It is 50 years since the NME published the first ever UK singles chart – on November 14, 1952.
In this week’s issue, on sale in London today (November 12) and the rest of the UK tomorrow, we reveal our Top 100 singles that have touched us deepest over the last half century.
And right here we are giving YOU the chance to tell us what you think is missing from the list, by voting for the 101st best single.
Our list is not based on sales. It’s simply the singles that have touched us deepest, the 100 singles of the last half-century that have indelibly marked our souls. Voted for by NME staff, our chart brings together innovators, outsiders, superstars, people in torment and people on top of the world. Artists, in other words, with nothing in common but the immortality of their music.
To read the full Top 100, you’ll have to buy the NME, but here we bring you the cream of the crop that made the Top Ten in our list:
1. Joy Division – ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’
2. Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
3. The Sex Pistols – ‘Anarchy In The UK’
4. The Rolling Stones – ‘Paint It, Black’
5. David Bowie – ”Heroes”
6. The Stone Roses – ‘Fools Gold’
7. The Smiths – ‘This Charming Man’
8. Oasis – ‘Live Forever’
9. Massive Attack – ‘Unfinished Sympathy’
10. The Clash – ‘London Calling’
Once you’ve seen the whole 100 in all its glory, we want to know what you think should be added to the list. You can tell us [url=] here.