The NME 500 Greatest Albums: Revisited

Back in 2013 The NME published a list of the 500 Greatest Albums. You can read the original article here

I always wonder how these lists stand up to the test of time, so I will be listening through the Top 10 one by one. A lot of the albums are often seen on these types of lists so for reference the top 10 are:

  1. The Queen is Dead – The Smiths
  2. Revolver – The Beatles
  3. Hunky Dory – David Bowie
  4. Is This It – The Strokes
  5. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico
  6. Different Class – Pulp
  7. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
  8. Doolittle – The Pixies
  9. The Beatles (White Album) – The Beatles
  10. Definitely Maybe – Oasis

My main issue with this list is that I have strong memories of Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Strokes and The Smiths in particular. I grew up in Manchester and these albums formed much of the soundtrack of my teenage years, part of the reason for picking up the guitar was hearing Oasis after years of listening to early 90’s chart music.

So my aim is to separate my emotions and preconceptions from the music and listen like its the first time I’ve heard them. I’ve also never listened through the entirety of the Pulp album or the David Bowie album, so hopefully any unfamiliarity can be ignored.

Part 1 The NME Top 10 Albums: 10- Definitely Maybe, Oasis

In the meantime I’d love to hear your thoughts on the top 10 any surprises?


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