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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.

Nonetheless, despite NME'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 DeadThe Smiths
  2. RevolverThe Beatles
  3. Hunky DoryDavid Bowie
  4. Is This ItThe Strokes
  5. The Velvet Underground & NicoVelvet Underground
  6. Different ClassPulp
  7. The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses
  8. DoolittleThe Pixies
  9. The White AlbumThe Beatles
  10. Definitely MaybeOasis
  11. NevermindNirvana
  12. HorsesPatti Smith
  13. FuneralArcade Fire
  14. LowDavid Bowie
  15. Let England ShakePJ Harvey
  16. CloserJoy Division
  17. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic Enemy
  18. LovelessMy Bloody Valentine
  19. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm NotArctic Monkeys
  20. OK ComputerRadiohead
  21. My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKanye West
  22. ParklifeBlur
  23. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from MarsDavid Bowie
  24. Exile on Main St.The Rolling Stones
  25. What's Going OnMarvin Gaye
  26. Pet SoundsThe Beach Boys
  27. ScreamadelicaPrimal Scream
  28. Back to BlackAmy Winehouse
  29. Marquee MoonTelevision
  30. Enter The Wu Tang 36 ChambersWu-Tang Clan
  31. Dog Man StarSuede
  32. Paul's BoutiqueBeastie Boys
  33. Modern Life Is RubbishBlur
  34. Abbey RoadThe Beatles
  35. In UteroNirvana
  36. Blood on the TracksBob Dylan
  37. Forever ChangesLove
  38. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex PistolsSex Pistols
  39. London CallingThe Clash
  40. Unknown PleasuresJoy Division
  41. Daydream NationSonic Youth
  42. InnervisionsStevie Wonder
  43. Rubber SoulThe Beatles
  44. The Holy BibleManic Street Preachers
  45. Parallel LinesBlondie
  46. DebutBjörk
  47. Strangeways Here We ComeThe Smiths
  48. Hounds of LoveKate Bush
  49. Sound Of SilverLCD Soundsystem
  50. Dusty In MemphisDusty Springfield
  51. RumoursFleetwood Mac
  52. Let It BleedThe Rolling Stones
  53. Station to StationDavid Bowie
  54. Remain in LightTalking Heads
  55. Sticky FingersThe Rolling Stones
  56. After the Gold RushNeil Young
  57. The Man-MachineKraftwerk
  58. Surfer RosaThe Pixies
  59. In RainbowsRadiohead
  60. Blue LinesMassive Attack
  61. The ClashThe Clash
  62. Blonde on BlondeBob Dylan
  63. BlueJoni Mitchell
  64. Highway 61 RevisitedBob Dylan
  65. Automatic for the PeopleR.E.M.
  66. The BendsRadiohead
  67. (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Oasis
  68. Astral WeeksVan Morrison
  69. MurmurR.E.M.
  70. Up The BracketThe Libertines
  71. HarvestNeil Young
  72. TransformerLou Reed
  73. Bringing It All Back HomeBob Dylan
  74. IllmaticNas
  75. DookieGreen Day
  76. DiscoveryDaft Punk
  77. White Blood CellsThe White Stripes
  78. SuedeSuede
  79. Kind of BlueMiles Davis
  80. Raw PowerThe Stooges
  81. Trans-Europe ExpressKraftwerk
  82. TapestryCarole King
  83. The BandThe Band
  84. Live Through ThisHole
  85. Born to RunBruce Springsteen
  86. GraceJeff Buckley
  87. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles
  88. For Your PleasureRoxy Music
  89. The Miseducation of Lauryn HillLauryn Hill
  90. A Grand Dont Come For FreeThe Streets
  91. Purple RainPrince
  92. RadiatorSuper Furry Animals
  93. Songs for the DeafQueens of the Stone Age
  94. Beggars BanquetThe Rolling Stones
  95. Spirit of EdenTalk Talk
  96. Fear of a Black PlanetPublic Enemy
  97. The SmithsThe Smiths
  98. In the Aeroplane Over the SeaNeutral Milk Hotel
  99. The LibertinesThe Libertines
  100. Hatful Of HollowThe Smiths
  101. Computer WorldKraftwerk
