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In Pictures: NME's top 50 albums of the decade

50. MIA - Arular
50. MIA - Arular
49. Muse - Absolution
48. Walkmen - Bows and Arrows
47. Brendan Benson - Lapalco
46. Delgados - The Great Eastern
45. Avalanches - Since I Left You
44. Outkast - Loveboxxx/The Love Below
43. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
42. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
41. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
40. Ryan Adams - Gold
39. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
38. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
37. The Knife - Silent Shout
36. Spirtualized - Let it Come Down
35. Babyshambles - Down In Albion
34. Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
33. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
32. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
31. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
30. Elbow - Asleep In The Back
29. Super Furry Animals - Rings Around The World
28. Johnny Cash - Man Comes Around
27. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
26. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in Da Corner
25. Rapture - Echoes
24. The Libertines - The Libertines
23. Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
22. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
21. The Coral - The Coral
20. Blur - Think Tank
19. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
18. The White Stripes - Elephant
17. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
16. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
15. Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
14. Radiohead - Kid A
13. The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
12. LCD Soundsystem - The Sound Of Silver
11. At The Drive In - Relationship Of Command
10. Radiohead - In Rainbows
9. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
8. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
7. Arcade Fire - Funeral
6. PJ Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
4. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
3. Primal Scream - xtrmntr
2. The Libertines - Up The Bracket
1. The Strokes - Is This It

Music magazine NME has published its list of the top 50 albums of the noughties, as voted for by leading figures in the music industry.

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British band The Libertines were among those acknowledged as creators of one of the greatest albums of the decade.

The band's debut Up The Bracket, which brought Pete Doherty to fame, was second only to US act The Strokes whose debut Is This It made it to number one slot.

The Strokes' lead singer Julian Casablancas said of his band's top position: "Does it mean it's a good musical decade or a bad musical decade? I don't know, I'm such a bad judge of my own stuff.

"But I thought it was great when I heard. Recording the album was fun. It was stressing, it was exciting. I don't want to get carried away, but I'm pretty damn psyched with myself."

The top 50 — compiled by this week's edition of music weekly NME — sees Primal Scream taking third place.

Guitar-led rock acts dominate the best of the decade list with nine out of the top 10 places.

The year 2002 is the most well-represented in the list with eight albums, including releases by Interpol, The Streets and Queens of the Stone Age.

Bands such as Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys, plus record producers and label bosses, were among those who cast their votes.

Both The Strokes and The Libertines have been heavily championed by the magazine over the years.

NME editor Krissi Murison said: "This is the definitive word on the greatest albums of the noughties - as voted for by everyone who helped make music brilliant this decade."

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