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These rock star Top Trump cards are brilliant

Music: it's not a competition, right? Everyone should be free to create art and express themselves as they see fit, and it's wrong to compare acts on the basis of record sales, or anything else for that matter.

You trying telling that to a massive Clash fan, aggressively defending their favourite-ever band's place in the pantheon of punk greats. The Sex Pistols? Do me a favour.

And have we all forgotten Oasis v Blur? You couldn't advocate for both: you were either in with the Southerners and pretty Damon, or the Northerners, swaggering around like Liam.

So the creation of a set of Top Trump cards for popular musical icons makes total sense. Thankfully, London-based writer Stephen Ellcock and Danish artist Mikkel Sommer have obliged, creating a glorious set of rock Top Trumps featuring 32 different acts, with scores for Legacy, Commercial Success, Appetite For Destruction, Diva Factor, Sex Appeal and Shock Value.

Check out a selection of them below and buy your own set here for £8.95.



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