Top Ten Best Radiohead Albums


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1OK Computer

Easily Radiohead's most cohesive album, although they have become masters of soundscapes and mood. Taking the listener from the madness of technology overload and contemporary schizophrenia to an unsettled love and reconciliation in 55 minutes. Interestingly, the band's three best albums (The Bends, OK Computer, and In Rainbows) end on a hopeful note, even though the last songs are desperately sad.

Yeah, pretty hard to argue with Ok Computer being #1, although I've really started to dig In Rainbows lately too.

Ok Computer gets my vote though because it took them from "grunge wannabe's" and started the transformation to experimental genius that they've been riding ever since. Not COMPLETED, mind you, but started it.

This is the best or one of the best album ever recorded. Its where Radioheads true potential was really shown. Rock and electronic was blended together in such an amazing way, that the emotional mixture of sadness and happiness could be felt in the same song at the same time. Truly beautiful.

Favorite Song : No Surprises

One of the best albums of all time...

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2Kid A

Kid A is by far and without a doubt the best album ever made. It is a masterpiece that is so brilliant that not even Radiohead, the greatest band ever, can reproduce something as amazing as it ever again. This album literally changed my life as well as the person that I am. Nothing as good as it will ever happen again. Coming from someone that invests his entire life into being a nerdy music critic, this album leaves me no choice but to use the one word that no critic should ever use: perfect.

Kid A doesn't only tell a story, but it also gives an insight into this new millenium we, in 2000 (at its release), were just entering with caution. This album shows the balls of Radiohead and how they can adopt any subgenre of rock and play it with greatest of ease and make it sound like their own. This is honestly tied with OkC for me but def a defining album for the new millenium and has much more importance in the shaping of the music we listen to today. Best song is either Idioteque or How to Disappear Completely...

This is one of the greatest concept albums of all time and one of the greatest works of all time period. This album must be placed at #1 even over yes, OK Computer.

I really like the whole album, but the one thing that stands out to me the most is the last line of the album, when Thom softly sings "I will see you, in the next life", which, with the tone he said it with, it creates an amazing moment.

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3In Rainbows

This Album IS the best album EVER!
All of the songs are 5 stars and faust arp is 4/5 in my opinion!

15 steps is awesome with that drum beat!
Bodysnatchers is awesone! Specially the break!
When I listen to nude I'm in a situation between awake and asleep!
Weird fishes... I have so many memories with this song.. The ending is so sad and beautiful
All I need is just awesome again! And the piano at the end and thom's screaming : it's all wrong it's all right"
Is just GREAT!
Faust arp... First I didn't like it but after some time listening I started to like it but still not as good as others...
Reckoner.. What can I say it's indescribable!
House of cards is so so so sweet... I don't wanna be your friend... I just wanna be your lover...
Jigsaw falling into place is a great song and it's a really good intro for the song videotape
And videotape is my 2nd favorite ending song of an album after "motion soundtrack picture" in their album "Kid A"

This album is a masterpiece!

But we should know that... Any Radiohead album is a MASTERPIECE!

I'm undecided on the best album: either OK Computer or In Rainbows. I am definitely decided on the best album after OK Computer: In Rainbows over Kid A.

12 years removed we should be able to put Kid A in perspective. Radiohead was riding a high wave of acclaim after OK Computer. Kid A is much anticipated, and it delivered, like a bolt from the blue, an experimental departure with great merit. But this can distort a musical assessment of Kid A. As a "Pitchfork" reviewer observes: "our tireless and self-conscious canonization of OKC and Kid A have undone some of their magic when I listen to those records now, I hear our own projections and cultural ghosts just as loudly as I hear the music. In Rainbows, though, remains... An architectural marvel with requisite balances between light/dark, simple/complicated and utilitarian/vanguard intact. "

In Rainbows brings the experimental departure and Radiohead's earlier musical artistry together in a more coherent and masterful way than any album after OK Computer.

