Useful Notes / NME: The 500 Greatest Albums of all Time

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NME's list of the 500 greatest albums was published in 2013. Considered an answer to Rolling Stone's list of the same name (which had been re-issued the previous year), this list was generated with a focus toward newer, younger British musicians. Drawing from various "best-of" lists of previous years, NME used its critical judgments of music from decades past to justify its choices while compiling opinions from current or previous critics who worked for the magazine.

Much like many lists of its type, it has been criticized for its Western bias and lack of genre diversity. This could be attributed to its highly subjective compilation method, which involved contacting members of the magazine's staff to produce lists of their favorite albums given a short amount of time. This led to critics for the magazine heavily favoring some artists over others, which explains the disproportionate representation of certain acts within this list. It also does not precisely represent a "greatest album" list, but rather a list of artists who align closely with the tastes of the staff and not their relative importance in the musical canon.

Nevertheless, despite the magazine's claims, such lists can never be definitive and accurately represent the state of music of the past half-century or so. In addition, the partiality toward Britpop and Indie Rock could explain the magazine's views given its staff of predominantly younger critics.

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  1. The Queen is Dead – The Smiths
  2. Revolver – The Beatles
  3. Hunky Dory – David Bowie
  4. Is This It – The Strokes
  5. The Velvet Underground & Nico – Velvet Underground
  6. Different Class – Pulp
  7. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
  8. Doolittle – The Pixies
  9. The White Album – The Beatles
  10. Definitely, Maybe – Oasis
  11. Nevermind – Nirvana
  12. Horses – Patti Smith
  13. Funeral – Arcade Fire
  14. Low – David Bowie
  15. Let England Shake – PJ Harvey
  16. Closer – Joy Division
  17. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back – Public Enemy
  18. Loveless – My Bloody Valentine
  19. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not – Arctic Monkeys
  20. OK Computer – Radiohead
  21. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
  22. Parklife – blur
  23. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie
  24. Exile on Main St. – The Rolling Stones
  25. What's Going On – Marvin Gaye
  26. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
  27. Screamadelica – Primal Scream
  28. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
  29. Marquee Moon – Television
  30. Enter The Wu Tang 36 Chambers – Wu-Tang Clan
  31. Dog Man Star – Suede
  32. Paul's Boutique – Beastie Boys
  33. Modern Life Is Rubbish – blur
  34. Abbey Road – The Beatles
  35. In Utero – Nirvana
  36. Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan
  37. Forever Changes – Love
  38. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols
  39. London Calling – The Clash
  40. Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division
  41. Daydream Nation – Sonic Youth
  42. Innervisions – Stevie Wonder
  43. Rubber Soul – The Beatles
  44. The Holy Bible – Manic Street Preachers
  45. Parallel Lines – Blondie
  46. Debut – Björk
  47. Strangeways Here We Come – The Smiths
  48. Hounds Of Love – Kate Bush
  49. Sound Of Silver – LCD Soundsystem
  50. Dusty In Memphis – Dusty Springfield
  51. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
  52. Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones
  53. Station to Station – David Bowie
  54. Remain in Light – Talking Heads
  55. Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
  56. After The Gold Rush – Neil Young
  57. The Man-Machine – Kraftwerk
  58. Surfer Rosa – The Pixies
  59. In Rainbows – Radiohead
  60. Blue Lines – Massive Attack
  61. The Clash – The Clash
  62. Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
  63. Blue – Joni Mitchell
  64. Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
  65. Automatic For The People – R.E.M.
  66. The Bends – Radiohead
  67. Whats The Story Morning Glory – Oasis
  68. Astral Weeks – Van Morrison
  69. Murmur – R.E.M.
  70. Up The Bracket – The Libertines
  71. Harvest – Neil Young
  72. Transformer – Lou Reed
  73. Bringing It All Back Home – Bob Dylan
  74. Illmatic – Nas
  75. Dookie – Green Day
  76. Discovery – Daft Punk
  77. White Blood Cells – The White Stripes
  78. Suede – Suede
  79. Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
  80. Raw Power – The Stooges
  81. Trans-Europe Express – Kraftwerk
  82. Tapestry – Carole King
  83. The Band – The Band
  84. Live Through This – Hole
  85. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
  86. Grace – Jeff Buckley
  87. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  88. For Your Pleasure – Roxy Music
