) Virgin. We’ve collated our writers’ ‘best of’ lists and crunched the numbers to arrive at NME's 50 best albums of 2020 Few artists ever capture a moment like this, hooked around the story of a stoner losing a wedge down the back of the TV. It may have inspired legions of rubbish EDM imitators, but classics like ‘One More Time’, ‘Digital Love’ and ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ make ‘Discovery’ the real deal. Neil Young, ‘After The Gold Rush’ (1970) Reprise. ‘Neon Lights’. Released two months after singer Ian Curtis’ suicide, it’s almost impossible to untangle ‘Closer’ from the events that surrounded it. Seamlessly gelling the coldness of machines with the hot thrum of rock’n’roll, James Murphy’s finest hour finds him squealing and wailing like a crazed party animal given access to the control room of electronic music. 95. From ‘Thunder Road’ to ‘Jungleland’ its Motown influences make for particularly emotive rock’n’roll. Cee Lo Green: “Iggy Pop is the ultimate American icon, like the anti-working class hero, this drugged-up rebel kid with too much energy who’s thumbing his nose at the world. The seven-minute ‘Champagne Supernova’ hinted at the cocaine sprawls of ‘Be Here Now’, but nonetheless trapped the early-Oasis lightning in a Bolly bottle. Today the likes of ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘A Day In The Life’ endure for their melodic brilliance. Carole King, ‘Tapestry’ (1971) Ode. Pretty good representative chart. 62. Nas was young when he wrote his debut album, just 19, but wise and world-weary, spinning vividly imagined stories of life on the streets. Shedding the distortion of their debut, ‘Live Through This’ ventured into unexpectedly gentle territory with acoustic track ‘Softer, Softest’. Young admits to having a love/hate relationship this album – it’s huge sales gave him the freedom to do what he wanted, in spite of that he’s never been able to shake off the ‘country rocker’ mantle. Doolittle – Pixies 9. Doolittle – Pixies 9. This figure is provided as the trimmed mean. 87. The Sex Pistols, ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ (1977) Virgin. The rest of their albums are not brilliantly produced and even ‘The Queen Is Dead’ doesn’t have the depth of ‘Hatful of Hollow’.”. There was a time when Radiohead listeners didn’t need to train their ear in order to appreciate their work. Talk Talk, ‘Spirit Of Eden’ (1988) Parlophone. The Beatles (White Album) – The Beatles 10. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967) Parlophone. Beastie Boys, ‘Paul’s Boutique’ (1989) Capitol/EMI. 98. The Beach Boys, ‘Pet Sounds’ (1966) Capitol. Young was in his mid 20s, but wrote and sang like a man who’d already seen too much. In 2005, Q magazine included the album in a list of "Ten Terrible Records by Great Artists", and it ranked #4 in their 50 worst albums of all-time … Everything was bigger, brighter and more resigned to the grave. In every sense, ‘Pet Sounds’ was a bar-raising record, something which was more complex and sophisticated than anything the Beach Boys – or any of their peers – had previously attempted, an album which represented rock music moving on from adolescent whimsies and into a rich new maturity. The world's defining voice in music and pop culture since 1952. 52. NME Best Albums Of All Time – 1974 vinylradar June 1, 2018 0 Comments. ‘Ziggy Stardust…’ demands to be engaged with from start to finish. The Beatles, ‘The Beatles’ (1968)Apple. ‘Sound Of Silver’ is humanism made to sound superhuman. Nirvana’s final album was Kurt Cobain’s response to the Seattle band becoming uncontrollably enormous after ‘Nevermind’. 75. NME: The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time . 21st October 2013. John Coltrane and Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley are his wistful trumpet’s perfect foils here on saxophone. Patti Smith, ‘Horses’ (1975) Arista. The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" is a recurring music ranking of the finest albums in history as compiled by the American magazine Rolling Stone. Rough Trade. 70. A high standard deviation can be legitimate, but can sometimes indicate 'gaming' is occurring. Neutral Milk Hotel, ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’, Queens Of The Stone Age ‘Songs For The Deaf’, The Streets ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’, Lauryn Hill, ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’, The Beatles, ‘Sgt. The Rolling Stones, ‘Sticky Fingers’ (1971) Rolling Stones. A list of the top albums of the year from NME Top 500 of All Time. 35. Please log in or register if you want to be able to leave a rating, Showing all 12 members who have added this chart as a favourite, Showing latest 10 comments | Show all 71 comments | Most Helpful First | Newest First | Maximum Rated First | Longest Comments First(Only showing comments with -2 votes or higher. 96. You know who wrote ‘The Loco-Motion’? The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: 100-1. 66. Lyrically examining Courtney Love’s new place in motherhood, Hole’s second album showed a sweeter side to the band. Book awards: NME's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Stevie Wonder, ‘Innervisions’ (1973) Tamla. BestEverAlbums.com brings together over 40,000 charts and calculates an overall ranking of the best albums of all time. Alan Partridge’s favourite album of all time is ‘Best of the Beatles’, which suggests you can’t really go wrong with a greatest hits collection. A list by ben007. Oasis’ breakthrough album claimed Britpop for the lads and primed the band for Knebworth with such timeless anthems as ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’. 