John & Yoko 1980 by Allan Tannebaum

“I’m so thrilled that NME have voted John Lennon as the Ultimate Icon of NME’s Lifetime. A great surprise to wake up to this morning! Thankyou, NME and thankyou to all of you who voted for John. I’m sure he’s thrilled, too – up there! Big kiss, yoko”


John Lennon has been named as NME’s Ultimate Musical Icon of the last 60 years.

The Beatles’ co-frontman topped the poll, which began with 60 nominees in March of this year, beating out the likes of David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Morrissey, Liam Gallagher and Damon Albarn to take the crown.

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher came second in the poll, with David Bowie in third and Alex Turner in fourth. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain came fifth, Amy Winehouse came sixth, with Jimi Hendrix in seventh place. Morrissey ranked in eighth place, with Noel Gallagher in ninth and Ian Curtis in 10th place.

Over 160,000 votes were cast in the poll, which ran for over six months and has taken place to celebrate NME’s 60th birthday.

You can read the definitive list of all 60 icons in this week’s issue of NME, which is on newsstands tomorrow (September 19) or available digitally.


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