"Bodysnatchers" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" are excellent tracks that rely more on earlier, guitar oriented songwriting. "15 Step, " "Weird Fishes, " and "Reckoner" are equally excellent, and rely more on their more recent use of richly textured electronica, beat rhythms, and vocal tones. And while we hear these shifts in emphasis, the albums remains seamless from start to finish.

This is by far the best Radiohead album. It's not as light as OK computer, and it leaves you hanging between reality and some parallel universe. Some of my best memories have had this album as their background music (as weird as this may look). Nude is my absolute favorite, along with Jigsaw Falling Into Place and House of Cards. I can barely keep attention to what's happening around when I put my headphones in and play one these songs. Then again, All I Need, Reckoner, Videotape... All so divine and extraordinary. Honestly, the only thing I can say about this album is that it's impeccable

Why so much hate against Faust Arp? In my opinion I believe that Faust Arp is basically a short song to calm everyone down and get ready for the next song, Reckoner. And did you see on Wikipedia that this album got a 88 out of 100 by judges. This means it got a A+! I LOVE THIS ALBUM!

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4The Bends

This is where Radiohead found their sound. This album is a hint of the darkness of OK Computer, but it's more bright and happy. Though it does have its down songs ('Street Spirit'). But it's all amazing.

Favorite song: Fake Plastic Trees - alk

First album I ever bought, and I knew nearly nothing about the band as I was fairly new to music at the age of 14. It served as a great introduction to Radiohead and their unique style. A lot of times, I think if I hadn't started with this album, I would've had a much harder time understanding their later, more "daring" records (see: King of Limbs). These songs are definitely Radiohead songs, but they're much easier to listen to, to me, anyway. When I listen to this album, I hear a coming-of-age story, and it was definitely there for me when I was enduring my own coming-of-age story.

A benchmark of Radiohead's career as they settled into stardom. While not quite the same caliber as OK Computer I find The Bands to be one of my favorite albums of all time, and my favorite Radiohead album. Just before they abandoned the three guitar set up and at the end of their more grunge sound and tune. Not as outlandish as Pablo Honey in that matter, yet vastly improving upon it.
Best song: My Iron Lung

Favorite song: Fake Plastic Trees

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5Hail to the Thief

First Radiohead album I ever listened to, and remains in my top 3. This doesn't deserve to be 6th! Hail To The Thief showcases all Radiohead's talents, with the slower tempo in I Will, to the faster paced 2 2=5, and There There is just incredible. The guitar solos in Go To Sleep are mind blowing and A Wolf At The Door is so powerful. Mere words do not allow me to sufficiently give this album the credit it deserves!

a really good allrounder with some great songs. belongs in the top 3 with ok computer #1 In Rainbows a close #2 before it. The King of Limbs is the worst too date. Not even a real album but an over the top electro-dance beats experiment ep and a substandard Radiohead effort. A poor show Radiohead, especially considering I had to wait 4 years for this? what gives Radiohead?

comment from a real fan who loves the band but not the latest effort. Beter luck next time

Hail to the Thief is the best all around album that radiohead has put out! It has everything you can look for. Rock, electronica, lyrically amazing and oh so much more! Where I end and you begin could be their best track ever if motion picture soundtrack wasn't so good. But, let me say every album is outstanding! Ok Computer and Kid A are 2 3 with In Rainbows following. The greatest band of all time without question!

Everyone seems to hate this album, but in my opinion is great. I like the smooth transitions between tracks it keeps a mood going. - SkunkSniffer

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How can an album like this be ignored? This is one of the most haunting albums radiohead has ever created. Every song has its own feel, and the Album itself is very dark, almost without hope. As you hit songs like Morning bell and Knives out you can feel the progressiveness of the album, almost like its doubting itself.

Its not their best work, but its deffinitely something out of this world, and the only reason its underrated is the 3 albums (The Bends, Ok Computer and Kid A) before it were masterpieces.

