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"We’ve boiled it all down to the 50 choicest cuts of the year." It’s that time of year… time for a million lists to bombard you. The NME lists are the most important. Will your favourite album be in there? Has your most played track made the shortlist? Let the discussions begin…

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How many of our 50 albums of 2012 have you heard? Take our Facebook quiz to find out - then share your score with your friends

Hear the 50 best albums of 2012

Live Reviews

This week’s live reports feature Joey Bada$$, Christopher Owens and The Vaccines’ storming Ally Pally with support from Deap Vally, Diiv and Fucked Up.

Win An Ian Brown Boxset

So much talk about The Stone Roses in 2012 we’re in danger of forgetting Ian Brown’s solo career. Inside there’s an Ian Brown boxset up for grabs and a celebration of his finest moments.

NME Awards Tour

The bands about to partake in the annual tradition of the NME Awards Tour have finally been announced. Read about how Django Django, Palma Violets, Miles Kane and Peace plan on handling the funtimes.

On Tour With Rihanna

It’s part 2 of Sian Rowe’s epic adventure on the Rihanna plane for 7 days. Will she survive the life and schedule of a fully-fledged pop superstar?

Introducing: The Family Rain

“This is not meant to be a small thing. We gave up everything to do this.” Meet new Radar band The Family Rain, fighting for the right to be heard.

We Test The Braincells Of Maximo Park's Paul Smith

Paul Smith – he of bowler hat and jagged indie anthems fame – takes NME’s braincells quiz. Will all those onstage gymnastics have knocked some of his neurons out?


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