Top Ten Best Radiohead Songs

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1Paranoid Android

This is probably the greatest song that there has ever been, and probably the greatest that there will be. If there is a song better than this by anyone on this planet, I would be truly astonished. It is probably not the best known Radiohead song, but the truly best songs are very rarely are the best known songs. OK Computer is Radiohead's best album and probably the best album ever recorded (it has won countless polls already). This song is the pinnacle of the ultimate album. It's sheer majesty just makes me want to weep. It is number one on the Radiohead list, but that position should also apply to any list of songs on this site. If you haven't heard this, for gods sake listen to it, it will change your life.

I just listened to it, amazing? Totally! A legend in rock music? Again, totally! Top 500 Rock songs ever? Yeah! Best song ever? Yea-wait, wait, wait... Slow down a little there. It's not the best song ever, there is many greater songs. Not just from Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, exedra, but also from Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven, exedra. It's not the best song to ever show on the face of the earth, but it's a damn good song! - MontyPython

This is awesome! Really really godd it makes you soul come out alive... I don't know what I am typing I just want to fill many words

Creep at number two... Really? Regardless, it is nearly impossible to choose a favourite Radiohead song but for some reason this one seems the obvious option.

This is one of the best songs of all time. - BeatlesFan1964

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2Fake Plastic Trees

damm I love Karma Police, No surprises and Fake Plastic Trees! its just so hard to decide between them, so I voted Fake Plastic trees because its too down on the list! - suarez44

Not anymore, and that's a good thing because this song is amazing. - Quart

This is for sure my favourite Radiohead song, followed by "There There. "

Great to see both of them in the top 10. I know how tough the competition is, so I really do like seeing this a lot.

Radiohead has a collection like no other and this top 10 list proves that.

Its hard to decide the best song from the best band of all time. But the best had to be Creep and second this one, third paranoid android and fourth, as it is, amazing "karma police". Creep should be one cause it touched millions of people on earth and became instantly popular cause of that. It touched peoples souls and it's the anthem for all rejects and introverted people on earth. This is an unmatchable achievement for any song ANY time ever. Fake Plastic trees its just the song I wanna listen to when I marry the love of my life just when I watch her showing her angel face, at the altar. That's how deep this song is. God bless Radiohead. God bless music. Love to everyone.

This song is beautiful. "Gravity always wins"... - Donut

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3Karma Police

"this is what you get...
When you mess with us", mm how can you not love this?
Definitely their best' song! Radiohead forever!

This song should be number one, the most enjoyable song by Radiohead... "arrest this girl, her Hitler hairdo is making me fill ill, and we have crushed her party" "this is what you get when you mess with us"

I wanted to vote all the songs on this list as no band compares to radiohead except the likes of queen. However it had to be said that it sheer genius at constructing songs no group even touches them... There needs to be more groups like them, that actually suffer for their art. I adore karma police as its just poetry and includes all my favourite instruments and styles, it even includes a coda. I would have to say that this is the best radiohead song there is without very prominent guitar, although everything in its right place is a very close second

Wicked video

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4Street Spirit (Fade Out)

There's just nothing like the emotion in this song. Here, Radiohead did something no one has really done before in creating a sad song that's incohesive in its meaning. Where other songs have the explanation and the resolution, Street Spirit just has more sadness and leaves it up to the listener to deduce a meaning and resolution for it all. Simply stunning.

This is ranked far too low. Such a powerful and moving song. To think that Creep is higher on the list than this..

This song is hauntingly beautiful. A true masterpiece. Not only their best song, but quite possibly the greatest song ever made. "Immerse your soul in love... "

This song makes you fly and stay frozen in the air, like in the video...

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5Idioteque

Despite giving a reaction of "what the hell am I listening to? " at first, it later becomes apparent this is an absolute masterpiece. After OK Computer, Radiohead were poised by critics everywhere as the next Beatles, rock saviors. Then they released Kid A. The whole album, especially Idioteque, ushered in the 21st century. The electronic sound could be interpreted as symbolizing technology and its importance on us now. The lyrical themes, however, are more terrifying. Talk of bunkers, protecting the children, scaremongering. Warning us about wars, global warming, and other threats made significantly worse with the inclusion of modern technology. Idioteque is not a song, it is a message, welcoming us to the 21st century. Or maybe, a warning.

This is the greatest song of the entire decade. Might not sound 'that' good at the first time you would hear it; but as you uncover its wonders through careful and repetitive listens, you will gradually discern its power, emotion, and sublime texture and feel (just like every other tracks on Kid A).

Glitchy electro beats meets calming but disturbing electronic chords and also disturbing but powerful lyrics... Everything about this song is genius. One of the first Radiohead songs that I obsessively got into. It haunts you, but calms you, but [disturbs] you. We're not scare mongering, this is really happening.

At first I didn't like it but after a few more listens, now I love it - Jiorl

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6Creep

"your just like an angel, your skin makes me cry"... "but I'm a creep"
i love this song

Gosh.. This song is so connected with my life... Every word of its lyrics fits right with what's going 'round me... A brilliant song anyway...

Nothing beats this, the pinnacle of Alt rock, simply amazing.

