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NME Announces Its Top 75 Albums Of The Year

NME is one of the first publications to announce its top albums of the year, and their steady countdown to the top 10 has climaxed today. You can peruse the entire top 75 via this link, but most of the attention is likely to settle on the top 10, which (perhaps unsurprisingly) is mostly made up of records loosely grouped in the indie rock sphere.


Hip-hop simply doesn’t feature in the NME’s world—you’ll have to look down as far as number 34 to find Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for the highest placed example of the genre—while records by Beach House, Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem snag many of the top slots.


These New Puritans’ Hidden is a surprise choice for the number 1 slot, and other eyebrow raising choices include a low placing for Vampire Weekend’s Contra (at number 24) and a deep love for the woeful witch house stylings of Salem’s King Night (which is at number 8 in the chart). 


The top 10 looks like this:


01 These New Puritans: Hidden

02 Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

03 Beach House: Teen Dream

04 LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening

05 Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can

06 Foals: Total Life Forever

07 Zola Jesus: Stridulum II

08 Salem: King Night

09 Liars: Sisterworld

10 The Drums: The Drums

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Arcade Fire
Beach House
LCD Soundsystem
These New Puritans

Lacking hip-hop to that extent makes it seem like they should have just left it off the list entirely.

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I had a feeling These New Puritans would top the list when I talked to Europeans in Montreal and all of them really, really loved that record. Also Arcade Fire.

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Salem? *throws laptop*

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Blah. It's not even the end of the year. Quit it.
And no hip hop? Give me a break. Cee Lo (Lady Killer is more soul, but whatever), Big Boi, Kanye, ... NME fail.


No crap! I can assure all our readers that our list of Top 40 albums will features 100% less Salem. Guaranteed.

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Close enough to the end of the year! And the last two weeks of December don't even count.

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When the staff lists get published, you'll see that These New Puritans placed at #2 on my list. So I'm glad they're getting love from someplace.

Those of you who don't know, go listen to that record, it's pretty awesome.

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That Laura Marling album came out so early in the year that I almost forgot how much I loved it. Not surprised she'd finish this high on a UK list. Now I'm just waiting to see who will step up and place her high over here.

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