Radiohead score best album of last 25 years

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 December 2010
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke

Radiohead's 'OK Computer' has been voted the best album of the last 25 years in a poll by Q Magazine

Radiohead's 'OK Computer' has been voted the best album of the last 25 years.

The British indie group topped the list of the best 250 albums released between 1986 and 2011 - beating U2, Nirvana, Oasis, Muse and The Strokes - in the poll by Q magazine.

'OK Computer', released in 1997, is seen as the band's defining work, and saw them fuse their melancholy indie pop with cinematic ambition and the influence of computer generated sounds. The record was instantly hailed a classic in their native England and helped establish them as one of the most popular underground bands in the US.

A spokesperson for the magazine said: "As this poll testifies, our readers see it as the benchmark against which all other albums are and continue to judged against in Q's lifetime."

Grunge pioneers Nirvana's genre defining 'Nevermind' album, from 1991, was voted in second place while guitar group Oasis followed with their second album '(What'sThe Story) Morning Glory' and their debut 'Definitely Maybe' in third and fourth respectively.

One of the youngest bands on the list, The Arctic Monkeys, made sixth place with their debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' - recorded when frontman Alex Turner was still a teenager - beating Irish rockers U2, who's 'The Joshua Tree' album was seventh.

Rounding out the top ten are second entries for Radiohead, with 'The Bends' and U2, with 'Achtung Baby', and the most recently released album to make the top 10, 'Black Holes And Revelations' by Muse, which came out in June 2006.

Altogether in the top 250 - voted for by readers of the magazine - U2 have the most albums with seven, Radiohead follow with six, Muse and Oasis both have five, while Coldplay, Blur and Kings Of Leon have four.

250 Best Albums Of Q's Lifetime (1986-2011), Top 30:

1. OK Computer, Radiohead

2. Nevermind, Nirvana

3. (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis

4. Definitely Maybe, Oasis

5. Whatever People Say I Am, Arctic Monkeys

6. The Joshua Tree, U2

7. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses

8. The Bends, Radiohead.

9. Achtung Baby, U2.

10. Black Holes And Revelations, Muse.

11. Is This It, The Strokes.

12. A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay.

13. Parklife, Blur

14. Screamadelica, Primal Scream

15. White Blood Cells, The White Stripes

16. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel

17. Hot Fuss, The Killers

18. Kid A, Radiohead

19. Funeral, Arcade Fire

20. American Idiot, Green Day

21. The Holy Bible, Manic Street Preachers

22. Absolution, Muse

23. In Rainbows, Radiohead

24. Only By The Night, Kings Of Leon

25. Demon Days, Gorillaz

26. Origin Of Symmetry, Muse

27. Appetite For Destruction, Guns N' Roses

28. Urban Hymns, The Verve

29. Automatic For The People, R.E.M

30. Loveless, My Bloody Valentine


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