New Musical Express, January 2, 1988

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NME readers all-time top 100 albums


NME readers

If the massive response of NME readers to our request for lists of personal faves shows anything, then it's the profound inroads made into public taste by The Smiths. They inhabit the Hot 100 to an extent that only Morrissey would not find amazing. Only the support for a combination of Joy Division and New Order goes anywhere near it.

While most of the rock icons are well represented, such critical touchstones as The Byrds, Suicide and Sly And The Family Stone are conspicuously absent and soul and funk continue to be treated as singles-only musics. The presence of no less than nine LPs from the last year demonstrates how fluid is both mass taste and perceptions of pop's history.


1. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths (Roughtrade, 1986)
2. Psychocandy - Jesus And Mary Chain (Blancoy Negro, 1984)
3. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division (Factory, 1979)
4. A Hatful Of Hollow - The Smiths (Rough Trade, 1984)
5. Velvet Underground And Nico - Velvet Underground (MGM, 1967)
6. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison (Warner, 1969)
7. Revolver - The Beatles (Parlophone, 1966)
8. Closer - Joy Division (Factory, 1980)
9. Never Mind The Bollocks - Sex Pistols (Virgin, 1978)
10. Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan (CBS, 1966)
11. The Clash - The Clash (CBS 1977)
12. What's Going On Marvin - Gaye (Tamla Motown, 1971)
13. The Smiths - The Smiths (Rough Trade, 1984)
14. Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello (Demon, 1982)
15. Hlghway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan (CBS, 1965)
16. Blood On Thetracks - Bob Dylan (CBS, 1974)
17. Marquee Moon - Television (Elektra, 1977)
18. Forever Changes - Love (Elektra, 1968)
19. Document - REM (IRS, 1987)
20. The Joshua Tree - U2 (Island, 1987)
21. Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits (Island, 1984)
22. King Of America - Elvis Costello (Demon, 1986)
23. The Doors - The Doors (Elektra, 1967)
24. Steve McQueen - Prefab Sprout (CBS, 1985)
25. Get Happy - Elvis Costello (Demon, 1980)
26. Rattlesnakes - Lioyd Cole And The Ccmmotions (Polydor, 1985)
27. The White Album - The Beatles (Parlophone, 1968)
28. London Calling - The Ciash (CBS, 1979)
29. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen (CBS, 1975)
30. Pet Sounds - Beach Boys (Capitol, 1966)
31. Strangeways, Here We Come - The Smiths (Rough Trade, 1987)
32. Rum, Sodomy & The Lash - The Pogues (Stiff, 1985)
33. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie (RCA, 1972)
34. Infected - The The (Epic, 1986)
35. Horses - Patti Smith (Arista, 1975)
36. Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Bruce Springsteen (CBS, 1979)
37. Meat Is Murder - The Smiths (Rough Trade, 1985)
38. Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band (Straight, 1969)
39. Life's Rich Pageant - REM (IRS, 1986)
40. Rain Dogs - Tom Waits (Island , 1986)
41. Soul Mining - The The (Epic, 1983)
42. Sgt Pepper - The Beatles (Parlophone, 1967)
43. All Mod Cons - The Jam (Polydor, 1978)
44. Treasure - Cocteau Twins (4ad , 1984)
45. Searching For The Young Soul Rebels - Dexys Midnight Runners (Fame, 1980)
46. Parade - Prince (Warner, 1986)
47. Hunky Dory - David Bowie (RCA, 1971)
48. The Sun Collection - Eivis Presley (RCA, 1975)
49. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon (Apple, 1970)
50. Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones, 1972)
51. L.A, Woman - The Doors (Elektra, 1971)