A very dreamy album, closing your eyes as you go down the list of songs on Amnesiac one by one will take you places you never thought of before. Its deffinitely something special.

Unashamedly different from its predecessors, Amnesiac combines radical fusions of rock, electronic and jazz to create an album entirely original and separate from the homogeneous nature of current modern contemporary music. At a first glance, this album seems almost unnecessarily verbose and confusing with 'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors' sparking criticism from even the most die-hard of Radiohead fans. And yet once finally understood, Amnesiac breathes a fresh spark creativity and ingenuity that is unlikely to be heard again any time soon. Fans might dismiss this album as a mere blotch on the record of a band who has produced radio-happy tracks from The Bends and OK Computer. They're wrong however. This is the best thing they've ever done.

This album is a true masterpiece. Not as accessible as its predecessor albums, and it takes time to learn to appreciate the brilliance that lies hidden in the complex musical layers.

A song may feel weird at first: the sounds are distorted, the rhythms feels off, they musical layers disconnected, and York's vocals... same thing. But take your time, and listen over again (and again) and notice how it al beautifully comes together.

Favorite songs: packt like sardines in a crushed tin box, pyramid song, you and whose army, I might be wrong, like spinning plates, life in a glasshouse. Oh well... the whole album basically.

This should be higher on the list

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7The King of Limbs

If I were to pick 3 albums that are absolutely perfect, this would be one of them. I know it's not common to name this album as one's favorite but As a whole this album takes me somewhere else and then pleasantly drops me off on that sweet last note in Separator. It's a real shame the way people misunderstand this album.

Another brilliant ability this album has is IT GROWS ON YOU.
Lots of people have said they hated this album at first but after listening patiently some more they have grown to really enjoy it.

So there, It's a perfect sounding album with a unique ability to reveal itself to you more and more with each listen. That isn't an overstatement, literally every time you listen to this album, it throws something else at you. It's brilliant.
I know I'm really going on about this album (well, it really is THAT good! ) but I would also like to point out how this album tells a story.
Bloom starts off with a beautiful collage of layers that add on gradually, coming to an epic climax with flugelhorns and airy soundscapes.
Morning Mr. Magpie and Little By Little get into a more concentrated and intense vibe, with yearning vocals sided by determined rhythms and quirky guitars.
Then Feral shows more discord, with buzzes and blips all over the place, almost like the album trips on a rock and everything falls off, splattering all around with a drum beat that sounds sharper than a knife's blade, raging vocals that flow in and out of insanity, a sizzling bass line and a calm sounding but urgent little humming line that sounds like it resides in a completely separate universe than the rest of the sounds in the song. It all is a beautiful combination.
Lotus Flower is the dancing by the fire as dusk approaches, you can almost just perfectly visualize looking up in the forest and seeing the sky darken and gradually turn deep gray. There's energy in this song though, like a grand excitement for something.
Codex is after all the hoopla and you're just pondering and slowly wandering through the woods after the sun has gone down. You can hear nature in flux around you, but all is pleasantly dark and calm. Then, day begins to break...
Give Up The Ghost is when you see the first sun rays peeking through the trees and tangled branches ahead of you. The forest wakes up and all the strange creatures yawn and stretch as they wake, shaking off the wildness of the previous night. They all seem to sing together welcoming the brand new day as the sun begins to establish it's place in the brilliantly blended sky.
Separator is the warm and pleasant feeling of leaving this wonderful place, as intriguing and beautiful as it is, it's time to head on to the next chapter.

Do yourself a favor and give this album some listens.

