30 Incredible Closing Songs On Albums - Chosen By NME Readers

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30 Incredible Closing Songs On Albums - Chosen By NME Readers

They say first impressions mean everything, but there's a lot to be said for a memorable parting shot too. Last week we asked NME readers for their favourite album finale songs. Jesper Kihlberg ‏was one of many to suggest Muse's massive 'Megalomania', which closes 'Origin of Symmetry'. "Epic, just epic. Even more so at Reading Festival 2011," he wrote.

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30 Incredible Closing Songs On Albums - Chosen By NME Readers

Harry Ford ‏opted for 'National Anthem' by the Gaslight Anthem which, he says, "ends the rocky 'Handwritten' with a melancholic acoustic song... it's beautiful."

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"The last couple of minutes of the Horrors' 'Sea Within A Sea' always evoke a sense of speechlessness," wrote NME reader Amaani on Twitter.

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Alex Metcalfe was among the many of you whose vote went to 'The Tourist', Radiohead's unforgettable 'OK Computer' closer. Hard to argue with that one.

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Bobby Buckley ‏described Pink Floyd's 'Eclipse', the finale to Pink Floyd's seminal 'Dark Side Of The Moon', a "perfect ending to a perfect album."

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30 Incredible Closing Songs On Albums - Chosen By NME Readers

NME reader Chloé Jean ‏picked 'Her Majesty' on 'Abbey Road' as her favourite album closer, "because it's such a Beatles thing to add a song after another one called 'The End.'"

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Miles Etchells had this to say on the matter: "'A Certain Romance' at the end of first Arctic Monkeys album. Best song on it. So nostalgic, makes me think of home."

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Cuchulain O'Riain ‏hails Radiohead as masters of the album finale: "'Amnesiac' and 'Kid A' close with 'Life in a Glasshouse' and 'Motion Picture Soundtrack' respectively - both devestating."

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Dermot O'Donnell ‏went for 'That Power' from Childish Gambino's 'Camp'. "Really ties the album together with a story from his childhood," he said of the laid-back track.

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"Absolutely riotous and achingly beautiful" is how Matthew Gosling ‏describes his favourite closer, the mesmerising 'Untitled 8 (Popplagio)' on Sigur Ros' '( )'.

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30 Incredible Closing Songs On Albums - Chosen By NME Readers

Juliana M on Twitter's vote goes to 'I Won't Share You', "a brilliant ending to the greatest album ever - 'Strangeways, Here We Come' by The Smiths."

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NME reader Helen X ‏meanwhile had this to say: "it's the dada-esque ascending bleep closing to Buzzcocks 'Another Music In A Different Kitchen' for me."

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'My Body is a Cage' on Arcade Fire's 'Neon Bible' is "epic and incredibly dramatic," says Jade Tayla Bate. "An amazingly intense finish to an album about all the big world problems: war, death and religion."

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Sarah Sharman went for 'Road Trippin' on 'Californication'. "The Chilli Peppers have only performed this song live four times!! Why?!" she asks.

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30 Incredible Closing Songs On Albums - Chosen By NME Readers

Guns N Roses' 'Use Your Illusion I' is "not a great album" but has "an outstanding final anthem" in 'Coma', says Twitter user Gee.

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Craig Thomson reckons 'Jungleland', the finale to 'Born to Run' is the best closing track ever. "The Big Man's sax solo is as close to perfection as humanly possible," he says.

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Senan Lee ‏picks 'Only In Dreams' from Weezer's pop-punk classic 'The Blue Album' - an "angry, sorrowful 8 minute epic. Awesome guitar solo too."

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NME reader Josh Starmer says Kate Bush's 'Aerial' is "such a creative ending to an album. It's a beautiful ending to that album's story."

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Another vote for the Smiths - this time the eponymous closing song on their 'Meat Is Murder' record. "Hundreds of animals dying really illustrates the concept. Leaves a taste," says Jared Woods.

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Phil Crawley ‏opts for 'Dream Brother', the touching swansong on Jeff Buckley's 'Grace'. "Massive shivers everytime I hear that ending."

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Deftones' 'White Pony' closer 'Pink Maggit' is "as haunting as they come" says Ryan Steele. "I wish they hadn't done that bonus edition of the album with another song - 'The Boy's Republic' is a great track but the album should end there."

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Rob Daly was one of many to suggest Bright Eyes' 'Road To Joy' from his 2005's 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' - a rowdy folk rock spin on Beethoven's 'Ode To Joy'.

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Luke Cutliffe went for 'Empty Cans' on 'A Grand Don't Come for Free' by The Streets. "When the piano kicks in, the tone changes and the grand is discovered "in all it's glory" it is perfection. Never forget the first time I listened to the album - left me smiling ear to ear. Magic."

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Jacobo Zea's pick is 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' on Jimi Hendrix's 'Electric Ladyland', which "finishes [the album] up with a legendary performance... every guitar player who gets a wah wah pedal tries this one." For good reason, too.

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Danny Schulzki was another of you who suggested a Radiohead track. "'4 Minute Warning' on the 'In Rainbows' bonus disc wraps evening thing up perfectly."

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Twitter user Saz described 'Champagne Supernova' from Oasis's '(What's The Story) Morning Glory' as a" perfect lull back to reality after the riotous anthemic offerings." No disputes here.

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"A closing song that is just as strong as the opener makes me replay the whole album," Brett Harned. "Damon Albarn's 'Heavy Seas of Love' does that."

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Ian Wade ‏opted for 'The Private Psychedelic Reel' off Chemical Brothers' 'Dig Your Own Hole'. "Just because. It's 'Tomorrow Never Knows' for the amyl set."

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30 Incredible Closing Songs On Albums - Chosen By NME Readers

Jared Woods claims Nine Inch Nails perfected the art of the album closer with 'The Downward Spiral' finale 'Hurt'. "One of the saddest songs in the world, ending with a suffocation of static."

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"Glassjaw wrote this song 'Convectuoso' for their album 'Worship and Tribute'," says Heather Bryant. "It didn't make the cut because of a dispute with their old label Roadrunner. Which is a shame, 'cos it's one of the most arresting tracks ever - a sad, sombre puzzler of a song."

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