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When composing their “definitive list of the best 500 albums ever made,” NME emailed company alumni from across many generations to submit lists of their favorite fifty albums of all time. Around 80 voters submitted lists. From those lists, each number 1 was allotted fifty points, forty-nine points for number 2 and so on. Then they used an identical scoring system for their “Top 50” albums of the year for every year there’s been one. Finally, after all of the number-crunching, NME proposed “the final, definitive, definitely last of its kind, never to be repeated” Top 500 Albums of All-Time — here we go. To save you some time, we’ve compiled the top 20 albums below:

20. Radiohead – OK Computer
19. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
18. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
17. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
16. Joy Division – Closer
15. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
14. David Bowie – Low
13. Arcade Fire – Funeral
12. Patti Smith – Horses
11. Nirvana – Nevermind
10. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
09. The Beatles – The Beatles
08. Pixies – Doolittle
07. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
06. Pulp – Different Class
05. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
04. The Strokes – Is This It
03. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
02. The Beatles – Revolver
01. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

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