QUEENS CROWNED

The US rockers top our annual poll...

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have been voted NME ALBUM OF THE YEAR for their second long-player ‘RATED R’.

The poll, which is conducted annually by the writers of NME and NME.COM, recognises the best album released in any particular year. This year, QOTSA beat off competition from Primal Scream, PJ Harvey and Badly Drawn Boy for the prestigious award.

Speaking to NME.COM about the award, which has been won in recent years by The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Beck and Spiritualized, Queens mainman Josh Homme said: “Although we realise music is not a competition, fuck everyone else – we won, they lost. In truth, we’re honoured and it’s good to know that a record we put so much effort and care into is a record that you care about as well. Your cheque is in the post.”

The Top Ten of the 50 albums runs:

1. Queens Of the Stone Age – ‘Rated R’

2. Primal Scream – ‘Exterminator’

3. PJ Harvey – ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’

4. Badly Drawn Boy – ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’

5. At The Drive-In – ‘The Relationship Of Command’

6. Coldplay – ‘Parachutes’

7. Eminem – ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’

8. Doves – ‘Lost Souls’

9. Super Furry Animals – ‘Mwng’

10. Kelis – ‘Kaleidoscope’

For the full list of the NME Top 50 Albums Of The Year, see the double Christmas issue of NME, out nationwide today (December 19).