“NME” Year-End List: Someone Out There Still Believes In The Strokes

Dec 6th, 2006 // 11 Comments

The NME best-of-06 list is out, and if you’re the one person who didn’t think the Arctic Monkeys would hit No. 1, well, aren’t you a sucker. The top 10 (via I Love Music):

10 My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade
9 Kasabian – Empire
8 The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth
7 The Long Blondes – Someone To Drive You Home
6 Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
5 CSS – Cansei De Ser Sexy
4 Hot Chip – The Warning
3 Muse – Black Holes and Revelations
2 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
1 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Oh, NME! Your Kasabian-boosting is just so cute. We’re still not buying it on this side of the pond, though.

NME [nme.com]

  1. mike a

    but does anyone still believe in the fiery furnaces and/or their side projects? i think of them as the first casualties of blog rock.

    i wouldn’t mind if the long blondes showed up on everyone’s top 10 list. the cd is great, though the earlier singles are better.

  2. JDTZR

    I like Kasabian.

    Yeah, I said it.

  3. Chris Molanphy

    I don’t like Kasabian much. But I must say you guys have a diabolical year-end polling plan: snark about every competing poll until all the records on them have been sullied, start a poll, then ask your pollees to come up with best-of-06 picks that haven’t been dissed. Seriously, what’s left?

  4. Paul D

    Never heard of 4, 5, or 7 personally. And My Chemical Romance is just a joke.

    And Muse should have been higher. Not sayin’ Arctic Monkey’s aren’t good, but Muse is better.

  5. Nicolars

    Seriously, what’s left?

    HINDER

  6. Clare

    NME’s list isn’t bad. I’d push Hot Chip higher up and kick the Long Blondes off entirely.

    but does anyone still believe in the fiery furnaces and/or their side projects?

    The only reason I went to see the Fiery Furnaces is because Franz Ferdinand was playing Philadelphia the next night and I suspected some of the band would be at the show. (And I was right! I talked briefly with Bob Hardy, who is sweet and adorable. Alex K was there too, but I didn’t get to talk to him.) Otherwise, Fiery Furnaces stunk.

    Seriously, what’s left?

    [tiny voice] Didn’t anyone else like Confessions on a Dance Floor? It’s Madge’s best album since Ray of Light, for reals.

  7. Chris Molanphy

    Didn’t anyone else like Confessions on a Dance Floor? It’s Madge’s best album since Ray of Light, for reals.

    Word! LOVED it – and I would agree with that assessment entirely.

    But CoaDF came out in November ’05. So it made my Top 10 last winter.

  8. Clare

    *facepalm*

    Well, it was nice knowing you all.

  9. Anonymous

    J Dilla
    Damien Rice
    Dabrye

  10. jkling

    For all their annoying wankery, Fiery Furnaces still throw you a gorgeous song once and a while. The version of “Benton Harbor Blues” without the backwards gibberish was really pretty. Theirs is an editing problem more than anything.

    As to this list, count me in the pro Long Blondes column. Firmly in the britpop category, without deviating from the template much, but a really good Britpop album. The rest is a big pile of meh.

  11. hhaller

    This is top ten list of crap right?

    Ok, ok I’ll cut YYY’s a break I guess, but the rest of it, yikes.

    Gnarls Barkley, most overrated band of year.

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