  102. The Soft BulletinFlaming Lips
  103. Electric Ladyland — The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  104. FunhouseThe Stooges
  105. Rain DogsTom Waits
  106. Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin
  107. Rage Against The Machine AlbumRage Against the Machine
  108. PinkertonWeezer
  109. Darkness On The Edge Of TownBruce Springsteen
  110. Liege & LiefFairport Convention
  111. DareThe Human League
  112. Liquid SwordsGZA
  113. If Youre Feeling SinisterBelle and Sebastian
  114. Kid ARadiohead
  115. BandwagonesqueTeenage Fanclub
  116. ElephantThe White Stripes
  117. The Lexicon Of LoveABC
  118. Searchingor The Young Soul RebelsDexys Midnight Runners
  119. His N HersPulp
  120. Three Feet High And RisingDe La Soul
  121. Selected Ambient WorksAphex Twin
  122. TechniqueNew Order
  123. ThirteenBlur
  124. GracelandPaul Simon
  125. Live at the ApolloJames Brown
  126. Ill CommunicationBeastie Boys
  127. RamonesThe Ramones
  128. Urban HymnsThe Verve
  129. On The BeachNeil Young
  130. Turn On The Bright LightsInterpol
  131. ThrillerMichael Jackson
  132. The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd
  133. John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon
  134. Stories from the City, Stories from the SeaPJ Harvey
  135. The Marshall Mathers LPEminem
  136. Fever To TellYeah Yeah Yeahs
  137. Blur AlbumBlur
  138. IllinoisSufjan Stevens
  139. DisintegrationThe Cure
  140. Bryter LayterNick Drake
  141. Natty DreadBob Marley and the Wailers
  142. Histoire De Melody NelsonSerge Gainsbourg
  143. DesireBob Dylan
  144. Are You Experienced — The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  145. Odessey and OracleThe Zombies
  146. Relationship of CommandAt the Drive-In
  147. Channel OrangeFrank Ocean
  148. NebraskaBruce Springsteen
  149. Either OrElliot Smith
  150. Original Pirate MaterialThe Streets
  151. DryPJ Harvey
  152. Deserters SongsMercury Rev
  153. The Las AlbumThe La's
  154. To Bring You My LovePJ Harvey
  155. Music For The Jilted GenerationThe Prodigy
  156. Ladies And Gentlemen Were Floating In SpaceSpiritualized
  157. PsychocandyThe Jesus and Mary Chain
  158. Two DancersWild Beasts
  159. EntertainmentGang of Four
  160. XTRMTRPrimal Scream
  161. The SuburbsArcade Fire
  162. The BoxerThe National
  163. Neu AlbumNeu!
  164. At Folsom PrisonJohnny Cash
  165. Let Love InNick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  166. This Is HardcorePulp
  167. Lady SoulAretha Franklin
  168. DummyPortishead
  169. Dont Stand Me DownDexys Midnight Runners
  170. Siamese DreamThe Smashing Pumpkins
  171. Fear of MusicTalking Heads
  172. Songs in the Key of LifeStevie Wonder
  173. Led Zeppelin IIILed Zeppelin
  174. Im Wide Awake Its MorningBright Eyes
  175. Young AmericansDavid Bowie
  176. Want OneRufus Wainwright
  177. Young TeamMogwai
  178. The Coral AlbumThe Coral
  179. Miss E So AddictiveMissy Elliott
  180. Germ Free AdolescentsX Ray Spex
  181. Music Has the Right to ChildrenBoards of Canada
  182. Everything Must GoManic Street Preachers
  183. Speakerboxxx The Love BelowOutKast
  184. KalaM.I.A.
  185. Paid in FullEric B. & Rakim
  186. The BlueprintJay-Z
  187. Isnt AnythingMy Bloody Valentine
  188. A Love SupremeJohn Coltrane
  189. A Wizard A True StarTodd Rundgren
  190. The Piper at the Gates of DawnPink Floyd
  191. Elastica AlbumElastica
  192. Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand
  193. GoldRyan Adams
  194. Appetite for DestructionGuns N' Roses
  195. A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles
  196. Rattus NorvegicusThe Stranglers
