most influential

17 April 2002

new musical express are celebrating their 50th birthday and have named the smiths as the most influential artist of the last 50 years in the eyes of their paper. the guardian lists the whole of the top 50 with the beatles in second place and the stone roses in third.

the paper selected the list by counting appearances on the paper’s front cover, the volume of features, their positions in end of year polls and the number of letters from readers. to my eye the list is very skewed towards the last twenty years with barely any artists from the fifties or the sixties featured. i wonder how extensive the nme archives are or if the early issues of the paper were a lot thinner than the later issues. i’m not denying that the smiths are worthy winners just that the skew towards recent artists seems a bit heavy.