  89. The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill
  90. A Grand Dont Come For Free – The Streets
  91. Purple Rain – Prince
  92. Radiator – Super Furry Animals
  93. Songs for the Deaf – Queens of the Stone Age
  94. Beggars Banquet – The Rolling Stones
  95. Spirit Of Eden – Talk Talk
  96. Fear of a Black Planet – Public Enemy
  97. The Smiths – The Smiths
  98. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
  99. The Libertines – The Libertines
  100. Hatful Of Hollow – The Smiths
  101. Computer World – Kraftwerk
  102. The Soft Bulletin – Flaming Lips
  103. Electric Ladyland – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  104. Funhouse – The Stooges
  105. Rain Dogs – Tom Waits
  106. Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin
  107. Rage Against The Machine Album – Rage Against the Machine
  108. Pinkerton – Weezer
  109. Darkness On The Edge Of Town – Bruce Springsteen
  110. Liege And Lief – Fairport Convention
  111. Dare – The Human League
  112. Liquid Swords – GZA
  113. If Youre Feeling Sinister – Belle and Sebastian
  114. Kid A – Radiohead
  115. Bandwagonesque – Teenage Fanclub
  116. Elephant – The White Stripes
  117. The Lexicon Of Love – ABC
  118. Searchingor The Young Soul Rebels – Dexys Midnight Runners
  119. His N Hers – Pulp
  120. Feet High And Rising – De La Soul
  121. Selected Ambient Works – Aphex Twin
  122. Technique – New Order
  123. Thirteen Album – blur
  124. Graceland – Paul Simon
  125. Live at the Apollo – James Brown
  126. Ill Communication – Beastie Boys
  127. The Ramones – Ramones
  128. Urban Hymns – The Verve
  129. On the Beach – Neil Young
  130. Turn On The Bright Lights – Interpol
  131. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  132. The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
  133. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon
  134. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea – PJ Harvey
  135. The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem
  136. Fever To Tell – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  137. Blur Album – blur
  138. Illinois – Sufjan Stevens
  139. Disintegration – The Cure
  140. Bryter Layter – Nick Drake
  141. Natty Dread – Bob Marley and the Wailers
  142. Histoire De Melody Nelson – Serge Gainsbourg
  143. Desire – Bob Dylan
  144. Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  145. Odessey and Oracle – The Zombies
  146. Relationship Of Command – At the Drive-In
  147. Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
  148. Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen
  149. Either Or – Elliot Smith
  150. Original Pirate Material – The Streets
  151. Dry – PJ Harvey
  152. Deserters Songs – Mercury Rev
  153. The Las Album – The La's
  154. To Bring You My Love – PJ Harvey
  155. Music For The Jilted Generation – The Prodigy
  156. Ladies And Gentlemen Were Floating In Space – Spiritualized
  157. Psychocandy – The Jesus and Mary Chain
  158. Two Dancers – Wild Beasts
  159. Entertainment – Gang of Four
  160. XTRMTR – Primal Scream
  161. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
  162. The Boxer – The National
  163. Neu Album – Neu!
  164. At Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash
  165. Let Love In – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  166. This Is Hardcore – Pulp
  167. Lady Soul – Aretha Franklin
  168. Dummy – Portishead
  169. Dont Stand Me Down – Dexys Midnight Runners
  170. Siamese Dream – The Smashing Pumpkins
  171. Fear of Music – Talking Heads
  172. Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder
  173. Led Zeppelin III – Led Zeppelin
  174. Im Wide Awake Its Morning – Bright Eyes
  175. Young Americans – David Bowie
  176. Want One – Rufus Wainwright
  177. Young Team – Mogwai
  178. The Coral Album – The Coral
  179. Miss E So Addictive – Missy Elliott
  180. Germ Free Adolescents – X Ray Spex
  181. Music Has the Right to Children – Boards of Canada
  182. Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers
  183. Speakerboxxx The Love Below – OutKast
  184. Kala – M.I.A.
  185. Paid In Full – Eric B. & Rakim
  186. The Blueprint – Jay-Z
  187. Isnt Anything – My Bloody Valentine
  188. A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
  189. A Wizard A True Star – Todd Rundgren
  190. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn – Pink Floyd
  191. Elastica Album – Elastica
  192. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  193. Gold – Ryan Adams
  194. Appetite for Destruction – Guns N' Roses
  195. A Hard Day's Night – The Beatles
  196. Rattus Norvegicus – The Stranglers
  197. Back in Black – AC/DC
  198. Sign O The Times – Prince
  199. Giant Steps – The Boo Radleys
  200. Last Splash – The Breeders
  201. Hex Enduction Hour – The Fall
  202. Maxinquaye – Tricky
  203. Teen Dream – Beach House
  204. Bad – Michael Jackson
  205. Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A.
