Quantification of NMR visible metabolites by spectral modeling usually assumes a Lorentzian or Gaussian lineshape, despite the fact that experimental lineshapes are neither. To minimize systematic fitting errors, a mixed Lorentzian-Gaussian (Voigt) lineshape model was developed. When tested with synthetic FIDs, the Voigt lineshape model gave more accurate results (maximum error 2%) than either Lorentzian (maximum error 20%) or Gaussian models (maximum error 12%). The three lineshape models gave substantially different peak areas in an in vitro experiment, with the Voigt model having a much lower χ2 (2.1 compared with 5.2 for the Lorentzian model and 6.2 for the Gaussian model). In a group of 10 healthy volunteers, fitting of 1H spectra from cerebral white matter gave significantly different peak areas between the methods. Even when area ratios were taken, the Lorentzian model gave higher values (+5% for NAA/choline and +2% for NAA/creatine) than the Voigt lineshape model, whereas the Gaussian model gave lower values (-2% and -1%, respectively).