Radiohead CD Picked As Best

Spin magazine named Radiohead's "OK Computer" the top album of the past 20 years.

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Spin magazine named Radiohead's "Ok Computer" the top album of the past 20 years, praising a futuristic sound that manages to feel alive "even when its words are spoken by a robot," reports AP.

The British band's album edged out Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" and Nirvana's "Nevermind" on a list in Spin's 20th anniversary issue, currently on newsstands. "Between Thom Yorke's orange-alert worldview and the band's meld of epic guitar rock and electronic glitch, ('Ok Computer') not only forecast a decade of music but uncannily predicted our global culture of communal distress," reads the editorial note on what separated the 1997 disc from the other 99 ranked albums.

Sandwiched between Radiohead's straight-ahead rock disc "The Bends" and the more experimental, electronic "Kid A," "Ok Computer" was the album that propelled Radiohead to worldwide, stadium-sized popularity. Though it never went higher than No. 21 on the Billboard charts, it won critical raves and a Grammy for best alternative music performance.

Spin's Chuck Klosterman says the album "manages to sound how the future will feel. ... It's a mechanical album that always feels alive, even when its words are spoken by a robot."

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    teej
    how the hell do they keep winning these best album thingys - TWENTY YEARS!!! i doubt it.
    metalman_38
    Its not like its the end of the world if "your" pic isnt the top one because its really all just a matter of opinion if someone thinks the cd with the macarana is number one good for them (omg i just said the maca-***in -rana!)
    LatinRoller89
    what about oasis's "definitely maybe", or Alice in Chain's "Dirt", and don't forget Guns n Roses "Apptite for destruction". spin magazine don't how to pick good albums and they just say is good cause other people say it but they don't actually LISTEN TO IT. fuking stupid fags
    call_of_puppetz
    MrShowtime3: Why is TOOL always forgotten when it comes to talk of best albums or songs. How can one their albums never be mentioned, now thats insane. yea with him why the hell is TOOL always forgotten when they're freaking amazing?
    Hi9
    I can see why they picked ok computer... I mean, it manages to be many very opposite things at once... extreamly heavily produced, yet still very raw feeling... you could call it under-rated and over-rated and still be right... almost everyone's heard it or knows of it, yet it was never really huge on the charts... doesn't sound like anything else before it over-all. It manages to be really different and original, yet still appeal to a very wide range of people. Yes, many of the albums other people have named have been really amazing in their genre, but haven't had nearly the wide-spread appeal, or they've had the wide spread appeal but ended up watered down because of it. Doing both... that's a feat.
    BlueZephyr
    All of Radiohead's albums rock so I don't know how the hell they managed to pick out Ok Computer out of all the others. Phuckers.
    PatchesAD
    alright... i can understand that people have differing tastes in music. but what i cant understand is how people can stand to listen to radiohead. i gave 'ok computer' a listen once, and i nearly vomited-- it's literally that sickeningly bad. it's nothing short of pretentious drivel-- the sort of music (and i use this term loosely) that sends the message "if you dont like this album, it just means we're more advanced than you" without any solid backing of actual meaningful advancement. the only reason i listened to the entire album was so i would have a basis for my arguments against it. im certain this wouldnt be in my top 100 albums of 1997, let alone the best since '85. i mean... celine dion (gag!) and micheal bolton (eww) both released albums that year, and i'm damn certain that those albums (although ive never heard them) are both much better than 'ok computer.'
    Ed Vedder19
    Pearl Jam - TEN Pearl Jam - Vs. theres 2 better albums right there. need i go on?
    Pyke
    Wow, not an easy things for a group of people to decide. The best album in the past 20 years? It would have made more sense to say the best alternative rock album in the last 20 years. Some of you people are insane. Some of you go crazy and say that these guys suck ass and don't deserve this title of creating the greatest album of the past twenty years. Then some of you even have the audacity to name off what you like even though almost none of the mentioned defined a musical style quite like Radiohead did. Hell I don't paticualrily like Radiohead, but I can understand that these guys defined a musical style. Wise up.
    metaljunky
    Some Of you crack heads NEED TO DIE, Just roll over and Die come on just die because you don't like this album doesn't mean the 5,999,999 billion other people in the world Don't GOD DAMN this is a very good album not my favorite but it is still Great So Get back to talking to you Butt Buddies on the computer and stop trying to change Greatness !
    SickMetal
    All those lists are retarted. There's no point in getting upset about it, it's just a bunch of critics after all
    cloudnine
    Good job snobbish British music magazines - remember when Kerrang called the Stone Roses' album the best album ever - when they gave it 2 stars when it came out? They just can't accept that they havent had a brilliant band since Led Zeppelin/Iron Maiden.
    chipasaurus
    Rippleseeker: Plenty better Songs For The Deaf--Queens of the Stone Age Toxicity--System of a Down BloodSugarSexMagick--Red Hot Chili Peppers Paul's Boutique--Beastie Boys
    you should be shot for a comment like that
    SuperBong
    radiohead is a piece of shit, all of the members are pieces of shit, they suck shit, and all of their albums suck shit.
    mentalfloss
