The Smiths top Greatest Album poll


Let the arguments begin! The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’ has been crowned the Greatest Album Of All Time by UK music magazine NME, who unveiled their ultimate list of 500 albums this week. 

The poll results were based on 82 of the magazine’s writers past and present, who submitted their Top 50 albums.

No doubt, The Smiths’ third album from 1986 is a classic, featuring eternal gems like ‘Big Mouth Strikes Again’, ‘The Boy With A Thorn In His Side’ and arguably their best song ever ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, but it’s a controversial choice for pole/poll position (which is the point, right? Lists are half about the rankings and half about the fights that follow). Especially, given the Manchester masters of melancholy beat out the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Nirvana and Joy Division for top honours. See the Top 20 below.

What do you think? Who’s your number one pick?

Plus check out our concert videos of PJ Harvey (ranked #15) and Public Enemy (ranked #17).

1. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
2. The Beatles – Revolver
3. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes – Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp – Different Class
7. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
8. Pixies – Doolittle
9. The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
11. Nirvana – Nevermind
12. Patti Smith – Horses
13. Arcade Fire – Funeral
14. David Bowie – Low
15. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
16. Joy Division – Closer
17. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
18. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
19. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
20. Radiohead – OK Computer


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