Albums and tracks of the year
The Arctic Monkeys blow up, Bowie shocks us all and 'Get Lucky' just won't leave.
The Olympics? Nope. 2012 is all about Tame Impala, Grimes and Frank Ocean.
Mercury Prize-winning singer-songwriter PJ Harvey comes back and does it again – just to show us she can.
Strong growth shows through in second LPs from Foals, Laura Marling and MGMT.
The xx creep in, Arctic Monkeys take a left turn, and Susan Boyle smashes sales records.
A fecund year that sees the arrival of MGMT, Friendly Fires and Fleet Foxes.
Remember choosing your own price for 'In Rainbows'? Back when you spent proper money on music?
Arctic Monkeys release their debut, everyone is excited – and then Gordon Brown says he's a fan.
Live 8 dominates the musical year, which also sees the arrival of Bloc Party, Editors and Kaiser Chiefs.
The Libertines' split overshadows 2004, but a star is born in Kanye West.
Between 'Seven Nation Army' and 'Hey Ya!' there's no escaping 2003's earworms.
A heady time when Coldplay sound promising and The Flaming Lips are all about the pink robots.
Album of the year? More like album of the decade. The Strokes are born.
The real Slim Shady stand up just as Radiohead sidestep into the unknown.
The end of the nineties also sees the release of Pavement's last studio album.
Lauryn Hill and Jurassic 5 have huge debuts alongside Mercury Rev's classic fourth album.
Oasis' third album becomes the fastest selling of all time, and Madonna wins an Oscar.
The Fugees' 'Killing Me Softly' tops the year end chart. Take That split... but Spice Girls form.
Britpop is all around, with Pulp's release 'Different Class' bagging a Mercury the following year.
Oasis arrive to upset Blur; Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' is quite literally all around.
Nirvana release their last LP as Suede put out their first.
The singles chart hits a low point in sales, but there's hope for albums in PJ Harvey and Spiritualised's debuts.
A plethora of classics arrive, including 'Screamadelica', 'Nevermind' and 'Loveless'.
Fun fact: Deee-Lite ties with The Steve Miller Band for number 1 single and loses out on a technicality.
'Paul's Boutique', 'Three Feet High And Rising' and, er, Taylor Swift are born.
The Pogues, Morrissey and Nick Cave dominate the NME; Kylie dominates the charts.
Johnny Marr leaves The Smiths before the release of their final album, 'Strangeways Here We Come'.
'The Queen is Dead', coronated NME's greatest album of all time in 2013, is unleashed on the world.
In which Bowie teams up with Jagger for one of the cringiest videos of all time.
The huge 'Born In The USA' is released, later becoming Springsteen's best-selling album ever.
Michael Jackson releases the hit-spawning 'Thriller'; Sonic Youth form.
Ozzy Osborne bites off a bat's head, The Tube starts broadcasting: an interesting year.
Paul McCartney's band Wings breaks up; Grace Jones releases her seminal fifth LP 'Nightclubbing'.
This sad year sees the death of John Lennon and Joy Division's Ian Curtis.
A strong vintage including Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' and The Clash's 'London Calling'.
Kate Bush becomes the first solo female artist to reach number 1 with a self-written song, 'Wuthering Heights'.
Punk flourishes in The Clash, The Jam and Sex Pistols; the latter interrupt the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations.
The Thin White Duke makes his debut in David Bowie's 'Station To Station'.
Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' makes huge waves; Sex Pistols and Iron Maiden form.