Coldplay's 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' Named the Best Album Ever in BBC Poll

The second indie rock band's studio record beat up Pink Floyd and Duran Duran.

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Coldplay's second album, "A Rush of Blood to the Head," has been named the best album of all time in a new poll by BBC radio, Gigwise reports.

The 2002 record topped the poll, beating Pink Floyd and Radiohead to come out on top. It was announced as the winner on Radio 2 on Monday by DJ Jo Whiley, after a countdown of the favourites.

The poll was held as part of the recent BBC series The Golden Age of the Album, and had some surprising results. Keane's "Hopes and Fears" came in second, followed by Duran Duran's "Rio" at third.

The top five was rounded out by Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" and Dido's "No Angel".

Jeff Smith, head of music at Radio 2, said,

"With albums ranging from Sinatra in the 50s to Emeli Sande in the last year, the range of eras and genres exhibited by the chart is typical of the breadth of Radio 2 and its distinctive music policy."

He continued, "Musicians such as Coldplay and Dido have struck a chord with listeners and are in good company in the Top 10 alongside legendary bands like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, whose appeal remains undiminished after all these years."

The full list is:

1. Coldplay - Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) 2. Keane - Hopes and Fears (2004) 3. Duran Duran - Rio (1982) 4. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) 5. Dido - No Angel (1999) 6. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (1971) 7. The Pet Shop Boys - Actually (1987) 8. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) 9. U2 - The Joshua Tree (1987) 10. Queen - A Night at the Opera (1975)

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    Wow, first Clocks wins the competition for best song of the past ten years, and now this? Indie obsession much? Not saying that Coldplay are bad, but this is a bit too far.
    Who cares? It's just another opinion. Personally I think it's the 2nd best album (behind Kid A) of the Naughties. It's got some great songs on it and I love it start to finish. So at least it's getting some good recognition
    So band, whose sound is essentially 417 attempts of re-intepreting Radioheads "High and dry", now gets higher than the actual Radiohead, that made WAY better albums and songs after that? This planet... The air is conterminated with stupid...
    The irony of you misspelling 'contaminated' is just hilarious.
    In case you haven't heard, there is this interresting rumor going around that some people do not have english as their native language...
    In case you haven't heard. Spell checker exists in most web browsers.
    Deactivated it - Lets just say that frequently shifting between two languages (english and danish) can make the spell checker slightly... Annoying...
    You have my apologies then. I don't even have a second language, so talking down to you for a minor mistake is a douche bag move on my part.
    That's okay, you had no way in knowing I was a foreigner, so apology humbly accepted
    Are they small minded or something? Better than Pink Floyd and Rolling Stones? the only list I'd name coldplay on top is on the list of best rip off band ever. lol
    Also, has everyone just completely forgot that the Manic Street Preachers exist? Surely they'd be in there somewhere...?
    Who the hell listens to radio 2 anyway? People who like bland, unstinulating music, that's who.
    BEST, not greatest. 1. Led Zeppelin IV 2. Houses of The Holy 3. Dark Side of The Moon 4. Led Zeppelin I 5. Led Zeppelin III 6. The Wall 7. Led Zeppelin II 8. The White Album 9. Lateralus 10. Superunknown *1 billion downvotes*
    Too much Led Zep dude - doesn't really show much variety... We all love em but to take up 50% on your list is insane... your list though I guess, do with it as you will!
    1. Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile 2. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral 3. Tool - 10,000 Days 4. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief 5. Black Light Burns - Cruel Melody 6. Coil - Musick to Play in the Dark 7. Porcupine Tree - Deadwing 8. Radiohead - Ok Computer 9. Korn - See You on the Other Side 10. Alice in Chains - Dirt
    It was on Jo Whiley's show everybody, you don't have to take it as a credible source. She's a shockingly bad radio DJ. We'd happily ship her off to the US.
    What evidence did they use to suport this!? I guarentee that Metallica's Master of Puppets or Kill em' All beats this ten times over when it comes to popularity and total sales!
    Beats Dark Side Of The Moon, one of the best selling albums of all time? Google first, then comment...
    It's clear there must of been mostly housewives in their 30s or 40s voting on this poll. I mean Coldplay, Keane and Dido being voted for best albums? Come on that's taking the piss. Just read the poll was taken from BBC Radio 2 listeners so I guess that's the reason..
    Everyone complains but I'm sure if it was replaced with one of your favorite albums it would be met with just as many complaints.