    OK Computer is a masterpiece. It fully deserves to be #1. Metal is a good genre, but no metal album deserves #1 recognition simply because the music does not extend beyond the genre. Radiohead have traversed many different areas and have a significant meaning in this album that will go over many of your heads. Nirvana and Guns N' Roses are partly the reason for why Rock music sucks today, while Radiohead has inspired other acts (Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire) to step up and make good music that doesn't rely on nonsense power chords.
    Slashfan#1
    idlepretension: Slashfan#1: Awww dude come on Appetite For Destruction just inside the 20 year mark and it fu*kin blows OK computer away. That album is sooo.. overrated man. Christ. Guns n roses fans need to elt that shit go. they had one good album. LET IT GO AND QOTSA aren't nu-metal. Both QOTSA and SOAD are technically art rock. And nu-metal doesn't exist. It's just heavy alt rock. No one really knows what nu-metal and hardcore and emo are, they just throw around these faux genres to sound smart. If people were actually smart, then Britney Spears, Seether, Creed, and Trapt (amongst thousands) wouldn't hae careers Overrated , hum..... 20 million copies and still selling 20 years later. Some how that seems to be greatness and not overrated.
    Dave_Grohl
    what a joke, radiohead are such an ordinary band nevermind, songs for the deaf or ten should have got that
    lmthedarkman
    Yea you can't really sum up the last twenty years - loads of exceptional albums, but ok computer is a great album though!
    redwing_suck
    ^Lol yeah, I think "the best album of the past 20 years" is a bit of an overstatement. I could name 20 albums that have better production, mastering, etc., and sonwriting and talent in them. Spam deleted.
    pinion18
    A "catchy" album cannot be the greatest of the past 20 years. As a matter of fact, there can't be a greatest album of the past 20 years. If there was, it would be Master of puppets, AJFA, or the black album by metallica. or all 3.
    Vlad Drac
    i totally agree. My personal favourite Radiohead album is 'Hail to the thief'. they are a constantly evolving entity.
    badfish1989
    If you think about it is probably the best every song was well written, had good parts and lyrics It was new and orginal, all the singles did well and it sold millions
    griffy
    Maybe to you. Classical listeners could say it sounds better on a classical instrument, or a jazz listener on a jazz instrument. Can people on this site actually think outside their own head and realize everybody's preferences aren't all the same?
    pinion18
    Its just the fact that emotion flows through the guitar more than most instruments used in music. Something on another instrument naturally sounds better to most people when played on the guitar.
    Londons Caller
    As anyone thought about the fact that the guitar isn't the main factor here. Its the album overall. Do the songs mix well, or do they seem like one huge track. Appitite for distruction was a good album, but it wasn't that different from most of the time periods music. Fitter, Happier may not be even considered a song, but you don't hear people recording a robtic voice talking of someones live and how it is changing. Karma Police and Exit Music don't sound like a certain genere of rock. OK Computer was an original album, because Radio Head made an album that didn't sound like any of the music of the time period, and made there own genere for themselves, and no one has really picked up that type of music since. That is why it was picked...
    idlepretension
    Slashfan#1: Awww dude come on Appetite For Destruction just inside the 20 year mark and it fu*kin blows OK computer away.
    That album is sooo.. overrated man. Christ. Guns n roses fans need to elt that shit go. they had one good album. LET IT GO AND QOTSA aren't nu-metal. Both QOTSA and SOAD are technically art rock. And nu-metal doesn't exist. It's just heavy alt rock. No one really knows what nu-metal and hardcore and emo are, they just throw around these faux genres to sound smart. If people were actually smart, then Britney Spears, Seether, Creed, and Trapt (amongst thousands) wouldn't hae careers.
    Dead2TheWorld
    The Thrash CD's of '86 are wayyy.. better. Master of Puppets, Reign in Blood, and Peace Sells???
    walla
    sorry to double-post but anyone who says that OK computer was a shit album is talking complete bollocks. How can it be shit when it is consistently voted somewhere in the top 3 in almost every album poll i have seen.
    nirvanafan11111
    how can u possibly say that, in the last 20 years, as in 1985 - 2005, u can't make a generalisation about the last 20 years like that what a load of crap
    walla
    Rippleseeker: Q.O.T.S.A - Songs for the Deaf. That CD was an absolute pile of wank - and i loved their other albums.
    blindsided
    I love Radiohead. This doesn't really mean anything, but it's cool to see such a masterpiece getting more recognition.
    griffy
    Jeez, just because your favorite album isn't number one don't get upset. Also, you can't say Radiohead doesn't have talent even if you don't like them. You still have to respect them as musicians
    Define
    That's awesome. OK Computer is a great album. Although, I wouldn't say that it's the BEST album of the past twenty years.
    Black_Widow2005
    They're frickin mad!!!.. its the worst album in the last 20 years, id like to meet the stupid git and kick 20 loads of sh*t out of him!!
    IRISH MAN
    I prefer The Bends and Kid A at the moment. OK Computer was also the greatest album of all time in a Channel 4 poll. I havent't listened to it yet but I might now
    jamjarohrah
    Calm down, it's clearly not THE worst album of the last 20 years! But I agree with a lot of people in saying it's not the best either. It's been a large influence for many bands though. You could claim Muse are influenced by Radiohead, so it's definitely an influential album.
    ctb
    There are better albums out there, Radiohead are still cool.
    xX_JIMI_Xx
    Its a great album, and deserves to be in the top ten, but maybe not Number 1.
    wireless89
    Anyone got the full top 20? I'd expect either of Oasis' first two to be high up on the list, glad that Public Enemy get some recognition as well. My 'controversial' choice would be Evil Empire.