Top Ten Best Radiohead Songs
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!
That guitar is amazing. 3 separate guitar parts going at once and a bass. Yet, it all fits together so perfectly. And it's so perfectly melancholy. Radiohead doesn't need some sad sob story to make somebody cry. Although, people know songs like Creep, No Surprises, High and Dry, or Fake Plastic Trees better, nothing beats Paranoid Android (This is not to say that those are bad songs).
When "What's that? " parts come, I decided this is my most favorite Radiohead song ever.
but when "Rain down..." parts come, I decided this is the best song I've ever heard in my life.
Yes! I knew this would be first,so amzing a song that it is.Not only is it the best radiohead song , but also one of the best songs of all time
This may surprise you but I'm only 12 but a big Radiohead fan.
I listen to my playlist of Radiohead all the time. It has great songs like No Surprises, Little by Little, Street Spirit and Knives out but Karma Police is the best in my opinion!
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
In my opinion, this song should be either first or second on this list. I am a huge Radiohead fan who recently finished listening to all of their albums (favourite being In Rainbows). Whenever, though, I get asked what is your favourite Radiohead song, my answer is always 'Karma Police.' Karma Police, to me, is a song that if on, you stop everything just to listen to it. The song just feels really structured, and although it comes off as a sad song, I always feel happy when I listen to it.
True radiohead fans will go deep into the long radiohead discography and will be in love as avantgarde as it gets. But I think this haunting song has become known as a true rock classic over the years. If I want to introduce a friend to radiohead, this is easily what I show them first. It's beyond creative and comes together perfectly.
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.
Thom Yorke, the man who said the song "Lucky" was a happy song with the lyrics "Kill me Sarah, kill me again", collapsed on the floor in tears after performing this in the studio, twice. I find it impossible to choose my favorite Radiohead song as it's probably "Paranoid Android", but this should be much higher. This song is absolutely beautiful and tragic
I've never been a big fan of this song. Considered it good but far from brilliant only. Until recently, when few personal things happened to me. Finally, music and lyrics clicked to me. Now I'm convinced this is one of the best songs of early Radiohead and Radiohead in general.
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.
The brilliance of this is the connection it can make with the listener. I actually feel how I get inside the most ridiculous yet beautiful cocoon that could posibly exist and I just get drown dead in my self pity and sorrow. The words and music just come as a reflection of our own daily struggle through life and its multiple let downs and huge dissapointments. Music never got so intimate as this, and will never be. This isn't a song is an absolute anthem.
I'll just repeat what other guy on the comment sec said: This is the pinneacle of alt rock. Period. You can't go any further when you reach a song of this calibre. It connected to millions of peoples' souls around the world all at once. Like, why argue? I don't even know why this song is on contest. The top tens page should've put this as #1 by default.
The first Radiohead song and I heard, and has made the best mark on me; it has always made me felt a little bit better --- people always view alienation as some kind of positive thing... Like it's cool and what not, but it's not --- you don't get along with people, but you want to be who you are.
This song is amazing in so many ways. Radiohead's best from what I've heard. This song could mean so many different things and can be easily related to. I love It! It shows the pain of loving someone so much that you feel worthless, but all you can do is love them.
Quote from Thom:
"'Street Spirit' is our purest song, but I didn't write it... It wrote itself. We were just its messengers... Its biological catalysts. It's core is a complete mystery to me... and (pause) you know, I wouldn't ever try to write something that hopeless... All of our saddest songs have somewhere in them at least a glimmer of resolve... 'Street Spirit' has no resolve... It is the dark tunnel without the light at the end. It represents all tragic emotion that is so hurtful that the sound of that melody is its only definition. We all have a way of dealing with that song... It's called detachment... Especially me.. I detach my emotional radar from that song, or I couldn't play it... I'd crack. I'd break down on stag e.. t hat's why its lyrics are just a bunch of mini-stories or visual images as opposed to a cohesive explanation of its meaning... I used images set to the music that I thought would convey the emotional entirety of the lyric and music working ...more
If you haven't heard this song, listen to this NOW! This will be an instant like when you hear it and this is wayy better than the the others above.. Very emotional, yet very calming and great for easing anxiety. I love the arpeggio played, one of the first songs I learned on guitar years ago. It's a song you want to take off your shoes and lie in bed alone while blasting and just sort of fade out everything else.
