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Thursday, January 26, 2006

A really stupid all-time list to end all really stupid all-time lists

Just remember - don't blame the NME, blame the fans ...

Arctic Monkeys beat Beatles

The Arctic Monkeys have beaten the Beatles in a list of the greatest British albums ever.
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not came fifth in the NME poll while the Beatles' Revolver only made ninth place.

Top of the list was the self-titled debut album from The Stone Roses, released in 1989.

Second was The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths, followed by Oasis with Definitely Maybe and The Sex Pistols with Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

NME said the Arctic Monkeys deserved to be in such exalted company despite the fact their album was only released on Monday.

It is shaping up to be the fastest-selling debut album of all time, with nearly 120,000 copies sold on its first day in the shops.

"Consider some of the great British debuts: The Smiths, Definitely Maybe, Original Pirate Material. Now consider the Arctic Monkeys," NME said.

"Lumping Whatever People Say I Am... in with these records might seem premature, but what made them all great was attitude and innovation and sheer balls - something the Monkeys possess in abundance.

"Passion, belief and style are timeless, and so will this be."

Besides the Beatles, the rest of the top 10 was made up of Modern Life Is Rubbish by Blur, Different Class by Pulp, London Calling by The Clash and Up The Bracket by The Libertines.

The NME compiled its list of 100 greatest albums to mark Britain's "musical renaissance".

Top 20 Greatest British Albums Ever

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
11 Radiohead - The Bends
12 The Specials - Specials
13 The Verve - A Northern Soul
14 David Bowie - Hunky Dory
15 Primal Scream - Screamadelica
16 Dexys Midnight Runners - Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
17 The Streets - Original Pirate Material
18 Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
19 The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
20 The Beatles - Rubber Soul

(Me again now) good shout on Blur at no 6 - MLIR is an awesome and (until now) much underrated album, and followed up with Pulp's opus at no 7 is no bad thing either. Really bad shout with the Sex Pistols - perhaps the most overrated album of all time. I've got it and it really is cack from start to finish.

posted by Paul at 12:01 pm


Blogger Jim el Buho said...

Whereas of course it would be far too unhip to list the one I queued up for in 1980, but which had a massive impact at the time: Iron Maiden's eponymous debut.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 2:06:00 pm  
Blogger Mycardo said...

I couldn't believe My Bloody Valentine wasn't anywhere... Otherwise, appreciated the odd pleasant surprise (such as Blur) in the fairly predictable list. Agree with you about the Sex Pistols too!

Friday, February 03, 2006 7:18:00 pm  
Anonymous EMEN said...

Sex Pistols always were a singles band. Surprised not to see Portishead there.

Monday, April 24, 2006 10:59:00 pm  
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