With the exception of Feral, which I'd rate 3/5, and Morning Mr. Magpie, which I'd rate 4/5, all of these songs are top quality, five-star songs. Some of the songs take several listens to, because they are so dense. Bloom is a surprising piece because it utilizes such a delicate base line to form an intricate melody. Morning Mr. Magpie might sound slow and meandering compared to the live performances, but it certainly has an interesting, visceral element that induces paranoia. Little By Little is interesting in another way -- it seems more complicated than it actually is. Feral was the only song I wasn't wild about, but the live performances of the song are really good. Lotus Flower is subtly complex and drives itself through its compelling baseline and beat. Codex is a simply beautiful, artfully crafted song that manages to musically simulate water. Give Up The Ghost, while at first underwhelming, became my favorite Radiohead song of all time. It creates a beautiful contrast to the rest of the album -- whereas every other song is complex, Give Up The Ghost is simple and straight-forward. It manages to create an emotional release from the rest of the album's tension in one of the most subtle, low-key ways possible. Separator is a calm, relaxed, and dreamy song where every member has plays their own, distinct part. It's a beautiful way to end the album. I disagree with most reviewers who say that the album is too close to typical Radiohead -- it explores subtler melodies and more ephemeral, gentler moods. It's a wonderful contrast to In Rainbows, which is the only album I'd place above The King of Limbs. I also disagree with those who say the album is too short -- In Rainbows and The King of Limbs are much more condensed than previous albums, so album length is sacrificed for impact and consistency.

A really fantastic attempt from a band that has been everywhere and done everything. They really managed to squeeze a hell of a lot of musicality into their shortest album thus far, with amazing tracks like Codex and Lotus Flower. The first four tracks are a bit more mellow and dreamy, leading into a very artistic and concrete second half. From Bloom to Separator this album is a triumph, capable of rivaling everything from Kid A to The Bends to even OK Computer.

If I were to pick my 3 favourite Radiohead albums, this would be up there along with OK Computer and In Rainbows. I have to admit, I didn't like this album at first, but this album grows on you like no other. It may take 15 listens, but once you've listened to it sufficiently, oh boy.

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8Pablo Honey

Does it belong at the bottom of the 8? Yeah, I'd say so. But I'm gonna vote for it just to say my piece.

I'm listening to this right now for about the millionth time (I always joke that, on YouTube, the view counter for Radiohead videos is broken because it's only showing my views).

This really is a fantastic album from start to finish. Radiohead have never done wrong and this is no exception. While perhaps my least favourite tracks are on here, they're still excellent songs. And then some of the best stuff they've ever done (looking at you, Lurgee and Blow Out) can also be found here.

Really one of the best albums ever made. Yes, it's the "worst" Radiohead album. But that's like saying the first season of Breaking Bad is the "worst" season of Breaking Bad. It just doesn't make sense.

Sure, it might not be RADIOHEAD'S best album, but in comparison with every other band ever, this album is absolutely fantastic. The first Radiohead album I listened to, and I was thoroughly impressed without having listened to any of the other albums.
Some really great songs on here, but my favourite has got to be Stop Whispering. That song is, in contrast to Creep, actually uplifting!

Ah, the debut album. This album is underrated, I agree, but it certainly isn't their best. In my opinion, it's their worst. But 'Creep' is one of the most depressing songs ever written. A sign of things to come, perhaps?

Favorite song: Creep - alk

Plain bad beginnings. I like "You" and "Creep" the most on this, but not too much else is worth listening to again. - SkunkSniffer

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9I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings

Not really a proper album, but still considerably better than Pablo Honey. Idioteque, The National Anthem, and Everything In Its Right Place are the highlights, at least in my opinion.

I added this to fill space. - SkunkSniffer

10Airbag / How Am I Driving Ep

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11The Best of

This is great! It should be a least #5

Why is this on the list? It's a best of!


This too. Baa! - SkunkSniffer

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12In Rainbows - Bonus Disc

This is an incredibly underrated EP, even if it's not an album. - ArchAces

14High and Dry / Planet Telex EP
15Drill EP
16Itch Ep
17Com Lag: 2+2=5
18My Iron Lung EP

Favourite songs: Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong and Permanent Daylight

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