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In the full glare of new wave and punk, ’78 reflected the exciting, eclectic shifts that were taking place. The Clash, The Jam, Debbie Harry and Sid Vicious all topped categories.

In the post-match analysis, Charles Shaar Murray said: “Compared to the blizzard of short-sightedness that afflicts readers’ polls in other publications of a vaguely rock-orientated nature, the NME readers’ poll vindicates not only our belief in new rock and roll but -let’s get sickening for a second- our belief in you.”

Best Male Singer
David Bowie

Best Female Singer
Debbie Harry

Best Album
The Jam – ‘All Mod Cons’

Best Single
The Clash – ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’

Best Songwriter
Elvis Costello

Best Dressed Sleeve
The Rolling Stones – ‘Some Girls’

Best Group
The Clash

Best New Group
Public Image Ltd

Best Guitarist
Mick Jones

Best Bassist
Jean Jacques Burnel

Best Keyboardist
Dave Greenfield

Best Drummer
Keith Moon

Best DJ
John Peel

Best Radio Show
John Peel Show

Best TV Show
‘Revolver’

Most Wonderful Human Being
Sid Vicious

Pin-Up Of The Year
Debbie Harry

Film
‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’

Creep Of The Year
John Travolta

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