"I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo..." story of my life. But I love this song!

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7No Surprises

It's a song that can make you feel sad and happy at the same time, and not many songs can blend those feelings together. The melody is the true definition of beauty.

This is the most beautiful song ever written by any band. A deceptive and light ballad shrouds the morbidness and the sadness of the lyrics. Which, in turn, is what the song is about. Shrouding one's life with prettiness to cover the bad. Right before the song ends, and Thom Yorke belts out "Such a pretty house, and such A... pretty garden" gets me every time. Radiohead, overall, is incredible. However, this is my favorite song, off my favorite album of all time.

I love this quote "I said a quite life" too much.

This song is basically a bash on society (like the entire album can be interpreted as) from a person who simply doesn't care any more. And it is presented beautifully, and with a music video that is simply powerful.

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8Everything In Its Right Place

My favourite song of all time. Simply amazing, I will never be the same after listening to this song. The amount of peace this song gives to me is incomparable. I literally have 512 plays of this song on my iTunes, and I like it more every time I hear it. Amazing.

The first 3 seconds are amazing. This keyboard is got a beautiful sound. The song is very dark, you feel just like Thom Yorke during his depression. Even being sad, Everything In Its Right Place is great, it brings you to another dimension. Very deep.

I'll never believe Creep, High and Dry things is in 10 and there's only 1 Kid A Song. 'Kid A' is truly masterpiece and Most innovative and beautiful album I've ever heard. I can't sure what is best song of them. But I know all the Kid A songs should have more reputation.

I came to love this song while watching the Vanilla Sky movie a few times. Then, listening to the movie Soundtrack daily on my way to work! Really brilliant song.

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9Reckoner

Possibly the best song of the 2000's, with the exception maybe of Idioteque or Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels). Lists of the "best" songs are, of course, extremely difficult because it is impossible to define the standard for what "best" means. I voted for Reckoner because of the chills I get through my entire body when I hear the gorgeous melody, as well as the imagery I feel while listening. I have no problem with Paranoid Android being #1, and in many senses, it probably is their "best" song. I'll leave you with a quote from Jonny: "It was when we recorded Reckoner that we felt we'd first got something special on tape." Beyond music theory and what music makes you think, Reckoner has that elusive ability to make you FEEL. And, in my opinion, I don't believe Radiohead has made a song that does quite like Reckoner does.

Honestly, one of the best songs ever made. You can't beat the emotions created by Reckoner

So loud... And so quiet. Before I listened to In Rainbows I had already listened to OKC and Kid A. I liked them very much, but nothing about them really hit me. Then I found this song and I believe this has changed my life. After the first two listens I didn't get into it that much - loud noises and a dinky melody. But over the following week I could not stop thinking of those unpredictable cymbals and snares, the beautiful swirling violins and choir, and the way it relaxes and builds from scratch again to climax to that... Final minute melody (which for me is the best minute of music I've ever heard). After that week I listened to it properly again and I fell in love. Only after finding Reckoner did I come back to OKC and Kid A and truly appreciate them for what they were - masterpieces. Reckoner was for me the key to accessing Radioheads more alienating songs, but no song before and since has ever made me shiver with joy so much. If you haven't heard it, please do so and if you ...more

People voting Creep over songs like this one haven't discovered Radiohead yet

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10How to Disappear Completely

This song makes me cry every time. It's so beautiful and amazing and I can't believe its not higher!

This song is so natural, I can't help think that by nothing more than the forces of gravity, inertia and vegetation, it grows out of its opening chord progression.

Masterpiece. Here's why. Thom plays a calm, peaceful melody over the most ominous chord ever. Gives a strong sense of false safety. Very inventive song and the highlight of Kid A for me.

Thom says if he were to be remembered, he'd like to be remembered by this song. I couldn't agree more. This is one of the best ones by Radiohead.

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The Newcomers

?The Present Tense

That's beauty song, might best of new album

?Melatonin

The Contenders

11Let Down

How is this not #1? The song starts in a 5/4 time signature until the standard 4/4 comes in with the drums and the 4/5 keeps playing through the song! Simply an amazing effect most people won't ever notice. There's also something incredibly haunting and almost spiritual about the lyrics, especially- "one day I am gonna grow wings, a chemical reaction, hysterical and useless..." & "you'll know, you'll know where you are when, you'll know where you when, floor collapse and floating, bouncing back in...". Then of course these lines meet up and are sung together (as in - at the same time! ) into a crescendo of Thom belting out - "you'll know where you are! " It's so dammed beautiful sounding it brings tears to my eyes. Best way to describe the feeling I get when listening to this song is that something is tugging on my soul. I love most all radiohead's music, but this song does me in like no other.

This song has changed my life, inspired me and I listen to it when I'm happy, sad or any emotion. I have no idea why this isn't number 1. The intro is amazing and the lyrics are intensely moving. Overall - a work of art!

This is the best radiohead song song ever. Everything about this song music lyrics vocals I mean everything you know those tiny things that no one noticed but you do. When you listed to this song you are on your own world nothing else whatever is happening matters you feel so empty...