  206. Slanted And Enchanted – Pavement
  207. Pearl – Janis Joplin
  208. Risque – Chic
  209. The Kick Inside – Kate Bush
  210. Love Songs – The Magnetic Fields
  211. Nightclubbing – Grace Jones
  212. Youth And Young Manhood – Kings of Leon
  213. One Nation Under a Groove – Funkadelic
  214. Moon Safari – Air
  215. Mezzanine – Massive Attack
  216. Power Lies And Corrruption – New Order
  217. Lustfor Life – Iggy Pop
  218. Primary Colours – The Horrors
  219. All Mod Cons – The Jam
  220. Alligator – The National
  221. Broken English – Marianne Faithful
  222. Fever Ray – Fever Ray
  223. Neon Bible – Arcade Fire
  224. Heaven Up Here – Echo & the Bunnymen
  225. Electric Warrior – T Rex
  226. The Doors – The Doors
  227. Imagine – John Lennon
  228. Brighten The Corners – Pavement
  229. Metal Box – Public Image Ltd.
  230. Aladdin Sane – David Bowie
  231. The Chronic – Dr Dre
  232. The Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Leonard Cohen
  233. Down In Albion – Babyshambles
  234. Behaviour – Pet Shop Boys
  235. Murder Ballads – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  236. Suicide Album – Suicide
  237. The xx – The xx
  238. Show Your Bones – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  239. Boy In Da Corner – Dizzee Rascal
  240. New Boots And Panties – Ian Dury
  241. Ray of Light – Madonna
  242. Off the Wall – Michael Jackson
  243. The Hissing Of Summer Lawns – Joni Mitchell
  244. Smother – Wild Beasts
  245. Fuzzy Logic – Super Furry Animals
  246. MTV Unplugged in New York – Nirvana
  247. Glasvegas Album – Glasvegas
  248. The Slim Shady LP – Eminem
  249. The Fat Of The Land – The Prodigy
  250. The Blue Album – Weezer
  251. Surf's Up – The Beach Boys
  252. Visions – Grimes
  253. Exile On Main St Pussy Galore Album – Pussy Galore
  254. Meat Is Murder – The Smiths
  255. The English Riviera – Metronomy
  256. This Year's Model – Elvis Costello & the Attractions
  257. The Boatmans Call – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  258. Five Leaves Left – Nick Drake
  259. Yo Bum Rush The Stage – Public Enemy
  260. The Specials – The Specials
  261. Live Bob Marley And The Wailers – Bob Marley and the Wailers
  262. Criminal Minded – Boogie Down Productions
  263. I Speak Because I Can – Laura Marling
  264. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  265. Celebrity Skin – Hole
