Posted in music on August 11, 2014

Radiohead

"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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NME's 100 Most Infuential Artists

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
09. Nick Cave
08. Kate Bush
07. The Gun Gun Club
06. The Flaming Lips
05. The Strokes
04. The White Stripes
03. Kanye West
02. David Bowie
01. Radiohead

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Comments (83)

The gun gun club!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:21 AM

Pavement is only #32? Fuck that!

Posted by whatabouuutt | August 11, 2014 9:21 AM

The Strokes more influential than The Velvet Underground?

lol

buzzfed

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:22 AM

the strokes are more influential than the beatles?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:25 AM

gun gun club lol

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:25 AM

The xx?

Posted by D | August 11, 2014 9:26 AM

Hole, James Blake, DJ Rashad, The xx, Iceage. This list is fucking hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:27 AM

How Kraftwerk and Suicide aren't in the top 5 is baffling. I do love The Gun Gun Club though :/

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:32 AM

Kanye # 3... quit reading.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:33 AM

the breeders, and no pixies

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:33 AM

The Modern Lovers are more influential than The Velvet Underground???

Without VU there are no fucking Modern Lovers.

As the Brits say: this list is RUBBISH!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:35 AM

im confused, is this just most influential of the last 20 years?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:37 AM

Where's Creed?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:39 AM

BOLLOCKS!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:41 AM

The Cure at 99 makes no sense! They should at least be in the top 10!

Posted by Bob Smith | August 11, 2014 9:51 AM

I like how Black Sabbath is somehow snuck in there. On a REAL (non-scarf) list, they should be #1.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:54 AM

Zeppelin should be #1, then animal collective

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:59 AM

How can Jonathan Richman be more influential than the band that influenced him? Most people don't even know who Jonathan Richman is. And The Jesus and Mary Chain at #83? That is one stupid arbitrary list.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:59 AM

So no one from the original British invasion? No Beatles, Stones, Kinks, or Who? But The Zombies instead?

A truly baffling list.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:00 AM

???

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:03 AM

No Ramones or Patti Smith either....

......stupid list!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:08 AM

Even if this list is not meant to be ALL TIME but rather just for RIGHT NOW, how can it be that the XX has influenced so many aspiring artists that they are #10??!?!?!?

On the other hand, I suppose if this list was made in 1970, VU would be in the top ten or even top five behind the Beatles. But that still doesn't mean the XX are in the same situation now... the XX?!?!?

No one is influenced today by the Beatles?

My head hurts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:18 AM

Grimes coming in at #72

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:27 AM

Best Coast, Rilo Kiley, and GRIMES are more influential than Stevie Wonder.

NME? SHT.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:29 AM

Yeah, it's cliche to say, but it's cliche for a reason. All modern rock/pop can trace direct influences to The Beatles. Any list out of them is intentionally trying to stir things up.

Further, not having Led Zeppelin, Dylan, Buddy Holly, Velvet Underground etc. in the top ten is just dumb.

Burial? Tame Impala? The xx? Yes, they have sounds that are 'in' right now (and do it REALLY well), but they have hardly been around long enough to have left a lasting mark on music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:30 AM

So I know everyone loooooves Radiohead and they have to be #1 simply because. But other than Muse who did they influence?

It really shouldn't count if you influence more shitty bands then good ones.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:30 AM

The Cure is more influential then 80% of this list and they are 99?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:38 AM

78. Stevie Wonder
58. Black Sabbath


49. Death From Above 1979

BBBBBBWWWWAAAAHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH!!!

How much did their label pay for that one??

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:40 AM

For white kids. Where are the black artists?

What about:
Bill Withers
Curtis Mayfield
Donny Hathaway
Otis Redding
Sam Cooke
Miles Davis
George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic

Beside that:

No Stones?

Oh, and FUCK Radiohead!

Posted by Pinched Nerve | August 11, 2014 10:41 AM

77. Best Coast


no words

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:46 AM

no Weezer? I know they suck now, but they're one of the most influential rock acts of the 90's...

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:47 AM

This list is absolutely silly.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:52 AM

would love to meet lame,misguided college brats that put this together

Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:53 AM

"7. The Gun Club. : 'They play very intense blues punk and I don't think anybody's really done it like that since then. It's incredible. People talk about how The Velvet Underground and how they weren't popular but they influenced a bunch of bands. The Gun Club are the same way.'"

If no one has "done it like that since then", how influential can it be?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:54 AM

Kanye West????????????????????? Umm, confusion.
And I agree with 10:40 -- Death From Above 1979? Why would
they even be on this list. I guess someone's cousin who's in the band wrote this ridiculous list.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:56 AM

The dude in Radiohead looks like the mutant hillbilly kid playing bango in "Deliverance"

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:58 AM

grimes should be #1

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:59 AM

Lets revise this list & remove Kanye West off completely, replace with The Cure & add Pink Floyd in there somewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:01 AM

06. The Flaming Lips
05. The Strokes
03. Kanye West

the above inclusions alone make this list worth less than the toilet tissue i just flushed.

kanye west is a talentless moron. wake up people!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:04 AM

10:59 absolutely nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:05 AM

The most uneducated listener list of all time

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:07 AM

Everybody will differ on this list, Glad to see The Gun Club getting some recognition...but you just fucked yourselves with a list that I suspect has been compiled to stir debate...maybe not a bad thing but this just does not reflect influential music....No truth, just controversial for the sake of it....

Posted by jerry leo | August 11, 2014 11:09 AM

Is this list a joke?

