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Albums and tracks of the year

Our comprehensive guide to the top 50 albums and tracks of the year - every year since 1975.
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2013

The Arctic Monkeys blow up, Bowie shocks us all and 'Get Lucky' just won't leave.

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2012

The Olympics? Nope. 2012 is all about Tame Impala, Grimes and Frank Ocean.

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2011

Mercury Prize-winning singer-songwriter PJ Harvey comes back and does it again – just to show us she can.

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2010

Strong growth shows through in second LPs from Foals, Laura Marling and MGMT.

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2009

The xx creep in, Arctic Monkeys take a left turn, and Susan Boyle smashes sales records.

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2008

A fecund year that sees the arrival of MGMT, Friendly Fires and Fleet Foxes.

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2007

Remember choosing your own price for 'In Rainbows'? Back when you spent proper money on music?

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2006

Arctic Monkeys release their debut, everyone is excited – and then Gordon Brown says he's a fan.

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2005

Live 8 dominates the musical year, which also sees the arrival of Bloc Party, Editors and Kaiser Chiefs.

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2004

The Libertines' split overshadows 2004, but a star is born in Kanye West.

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2003

Between 'Seven Nation Army' and 'Hey Ya!' there's no escaping 2003's earworms.

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2002

A heady time when Coldplay sound promising and The Flaming Lips are all about the pink robots.

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2001

Album of the year? More like album of the decade. The Strokes are born.

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2000

The real Slim Shady stand up just as Radiohead sidestep into the unknown.

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1999

The end of the nineties also sees the release of Pavement's last studio album.

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1998

Lauryn Hill and Jurassic 5 have huge debuts alongside Mercury Rev's classic fourth album.

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1997

Oasis' third album becomes the fastest selling of all time, and Madonna wins an Oscar.

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1996

The Fugees' 'Killing Me Softly' tops the year end chart. Take That split... but Spice Girls form.

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1995

Britpop is all around, with Pulp's release 'Different Class' bagging a Mercury the following year.

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1994

Oasis arrive to upset Blur; Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' is quite literally all around.

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1993

Nirvana release their last LP as Suede put out their first.

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1992

The singles chart hits a low point in sales, but there's hope for albums in PJ Harvey and Spiritualised's debuts.

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1991

A plethora of classics arrive, including 'Screamadelica', 'Nevermind' and 'Loveless'.

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1990

Fun fact: Deee-Lite ties with The Steve Miller Band for number 1 single and loses out on a technicality.

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1989

'Paul's Boutique', 'Three Feet High And Rising' and, er, Taylor Swift are born.

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1988

The Pogues, Morrissey and Nick Cave dominate the NME; Kylie dominates the charts.

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1987

Johnny Marr leaves The Smiths before the release of their final album, 'Strangeways Here We Come'.

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1986

'The Queen is Dead', coronated NME's greatest album of all time in 2013, is unleashed on the world.

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1985

In which Bowie teams up with Jagger for one of the cringiest videos of all time.

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1984

The huge 'Born In The USA' is released, later becoming Springsteen's best-selling album ever.

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1983

Michael Jackson releases the hit-spawning 'Thriller'; Sonic Youth form.

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1982

Ozzy Osborne bites off a bat's head, The Tube starts broadcasting: an interesting year.

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1981

Paul McCartney's band Wings breaks up; Grace Jones releases her seminal fifth LP 'Nightclubbing'.

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1980

This sad year sees the death of John Lennon and Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

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1979

A strong vintage including Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' and The Clash's 'London Calling'.

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1978

Kate Bush becomes the first solo female artist to reach number 1 with a self-written song, 'Wuthering Heights'.

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1977

Punk flourishes in The Clash, The Jam and Sex Pistols; the latter interrupt the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations.

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1976

The Thin White Duke makes his debut in David Bowie's 'Station To Station'.

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1975

Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' makes huge waves; Sex Pistols and Iron Maiden form.

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