NME Album of the Year

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Every December, British music magazine NME compiles a list of what it considers the best albums of the year. It was started in 1974. The list is usually published in one of the issues sold before Christmas – in 2006 it was published in the issue for December the 9th. The companion list is NME single of the year.

The NME Album of the Year list is compiled by the music reviewers and independent journalists who work for the magazine and for NME.com. Each picks his or her top 20 albums of the year and hands them in to the editor. An album marked at Number One gets 20 points, Number Two gets 19 points and so on until the 20th, which gets one point. All of the points from the various top 20s are then gathered together and the overall favourites are worked out and ranked for publication in the official list. The album with the most points overall is Number One in the list, the one with the second most points is Number Two and so on. There have been, to date, three artists who have won Album and Single of the Year in the same year: Joy Division in 1980, Klaxons in 2007 and MGMT in 2008. Cecil Womack and Bobby Womack also won Single & Album of the Year respectively in 1984. Also Lorde in 2017 won both Single and Album of the year.

Sometimes, winners may change in the NME Awards. For example, the NME Album of the Year for 2000 was Rated R by Queens of the Stone Age, with XTRMNTR by Primal Scream in 2nd place, XTRMNTR was later voted the best album of 2000 however in the NME Carling Awards 2001.

Albums of the Year[edit]

Bob Dylan was the first artist to top NME's albums list more than once, in 1975 and 1976.
NME named Punch the Clock by Elvis Costello as the greatest album of 1983.
Hip-hop group Public Enemy topped NME's albums lists in consecutive years, 1987 and 1988.
Spiritualized's album Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space was named the best album of 1997.
Odelay by Beck was NME's number-one album of 1996.
Arctic Monkeys are one of three acts to have topped the listing more than once.
Lorde won the 2017 Album of the Year award for her album Melodrama
Year Artist Album Top five
1974 Steely Dan Pretzel Logic
1975 Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
1976 Bob Dylan Desire
1977 David Bowie "Heroes"
1978 Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town
1979 Talking Heads Fear of Music
1980 Joy Division Closer
1981 Grace Jones Nightclubbing
1982 Marvin Gaye Midnight Love
1983 Elvis Costello Punch the Clock
1984 Bobby Womack The Poet II
1985 Tom Waits Rain Dogs
1986 Prince & The Revolution Parade
1987 Public Enemy Yo! Bum Rush the Show
1988 Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
1989 De La Soul 3 Feet and Rising
1990 Happy Mondays Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches
1991 Nirvana Nevermind
1992 Sugar Copper Blue
1993 Björk Debut
1994 Oasis Definitely Maybe
1995 Tricky Maxinquaye
1996 Beck Odelay
1997 Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
1998 Mercury Rev Deserter's Songs
1999 The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
2000 Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
2001 The Strokes Is This It
2002 Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
2003 The White Stripes Elephant
2004 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
2005 Bloc Party Silent Alarm
2006 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
2007 Klaxons Myths of the Near Future
2008 MGMT Oracular Spectacular
2009 The Horrors Primary Colours
2010 These New Puritans Hidden
2011 PJ Harvey Let England Shake
2012 Tame Impala Lonerism
2013 Arctic Monkeys AM
2014 St. Vincent St. Vincent
2015 Grimes Art Angels
2016 The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
2017 Lorde Melodrama


2018 The 1975 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships



  1. ^ "NME's Albums of The Year 2017 - NME". NME. 2017-11-23. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  2. ^ "NME's Albums of The Year 2017 - NME". NME. 2017-11-23. Retrieved 2017-11-23.