  197. Back in BlackAC/DC
  198. Sign '☮' the TimesPrince
  199. Giant StepsThe Boo Radleys
  200. Last SplashThe Breeders
  201. Hex Enduction HourThe Fall
  202. MaxinquayeTricky
  203. Teen DreamBeach House
  204. BadMichael Jackson
  205. Straight Outta ComptonN.W.A
  206. Slanted And EnchantedPavement
  207. PearlJanis Joplin
  208. RisqueChic
  209. The Kick InsideKate Bush
  210. 69 Love SongsThe Magnetic Fields
  211. NightclubbingGrace Jones
  212. Youth And Young ManhoodKings of Leon
  213. One Nation Under a GrooveFunkadelic
  214. Moon SafariAir
  215. MezzanineMassive Attack
  216. Power, Corruption & LiesNew Order
  217. Lust for LifeIggy Pop
  218. Primary ColoursThe Horrors
  219. All Mod ConsThe Jam
  220. AlligatorThe National
  221. Broken EnglishMarianne Faithful
  222. Fever Ray AlbumFever Ray
  223. Neon BibleArcade Fire
  224. Heaven Up HereEcho & the Bunnymen
  225. Electric WarriorT. Rex
  226. The DoorsThe Doors
  227. ImagineJohn Lennon
  228. Brighten The CornersPavement
  229. Metal BoxPublic Image Ltd.
  230. Aladdin SaneDavid Bowie
  231. The ChronicDr. Dre
  232. The Songs Of Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
  233. Down In AlbionBabyshambles
  234. BehaviourPet Shop Boys
  235. Murder BalladsNick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  236. Suicide AlbumSuicide
  237. The xxThe xx
  238. Show Your BonesYeah Yeah Yeahs
  239. Boy In Da CornerDizzee Rascal
  240. New Boots And PantiesIan Dury
  241. Ray of LightMadonna
  242. Off the WallMichael Jackson
  243. The Hissing Of Summer LawnsJoni Mitchell
  244. SmotherWild Beasts
  245. Fuzzy LogicSuper Furry Animals
  246. MTV Unplugged in New YorkNirvana
  247. Glasvegas AlbumGlasvegas
  248. The Slim Shady LPEminem
  249. The Fat of the LandThe Prodigy
  250. Weezer (The Blue Album)Weezer
  251. Surf's UpThe Beach Boys
  252. VisionsGrimes
  253. Exile On Main St Pussy Galore AlbumPussy Galore
  254. Meat Is MurderThe Smiths
  255. The English RivieraMetronomy
  256. This Year's ModelElvis Costello & the Attractions
  257. The Boatmans CallNick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  258. Five Leaves LeftNick Drake
  259. Yo Bum Rush The ShowPublic Enemy
  260. The SpecialsThe Specials
  261. Live Bob Marley And The WailersBob Marley and the Wailers
  262. Criminal MindedBoogie Down Productions
  263. I Speak Because I CanLaura Marling
  264. Please Please MeThe Beatles
  265. Celebrity SkinHole
  266. A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay
  267. StupidityDr Feelgood
  268. ToddTodd Rundgren
  269. SkyingThe Horrors
  270. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation SocietyThe Kinks
  271. LoadedVelvet Underground
  272. ParachutesColdplay
  273. The College DropoutKanye West
  274. GreenR.E.M.
  275. QuadropheniaThe Who
  276. Ocean RainEcho & the Bunnymen
  277. Reading Writing And ArithmeticThe Sundays
  278. CutThe Slits
  279. Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart
  280. DrukqsAphex Twin
  281. My Aim Is TrueElvis Costello & the Attractions
  282. Grand PrixTeenage Fanclub
  283. Roxy Music (Album)Roxy Music
  284. Thirteen SongsFugazi
  285. Midnight LoveMarvin Gaye
  286. DustScreaming Trees
  287. Reign in BloodSlayer
  288. Music Of My MindStevie Wonder
  289. The Modern Lovers AlbumThe Modern Lovers
  290. Expecting To FlyThe Bluetones
  291. Younger Than YesterdayThe Byrds
  292. The New FellasThe Cribs
  293. High Land Hard RainAztec Camera
  294. Myths Of The Near FutureKlaxons
  295. DoggystyleSnoop Dogg
  296. Let's DanceDavid Bowie
  297. Ege BamyasiCan
