But it seems that any grudge once held by the alternative music publication's staff has long since passed, as they've named The Smiths' 1986 album The Queen Is Dead as the greatest in history.
In the pages of its latest issue, which contains a full rundown of "The 500 greatest albums of all time", the NME claimed that the record is just as relevant today as it was 27 years ago.
"There's a perverse national pride to be gleaned from the knowledge that Britain was just as broken in 1986 as it is in 2013," it said.
"No album is made in a vacuum, but The Queen Is Dead is one of the select few that seems to transcend its influences and synthesise them into something singular and new."
The album beat The Beatles' Revolver, which came second, and third-placed Hunky Dory by David Bowie.
This Is It by The Strokes, which came fourth, is the most recently released album in the top ten (it hit the shops in 2001). The Velvet Underground & Nico's eponymous album came fifth.
NME favourites Oasis came tenth with Definitely Maybe. Patti Smith, at 12 with Horses, was the highest-placing female solo artist.
Kanye West reached 21 with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, while Amy Winehouse's Back To Black was number 28.
The poll was based on the votes of NME journalists past and present, as well as previous NME top 50 albums of the year lists.Reuse content