In the full glare of new wave and punk, ’78 reflected the exciting, eclectic shifts that were taking place. The Clash, The Jam, Debbie Harry and Sid Vicious all topped categories.
In the post-match analysis, Charles Shaar Murray said: “Compared to the blizzard of short-sightedness that afflicts readers’ polls in other publications of a vaguely rock-orientated nature, the NME readers’ poll vindicates not only our belief in new rock and roll but -let’s get sickening for a second- our belief in you.”
Best Male Singer
David Bowie
Best Female Singer
Debbie Harry
Best Album
The Jam – ‘All Mod Cons’
Best Single
The Clash – ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’
Best Songwriter
Elvis Costello
Best Dressed Sleeve
The Rolling Stones – ‘Some Girls’
Best Group
The Clash
Best New Group
Public Image Ltd
Best Guitarist
Mick Jones
Best Bassist
Jean Jacques Burnel
Best Keyboardist
Dave Greenfield
Best Drummer
Keith Moon
Best DJ
John Peel
Best Radio Show
John Peel Show
Best TV Show
Most Wonderful Human Being
Sid Vicious
Pin-Up Of The Year
Debbie Harry
‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’
Creep Of The Year
John Travolta