  298. Duck RockMalcolm Mc Laren
  299. Lovers LaneThe Go Betweens
  300. The Who By NumbersThe Who
  301. World Of EchoArthur Russell
  302. HomeworkDaft Punk
  303. Mingus Ah UmCharles Mingus
  304. UF OrbThe Orb
  305. Every Picture Tells A StoryRod Stewart
  306. The Freewheelin' Bob DylanBob Dylan
  307. Midnight VulturesBeck
  308. Its A Shame About RayThe Lemonheads
  309. Metallica (Album)Metallica
  310. Countdown to EcstasySteely Dan
  311. GuerillaSuper Furry Animals
  312. TreasureCocteau Twins
  313. Franks Wild YearsTom Waits
  314. SpiderlandSlint
  315. Cheap ThrillsBig Brother and the Holding Company
  316. Imperial BedroomElvis Costello & the Attractions
  317. Grievous AngelGram Parsons
  318. OG Original GangsterIce-T
  319. Who's NextThe Who
  320. SwordfishtrombonesTom Waits
  321. Lost SoulsDoves
  322. This Is HappeningLCD Soundsystem
  323. Bitches BrewMiles Davis
  324. Lifes Rich PageantR.E.M.
  325. Sea ChangeBeck
  326. I Can Hear The Heart Beating As OneYo La Tengo
  327. MutationsBeck
  328. Yoshimi Battles the Pink RobotsFlaming Lips
  329. "Heroes"David Bowie
  330. ThirdPortishead
  331. Kick Out the JamsMC5
  332. HMS FableShack
  333. Band on the RunWings
  334. Since I Left YouThe Avalanches
  335. Like ClockworkQueens of the Stone Age
  336. Raw Like SushiNeneh Cherry
  337. The Grey AlbumDanger Mouse
  338. Ready to DieThe Notorious B.I.G.
  339. TenPearl Jam
  340. We Are FamilySister Sledge
  341. Closing TimeTom Waits
  342. Lazer Guided MelodiesSpritualized
  343. John Wesley HardingBob Dylan
  344. Beautiful FreakEels
  345. Punch The ClockElvis Costello & the Attractions
  346. Low-LifeNew Order
  347. DirtySonic Youth
  348. WhitneyWhitney Houston
  349. An Awesome WaveAlt-J
  350. BRMCBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club
  351. Sweetheart Of The RodeoThe Byrds
  352. White Light/White HeatThe Velvet Underground
  353. Mclusky Do DallasMclusky
  354. Hot Buttered SoulIsaac Hayes
  355. New York Dolls AlbumNew York Dolls
  356. BossanovaThe Pixies
  357. Copper BlueSugar
  358. Rock BottomRobert Wyatt
  359. We're Only in It for the MoneyFrank Zappa
  360. Room On FireThe Strokes
  361. A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind HorseFaces
  362. Hello NastyBeastie Boys
  363. DamagedBlack Flag
  364. For Emma Forever AgoBon Iver
  365. Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesDead Kennedys
  366. Songs of Love and HateLeonard Cohen
  367. Nights OutMetronomy
  368. Hail to the ThiefRadiohead
  369. Strange MercySt. Vincent
  370. Mens Needs Womens Needs WhateverThe Cribs
  371. OdelayBeck
  372. AtomizerBig Black
  373. Theres No Place Like America TodayCurtis Mayfield
  374. In the Wee Small HoursFrank Sinatra
  375. Vauxhall And IMorrissey
  376. Live At The Harlem Square ClubSam Cooke
  377. StormcockRoy Harper
  378. Pink FlagWire
  379. The Boy With The Arab StrapBelle and Sebastian
  380. Silent AlarmBloc Party
  381. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)David Bowie
  382. Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon & Garfunkel
  383. Someone To Drive You HomeThe Long Blondes
  384. Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
  385. Get Behind Me SatanThe White Stripes
  386. RevivalGillian Welch
  387. Combat RockThe Clash
  388. Happy SadTim Buckley
  389. Le Tigre AlbumLe Tigre
  390. A Northern SoulThe Verve
  391. Burial AlbumBurial
  392. Beauty And The BeatEdan
  393. Dirty MindPrince
  394. Chairs MissingWire
  395. De StijlThe White Stripes
  396. LAMFThe Heartbreakers
  397. Reasonable DoubtJay-Z
  398. Everybody Knows This Is NowhereNeil Young
