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Q Magazine - 50 Years of Great British Music

This was in the March 2008 edition of Q Magazine. Some albums and tracks in there haven't appeared on their previous lists. The writers/critics of Q Magazine have a tendency to change their minds once in a while (which is just normal, I guess). Amy Winehouse is a good example of this. Back to Black didn't appear on their 2006 year-end list but they have since heaped it with praise and now it's listed as one of 10 essential British albums of the 2000s.

Each section is chronological, in order of release.

1950s

Tracks

o Lonnie Donegan - Rock Island Line
o Tony Crombie & His Rockets - Teach You to Rock
o Tommy Steele - Rock with the Caveman
o Wee Willie Harris - Rockin’ at the 2 I’s
o Marty Wilde - Endless Sleep
o Cliff Richard & the Drifters [Shadows] - Move It
o Billy Fury - Maybe Tomorrow
o Vince Taylor & the Playboys - Brand New Cadillac
o Johnny Kidd & the Pirates - Please Don’t Touch
o Adam Faith - What Do You Want?

1960s

Albums

o Dusty Springfield - Everything’s Coming Up Dusty
o Beatles - Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
o Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
o Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society
o Small Faces - Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake
o Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
o Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief
o Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
o Who - Tommy
o Led Zeppelin - II

Tracks

o Shadows - Apache
o Tornados - Telstar
o Who - My Generation
o Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
o Rolling Stones - Paint it Black
o Troggs - Wild Thing
o Pink Floyd - See Emily Play
o Small Faces - Itchycoo Park
o Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
o Cream - Sunshine of Your Love

1970s

Albums

o David Bowie - Hunky Dory
o Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
o Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
o Queen - A Night at the Opera
o Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the...
o Jam - All Mod Cons
o Steel Pulse - Handsworth Revolution
o Specials - Specials
o Clash - London Calling
o Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

Tracks

o Black Sabbath - Paranoid
o John Lennon - Working Class Hero
o Who - Won’t Get Fooled Again
o T.Rex - Get it On
o Elton John - Rocket Man
o Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
o Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
o David Bowie - ‘Heroes’
o Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
o Undertones - Teenage Kicks

1980s

Albums

o Dexys Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
o Human League - Dare!
o Def Leppard - Pyromania
o Police - Synchronicity
o Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
o Smiths - Queen is Dead
o Pet Shop Boys - Actually
o Pogues - If I Should Fall from Grace with God
o Cure - Disintegration
o Stone Roses - Stone Roses

Tracks

o Soft Cell - Tainted Love
o Specials - Ghost Town
o Jam - Town Called Malice
o New Order - Blue Monday
o Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax
o Police - Every Breath You Take
o Smiths - How Soon is Now?
o M/A/R/R/S - Pump Up the Volume
o La’s - There She Goes
o Soul II Soul - Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)

1990s

Albums

o Depeche Mode - Violator
o Massive Attack - Blue Lines
o Primal Scream - Screamadelica
o Blur - Parklife
o Oasis - Definitely Maybe
o Prodigy - Music for the Jilted Generation
o Portishead - Dummy
o Pulp - Different Class
o Radiohead - OK Computer
o Verve - Urban Hymns

Tracks

o Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
o Oasis - Live Forever
o Blur - Parklife
o Pulp - Common People
o Prodigy - Firestarter
o Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life
o Underworld - Born Slippy (Nuxx)
o Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
o Robbie Williams - Angels
o Cornershop - Brimful of Asha

2000s

Albums

o PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
o Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
o Libertines - Up the Bracket
o Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
o Streets - A Grand Don’t Come for Free
o Gorillaz - Demon Days
o Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
o Muse - Black Holes & Revelations
o Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
o Radiohead - In Rainbows

Tracks

o Coldplay - Scientist
o Girls Aloud - Sound of the Underground
o Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
o Wolfman featuring Pete Doherty - For Lovers
o Streets - Dry Your Eyes
o Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict a Riot
o Lily Allen - Smile
o Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
o Razorlight - America
o Amy Winehouse - Rehab

Re: Q Magazine - 50 Years of Great British Music

Samuel Johnson famously mused that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel".
Had he seen this alternately obvious and jaw-droppingly awful exercise in sabre-rattling banality, he might well have replaced the last word with "fuckwit".

Re: Q Magazine - 50 Years of Great British Music

American writer Ambrose Bierce had some funny little riff on Johnson's quotation that basically said "Actually Sam, it is the first refuge of a scoundrel..."

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Re: Q Magazine - 50 Years of Great British Music

I've never really realized how much I dislike UK music after the 70's. There are exceptions, but I went from liking most of the acclaimed British music to liking very little of it. Maybe it's because most everything after the 70's is a weak attempt at imitating 60's and 70's British music and is rarely original.

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Important ? will this list count. I can't see why not.

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Q Magazine...oh yeah, that's the publication who, on metacritic, always gives high ratings to middling britpop and low ratings to anything remotely progressive or minimalist.

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Yep, no attempts to make any type of new music have been made since the Seventies in Britain every band tries to sound like The Beatles and The Kinks.

Re: Q Magazine - 50 Years of Great British Music

This list will be included, no doubt.