John Lennon named as NME’s Ultimate Icon

Beatles mans beats out David Bowie, Alex Turner and Liam Gallagher to take the crown

John Lennon has been named as NME‘s Ultimate Musical Icon of the last 60 years.

The Beatles‘ co-frontman topped the poll, which began with 60 nominees in March of this year, beating out the likes of David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Morrissey, Liam Gallagher and Damon Albarn to take the crown.

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher came second in the poll, with David Bowie in third and Alex Turner in fourth. Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain came fifth, Amy Winehouse came sixth, with Jimi Hendrix in seventh place.


Morrissey ranked in eighth place, with Noel Gallagher in ninth and Ian Curtis in 10th place.

Over 160,000 votes were cast in the poll, which ran for over six months and has taken place to celebrate NME‘s 60th birthday. You can read the definitive list of all 60 icons in this week’s issue of NME, which is on newsstands tomorrow (September 19) or available digitally.

The Top 10 in the poll to find NME‘s Ultimate Musical Icon of the last 60 years are as follows:

1. John Lennon
2. Liam Gallagher
3. David Bowie
4. Alex Turner
5. Kurt Cobain
6. Amy Winehouse
7. Jimi Hendrix
8. Morrissey
9. Noel Gallagher
10. Ian Curtis

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