Bark! The herald angel sings. It's been a nightmare before Christmas for Ozzy Osbourne, who's battled his addiction demons to save this marriage, career and life while leading Black Sabbath to a triumphant reunion. NME kneels before the resurgent master of festivities.
The alternative Queen's speech
Starting the year by being crowned our Godlike Genius, Johnny Marr gets to sign it off with his alternative Queen's speech. But if you're Spotify, David Cameron and Haim... well, best stick to Her Majesty's effort.
Ferreira tale of New York
She's one of 2013's most talked-about pop stars, but label battles and drug charges mean no-one would have wanted to be Sky Ferreira this year. She's well aware of her reputation, discovers NME, and determined to take control of it in 2014.
The Chunder Games
Broken bones, bromances and bacon beer - we knew 2013's NME pub crawl would be eventual, but we never anticipated this!
The Wrap Pack
One-hit wonders? Never! 'Christmas Wrapping' has become a cruel legacy for The Waitresses, who wrote it to please their label and eventually split because of it. NME speaks to the cast behind an accidental festive classic.
Single All The Way!
2013 has been a brilliant year for singles of every stripe, so we assembled a hardline celebrity panel to pick the best from the rest.
John Cooper Clarke
"Poetry is recession-proof". Beloved once again thanks to Arctic Monkeys, punk poet John Cooper Clarke is still too rebellious to be a national treasure, finds NME.
The Week in Music
Foo Fighters play their first gig in 14 months at a Californian pizza joint, Andrew WK's Christmas Party tips, in the studio with Beck, and The Child of Lov remembered.