The Top Ten (as voted by NME writers) is as follows:
1. The Stone Roses 'The Stone Roses'
2. The Smiths 'The Queen Is Dead'
3. Oasis 'Definitely Maybe'
4. Sex Pistols 'Never Mind The Bollocks'
5. Arctic Monkeys 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'
6. Blur 'Modern Life Is Rubbish'
7. Pulp 'Different Class'
8. The Clash 'London Calling'
9. The Beatles 'Revolver'
10. The Libertines 'Up The Bracket'
I found this list to be extremely surprising, mostly because I can't fathom how anyone could even suggest that "Never Mind the Bollocks" is a better album than "Revolver", let alone "London Calling" (although that might be because I think that almost any twelve Clash songs put together would make a better album than "Never Mind the Bollocks, but what do I know). I submit my personal favorites as follows...
1. The Clash-"London Calling"
2. Radiohead-"OK Computer"
3. The Beatles-"Revolver"
4. The Smiths-"The Queen is Dead"
5. The Beatles-"Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band"
6. The Clash-s/t
7. Radiohead-"Hail to the Thief"
8. The Specials-"Specials"
9. Buzzcocks-"Singles Going Steady"
10. The Jam-"This is the Modern World"
Any thoughts on NME's list, my list or lists of your own are encouraged, especially if you're from the U.K. Cheers.
WhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
The NME has long been discredited as a serious music paper.
They employ people who go out of their way to be achingly avant garde, who produce lists like the above to appear to be so in tune with popular music that no one dare challenge them.
Real musicians regard the NME as toilet paper and point to the numer of times they have derided a new band which went on to sell millions and be huge. The NME employs the equivalent of 21st century hippies, the sort who were writing lovingly about Pink Floyd in the 1970s and totally missed out on punk.
Note also the total lack of any black British artists in their 'list'.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3255 times:
Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 1): They employ people who go out of their way to be achingly avant garde, who produce lists like the above to appear to be so in tune with popular music that no one dare challenge them.
Couldn't have said it better!!! It reminds me in a very unpleasant way of a saying about critics:
A critic is like a castrate...he knows exactly how to do it right...unfortunately he himself can't!
And another thing that disturbs me greatly is the fact that there are still some poor schleps who take these lists as the "word of God".
Just forget it!! There is no such thing as 10 best British albums ever...there are many fine albums, depending on what you LIKE to listen to...if you're not into the Beatles or think that Oasis is 20% fine music and 80% totally overblown PR then stick to your personal taste and do the only thing these lists are good for: Use it as toilet paper...but be careful, you might just end up with a black a$$
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3250 times:
So the Arctic Monkeys and the Libertines both produce albums better than anything by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, Pink Floyd, Queen etc etc, whilst Oasis produce something better than the band they copied from start to finish?
I know lists like this get produced to court controversy, but there does need to be some grounding in reality.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Willo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3249 times:
These polls always reflect the views of the current readership and are not a true reflection of what is actually good. How else could the Artic Monkeys album be considered one of the greatest albums ever when most of the true classics are missing?
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
Quoting Banco (Reply 4): So the Arctic Monkeys and the Libertines both produce albums better than anything by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, Pink Floyd, Queen etc etc, whilst Oasis produce something better than the band they copied from start to finish?
Of course not, you grumpy old git, but it is exactly that quote that identifies you as exactly that...a grumpy old git, and even worse, a "mainstreamer"!!
And you cannot really expect a superior human being with excellent musical taste to out himself officially as being just another grumpy old git, who loves to listen to Led Zep, wearing a longhair wig and playing air guitar all over the living room!
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3230 times:
Quoting Andreas (Reply 7): And you cannot really expect a superior human being with excellent musical taste to out himself officially as being just another grumpy old git, who loves to listen to Led Zep, wearing a longhair wig and playing air guitar all over the living room!
No really, Banco doesn't need a wig. His hair and beard stretch down to his knees
Arctic Monkeys - hmm the album's been out a week or so and already its the 5th best of all time
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3510 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3202 times:
Quoting Cornish (Reply 13): Sorry, its the Alzheimers - by the time I'd got to the bottom of the thread i'd forgotten the title of it
No worries...it doesn't matter where they're from. I'm sure we can all agree that the Village People transcend the thin boundaries of nationality that separate us through their strikingly poignant and relevant music.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13321 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3160 times:
Whilst the Arctic Monkey's have produced a superb album, way too soon for them.
I would put the Sex Pistols on there, it is a perfect rock album, not a duff track, not over long, not overblown, it's my all time favorite anyway.
The Stone Roses was a classic too.
Which of the Stones 'peak period' albums; Beggars Banquet? Let It Bleed? Sticky Fingers? Exile On Main St?
Oasis ran out of steam very quickly, I was not a huge fan of the second album that broke them big time.
But their first was a classic, a much needed one at the time too.
(They put too many good tracks of b-sides for the first 18 months too).
Don't know what The Libertines are doing on there either.
Much as I love The Who, they were not a strong album band, nearest was Who's Next.