Arctic Monkeys beat Beatles in top albums list

The Arctic Monkeys have beaten the Beatles in a list of the greatest British albums ever.

The Arctic Monkeys have beaten the Beatles in a list of the greatest British albums ever.

Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not came fifth in the NME poll while the Beatles’ Revolver only made ninth place.

Top of the list was the self-titled debut album from The Stone Roses, released in 1989.

Second was The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths, followed by Oasis with Definitely Maybe and The Sex Pistols with Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

NME said the Arctic Monkeys deserved to be in such exalted company despite the fact their album was only released on Monday.

It is shaping up to be the fastest-selling debut album of all time, with nearly 120,000 copies sold on its first day in the shops.

“Consider some of the great British debuts: The Smiths, Definitely Maybe, Original Pirate Material. Now consider the Arctic Monkeys,” NME said.

“Lumping Whatever People Say I Am... in with these records might seem premature, but what made them all great was attitude and innovation and sheer balls – something the Monkeys possess in abundance.

“Passion, belief and style are timeless, and so will this be.”

Besides the Beatles, the rest of the top 10 was made up of Modern Life Is Rubbish by Blur, Different Class by Pulp, London Calling by The Clash and Up The Bracket by The Libertines.

The NME compiled its list of 100 greatest albums to mark Britain’s “musical renaissance”.

Top 20 Greatest British Albums Ever

1 The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

2 The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

3 Oasis – Definitely Maybe

4 Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Buzzcocks

5 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

6 Blur – Modern Life Is Rubbish

7 Pulp – Different Class

8 The Clash – London Calling

9 The Beatles – Revolver

10 The Libertines – Up The Bracket

11 Radiohead – The Bends

12 The Specials – Specials

13 The Verve – A Northern Soul

14 David Bowie – Hunky Dory

15 Primal Scream – Screamadelica

16 Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels

17 The Streets – Original Pirate Material

18 Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

19 The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come

20 The Beatles – Rubber Soul

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