06/07/2015 12:34 BST | Updated 06/07/2015 12:59 BST

NME Magazine's Most Important Covers: From Joy Division's Debut To Britpop's Finest Hour (PICS)

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NME magazine and its publisher Time Inc have revealed plans for a bold new change, stating that from September, the music weekly will be a publication.

In the decades since its 1952 launch, the magazine has played a huge part in a number of music’s key moments, reporting on gigs that have gone down in history, reviewing seminal albums, and giving some of the world’s greatest stars their big break.

NME, then called the New Musical Express, was also responsible for compiling the first ever UK singles chart in their launch year, when editor Percy Wilkins teamed up with 52 stores around the country, who all agreed to share their sales figures.

Later, in the ‘90s, NME chronicled the rise (and fall) of Britpop’s greats, and their August 1995 ‘British Heavyweight Championship’ cover is still referenced frequently whenever music fans take a trip down memory lane.

But what about the moments in between? Check out the most memorable, and iconic, NME magazine covers below…

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