'The Smiths' 'The Queen is Dead' finishes top of the latest NME Writers' poll'. -It took the NME writers 25 years to catch up with their readers, who already placed 'The Queen is Dead' on top of the 1988 readers' poll. In 2006 NME held a survey among 40.000 music fans in cooperation with the book of 'British Hit Singles and Albums'. Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' topped that poll, with 'The Queen is Dead' finishing 9th. In the 2003 NME Writers' poll 'The Queen is Dead' finished in 8th spot, in the 1993 NME Writers' poll it finished in 10th position. Of course we can start a discussion on the legitimacy of putting 'The Queen is Dead' on top of a 'Greatest Albums of All Time' poll, but maybe we better have a look at the facts? It shows that in only 4 out of 134 lists in our database, the album tops the list. Among these are the 2 earlier mentioned NME lists and the (Dutch) FOK! Forum list of 2006 and the (U.K.) Melody Maker's list of 2000.
Good thing about this latest NME's writers' poll is that all former number ones are listed. Although some ended in an arguable low position.... Like 1974 NME Writers' poll winner Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' at position 87, which recently topped the '2012 Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time'. Other former winners and their current position: 1985 winner Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' at position 25, 1993 winner The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' at position 26, 2003 winner The Stone Roses' self-titled debut album at position 7, 2006 winner Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' at position 10.
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Frank Steven Groen
March 11, 2014