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.
I think this song has the perfect balance between the emotions Radiohead captures in their songs, while including some of the best melodies they've done - both guitar and vocals. It's Radiohead but it's more easily approachable also by wider audiences. It's perfect song, being simple yet so powerful song with full of meanings and different vibes.
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.
I might sound like a "average Radiohead fan" by saying this but I honestly think this is their best Electronic song. IDM is a genre I should probably dive into sometime since I like Aphex Twin who does that style but Radiohead are also great at doing IDM since this song is that. A great IDM song about climate change and the paranoia of a nuclear holocaust
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).
It just has so much meaning behind it. When I first listened to Idioteque (Which was the first Radiohead song I ever heard) I thought it was crazy, but it just planted a seend and it grew and grew, now I can't stop listening to it! It is truly an amazing song!
This is my favorite Radiohead song by far. When I'm not feeling happy or just having a bad day, this song speaks out to me. It almost makes me feel worse, it hurts, and the song feels utterly hopeless and depressing. However on days where I feel wonderful and full of joy this song feels euphoric. It's like the tone of the song is interpretable, it somehow binds with the listener. With many songs artists tend to shove everything in your face, but this song works with you, it doesn't tell you what to do or how to feel, it works with you. The song becomes a reflection of your soul. The simple idea that anybody could make something like this is incredible, and it goes to show how good these artists are.
This is a song that has much significance in my life. I love this song, it has helped me to release my emotions(suffering from major depressive disorder) and get me through the night. But once it almost made me kill myself. This song speaks out to me. when Thom Yorke says "handshake of carbon monoxide" and "this is my final fit my final bellyache", I thought whats the point in living but when in the end he looks back at life saying "Such a pretty house and such a pretty garden" this made me look back at my life and made me realise that I have much to live for.
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 song so much. Even though it does not involve romance, the song is just so beautiful that it reminds me of the person that I love so much. It makes me cry when I hear such beautiful songs and/or emotional songs. This song being about going to heaven and all Is so moving.
So, the album's title is taken from this song. The first time you figure that out by hearing it... is unforgettable. As in, you'll actually never forget hearing the album title in this song for the first time. The absolute power of the lyric, and the genius of where and how it was placed in the song, is undeniable. If the band themselves decide to name the entire album after 2 words that make an appearance for 7 seconds, I'm guessing they thought it special. Not only the fulcrum of reckoner, but the album itself. F-ing amazing song. F-ing amazing band.
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.
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
In my opinion, Reckoner is Radioheads finest moment. They've shown us how far they can take music, with guitar effects shaping ambient pieces like Treefingers, or more recently how chaotic and haunting string arrangements can sound in Burn the Witch; but Reckoner simply displays how beautiful Radiohead can be. The percussion is sublime throughout and the rhythm is so sweet. Thom's playing sounds so creamy next to your ear and his voice is on another level in this song. "Because we separate, like ripples on a blank shore" is one of the most beautifully placed lyrics I've ever heard on a track.
Utterly, mesmerisingly brilliant. The keyboard riff is so haunting, so raw, so melodic, so rhythmic, so IN YOUR BRAIN, it just gets inside you. I have unashamedly used this more than once as a backing track to parts of school musicals - I even used it as the interlude music in the Wizard of Oz, the opening minute and a half when we were changing the set from Kansas to Oz, and then the climactic minute when we were changing back to Oz from Kansas "...everything in its right place..." I want to curl up with the whole experience of this song and show the world what is up and what is down.
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 five notes instantly bring you to another world, the lyrics are scarce yet genius, the competurised tunes behind are unbelievable. It has a depressive and yet peaceful atmosphere, like if you were floating in the cold starry space. Definitely my favourite Radiohead song!
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.
Undeniably the best Radiohead song of all time. If I had to vote on my favorite songs of all time, this would be in the top three for sure. Thom Yorke never sounded better, and his vocals carry this song to the highest point of the genre. I really like Radiohead, and went to see them in Camden. I was devastated when they didn't play it, but this is still one of my favorites of all time.