9. The Clash, The Clash (1977) Bob Dylan, ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ (1965) Columbia. Radiohead, ‘OK Computer’ (1997) Parlophone. This is a really weird turn for the chart considering their older one available on this website... seems like at some point they just decided to become complete rockists. The Band, ‘The Band’ (1969) Capitol. 28. However, ratings of 55, 50 & 45 could also result in the same average. A record that followed the surprise gloomy shades of 1968’s ‘Beggars Banquet’ with even stormier hues, ‘Let it Bleed’ was to be the Swinging Sixties’ sinister swan song – an album that, beneath its bristling bass lines, bluesy licks of guitar and clatter of drums, lamented the crumbling of a counterculture uprising. 34. Nirvana, ‘Nevermind’ (1991) Geffen. Snapes included a fifth National's album at number 7 in her top ten greatest albums of all time. Bjork, ‘Debut’ (1993) One Little Indian. "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" is a 2013 special issue of British magazine NME, available digitally or in newsstands on October 23. The longing of ‘Last Goodbye’, the lump-in-the-throat heartache of ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’ and the haunting ‘Dream Brother’ are all the more eerie from beyond the grave. The All-Time Top 100 Albums was a chart published by music magazine NME in 1974, which listed the 100 greatest albums ever as voted for by their writers. A scrawny girl from New Jersey with a truckers’ accent, Patti Smith was a punk poet like no other. 26. “Songs are like tattoos”, sings Joni Mitchell on the title track of her fourth album. My own contribution to it involved spending a weekend trying to compile my top 50 albums and singles of all time (from which lists, as you might expect, they compiled the final '500 Greatest' chart.) I went back and gave him the money because I was like, ‘This is awesome’”. 2013 NME – The 500 greatest albums of all time 1. Taking in dub, soul, breakbeat and reggae, the trio forged a new type of electronica. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ (2010) Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. The Libertines’ graceful romanticism has never shone brighter. ‘Astral Weeks’ is so sharp that it takes one breath between sanity and madness. Tackling subjects such as suicide, abduction and Kurt Cobain’s disintegrating relationship with his then-girlfriend, Bikini Kill drummer Tobi Vail, Nirvana’s second album ‘Nevermind’ would sell over 30 million copies worldwide and define the grunge era. It’s also much more than that. I reckon I’d have been about 11, so I never realised it was a seminal record or anything. Blur, ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ (1993) Food. Discover new music & improve your music collection. NME's Best Folk Albums of All Time. The loose, narcotic roll of chateau Nellcote’s sweltering cellar infected ‘Exile…’ and gave it its arcane, subterranean voodoo; the double set splurge of an assured band at its peak, coasting on a creative high. Outliers can be removed when calculating a mean average to dampen the effects of ratings outside the normal distribution. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground 6. Joy Division produced a record that perversely thrived because of the weight of its own burden, a record that writhed with an all-encompassing internal atmosphere that would go on to influence artists to this day. There was a time when Radiohead just wrote brilliant tunes. Exuding Bowie’s androgy-trash glamour and oozing bad drugs and weirdie sex from every pore, the suave and sultry Suede debut brought over-arching pop sleaze (‘Animal Nitrate’) and all-consuming doomed romance (‘The Drowners’, ‘Pantomime Horse’, ‘Sleeping Pills’) to a UK scene previously obsessed with Es and shoes, and kick-strated the Britpop revolution. It is based on weighted votes from selected musicians, critics, and industry figures. Create a wishlist of albums. 40. Depending on who you believe, either a monument to the pretension of a pop band overreaching itself, or a beguiling if flawed experiment that reveals itself in a thousand lush layers. The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: 500-401. The album ranked number 37 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. My Bloody Valentine, ‘Loveless’ (1991) Creation. 13.Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004)Rough Trade. 1. It is one of those select few albums which seem to transcend its influences, working them into something singular and new. 7. The Beatles (White Album) – The Beatles 10. The Libertines’ debut sounds lapel-grabbingly urgent rather than lo-fi and unfinished. ‘Radio Free Europe’ was their fuzzed up rallying cry and ‘Perfect Circle’ a sign of bounteous alt.balladry to come as ‘Murmur’ slowly became a cultural bellow. 