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.

Great song by an awesome band!

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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.

Wow simple yet beautiful to listen to.

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3Street Spirit (Fade Out)

This song doesn't only show what the band can do by themselves, it shows what they can do differently from their normal material. Most music by this band is a melancholic tune that emits some odd arrangement of happiness along with it, with many songs eventually leaving this depressive state altogether. This song, as the band has described it, is "a dark tunnel without the light at the end." This song gives off such a morose and strained feeling...It's something I've never really seen done the same way. The lyrics don't have to be about anything, it's all in the way Yorke delivers them with such subtly and backbone behind them. If I had to choose one song right now that I would have played a my funeral, it'd probably be this one. A depressant and scary ride throughout the entire tune. - BurstingFlares

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..

One of the best and this one too "How To Disappear Completely"

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4Karma 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"

The most enjoyable song by them, creep gets old after 100 listenings, but this song is timeless to me, this song should be number 1 followed by no surprises and paranoid android, then lotus flower... Yes lotus flower

Cool is the best way to explain this song

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"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.

Just an amazing song!

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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.

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.

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).

Simply the best on kid A

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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 have, do so again! When it hits you you may never forget it.

Why the hell is this lower than creep! Why is anything on in rainbows lower than creep!

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8No Surprises

Its 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.

Best song by them, period. Helped me get over a cheating ex.

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9Everything 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.

Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon...

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10Pyramid 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.

It takes time to get it through

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The Contenders

11Let Down

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...

This song has grown on me infinitely in the last month, to where I can't decide if this or fake plastic trees is my favorite Radiohead song (followed closely by street spirit and paranoid android). I used to think this song was almost filler compared to the more, well, outspoken songs around it, but I now consider it the best song on the album.

This song is a let down.

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12There, 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.

So different yet so satisfying... Takes us to a different realm!

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13How to Disappear Completely

This song makes me cry every time. Its 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.

One of the best on kid a along with everything in its right place, idioteque, and the national anthem

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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

I just wonder how this and My Iron Lung don't pop in the top 10

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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.


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!

This is pretty much prog. Rock perfection. - backflip

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16Jigsaw Falling Into Place

People always say it is hard to relate your feelings when describing something to somebody, because everyone usually experiences an event or a food or a piece of music in a different way It's not a unanimous decision on whether or not a song makes you feel this way or that way. It may make you feel good because of the way it flows togehter. It may make you feel good because of how well the vocals are sung. It might make you feel good because it has a catchy drum beat. Hell, it might even make you feel good because of a combination of all three. I can say to you that a song is my favorite, and you could say that it's your favorite, too. However, you will never be able to understand how I know the song as a song, even after listening to it hundreds of time. It's impossible to imagine the amount of joy that said song may supply me when I listen to it. It makes me feel a million emotions a second, some of which I can't even explain.

"Jigsaw Falling Into Place" is one of those songs. - BurstingFlares

... 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.

I picture Thom Yorke in a smoky, dark bar scouring the place for a girl to go home with. This song tells such a story, I love it from beginning to end. I think it's my favorite.

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17All 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.. :'(

Started to cry, when I first listened to it. Amazing!

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18Exit 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.

It should be on the top 10

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19A Wolf at the Door

Such a unique song from them-- unlike anything they had done before. I really enjoy this song, it's individuality, and it's catchiness. Also, it gives off such a clear vibe of edginess, danger, and aggression... Love it.

What...? This one is the most awesome n meaningful song ever whats wrong with you guys?

One of the best songs ever made, I love the build up after the first chorus.

The lyrics are probably the best I've ever heard

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

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.

I don't know what it is, but this song gives me so many mixed emotions each time I listen to it. Along with reckoner and scatterbrain this is my favourite song ever

Listening to this high is so cool. - averthein14

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