It's progression is incredible, seeing the skeletal baseline build into this operatic mass is so awesome, it also creates this amazing soundscape, when I listen to it I can see images of a barren, almost alien world, and it almost swallows me into this emotional state of solemn mess and emptiness, makes me feel like I'm slowly fading and disappearing completely...
The greatest Radiohead song ever because it reaches people and in particular teenagers in a way that few songs do, the expression of loneliness, frustration, rejection, isolation, burden, loss and disillusionment is among the finest out there.
Seriously this really should be higher.
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.
The song structure is as odd as it can be, making it one of the most intriguing songs made by radiohead, as long with mellow piano chords that fit perfectly here. The progression is layered well with the introduction of different instruments that make this song eerie and melodic. The subject introduced in the lyrics is widely debated by its fans, as some say it's the tale of a dream, others allude to the feeling of illusion and its fatality. Personally, it feels like reaching rock bottom and realizing how mellow and comfortable is that position for the writer, making it feel like he drifts through a black hole
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!
Definitely one of the most beautiful song of all time, everything fits so good in this, every time I listen it I'm just transported in a new feeling somewhere between sadness and happiness and every time, listening to this masterpiece is a truly beautiful experience.
For 3 years I never gave this song the recognition it deserved. I thought it was great of course but it never popped out at me like it has now. This is without doubt their greatest and most delicately heart wrenching song they've ever put to tape. Thom thinks so too.
There there is like a wave, first it comes slowly and soft; then the wave crashes and shows its power (musical greatness). This is my favourite Radiohead song because it has everything!
This song (and the whole album- hail to the thief) are extremely underrated.
I personally like the more organic songs of radiohead than the electronic ones, and this song is very organic and natural sounding to me. This was one of the radiohead songs that I fell in love with in the very first listen, in the first 20 seconds of the song to be honest. I remember having goosebumps all over when the guitar starts. Hail to the Thief itself, I feel, is a very underrated album.
That's it. This guys are aliens. I was suspiscious about it to be true but this song to me confirms it. How can you speak so vividly, nevermind speaking, its like screaming with a thunderous sound, guitars and drums that just leave you perplex and just in another state of conscience. Its like a screaming of cataclysmic truth, as another comment here mentioned. A truth we're too scared to admit. Yet we keep denying it through out our whole lives. And that is that what ever we do is really worthless, cause were just creatures, deluded with the idea of self trascendence, of self grandiousity. That is that the ego rules the world. Everwhere, every time (wars, corruption, creation of diseases for profit, enviromental destruction, species exctinctions) we¬'re driven by our egos. Everywhere you look, despite how beautiful or harmless it may look. Its taken over by mans ego, the real devil of this world. Vicious and powerful companies who only care about money and governments working together ...more
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.
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.
Cathartic song which evokes "the emptinest of feeling" which comes after all the feelings and emotions - after a loss of close person, the lost of job, the end of a relationship, the school bullying, every tragedy or life failure. Instruments playing in different time signatures, beautiful Thom Yorke's voice, moving lyrics. "Don't get sentimental, it alalways ends up drivel", "one day I am gonna grow wings, a chemical reaction, hysterical and useless" - it moves every time. This song breaks and heals, gives hope and crushes it, inspires and learns the oble art of reconciliation with fate. A masterpiece!
I dunno why but I think it's not supposed to be sad but still sounds sad anyways.
Either way, great song and one of the best from Ok Computer.
Utterly brilliant, brilliant, brilliant song. The way it builds - like a wonderful, beautiful, tragic, yet triumphant saga; the way it climaxes - with Thom singing against himself in a heart-breakingly beautiful, mournful wail. Plus the underpinning of the mesmeric, hypnotic guitar riff - slightly hesitant, slightly confused, slightly humble, slightly... I don't know... representative of the humdrum of life.
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!
