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Radiohead Top NME’s List of the 100 Most Influential Artists

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Apparently Hole were more influential than Nirvana, and absolutely everyone was more influential than the Beatles.

NME has posted its list of the 100 Most Influential Artists and, although the reasoning behind the musicians ranked is detailed here, the choices definitely lend themselves to debate. The editors immediately disqualified the likes of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Who because they “aren’t necessarily directly informing the music being made today.” Meanwhile, David Bowie comes in at No. 2 just behind Radiohead, while Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and the Stooges all find a home on the list.

There are other surprises throughout, but here are a few: Pioneering L.A. punk band the Gun Club are No. 7 — above the Clash (No. 14) and Black Flag (No. 85) — while the Sex Pistols are absent; Sufjan Stevens (No. 50) is higher than Stevie Wonder (No. 78); the Cure creep in at No. 99 while the XX are way up at No. 10; the Brian Jonestown Massacre (No. 39) and Tame Impala (No. 40) are apparently a hair more important than Led Zeppelin (No. 41); and, as mentioned above, Courtney Love and Hole (No. 21) are four spots more influential than Kurt Cobain and Nirvana (No. 25).

At the same time, there’s no mention of Pearl Jam, Wilco, Talking Heads, Daft Punk or the Pixies. Here’s the entire list:

100. Deerhunter
99. The Cure
98. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
97. Iceage
96. Country Teasers
95. Dirty Projectors
94. Richard Hawley
93. Black Lips
92. St. Vincent
91. Foals
90. Flying Lotus
89. Simple Minds
88. Oneohtrix Point Never
87. Billy Bragg
86. The Triffids
85. Black Flag
84. Nine Inch Nails
83. The Jesus and Mary Chain
82. Massive Attack
81. Animal Collective
80. Dusty Springfield
79. Suicide
78. Stevie Wonder
77. Best Coast
76. Vampire Weekend
75. The Wedding Present
74. Slint
73. Wu-Tang Clan
72. Grimes
71. Rilo Kiley
70. Pharrell
69. Nick Lowe
68. The National
67. Jay Z
66. The Slits
65. Diplo
64. The Zombies
63. Talk Talk
62. The Stooges
61. DJ Shadow
60. DJ Rashad
59. Chic
58. Black Sabbath
57. James Blake
56. Happy Mondays
55. The Chills
54. Aphex Twin
53. The Fall
52. Nas
51. Television
50. Sufjan Stevens
49. Death From Above 1979
48. Bat For Lashes
47. The Cars
46. Wiley
45. T Rex
44. Bikini Kill
43. New Order
42. PJ Harvey
41. Led Zeppelin
40. Tame Impala
39. Brian Jonestown Massacre
38. Dr. Dre
37. Kraftwerk
36. My Bloody Valentine
35. TV on the Radio
34. Depeche Mode
33. The Knife
32. Pavement
31. Bjork
30. Bon Iver
29. Bruce Springsteen
28. Beck
27. The Stone Roses
26. Fleetwood Mac
25. Nirvana
24. Queens of the Stone Age
23. Burial
22. Sonic Youth
21. Hole
20. Prince
19. Neutral Milk Hotel
18. Aaliyah
17. Blur
16. The Velvet Underground
15. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
14. The Clash
13. Joy Division
12. The Breeders
11. The Smiths
10. The xx
9. Nick Cave
8. Kate Bush
7. The Gun Club
6. The Flaming Lips
5. The Strokes
4. The White Stripes
3. Kanye West
2. David Bowie
1. Radiohead

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