  399. The Lyre Of Orpheus Abattoir BluesNick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  400. This Nations Saving GraceThe Fall
  401. Jazz Funk GreatsThrobbing Gristle
  402. 21Mystery Jets
  403. VespertineBjörk
  404. No OtherGene Clark
  405. Otis BlueOtis Redding
  406. Rated RQueens of the Stone Age
  407. Going Blank AgainRide
  408. Crooked Rain Crooked RainPavement
  409. Tago MagoCan
  410. AnticsInterpol
  411. MadvillainyMadvillain
  412. Endtroducing.....DJ Shadow
  413. Pills N Thrills And BellyachesHappy Mondays
  414. Dig Your Own HoleThe Chemical Brothers
  415. Chet Baker SingsChet Baker
  416. Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal Collective
  417. Nineteen Seventy SevenAsh
  418. Electro Shock BluesEels
  419. Let It Come DownSpiritualized
  420. Peoples Instinctive TravelsA Tribe Called Quest
  421. Radio CityBig Star
  422. Too Rye AyDexys Midnight Runners
  423. Liveat LeedsThe Who
  424. The Joshua TreeU2
  425. Nancy And LeeNancy Sinatra
  426. GooSonic Youth
  427. Here Come the Warm JetsBrian Eno
  428. Born in the U.S.A.Bruce Springsteen
  429. Bleed AmericaJimmy Eat World
  430. ScottScott Walker
  431. BadmotorfingerSoundgarden
  432. Tindersticks AlbumTindersticks
  433. Two Thousand OneDr. Dre
  434. Steve Mc QueenPrefab Sprout
  435. EasterPatti Smith
  436. MirroredBattles
  437. Dear ScienceTV on the Radio
  438. Aha Shake HeartbreakKings of Leon
  439. The Futureheads AlbumThe Futureheads
  440. Lifes A Riot With Spy Vs SpyBilly Bragg
  441. ArrivalABBA
  442. Al Green Is LoveAl Green
  443. Sometimes I Wish We Were An EagleBill Callahan
  444. ViolatorDepeche Mode
  445. TuskFleetwood Mac
  446. The WarningHot Chip
  447. Diamond DogsDavid Bowie
  448. Sci Fi LullabiesSuede
  449. AMArctic Monkeys
  450. Rid of MePJ Harvey
  451. Third Sister LoversBig Star
  452. The B52s AlbumThe B-52s
  453. The House Of Love AlbumThe House Of Love
  454. The Writing On The WallDestiny's Child
  455. Vampire Weekend AlbumVampire Weekend
  456. September Of My YearsFrank Sinatra
  457. Black CherryGoldfrapp
  458. Yankee Hotel FoxtrotWilco
  459. The Black AlbumJay-Z
  460. BleachNirvana
  461. Generation TerroristsManic Street Preachers
  462. Master of PuppetsMetallica
  463. P.O.D.The Breeders
  464. Because Of The TimesKings of Leon
  465. High VioletThe National
  466. The WWu-Tang Clan
  467. The IdiotIggy Pop
  468. Chutes Too NarrowThe Shins
  469. HollandThe Beach Boys
  470. GraduationKanye West
  471. Oracular SpectacularMGMT
  472. Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessThe Smashing Pumpkins
  473. A Storm In HeavenThe Verve
  474. Tarot SportFuck Buttons
  475. Smoke Ring For My HaloKurt Vile
  476. Foo FightersFoo Fighters
  477. ''Crystal Castles AlbumCrystal Castles
  478. Trouble Will Find MeThe National
  479. The Real RamonaThrowing Muses
  480. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love YouAretha Franklin
  481. SmileBrian Wilson
  482. Lady in SatinBillie Holiday
  483. Blood and ChocolateElvis Costello & the Attractions
  484. The RiverBruce Springsteen
  485. good kid, m.A.A.d cityKendrick Lamar
  486. HomogenicBjörk
  487. Sound AffectsThe Jam
  488. Im Your ManLeonard Cohen
  489. George BestThe Wedding Present
  490. Back In The USAMC5
  491. ActuallyPet Shop Boys
  492. HiddenThese New Puritans
  493. BloodThis Mortal Coil
  494. The Head On The DoorThe Cure
  495. Hot FussThe Killers
  496. Girls AlbumGirls
  497. Random Access MemoriesDaft Punk note 
  498. BerlinLou Reed
  499. StarBelly
  500. StankoniaOutKast


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