I honestly can't pick a favourite. There are probably about 20 equal ones. But this reminds me of when I first heard them back in 1995 when I was 10 on some sort of indie compilation probably 'shine' or something like that. Blew me away. Still love it to this day
Of the many great Radiohead songs, "Just" is the one that I would want to keep on my desert island when all the others were washed away. I could listen to the outro over and over and never get tired of it.
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.
This is by far my most favorite song by Radiohead. It should be in top 10. I have no words to describe it.. it's so beautifully written and the guitar! Just the best moments of my life flashes evrytime I hear this song.
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 is one of the bests Radiohead songs, it deserves a better position. The perfect balance between sadness and happyness.
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.
I really don't have a way of choosing just ONE best Radiohead song, but I'm choosing this one anyway just because of how hauntingly beautiful, lonesome yet fulfilling this piece is.
Not many songs can have the effect Nude has.
The lyrics, are sung majestically while taunting "you're going to hell for what your dirty mind is.." then Thom holds "thinking." In a way that sends shivers down my spine just replaying the song in my head.
The cherry on top is Johnny's beautiful and broken guitar riff that hangs on like a soul crying for help, almost.
If any song can make you feel lost AND found. It's this one.
I can never really choose my favorite Radiohead song, but this one is just the one I have to go for. The uneasy song adds just a little zing to the lyrics. "Don't get.. Any.. Big ideas.. They're not.. Gonna happen.."
My jaw drops as the song haunts you into the steady rhythm and beat.
The song is depressing, but it still gives off this warm glow of joy. I think this has to be my favorite song. Ever. ( by the way, watch the music video for Nude! )
This untitled masterpiece (the big ideas version) was and still remains as the only song I've cracked into tears to! This song shows that Thom is one of the best and most emotional singers there is and how every instrument exept from the vocals and lyrics, are in a happy tone. So the old version gives you an extremlely rare feeling! It's a supersad song, but in the other hand it's an realsiation, when you hear it you are ready to move on! "Don't get any, big ideas, there not gonna happen. "
The new version in wich it got it's name, (nude) the song is better as a song, the old version was to long with an unessecary extra vers. And the intro and outro in nude is more beutifull! This is one of the most powerful and personal songs I've heard together with creep, and it deserve to be in the 3rd place in my opinion!
I completely agree with you, along with reckoner this is my number 1 song
Literally the most beautiful song ever written from the most beautiful album ever written. The lyrics are so hopeless they make me want to curl up in a ball under blankets for the rest of my life.
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.
So underrated and rarely talked about. The softness of the lyrics only make the lyrics that much more haunting and powerful. The song continues to build to the epic finish that always leaves me feeling "something" by the time it's over.
Love this song
Ever since it appeared in the ending of Shut Up and Dance, the song has had more of an emotional impact on me. Great vocal work and lyrics from Thom as always, great instrumentals as a whole and an overall great song.
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.
This song is so pure, innocent and melancholy. Yet the lyricism paints a beautiful story about a meeting in a bar between star-crossed lovers. This chorus-free song is a culmination of Thom Yorke's vocal prowess and Radiohead's instrumental genius. Never in this song do the instrumentals deviate from a medium-strength tone yet it keeps us engaged miraculously. The soft melodies allow Thom's vocals to shine. The only frustrating aspect of this song is that we are left in suspense as to how story ends...
In my opinion this song contains the best guitar intro to a Radiohead song. Just lulls you in for the ride.
I'm sad not to see this in the top ten but perhaps the song doesn't stand out as lyrically as the other Radiohead songs on the list.
This has to be my favourite song ever. I wish there were more songs like this, thank you Radiohead for making an awesome piece like this.
The mystical and melancholic atmosphere, the dark meaning of the lyrics and Thom Yorke's vocal climax are all factors which contribute to make Jigsaw Falling Into Place my favorite Radiohead song.
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..
It's melodious to the point of haunting, the piano blends in with Tom's chilly vocals and the 'Radiohead-ish' lyrics. This song is depressing yet cheerful at the same time and it talks about the 'walk of life' in a way that has never been portrayed before. This is and will be my favourite Radiohead song closely followed by 'Exit music for a film', 'I Promise' and 'No Surprises'.