One of the best songs ever

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12Pyramid Song

Just like Idioteque, you start listening to the song, and you're all like "what the-? ". When you've listened to it as many times as I have, That just adds to how epic and beautiful this song is. One of the greatest ever made.

One of the most beautiful songs made, it makes me feel lost in the space. - mattlol

This definitely belongs in the top 5. Besides Paranoid Android, Karma Police and Fake Plastic Trees no other Radiohead song comes close to this one. Their best song of the 21st century.

Despite coming off of there arguably least impressive album (still a fantastic album by all means) I believe this song stands out from all the others as the most unique and yet completely engrossing and an absolute experience to listen too, it has this mysterious, dream-like sound to it that I absolutely adore and sound nothing like anything else I've ever listened to!

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13There, There

Just can't stop listening to this epic song, a real masterpiece! Its the only song that makes me think Lennon? Hendrix? Mercury? Jagger? No none! York is the king!

Very dark, the guitar is so great and the drums are very peculiar. Another one that is more complete when you watch its clip.

The way it starts out with the thumping beat creates this sort of anticipation. You're anticipating lots of emotions and thoughts, and when the guitar starts, I always get this sort of "point of no return" feeling. Then everything comes together, and builds up until it all explodes. Stylistically, it's the best Radiohead song on this list.

Should be on the list.

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14High and Dry

When you listen this song you remember your past, your future, your regrets but mostly you feel high and dry, that's how this song works on human body.

This song makes me cry, does the effect of this wave will make you have a somethis in your heart? The answer is yes!

This son is my favorite from Radiohead foverer men! Classic from the 90's I think should be the number 3

This song is so soothing, and Yorke's vocals and the guitars just blend in a way that isn't often or ever matched by anything.

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15Just

This is definitely the best Radiohead song. Paranoid Android and Creep are definitely up there, but every time I hear this song it's just so obvious that it is better. I can't get over this song.

BEST ROCK SONG EVER! YOU DO IT TO YOURSELF YOU DO... AND that's WHAT REALLY HURTS YEAH YOU DO IT TO YOURSELF JUST YOU... YOU AND NO ONE ELSE... YOU DO IT TO YOURSELF!

What the hell happened?! Why isn't this number one? It just felt so obvious to me, that I was in genuine sincere shock when I happened upon this list and saw this song at no. 14! Haha, I mean the other songs are fantastic, but this song packs so much of a kick-ass punch, and that finale.. DAMN!

All of Radiohead's songs are amazing. This might be my favorite though...

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16Jigsaw Falling Into Place

... You can't really say that one radiohead song is the best because they are all amazing...!

I love everything about this song. All of the instruments blend and transition so beautifully. This song is definitely number 1 for me.

This song is uncommonly my favourite one, it makes you wanna run and never stop.
In Rainbows is my favourite album, and I know it's impossible to make a rank of the most beautiful masterpieces..

Maybe not their best lyrically but this is a beautiful piece of art.

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17Exit Music (For a Film)

Thom Yorke is a real poet and this is the song that proves it music meets the lyrics in a way I've never heard before it encloses in itself all his sadness which culminates whit one melancholic sentence: We Hope That You Choke

One of if not the best Radiohead song. Unbelievably haunting and powerful. The first line "Wake from your sleep" gives me chills. This song got me through an extremely hard time, and the line "Breath, keep Breathing" was one of the things that kept me alive.

Its just great, starting slow and building. Love the vocals and just the general feel of the song. If you like the slower songs like codex or pyramid song then you will love this.

Hauntingly beautiful.

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18All I Need

So underrated... Very good song, its simple buts touches you, don't think is the best but needs to be higher in the list, love this song!

Totally needs to be higher on this list. When I first listened to it, I was shocked that a song could pull out love and hate at the same time, and Thom Yorke managed to do that perfectly on top of an eerie, and addicting backing track. Love it.

The best of radiohead, the music is simple and the video changes your mind. Must watch the MTV video if you really wanna know why radiohead is different from all the rest.. :'(

This really has to be in the top ten, jesus.

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19Nude

I don't know what it is, feels so cold and empty but still warm and connected? So much purity

YES! There is so much In Rainbows (this and Hail to the Thief are my favorites) in this top 20. So surprised people actually voted for this and All I Need. Now we just need more Hail to the Thief and Kid A.

This song is in 44? What? But I guess we can't really number it 1-10 when it comes to Radiohead because all their songs are actually the best. And man this song give me too much feelings.

The way that part right at the beginning is delayed before the beat changes is so satisfying

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20Optimistic

This is by far their best song. From first listen, I was emotionally committed to this band. Amazing music, amazing lyrics, amazing vocal performance, and has probably the best outro I've ever heard in a song. Shame on all of you for not voting TEAM OPTIMISTIC!

This song is so beautiful and haunting. It gets stuck in my head for days on end & I can't get enough of it. It's almost like crack- though there are quite a few other songs that are equally addicting.

A great songs that resembles something you'd hear on an earlier like "The Bends" By far the highlight of Kid A, and should be at least top 10 on this list. Very disappointed - The_Acid_Queen

This one's optimistic

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