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20 loudest tracks of all time

  • 20. Melt Banana, 'Lost Parts Stinging Me So Cold'. Lyrics are fired off at machine gun pace by Yasuko Onuki, while guitarist Ichirou Agata piles riffs and effects on top of each other to conjure some of the most blistering sounds ever witnessed.

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  • 19. Oneida, 'The Human Factor'. The most obnoxious track on their new record, this occasionally sounds like the fiery, final agony of man; naked, godless and writhing in a swamp of ancestral blood.

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  • 18. Atari Teenage Riot, 'Fuck All'. Rather than just noise for noise’s sake, ATR used their ludicrously over-the-top assault as a sledgehammer to batter home their anti-fascist and anarchist politics.

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  • 17. Universal Indicator, 'Untitled'. Aphex Twin excels at pushing the limits, and here (under a pseudonym) he does just that via the medium of acid house.

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  • 16. Butthole Surfers, '22 Going On 23'. Their finest (or worst depending on your point of view and moral compass) moment, featuring sea sick guitars, lowing cows and a chat show discussion about sexual abuse. Pic: PA Photos

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  • 15. Health, 'Courtship'. An absurd, desolate, terrible, vacuous, enraged mess of brains that made everyone who listened think of dying dinosaurs. Its opening salvo is berserk, the most ridiculous thing ever recorded. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

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  • 14. AC/DC, 'Back In Black'. 'More than a melody: factor in the perfect crunch of the crisp guitars and Brian Johnson’s lupine howl and you’ve got something really bloody noisy. Pic: PA Photos

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  • 13. Jesus And Mary Chain, 'Inside Me'. An unrelenting wall of black fuzz, dark intent and barely penetrable distortion swirling round a simple-three chord progression. Pic: PA Photos

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  • 12. My Bloody Valentine, 'You Made Me Realise'. At their comeback gigs MBV battered this track's pure pop core in feedback as weaker punters reached for their earplugs. Pic: Rex Features

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  • 11. Lightning Bolt, 'Assassins'. Cardiac arrest-inducing rhythm and non-stop brain-pummelling magnificence. Pic: www.myspace.com

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  • 10. A Place To Bury Strangers, 'To Fix The Gash In Your Head'. A dark nightmare haunted by the Reid brothers and Alan Vega. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

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  • 9. Sunn O))),  'Oracle'. This is a live recording from a one-off collaboration with artist Banks Violette in an East London art gallery in 2006. The audience was shut outside in an unprepossessing alleyway while Sunn O))) played.

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  • 8. Playa, 'Angel Of Theft'. It opens with ambient noise and the signature riff from Slayer's ‘Raining Blood’ before throwing the breakdown from ‘Angel Of Death’ violently into the mix.

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  • 7. The Dillinger Escape Plan, 'Abe The Cop'. Check out the seven-second inhalation of melody at 1:32, the bone-jarring twin rhythms at 1:52 or what sounds like a roomful of crying people at 2:40.

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  • 6. Mastodon, 'Blood And Thunder'. With a conceit based around Melville's 'Moby Dick', this is as dynamic and thrilling as modern metal gets. Pic: PA Photos

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  • 5. Throbbing Gristle 'Discipline'. Genesis P-Orridge screams “I want some discipline in here…” If only the delivery of ASBOs were still such fun.

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  • 4. Suicide, '23 Minutes Over Brussels'. Suicide at their most painful, uncompromising best.

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  • 3. Oasis, 'My Big Mouth'. “It’s the sound of five guys, in the studio, on coke, not giving a fuck,” said Noel. No shit, our kid. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • 2. Big Black, 'Kerosene'. Paints a searing portrait of arson as cure for small-town boredom amid a scree of guitar noise that sounds like cyborg tinnitus. Pic: Getty

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  • 1. Black Sabbath, 'Iron Man'. Featuring one of the most distinctive, dirtiest, filthiest and – yup – loudest guitar sounds of all time, courtesy of guitarist Tony Iommi. Pic: PA Photos

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  • The 20 Loudest Songs Ever is a feature in the new issue of NME, which is onsale across the UK from Wednesday 29 July.

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