  266. A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay
  267. Stupidity – Dr. Feelgood
  268. Todd – Todd Rundgren
  269. Skying – The Horrors
  270. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks
  271. Loaded – The Velvet Underground
  272. Parachutes – Coldplay
  273. The College Dropout – Kanye West
  274. Green – R.E.M.
  275. Quadrophenia – The Who
  276. Ocean Rain – Echo & the Bunnymen
  277. Reading Writing And Arithmetic – The Sundays
  278. Cut – The Slits
  279. Trout Mask Replica – Captain Beefheart
  280. Drukqs – Aphex Twin
  281. My Aim Is True – Elvis Costello & the Attractions
  282. Grand Prix – Teenage Fanclub
  283. Roxy Music Album – Roxy Music
  284. Thirteen Songs – Fugazi
  285. Midnight Love – Marvin Gaye
  286. Dust – Screaming Trees
  287. Reign in Blood – Slayer
  288. Music Of My Mind – Stevie Wonder
  289. The Modern Lovers Album – The Modern Lovers
  290. Expecting to Fly – The Bluetones
  291. Younger Than Yesterday – The Byrds
  292. The New Fellas – The Cribs
  293. High Land Hard Rain – Aztec Camera
  294. Myths Of The Near Future – Klaxons
  295. Doggystyle – Snoop Doggy Dogg
  296. Let's Dance – David Bowie
  297. Ege Bamyasi – Can
  298. Duck Rock – Malcolm Mc Laren
  299. Lovers Lane – The Go Betweens
  300. The Who By Numbers – The Who
  301. World Of Echo – Arthur Russell
  302. Homework – Daft Punk
  303. Mingus Ah Um – Charles Mingus
  304. UF Orb – The Orb
  305. Every Picture Tells A Story – Rod Stewart
  306. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan
  307. Midnight Vultures – Beck
  308. Its A Shame About Ray – Lemonheads
  309. Metallica Album – Metallica
  310. Countdown To Ecstasy – Steely Dan
  311. Guerilla – Super Furry Animals
  312. Treasure – Cocteau Twins
  313. Franks Wild Years – Tom Waits
  314. Spiderland – Slint
  315. Cheap Thrills – Big Brother and the Holding Company
  316. Imperial Bedroom – Elvis Costello & the Attractions
  317. Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons
  318. OG Original Gangster – Ice-T
  319. Who's Next – The Who
  320. Swordfishtrombones – Tom Waits
  321. Lost Souls – Doves
  322. This Is Happening – LCD Soundsystem
  323. Bitches Brew – Miles Davis
  324. Lifes Rich Pageant – R.E.M.
  325. Sea Change – Beck
  326. I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One – Yo La Tengo
  327. Mutations – Beck
  328. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots – Flaming Lips
  329. Heroes – David Bowie
  330. Third – Portishead
  331. Kickout The Jams – MC
  332. HMS Fable – Shack
  333. Band On The Run – Wings
  334. Since I Left You – The Avalanches
  335. Like Clockwork – Queens of the Stone Age
  336. Raw Like Sushi – Neneh Cherry
  337. The Grey Album – Danger Mouse
  338. Ready to Die – The Notorious B.I.G.
  339. 10 – Pearl Jam
  340. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
  341. Closing Time – Tom Waits
  342. Lazer Guided Melodies – Spritualized
  343. John Wesley Harding – Bob Dylan
  344. Beautiful Freak – Eels
  345. Punch The Clock – Elvis Costello & the Attractions
  346. Low Life – New Order
  347. Dirty – Sonic Youth
  348. Whitney – Whitney Houston
  349. An Awesome Wave – Alt-J
  350. BRMC – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  351. Sweetheart Of The Rodeo – The Byrds
  352. White Light/White Heat – The Velvet Underground
  353. Mclusky Do Dallas – Mclusky
  354. Hot Buttered Soul – Isaac Hayes
  355. New York Dolls Album – New York Dolls
  356. Bossanova – The Pixies
  357. Copper Blue – Sugar
  358. Rock Bottom – Robert Wyatt
  359. We're Only in It for the Money – The Mothers Of Invention
  360. Room On Fire – The Strokes
  361. A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse – The Faces
  362. Hello Nasty – Beastie Boys
  363. Damaged – Black Flag
  364. For Emma Forever Ago – Bon Iver
  365. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables – Dead Kennedys
  366. Songs of Love and Hate – Leonard Cohen
  367. Nights Out – Metronomy
  368. Hail to the Thief – Radiohead
  369. Strange Mercy – St. Vincent
  370. Mens Needs Womens Needs Whatever – The Cribs
  371. Odelay – Beck
  372. Atomizer – Big Black
  373. Theres No Place Like America Today – Curtis Mayfield
  374. In the Wee Small Hours – Frank Sinatra
  375. Vauxhall And I – Morrissey
  376. Live At The Harlem Square Club – Sam Cooke
  377. Stormcock – Roy Harper
  378. Pink Flag – Wire
  379. The Boy With The Arab Strap – Belle and Sebastian
  380. Silent Alarm – Bloc Party
  381. Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) – David Bowie
  382. Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
