WHITE STRIPES CLAIM NME WRITERS’ ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD

And they're just pipped by Beyonce for best single...

White Stripes have won the NME writers’ album of the year award for ‘ELEPHANT’.

Our annual poll is voted for by the entire NME staff, and the full list of 50 albums and singles of the year can be found in the Christmas double issue of NME, available now.

The single of the year title, Meanwhile, goes to Beyonce for ‘Crazy In Love’, with the White Stripes narrowly missing the double, as ‘Seven Nation Army’ comes in at second place.

NME’s top ten albums of 2003 are as follows:

1. The White Stripes – ‘Elephant’

2. The Rapture – ‘Echoes’

3. The Strokes – ‘Room On Fire’

4. Elbow – ‘Cast Of Thousands’

5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Fever To Tell’

6. Rufus Wainwright – ‘Want One’

7. Kings Of Leon – ‘Youth And Young Manhood’

8. OutKast – ‘Speakerboxx/The Love Below’

9. Radiohead – ‘Hail To The Thief’

10. My Morning Jacket – ‘It Still Moves’