First of all, to whom and what is the influence that came up with this list because I recall hearing many many bands say that hearing the Beatles made them want to be in a band and almost as many harder bands say hearing KISS made them want to be in bands. Both are not on the list. I have heard many songwriters cite U2 and REM as influences and they are not on the list.

I have never heard anyone say the xx or Foals are an influence.

Jeez, let;s stop with the Radiohead love NME. You even left out the most influencial band of that entire Britpop era, Oasis.

What about Leonard Cohen? I could go on forever.

Posted by Loop | August 11, 2014 11:10 AM

Madonna.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:13 AM

They are just trying to piss people off.

Posted by Original Fuzz | August 11, 2014 11:15 AM

did not even know who Kanye was till I watched the 12-12-12 concerts and he really looked out of place-funny he married a woman with just as little talent if not any

Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:17 AM

Americans UK came in at 101 ...just so you know.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:18 AM

The clearly state the criteria and method used in the article. It's not a mystery.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:21 AM

Almost no black people. But at least Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:22 AM

no Chuck Berry??!? Like everyone is saying here the list could go on and on...................

Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:27 AM

Why the HELL is Kanye West on this list????
Who the fuck did he influence?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:37 AM

Happy Mondays?? Diplo?? Are these even real acts?? Chic?? If they mean the disco band they've gotta be kidding...and the black dude that wears a Smokey the Bear hat?? No respect to Smokey whatsoever!! Justice,please!!!

Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:39 AM

"Why the HELL is Kanye West on this list????
Who the fuck did he influence?"

Chance the Rapper, duh

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:48 AM

Clickbait

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:48 AM

I nearly choked on my pita triangle when I read this list.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:52 AM

The most influential toxic waste list

Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2014 12:02 PM

can we talk about that pic showing a heavily balding Thom Yorke from 20 years ago?

now magically sporting a beautiful luscious full head of hair!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 12:16 PM

Did anyone read the methodology for this list? It makes complete sense if you did.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 12:27 PM

What about arcade fire.they must have influenced some of the younger bands today.kanye west number3 is a joke surely

Posted by rogers steve | August 11, 2014 12:34 PM

Nah, weez to dum here on the illinois-wisconsin border........

Posted by hillbillyheadbanger | August 11, 2014 12:37 PM

Funny shit. How some dj guy, Aaliyah or Kanye West beats out the likes of the Beatles or Who is beyond me. Fucking clueless.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 12:37 PM

Yeah, it makes complete sense that Hole is more influential than Sonic Youth. Total sense made.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 12:38 PM

we be likin' you anonymous 12:37-couldn't have said it better

Posted by hillbillyheadbanger | August 11, 2014 12:44 PM

I can't tell you how many times I've been in music stores and seeing young guitarists trying to learn those classic Best Coast riffs

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 12:45 PM

No Lustmord?
The king of the Laptop?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 1:02 PM

time to go harvest some food and eat a big 'ol fresh pulled pork BBQ sandwich-it was fun ya'all!!

Posted by hungryhillbillies | August 11, 2014 1:11 PM

12:27, even after reading the methodology of how this list was tabulated, I still have a hard time believing that anyone cited Aaliyah (Aaliyah?!? Really?!?) as an influence, and that no one cited the Beatles or James Brown or P-Funk or The Who or The Ramones....

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 1:31 PM

Radiohead drummer there looking like a young Art Garfunkel.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 1:37 PM

NME yet again proves that British wankers remain clueless about all things musical.
Robert Johnson is and always will be #1.
Without Robert Johnson there is no blues.
Without the blues, there would be no chuck berry.
Without chuck berry, there is no rock and roll.
Without rock and roll there is no life as we know it today.

And that is all you need to know.

Posted by The Man With The Robust Mustache. | August 11, 2014 1:43 PM

In a smart world the comment section to this post would've shown zero comments.

Posted by ME | August 11, 2014 2:02 PM

And Radiohead is still boring.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 2:24 PM

this is obviously a joke

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 2:54 PM

99. The Cure

96. Country Teasers
95. Dirty Projectors
88. Oneohtrix Point Never
77. Best Coast
72. Grimes
71. Rilo Kiley
66. The Slits
65. Diplo
55. The Chills
48. Bat For Lashes
46. Wiley
33. The Knife

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Yeah, OK

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 3:05 PM

12:16 - he always had a very receded hairline, still does; he just grew out a very ill-advised ponytail.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 3:05 PM

the positions of radiohead and the strokes are cracking me up. just change the title of the list to "most overhyped acts" and everyone is right where they belong. the white stripes, oh yes, let's add to jack "i invented rock and roll" white's egomania problem. no wonder these people are so full of themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 5:10 PM

Yea cause Jack White is way more influential than all the real blues artists he ripped off.

Grimes and Kanye? Can they even spell influential with out asking some one?

And who the fuck is Bat for Lashes? Horrible band name, first off.

NME needs to get its shit together.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 5:53 PM

Kanye on this list is laughable. Where the hell is Neu! or Can???
The Cure at #99.???? ha ha ha ha.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 8:52 AM

Yet another troll list on the internet whose sole intention is to get clicks and views.

How original.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 9:18 AM

Did Robin Williams read this list? Is that why he killed himself?

Posted by Santiago | August 12, 2014 10:28 AM

No Dylan? Ok.

Posted by Kevin | August 12, 2014 9:30 PM

NME is a shit paper, seriously, why reprint this crap. any mag that puts bat for lashes on and no rolling stones is dumb

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2014 2:35 PM

how could there be 4 artists more influential than the Strokes?

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2014 3:44 PM

Resist the NME.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 1:29 PM

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