What makes a truly great song? A tune that can unite entire stadiums, turn haters into lovers, or, as four blokes from Manchester once had it, possibly even save your life. NME celebrates its 60th year birthday this year, and although we’re certainly still no closer to unearthing the magic formula that turns a track into a classic, we’re good at spotting them when we hear them. So inside this week’s NME is our rundown of the best 100 tracks from the last 60 years. Get on to NME.com to have your say…
Also in this week’s NME…
Three bands unite to remember Ou Est Le Swimming Pool singer Charlie Haddon, who died in 2010, with a mini-festival in Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
The Stone Roses In Sweden
The resurrection continues at Hultsfred festival in Sweden, proving that incident with Ian Brown, Reni and the word “c**t” ain’t gonna derail the comeback of the year.
Or not. But what goes on in Pilton when everyone else is somewhere else? We asked Michael and Emily Eavis…
Animal Collective Album News
“This could be our last ever,” say America’s laptop Beach Boys about their first new record since ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’. Might as well get way too excited about it then.
Pieces Of Me: Maximo Park’s Paul Smith
The nimble-legged indie rocker on the forgettable Shed Seven, the dark side of the American dream and his Morrissey moment.
New band alert! Stockholm’s Holograms make an Iceage and Blank Dogs kind of racket, and work in a warehouse to pay for it. Basically: amazing.
How To Dress Well
Brooklyn’s Tom Krell says the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Love Remains’ will be “fucking awesome”, which is reassuring.
The Flaming Lips are still mental! So is R Kelly! Chains Of Love are great! Linkin FLIPPIN’ Park still exist!
Biffy are back! A$AP Rocky hits Scotland! The Weeknd plays his first EVER UK show! The Maccabees play their biggest EVER UK show! Download is really muddy!
Please: go see Savages. Go see Jack White. Go see Nicki Minaj. Go see M83. Go see GHXST. Let us tell you why.
Behind NME Lines
Hunting down Wu Tang Clan’s Method Man in Florida, by Andy Willsher.
Braincells: Richard Hawley
He’s got a bad memory. Because he’s a ROCK STAR, yes?