  383. Someone To Drive You Home – The Long Blondes
  384. Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley
  385. Get Behind Me Satan – The White Stripes
  386. Revival – Gillian Welch
  387. Combat Rock – The Clash
  388. Happy Sad – Tim Buckley
  389. Le Tigre Album – Le Tigre
  390. A Northern Soul – The Verve
  391. Burial Album– Burial
  392. Beauty And The Beat – Edan
  393. Dirty Mind – Prince
  394. Chairs Missing – Wire
  395. De Stijl – The White Stripes
  396. LAMF – Heartbreakers
  397. Reasonable Doubt – Jay-Z
  398. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young
  399. The Lyre Of Orpheus Abattoir Blues – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  400. This Nations Saving Grace – The Fall
  401. Jazz Funk Greats – Throbbing Gristle
  402. 21 – Mystery Jets
  403. Vespertine – Björk
  404. No Other – Gene Clark
  405. Otis Blue – Otis Redding
  406. Rated R – Queens of the Stone Age
  407. Going Blank Again – Ride
  408. Crooked Rain Crooked Rain – Pavement
  409. Tago Mago – Can
  410. Antics – Interpol
  411. Madvillainy – Madvillain
  412. Endtroducing..... – DJ Shadow
  413. Pills N Thrills And Bellyaches – Happy Mondays
  414. Dig Your Own Hole – The Chemical Brothers
  415. Chet Baker Sings – Chet Baker
  416. Merriweather Post Pavilion – Animal Collective
  417. Nineteen Seventy Seven – Ash
  418. Electro Shock Blues – Eels
  419. Let It Come Down – Spiritualized
  420. Peoples Instinctive Travels – A Tribe Called Quest
  421. Radio City – Big Star
  422. Too Rye Ay – Dexys Midnight Runners
  423. Liveat Leeds – The Who
  424. The Joshua Tree – U2
  425. Nancy And Lee – Nancy Sinatra
  426. Goo – Sonic Youth
  427. Here Come the Warm Jets – Brian Eno
  428. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
  429. Bleed America – Jimmy Eat World
  430. Scott – Scott Walker
  431. Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
  432. Tindersticks Album - Tindersticks
  433. TwoThousandOne - Dr Dre
  434. Steve McQueen - Prefab Sprout
  435. Easter - Patti Smith
  436. Mirrored - Battles
  437. Dear Science - TV On The Radio
  438. Aha Shake Heartbreak - Kings of Leon
  439. The Futureheads Album - The Futureheads
  440. Lifes A Riot With Spy Vs Spy - Billy Bragg
  441. Arrival - ABBA
  442. Al Green Is Love - Al Green
  443. Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle - Bill Callahan
  444. Violator - Depeche Mode
  445. Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
  446. The Warning - Hot Chip
  447. Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
  448. Sci Fi Lullabies - Suede
  449. AM - Arctic Monkeys
  450. Rid of Me - PJ Harvey
  451. Third Sister Lovers - Big Star
  452. The B-52s - The B-52s
  453. The House Of Love Album - The House Of Love
  454. The Writing on the Wall - Destiny's Child
  455. Vampire Weekend Album - Vampire Weekend
  456. September Of My Years - Frank Sinatra
  457. Black Cherry - Goldfrapp
  458. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco
  459. The Black Album - Jay-Z
  460. Bleach - Nirvana
  461. Generation Terrorists - Manic Street Preachers
  462. Master of Puppets - Metallica
  463. Music/Pod - The Breeders
  464. Because Of The Times - Kings of Leon
  465. High Violet - The National
  466. The W - Wu-Tang Clan
  467. The Idiot - Iggy Pop
  468. Chutes Too Narrow - The Shins
  469. Holland - The Beach Boys
  470. Graduation - Kanye West
  471. Oracular Spectacular - MGMT
  472. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - The Smashing Pumpkins
  473. A Storm In Heaven - The Verve
  474. Tarot Sport - Fuck Buttons
  475. Smoke Ring For My Halo - Kurt Vile
  476. Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
  477. ''Crystal Castles Album - Crystal Castles
  478. Trouble Will Find Me - The National
  479. The Real Ramona - Throwing Muses
  480. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You - Aretha Franklin
  481. Smile - Brian Wilson
  482. Lady In Satin - Billie Holiday
  483. Blood And Chocolate - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
  484. The River - Bruce Springsteen
  485. good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
  486. Homogenic - Björk
  487. Sound Affects - The Jam
  488. Im Your Man - Leonard Cohen
  489. George Best - The Wedding Present
  490. Back in the USA - MC
  491. Actually - Pet Shop Boys
  492. Hidden - These New Puritans
  493. Blood - This Mortal Coil
  494. The Head on the Door - The Cure
  495. Hot Fuss - The Killers
  496. Girls - Girls
  497. Random Access Memories - Daft Punk note 
  498. Berlin - Lou Reed
  499. Star - Belly
  500. Stankonia - OutKast

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