52. Reckoning - REM (IRS, 1984)
53. This Year's Model - Elvis Costello(Demon, 1978)
54. Kind Of Blue - Miles Davis (CBS, 1959)
55. Otis Blue - Otis Redding (Atlantic, 1966)
56. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd (Harvest, 1973)
57. Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan (CBS, 1965)
58. Singles Golng Steady - Buzzcocks (Liberty, 1981)
59. Setting Sons - The Jam (Polydor, 1979)
60. Low Life - New Order (Factory, 1986)
61. Murmer - REM (IRS, 1983)
62. Animals - Pink Floyd (Harvest, 1977)
63. Abbey Road - The Beatles (Parlophone, 1969)
64. More Songs About Buildings And Food - Talking Heads (Sire, 1978)
65. Rubber Soul - The Beatles (Parlophone, 1965)
66. Moondance - Van Morrison(Warner, 1970)
67. Sign 'O' TheTtimes - Prince (Warner, 1986)
68. Fear Of Music - Talking Heads (Sire, 1979)
69. Substance - New Order (Factory, 1987 )
70. Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen (CBS, 1985)
71. Low - David Bowie (RCA, 1977)
72. For Your Pleasure - Roxy Music (Editions Eg, 1973)
73. Lexicon Of Love - ABC (Neutron, 1982)
74. Bend Sinister - The Fall (Beggars Banquet, 1986)
75. Clear Spot - Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band (Virgin, 1972)
76. New Gold Dream - Simple Minds (Virgin, 1982)
77. High Land Hard Rain - Aztec Camera (Rough Trade, 1983)
78. Darklands - Jesus And Mary Chain (Blancoy Negro, 1987)
79. Grotesque - The Fall (Beggars Banquet, 1980)
80. Station To Station - David Bowie ( R Ca, 1976)
81. Power Corruption And Lies - New Order (Factory, 1983)
82. The World Won't Listen - The Smiths (Rough Trade, 1987)
83. Beggars Banquet - The Roiling Stones (Decca,1968)
84. Berlin - Lou Reed (RCA, 1973)
85. Hounds Of Love - Kate Bush (EMI, 1985)
86. George Best - The Wedding Present (Reception , 1987)
87. The Scream - Siouxsie And The Banshees (Polydor, 1978)
88. London 0 Hull 4 - The Housemartins (Go! Discs, 1986)
89. Blood & Chocolate - Elvis Costello (Demon, 1986)
90. Sister - Sonic Youth (Blast First, 1987)
91. This Nation's Saving Grace - The Fall (Beggars Banquet, 1985)
92. Safe As Milk - Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band (Buddah, 1968)
93. The Wall - Pink Floyd (Harvest, 1979)
94. Young Americans - David Bowie (RCA, 1975)
95. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye (Tamla Motown, 1973)
96. Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix (Polydor, 1968)
97. Crocodiles - Echo And The Bunnymen (Korova, 1980)
98. Boy - U2 (Island, 1980)
99. Nightfly - Donald Fagen (Warner, 1982)
100. Live 1969 - Velvet Underground (Priceless, 1969)


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New Musical Express, January 2, 1988


Elvis Costello has five albums in readers' All-Time Top 100 Albums: Imperial Bedroom (14), King Of America (22), Get Happy!! (25), This Year's Model (53) and Blood & Chocolate (89). Rum, Sodomy & The Lash by The Pogues (produced by EC) also made the list at No. 32.

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NME readers

  1. The Smiths (6 Lps; Highest position, No 1)
  2. Bob Dylan (4; 10)
  3. The Beatles (5; 7)
  4. Elvis Costello (5; 14)
  5. Joy Division (2; 3)
  6. David Bowie (5; 33)
  7. Velvet Underground (2; 5)
  8. REM (4; 19)
  9. Bruce Springsteen (3; 29)
  10. The Clash (2; 11)
  11. Van Morrison (2; 6)
  12. Jesus And Mary Chain (2; 2)
  13. U2 (2; 20)
  14. Tom Waits (2; 21)
  15. The Fall (3; 74)
  16. Captain Beefheart (3; 38)
  17. Marvin Gaye (2; 12)
  18. The Doors (2; 23)
  19. Sex Pistols (1; 9)
  20. New Order (3; 60)



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