NME 60

British music mag mainstay NME is celebrating its 60th birthday, so naturally, they’re ranking stuff. On tap today is their 20 Greatest Tracks Of The Past 60 Years, and while I won’t spoil it for you, I will say this — they probably have Dizzee Rascal’s “Fix Up, Look Sharp” ranked higher than anyone else might have ranked it. Like, it’s ranked higher than “A Day In The Life.” Hit the list below.

20 The Stone Roses – “I Am The Resurrection”
19 Madonna – “Like A Prayer”
18 The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”
17 Bob Dylan – “Like A Rolling Stone”
16 The Cure – “Boys Don”t Cry”
15 The Beatles – “A Day In The Life”
14 Sex Pistols – “God Save The Queen”
13 Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
12 The Ronettes – “Be My Baby”
11 The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy For The Devil”
10 Oasis – “Wonderwall”
09 Dizzee Rascal – “Fix Up, Look Sharp”
08 The Specials – “Ghost Town”
07 The Smiths – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
06 The Stone Roses – “She Bangs The Drums”
05 New Order – “Blue Monday”
04 The Beach Boys – “Good Vibratons”
03 David Bowie – “Heroes”
02 Pulp – “Common People”
01 Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

Here’s the other lists tied to the celebration:

Head to NME for more of the celebration, including a video of some of NME’s most-covered artists weighing in on the matter.

 
Comments (56)
  1. “NME ranks best tracks from now until I take a shit.”

  2. Fix Up. Look Sharp? I mean, the song’s pretty good and quite unique when it came out. But 9th best track of the last 60 years? Okay…

  3. According to NME’s 00s list, “Empire State of Mind” > “Fix Up, Look Sharp”.

    According to this list, “Fix Up, Look Sharp” > every Beatles song.

    Therefore, “Empire State of Mind” > every Beatles song.

    Lists are weird.

  4. Why does the idea of ranking the twenty greatest tracks of the last sixty years seem silly to me?

    • I don’t know you must be sane or something.

      • “Hey, Mr. Dylan, we appreciate the fact that you were able to convey the essence of the 1960s in a six-minute folk-rock opus, that it was revolutional at the time, actually still is ’til this day and few songs, if any, have matched the impact it’s had on popular culture, but here’s a Dizzee Rascal song to take cues from.”

    • I normally enjoy music related lists but this one is pretty absurd.

  5. NME need to get out of The Stone Roses’ arsehole.

  6. I’m really surprised that they didn’t try to shoehorn Libertines or Kasabian onto this list. They found room for Oasis, after all.

  7. this list is pretty solid … (just a tad bit of sarcasm there)

  8. I fixed it….

    20 The Stone Roses – “I Am The Resurrection”
    19 Madonna – “Like A Prayer”
    18 The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”
    17 Bob Dylan – “Like A Rolling Stone”
    16 The Cure – “Boys Don”t Cry”
    15 The Beatles – “A Day In The Life”
    14 Sex Pistols – “God Save The Queen”
    13 Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
    12 The Ronettes – “Be My Baby”
    11 The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy For The Devil”
    10 Oasis – “Wonderwall”
    09 Massive Attack – “Radiation Ruling the Nation”
    08 The Specials – “Ghost Town”
    07 The Smiths – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
    06 The Stone Roses – “She Bangs The Drums”
    05 New Order – “Blue Monday”
    04 The Beach Boys – “Good Vibratons”
    03 David Bowie – “Heroes”
    02 Pulp – “Common People”
    01 Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

    A sly declaration of new classic status slipped in to a list of old safe ones. Very NME….

  9. it takes a lot of balls to compress 31,557,600 minutes of existence into 2 hours of “well duh”, “Are You Serious?”, “WTF”, and “I can’t believe they didn’t include Radiohead”

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  11. Where’s Pat Boone, damn it?

  12. I adore “Love Will Tear Us Apart” as much as the next music lover, but #1? Come now. Methinks the rock-martyr phenomenon is at work here.

