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Tuesday 22 July 2014

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

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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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