This song...my god. The haunting ease of singing is melodious, yet unbelievably chilling. Hands down the best song from ' A Moon Shaped Pool' and maybe one of their best ever.
This, the possibility of "Lift", and "Burn the Witch" will team up to make their next album their best. Which will mean the best album to exist so far.
I sorta cry when I listen to this, it's just so damn beautiful
Amazing song! I'm loving it so much... Since I watched Twilight this song impresses me a lot... I feel like I'm addicted to it... I'm new... I mean this is the first Radiohead's song I've listened, I'm imagining... If this song's great... The most voted song it's what? I'm going to do some research...
Was going to pick "Paranoid Android", but I noticed that one of my other favorites was feeling a little lonely. A great opener for In Rainbows with a truly epic progression that'll make you feel things you've never felt before.
These are the type of lyrics today's society are missing!
"How come I end up where I started? How come I end up where I went wrong? Wont take my eye of the ball again, you reel me out then you cut the string..."
Only 31? More like 31 plays a day! Everything from the drumbeat to the vocals give me goosebumps.
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.
This is my favorite Radiohead song. Simply beautiful. Hauntingly beautiful. Outside of Everlong, this song puts you in a trance where desolation meets a glimmer/flicker of hope.
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.. :'(
No other song illustrates the feelings of love, sadness and confusion within relations (or lack thereof) more than this. " I'm an animal, trapped in your hot car."
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!
Amazing song! I love the way this song builds and builds and then to top it all off it ends with a really cool outtro. There's nothing better than when the drums kick in and the chanting starts! I too vote 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
Climbing Up the Walls has the mood and reflective nature of its parent album, all the atmosphere of Motion Picture Soundtrack, the emotion of Fake Plastic Trees and the instrumental texture of There There except darker; it's the perfect Radiohead song (yes, I'm aware that Motion Picture Soundtrack and There There were written and recorded years after this song).
This is the stuff that haunts you at night. Perfect representation of some of your darkest feelings and moments, and an even better representation of the hell people with depression and such go through.
How is this so low? Anyway this song has most of the things people like about OK computer in the first place hauting vocals, fitting instraments, creepy atmosphere, heck even some good lyrics. This is truley one of there best on OK computer!
Along with Exit music for a film, The Tourist and Electioneering.. This is the best song on OK Computer
I was going to pick "Everything In Its Right Place", but this song at #31 is injustice. Most underrated Radiohead song of all time. As others have noted, the instrument and vocals give an aquatic effect, and if you close your eyes, you can see pretty much anything. I listened to it on a beach in Florida one night, and it transcended time and space. It was beautiful.
This song is so beautiful, as it takes the listener to an entire new world, whilst somehow keeping them grounded and connected. Along with that, the emotional connection is so strong, as the metaphor of fish at the bottom of the sea is so spot on, and so sincere to the true meaning. Definitely up near their best.
I think this is the best piece of modern music by anyone. I doubted that I'd ever hear anything to surpass Comfortably Numb but this does. I'd love to ask the band how they knew when this track was finished. Like any great piece of art the key to its greatness is knowing when to stop adding to it. Perfect.
This song deserver to be higher. The guitar riff throughout the music and the synchronization of 4 or more guitars is true magic and the mark of extremely talented artists. Anyone I've played this song for has instantly asked about the tune. That's reason enough for me to see this in the top 10!
Powerful, emotional, inspirational and majestic tribute to both Pink Floyd and to heroic struggle with life despite all possible obstacles. To the moments when hope and despair become one. This is a song that takes me back to the late summer of '97 where I heard it for the first time and fell in love with it completely. Until today it remains one of personal favourites from insanely rich Radiohead's catalogue.
Thom said that when they had written it, they knew that this one is definitely their best song. In my opinion it's their 4th (after Fake Plastic Trees, Paranoid Android and Just). But still it's an amazing song and one of my favourits.
This is abosotutely beautiful; I would not change a single chord and Thom sounds so good. Plus, yes, at times it reminds me of Pink Floyd, which to me is a great compliment. Perfect song.
This is Radiohead at their best. The music, lyrics and singing are full of emotion. It's pure hope & inspiration in a song. Brilliant!