24. In 1983, ‘Murmur’ placed REM at the vanguard of American indie, a position they only relinquished when they finally called it a day in 2011. In 1959, twenty years before hip-hop provided a real voice for voiceless African-Americans, Miles Davis stood proud. Registering is quick, easy and FREE! 55. Obvious British bias with Stone Roses upfront, and extensive Smith and and Rolling Stones. The most striking aspect of Public Enemy’s second LP is how it still sounds like the future. Suede had created the Britpop scene in the image of Bowie at his most stylish, only to watch it go mod, chug a load of cheap lager, pretend it didn’t have a degree and fight itself over ‘birds’. PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’ (2011) Island. REM’s creative pinnacle was a delectably mournful affair approaching the ennui of loss and aging with a comforting hand. It was horrible, but Sound Effected Records was its crown jewel. An album that, rather than heavy-hearted, was irrepressible in its youthful spirit. The Rolling Stones, ‘Beggars Banquet’ (1968) Decca. The record on which Dylan morphed from quaint singer-songwriter into proper rock star. The cult success of this sole album released by Tim Buckley’s son during his short life is intrinsically linked to his mysterious premature death. A high standard deviation can be legitimate, but can. ‘Loveless’ was the genre’s music of the spheres. The whole package sparked a shift in music, putting intensity, grandiosity and scale of ambition back on the agenda, and introducing nu-folk boom. It’s also the sound of a punk band that knocked shoulders with the Ramones at New York’s legendary CBGB’s venue becoming massive global superstars. Before ‘Get Lucky’ there was this: a house masterpiece that became to dance music what Romeo and Juliet is to tragic love stories. At first glance it read like a particularly morbid edition of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, but ‘Aeroplane…’ crystallizes the no-fi psych-folk ethos of the Elephant 6 collective that Mangum emerged from. 59. Arctic Monkeys, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ (2006) Domino. Parochialism well tempered unlike some of the RS and Pitchfork charts. Queens Of The Stone Age ‘Songs For The Deaf’ (2002) Interscope. Nirvana, ‘In Utero’ (1993) DGC. The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever By sound.and.vision updated 11 days ago. Please log in or register to leave a comment or assign a rating. 22. 85. Kate Bush ‘Hounds Of Love’ (1985) EMI. A benchmark of claustrophobia and creeping unease, it feels like there’s hardly any room to breathe on Joy Division’s 1979 debut – as though the austere machinery that propels the album along is sucking all the oxygen out of your lungs. I felt like it would succeed to the point where we would be able to make another record. The band never got higher than the summer of 1991, which they spent holed up in a studio with a mountain of drugs and heads full of music that would combine acid house and rave culture with good ol’ fashioned gospel, blues and the sort of guitar licks that would put a smile across Keith Richards’ craggy face. Bob Dylan, ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ (1965) Columbia. Green Day, ‘Dookie’ (1994) Reprise. 27. 82. WhatsApp . Capturing Kanye as his ego went supernova, the whole album is layered thick with bold megalomaniac statements, but ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ is not just West’s most accomplished and well rounded album to date but also the perfect balance between his pop brilliance and boundary pushing tendencies. 74. Forget the glitter, the Spiders, the weird eyes, it was Bowie’s incredible song-writing gifts on ‘Hunky Dory’ that convinced us he was beamed from the stars. Taking the blues as a starting point, he extrapolated horn-led jazz towards infinity. 2. It’s so uninhibited it’s almost grotesque. But rather than wallowing in it all, they soared above the squalor. 76. Matlock, Jones and Cook were always better than the “turn up, plug in and play” punk rubric would imply, but Rotten’s performances of some scabrous songs left everyone else playing catch-up. Oasis’ debut album came from a background of grit and graft, lager-splashed hedonism and domestic battles far more troubling than any French festival guitar-smashing that would estrange the Gallagher brothers later in life. Minimal and melodic, the songs of ‘Trans-Europe Express’ tackle topics from stardom (‘Hall Of Mirrors’) and on the title track, “Iggy Pop and David Bowie”. A startling expression of human existence, bringing form to chaos and raising the bar. His fifth album caused shockwaves that were to be felt long after it’s 1965 release, with rowdy tracks like ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and ‘Maggie’s Farm’ a major influence on the folk-rock scene that exploded for the rest of the decade. Their seventh record is the one that saw Kraftwerk deliver their definitive text, and fire the starting gun of the synth pop revolution. Roxy Music’s second album is the pinnacle of English art rock, mixing pop sensibilities with a brash experimental spirit, its songs about new dance crazes and inflatable doll lust attracting attention from devotees such as Morrissey. Its romantic depiction of small-town America – all fresh faced girls next door, drinking beers in parking lots, classic cars and broken hearts – has never been bettered. 24. Site also contains reviews, ratings & more. A hormone-drenched racket. 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