The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’ tops NME’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time

Manchester band's iconic album finishes top of new poll

The Smiths‘ ‘The Queen Is Dead’ has been named as the Greatest Album of All Time by NME.

A list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is published in this week’s magazine, which is available digitally or on newsstands from today (October 23).

The Smiths’ 1986 LP came top of the list, above albums by The Beatles, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stone Roses and Pixies. You can read the full rundown in this week’s issue.


The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: See the Top 100 in full

Voted for by NME journalists past and present, each individual’s list of their top 50 albums was awarded points with 50 going to their top choice, 49 for the second and so on. These figures were combined with the same scoring method for NME’s Top 50 albums of the year for every year there has been one to create the definitive list of 500 essential albums published in the magazine.

Read the Top 10 Greatest Albums lists from NME office staff

‘The Queen Is Dead’ is The Smiths third studio album. Recorded in 1985, it was released the following June and includes the songs ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ and ‘Frankly Mr. Shankly’. Produced by Johnny Marr and Morrissey, the album peaked at Number Two in the chart upon its release.

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