It's time to conclude our NME.com birthday bonanza. After revealing our picks of the 150 best songs of the past 15 years, we ran a poll on the best albums from that span of time. You voted, here are the results. At No. 20. is The White Stripes' 'White Blood Cells' (which included 'Fell In Love With A Girl', which we ranked the 6th best track in our list).
19. Coldplay – 'Parachutes'. Back in 2000, a fresh-faced Coldplay released their debut album, which went on to win a Grammy, a Brit Award, go 7× Platinum in the UK, sell millions of copies and spawn plenty of singles (arguably some of the best of their musical career).
18. Arcade Fire – 'The Suburbs'. One of the newest albums of this batch, Arcade Fire's 2010 record won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards (even though, as it seems, most Americans didn't know who the hell they were). Win Butler described it as sounding like “a mix of Depeche Mode and Neil Young" - and you really can't go wrong with that.
17. Amy Winehouse – 'Back To Black'. The world is still suffering from the loss of one of our generation's greatest musical talents, but we're glad we've got this beautiful record to remember her by. While she only had the chance to release two albums, 'Back To Black' contained more hits than most artists release in a lifetime.
16. The White Stripes – 'Elephant'. The duo's second release to appear in this top 20 list is their 2003 album, which featured what will probably be the most memorable song of their career, 'Seven Nation Army'. Plus, the album artwork's apparently some kind of Magic Eye type thing that's meant to look like an elephant.
15. Queens Of The Stone Age – 'Songs For The Deaf'. It's the record that made them internationally recognised superstars, and it's the record they recruited Dave Grohl to play drums on. So much legend packed into an hour of badass rock 'n' roll.
14. Franz Ferdinand – 'Franz Ferdinand'. Before they tried going all dancey and attempted to make music out of human bones, these Glaswegians released the debut album that earned them the 2004 Mercury Music Prize award.
13. Arcade Fire – 'Funeral'. And here we have another Arcade Fire record (their very first one) - on which you can find 'Rebellion (Lies)' - NME.com's second favourite song of the past 15 years. NME also deemed it worth of a top 10 spot on the '100 Greatest Albums of the 2000s' list.
12. Arctic Monkeys – 'Favourite Worst Nightmare'. Back in '07, we gave the Monkeys' second offering a whopping 9/10 mark, and called the album (with hits like 'Fluorescent Adolescent', 'Brianstorm' and 'Teddy Picker') "an unforecasted hurricane" of "panoramic atmosphere".
11. Radiohead – 'Kid A'. Last year marked the ten year anniversary since Radiohead released 'Kid A' - and it still remains one of the most relevant albums of our time. NME said: "‘Kid A’ is ultimately about self-definition: it’s Thom Yorke’s fuck-you to the forces that would presume to cage him."
10. Coldplay – 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head'. Another recipient of the 9/10 album score from NME, we called Radiohead's second release "significantly better than their first. It's a belter." That it was, that it was...
9. Radiohead – 'In Rainbows'. After the band released 'Hail To The Thief' in 2003, they took their longest ever musical gap, waiting until 2007 to unveil 'In Rainbows' (released in a digital 'pay-what-you-want' format). But it was well worth that wait, as they are said to have sold over one million copies within one day of release.
8. The Strokes – 'Is This It'. Ten years ago, five blokes from NYC came into our lives with this debut record, packaged in a raunchy little album sleeve that we would never forget. To say it forever changed guitar music would be an understatement, as critics (and fans) worldwide agree that 'Is This It' was one of the most important albums of its generation.
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – 'Californication'. In an ever-changing line-up, 'Californication' saw the return of guitarist John Frusciante. And with Flea's recent comment that the band lost the 'magic' when Frusciante left, it's safe to say that those were probably some of RHCP's better days.
6. Arctic Monkeys - 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'. As it's the fastest selling debut album by any band ever, we can understand why it's earned the No. 6 spot on this final list. Receiving a 10/10 review from NME, we said that "there ain’t no disappointment around here" called 'A Certain Romance' "as perfect a pop song as you could ever hope to hear".
5. Muse – 'Origin Of Symmetry'. When the band revisited this album in its entirety at Reading and Leeds this summer, we were all reminded by what a brilliant musical nugget it was. Back in 2001, NME said: "Almost everything on 'Origin Of Symmetry' is overstated, but with Matt reined in by the constraints of a dirty rock three-piece, the operatic stuff is devastatingly channelled."
4. Muse – 'Absolution'. The trio's first album to chart Stateside, this was the moment they finally broke America (unless you count the day Twilight fans took over).
3. Radiohead – 'OK Computer'. Some people think the album's overrated, but there's no denying that there's a lot of love for it out there. We named album track 'Paranoid Android' the best song of the past 15 years - and caught up with Colin Greenwood about why it's so good - read what he had to say here.
2. The Killers – 'Hot Fuss'. Ah, the days when B.Flo still wore guyliner, and before the feather era. 'Mr. Brightside' was ranked as our 5th favourite tune of the past 15 years - but let's not forget about all of the other great stuff the band's debut album had to offer (with the likes of 'Somebody Told Me', 'Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine' and 'Smile Like You Mean It').
1. Placebo – 'Without You I’m Nothing'. Thanks to the power of fansites and their fervent online army, Placebo's 1998 release snuck into the top spot. While we expected to see the likes of The Strokes or Radiohead in pole position, the fans have spoken and we like to maintain a democracy round these parts. Read why some people think they deserve it.