Here it is, then.
You’ll find the full list of 75 here, but if you just want the money shot, here’s the top 10:
1.These New Puritans – Hidden
2.Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
3.Beach House – Teen Dream
4.LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
5.Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
6.Foals – Total Life Forever
7.Zola Jesus – Stridulum II
8.Salem – King Night
9.Liars – Sisterworld
10.The Drums – The Drums
Here’s an interview in which These New Puritans explain how ‘Hidden’ came together, and why it was the result of an obsessive quest for absolute sonic perfection on singer Jack Barnett’s part.
Meanwhile, here are the stories behind some of the other albums of the year, featuring interviews with Grinderman, Manic Street Preachers, The Drums, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire.
And here’s a selection of artists, including Kasabian, Wild Beasts, and TNP themselves, discussing their own albums of the year:
Read about all these albums in more depth in NME’s end-of-year special, on sale Wednesday 1 December