Top Ten Best Radiohead Albums

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The Top Ten

1 OK Computer

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Even Radiohead themselves cannot beat this masterpiece. It got to be among the top 5 albums of all time.

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.

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2 Kid A

Optimistic, the national anthem, idioteque OKE DEH

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 album is legendary! There isn't a single bad song on it. It all flows together perfectly to create a dark, dystopian and at times creepy atmosphere. This is the album that welcomed us to the 21st century, and will be relevant for eternity. No matter how music changes, no matter how advance our technology gets, Kid A will never go out of style. I remember when I first listened to Ok Computer, I liked it very much, but there was something missing from it. When I listened to Kid A, it made Ok Computer look bad. It made everything good about it better and felt whole. There is nothing I would do to edit Kid A if I had the opportunity. This is not only the best Radiohead album but the best album in the century. A truly incredible album. - Slipperyjack40

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3 In 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 ...more

Every track is a journey with ever shifting soundscapes and song structures. Such emotion and beauty put in one place

I like creep I am am a crepe I'm a weird - thejayeee

The album, while beloved, is often misunderstood because its overarching message of desire and psychological fear is kind of hard to notice. Definitely deserves its place - 4our2wen0ty

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4 The Bends

Even though its pretty heavy at times, it flows through beautifully making it the perfect album for chucking on and listening the whole way through. It's my main journey album and work background so its got that long time listening nostalgia value (: The Bends is The Best

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.

Goodness, how is this only 4th

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5 A Moon Shaped Pool A Moon Shaped Pool

For the record, Kid A is my personal choice. However, I voted for A Moon Shaped Pool purely because it is Radiohead's newest studio album, and I want to talk about it. For starters, I would seriously place this in 2nd place on this list if I could. I really like it that much. It feels very similar to Kid A, In Rainbows and The King of Limbs. I feel that the themes and topics that it touches, which are quite dark, are reminiscent of Kid A, it has the artistic sound of In Rainbows, and also has whispers of the experimentation sound that was brought to us with The King of Limbs. All the while, it is still totally different to all of the other mentioned albums because it has its own spiritual feel to it. It explores and touches different areas of rhythm and meaning never before ventured by previous Radiohead albums, forever pushing the band's boundaries further. Some of my personal favorites, that I think I most noteworthy, are, of course, "Burn the Witch" and ...more

This album was disappointing - Weirdest-thing

I seriously think this might be radiohead's best album. All the songs are so well composed and completely work as a whole. The blend of orchestral and popular elements is so seamless. It simply gets better with every listen, and it's becoming increasingly obvious that this is something very, very special.

Their latest album may just go down as one of their best albums. It's haunting, it's depressing, yet it's not like their earlier works. It's got everything. It has some easy listening tunes such as "The Numbers" or "Desert Island Disk", but the music is heavily orchestra-based, which makes the album all the more haunting. It definitely an amazing album, and certainly one of the best albums of the decade.

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6 Amnesiac

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.

Very underrated album, fantastic songwriting. An LP that takes time to understand, because you should listen to it track by track through the whole one. The melodies, the lyrics. It's beautiful

This is near the bottom of everyone's list. I say it's equal to In Rainbows. At one point, I preferred it to Ok Computer. I've come to love Ok Computer now but this is up there in my top 5 Radiohead albums. I think Kid A would have been much better (though it's my favorite radiohead album) if it was a double album with all the songs from Amnessiac. But yes, it's a brilliant album and should be at the bottom of no one's list. - Slipperyjack40

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7 Hail 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!

HTTT isn't my favourite, but it definitely is one of their best, the dystopian theme it seems to go for is very chilling

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!

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

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8 The 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, ...more

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 ...more

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.

Awesome beats, wonderful vocals from Thom and some generally wonderful songwriting. Tracks such as Lotus Flower and Separator vaguely echo previous albums but mark Radiohead's current 'sound'. Electronic influences from artists such as Four Tet and Burial are clear on tracks 'Bloom' and 'Feral' respectively.

Favourite tracks: Lotus Flower, Separator, Bloom

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9 Pablo Honey

I know this album has become a joke to many Radiohead fans, but that doesn't mean that it isn't an enjoyable experience. I love it front to back. AND there are WAY better songs on here than Creep like I Can't and Prove Yourself. If you are a real Radiohead fan, then you really shouldn't skip it. Sure this is probably one of Radiohead's weaker albums but this only shows how many great albums Radiohead has to offer. - Slipperyjack40

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.

Few songs are great like Creep,Stop Whispering,Ripcord,I Can't and You...

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!

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10 The Best of

This doesn't deserve any votes. Not just because it's a compilation, but also because it was released by EMI Records (their old label) without the band's approval or consent. It's not even in print anymore. - Gg2000

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

This is great! It should be a least #5

ARE YOU KIDDING ME! THIS IS BETTER THEN PABLO HONEY!

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The Contenders

11 I 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.

Not the best actual album (for obvious reasons), but it absolutely deserved my vote for True Love Waits, one of the most beautiful yet extremely creepy love songs I have ever heard, to which the version on A Moon Shaped Pool simply cannot even be compared.

I added this to fill space. - SkunkSniffer

12 Airbag / How Am I Driving Ep

If you like OK Computer

13 My Iron Lung EP

Favourite songs: Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong and Permanent Daylight

14 LP9

We really have no way of knowing, so...

15 Street Spirit (Fade Out) Ep

Best Song ever.

16 High and Dry / Planet Telex EP
17 Drill EP
18 Itch Ep
19 Com Lag: 2+2=5
20 Live in Praha
21 Pyramid Song Ep
22 Oknotok
23 Minidiscs [hacked]

This shows when radiohead comes of age - Bigbadbeast999

24 Planet Acoustic

It has a cover of Nobody Does It Better and two versions of Street Spirit (Fade Out) and yes it is a live album.

25 TKOL RMX 1234567
26 Union Street Demo
27 Idiot Computer
28 On a Friday
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