The Best Of NME



Whether it was called From You To Us, Angst, Fanmail or Sounding Off, the NME letters page has always been the place to tell us when we were right, when we were wrong, and why we should give you a job – and that’s just Morrissey. Read his many missives and other entertaining celebrity communiqués here.


As NME prepares to make its great leap into the future, we look back over 63 years of the world’s finest music magazine, from its origins as a Tin Pan Alley jazz mag to the bicep-troubling bumper issue you hold in your hands now. In the intervening years, we launch the singles chart, redefine rock journalism, throw countless awards bashes, make and break a million careers and argue endlessly about what goes on the office stereo. The story so far of NME is here.


While the world occupied itself with the moon landing, royal weddings and successive economic crises, we’ve always been more interested in what The Beatles had in their sandwiches. NME has been documenting the moments that shook the music world for more than six decaded; we look back on some of them here.


We throw open the NME archives to revisit pivotal encounters with a troubled Nirvana, an enigmatic Bowie, Morrissey in his pomp and more. With words by some of NME’s biggest names through the ages, from Danny Kelly to Charles Shaar Murray, Steven Wells and Johnny Cigarettes, here are some of NME’s best ever features.


Clear a lot of space on your wall – we’ve selected 50 of the most iconic NME covers of all time and reprinted them in all their glory. Features: The Stone Roses, Joy Division, Amy Winehouse, Blur, Bjork, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Ramones and many more.


We revisit some of the most monumental onstage moments here, from early Arctic Monkeys shows to Rage Against The Machine sticking it to The Man in Finsbury Park via The Libertines playing a squat in east London. You had to be there! But not if you read NME…


It was a sad day for pop music when NME’s Peter Robinson retired his long-running Versus column, in which stars of the day were subjected to a dizzying barrage of personal, surreal and downright rude questions. The best are collected here.


We return to NME’s long-running ‘humour’ page Thrills, in which fake Wu-Tang members rub shoulders with made-up techno DJs, and we visit Mark E Smith’s house and investigate the curious phenomenon of the “C-bag”.


Damon dressed as Debbie Harry? That happened. As did Aphex Twin downing a bowl of lemons and us killing of a made-up band in a bus crash. How did it happen? Because we just did it!

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