  13. Love Will Tear Us Apart is a good song, but not as good as the acclaim it gets. So overrated.

  14. I’m willing to see that this is “The NME’s 20 Greatest Tracks” and not “THE Greatest Tracks”. So it means as much as a “Kula Shaker is the Best Band Evar” cover in a landfill. Still, one of those Stone Roses songs needs to be “I Wanna Be Adored”. One of the most perfect songs ever.

  15. I’d switch the Beach Boys songs, because God Only Knows > Good Vibrations. Other than that, I think the top 5 is pretty solid.

  16. I like “Fix Up, Look Sharp” as much as the next guy (Boy in Da Corner is just generally great), but there are undoubtedly better hip-hop songs in existence.

  17. I hate NME they keep making top songs list and to cover up the fails of previous list they make new lists. Next list: 20 Greatest Tracks that didn’t make our other 20 Greatest Tracks list.

  18. What? No Strokes, Libertines, Radiohead, The Killers or Arctic Monkeys?! This couldn’t possibly be an NME list!

  19. too ridiculous to comment

  20. Where’s NME’s list of the 100 best NME lists of the last 6 months?

  21. Not to add to the Dizzee Rascal rage, but does NME realize they just crowned “Fix Up, Look Sharp” as the greatest rap song of all time?

  22. Honestly, I’m kind of numb to the concept of lists like this, but I will say I surprised that She Bangs the Drums ranks so far ahead of I Am the Resurrection, which I think is easily the best Roses song. SBTD is probably only fourth or fifth favorite track from the debut (though it’s my favorite album of all time).

  23. crap list from crap magazine

  24. Wasn’t it NME who ranked the first Arctic Monkeys album the third best British album ever, the week it was released? And do the Stone Roses even think they wrote two of the twenty best songs of the last 60 years? It’s JUST possible these guys lack perspective, although to be fair, this is a list of 20 excellent songs. All you need to do is remove the ‘greatest’ tag.

  25. Bon Iver’s in the right spot. But. . .Where the fuck is The Clash?

  26. I just realized that NME sounds like enemy.

  27. NME has always been a hangout for pretentious adolescents whose posturing is intended to make them seem cool. However, they’ve really surpassed themselves with this laughable list, which contains few tracks worthy of inclusion. The pro-Brit bias is embarassing even for me, born in London. I don’t think Joy Division, Pulp, New Order, Smiths, Specials, Oasis or Cure should even feature.

    Putting Beatles behind their 3rd rate copyists Oasis is really saying the compilers haven’t got a clue about music (not that I’d have selected Day in the Life, any way).

    I’m quite familiar with all the tracks listed apart from the Dizzee Rascal, which I’ve just heard for the 1st time. I wasn’t at all impressed, but I don’t listen to that particular sub-genre and wouldn’t claim to know if it’s good of its type.

    The failure to include Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower is the most obvious omission for me as it’s better than all the tracks included. I’m a big fan of Massive Attack, so I’d have selected Group Four. And so on.

    • It’s also just the *wrong* Brits. Two Stone Roses tracks and nothing by Kate Bush, Pulp but no Kinks, and so on. Probably no serious way to complete the basic ’20 from 60′ task but I Feel Love, What’s Going On, and Dancing Queen would definitely make my personal, hopeless list of this sort.

  28. I have this feeling that NME doesnt know what the fuck they are doing.

  29. This is what you get when you include decades that most of the authors were not alive for, and most of the readers didn’t know existed.

  30. I think Oasis would be happy that someone thinks they’re better than the Beatles.

  31. Headline: “NME names Wonderwall Top 10 song, celebrates 17 years of UK trolling rest of world.”

  32. I’ve lived in some decades where putting these pretty good 80s British bands above Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd would be laughable. We’re not in one of those decades, but probably the next one.

  33. Not enough black musicians on this list

  34. …………is this a joke?…….

  35. All amazing songs. That’s pretty much all I can say. This constant list making is irrelevant.
    I do like that they’re giving the Roses a bit of coverage, always helps; criminally underrated.

  36. Checking the 00s list – Fix Up, Look Sharp was #45.
    So 1 decade produced 44 better songs, however 6 decades produced only 8 better songs.
    I’m no mathematician, but maybe for your next birthday you should have a cake instead of punishing us with these lists. Thanks.

  37. NME = British Rolling Stone

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