John Lennon named NME’s ‘Ultimate Musical Icon’

By Live4ever - Posted on 18 Sep 2012 at 10:24am

John Lennon has been crowned as NME’s ‘Ultimate Musical Icon Of The Last Sixty Years’ as the magazine celebrates six decades in publication.

Sixty nominees were unveiled by NME back in March, with Lennon, Liam Gallagher, Alex Turner and David Bowie eventually being whittled down to the final four.

In the end, former Oasis and current Beady Eye frontman Liam has finished one place behind his idol, with Bowie in third and Arctic Monkeys‘ singer Alex Turner a further spot back.

Lennon cemented his iconic status during his time with The Beatles throughout the 1960s, and later carved out a successful solo career before his tragic, untimely death in December 1980.

Elsewhere on the poll, which cast the opinions of 160,000 voters, Kurt Cobain has placed at #5, while Liam’s estranged brother Noel is in ninth.

NME’s Ultimate Musical Icon, Top 10

1/ John Lennon
2/ Liam Gallagher
3/ David Bowie
4/ Alex Turner
5/ Kurt Cobain
6/ Amy Winehouse
7/ Jimi Hendrix
8/ Morrissey
9/ Noel Gallagher
10/ Ian Curtis

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  1. Imagine an entire world living in peace… John saw the beauty and inherent good in humanity.  I tried to do his legacy justice and channel his world-embracing and loving energy this week with a tribute portrait inspired by his music and his passion for changing the world.  You can see this new work of art in memoriam on my artist’s blog at along with some pictures showing how I created it.  See John holding the Universe in his hand and spreading his message.  When you stop by, let me know how his words and music have affected your life and creativity!


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