NME gave that title to "The Queen is Dead," The Smiths' third album, on its newest list of the 500 best LPs in music history. The British music publication's updated rankings -- the last list came in 2003 and is frequently cited as a compendium of music's greatest releases -- appear in this week's magazine. The Smiths top lauded album by The Beatles, David Bowie, Pixies and Radiohead.
"Queen" appeared at No. 8 on NME's previous list of the greatest albums, while The Stone Roses' self-titled release slotted at No. 1. The new list finds The Beatles' "Revolver," David Bowie's "Hunky Dory," The Strokes' "Is This It" and The Velvet Underground & Nico's eponymous album rounding out the Top 5.
What do you think of The Smith's hefty accolade? Are they deserving of NME's crown? Sound off in the comments below.
"The U.S. is bound to have a different perspective on this choice, but the Smiths were a radical force to emerge during Thatcher's England, and their music was outrageously sophisticated and intelligent compared to the pablum that was being foisted on the public at the time. I'm an American, but I was blown away by the Smiths, and by that album in particular. I think it is certainly one of the greatest albums of the rock era. To quibble over which is best is a futile exercise in individual tastes."
"I love the smiths dearly but this is not the best album of all time and it's not even the best smiths album. Strangeways is way better!"
"Actually The Smiths' 'Meat is Murder' is a better album because it has their best song on it, 'How Soon Is Now.'"
"I also prefer Meat is Murder but primarily for "Rusholme Ruffians". "I might walk home alone...but my faith in love is still devout!" or "Scratch my name on your arm with a fountain pen...this means you really love me!""