OK Computer Named Best Album of the Past 25 Years

by Jonathan on December 22, 2010

OK Computer

Q Magazine readers recently voted Radiohead’s OK Computer as the best album of the past 25 years. No big surprise there, right? The band also took three other places in the top 30 – compiled to mark 25 years of the magazine – with The Bends at eight, Kid A at 18 and In Rainbows at 23. 13 years ago, Q Magazine had a similar poll where OK Computer was also named best album of all time. Now that is staying power.

Full list after the jump.

(thanks to Peter)

The Top 30 albums

1. OK Computer – Radiohead

2. Nevermind – Nirvana

3. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis

4. Definitely Maybe – Oasis

5. Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys

6. The Joshua Tree – U2

7. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

8. The Bends – Radiohead

9. Achtung Baby – U2

10. Black Holes And Revelations – Muse

11. Is This It – The Strokes

12. A Rush Of Blood To The Head – Coldplay

13. Parklife – Blur

14. Screamadelica – Primal Scream

15. White Blood Cells – The White Stripes

16. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel

17. Hot Fuss – The Killers.

18. Kid A – Radiohead

19. Funeral – Arcade Fire

20. American Idiot – Green Bay

21. The Holy Bible – Manic Street Preachers

22. Absolution – Muse

23. In Rainbows – Radiohead

24. Only By The Night – Kings Of Leon

25. Demon Days – Gorillaz

26. Origin Of Symmetry – Muse

27. Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’Roses

28. Urban Hymns – The Verve

29. Automatic For The People – R.E.M.

30. Loveless – My Bloody Valentine



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  • Jose Dan

    That’s good. At least they got one right.

  • Bizness9946

    Guns N’Roses should be way higher also nevermind sucked… but you are right they got one right.

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  • 3433333

    cool, but were is the dance and pop albums

  • Kamakazisj

    It’s not a particularly good list. I love OK Computer, and several of these other albums are good, but I think only OK Computer, The Bends, and maybe Nevermind (never been a huge Nirvana fan but you gotta admit it’s a classic) deserve to be on this list.

  • mknudy

    What an obviously british list.

  • Emilie L.

    beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, they got one right.

  • bruce

    Arctic Monkeys? Above the Strokes? That’s a joke.

    Glad to see OK C reigning.

  • Oh wow. The Packers of the NFL put out an album that made it to #20 on this list..

  • Joel

    Im sorry but I dont get peoples fascination with Ok Computer. It is a great album but I dont think it is Radioheads best. There are several songs on there that are not very good. Kid A should easily be ahead of it imo.

  • By_a_wire

    This is a British list, right?

  • Theunopeneddoor

    Finally! Someone else that agrees that Nirvana were overrated crap!

    No Hail to the Thief or Amnesiac on the list?

    They got number one right easily though (And number 2 should have been In Rainbows)

  • Jose Dan

    Where are all the men in here, I need one for tonight.

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  • Nope

    Any list with a Muse album in the top 10 and before The Stroke’s ‘Is this it’ makes me really sad… Congrats for OK Computer though. And Kid A being my favourite album of all time, I can’t help but be slightly dissapointed it didn’t make a better “score”‘…

  • Not Your Friend

    This is fail…

    No mention of Skylarking … utter, utter fail…

    (not that I’m remotely surprised mind you ..)

  • Not Your Friend

    LOL , no Pixies, Primus’, Eels’, RATM, Tom Waits’ albums, etc, etc, either?! FFS what ever happened to taste?! Each generation keeps getting more and more ignorant.. I despair, I really do… >x’D

  • Joey

    OK Computer is def an epic album of theirs…. If OK Computer didnt happen… the rest of their albums wouldn’t have happened either. You have to remember- its not just the face value of the songs- but the mood of the band, & how the songs were created. The man hours- the decision making- the utter frustrations they endured…only to come out on TOP. OK Computer gets its name b/c Thom and the rest of the band felt like they were computers doing all the work- for somebody else- similar to how we tell computers what we want them to do for us- That why OK computer is great…because despite all that- they have exceptional lyrics to go along with an exceptional musical masterpiece

  • Dave

    This list is rubbish! I’ve never even heard of Green Bay.

  • DYRT

    Green day, blur, white stripes, u2? garbage list

  • Jose Dan

    Obviously it’s rubbish. It’s a list. Even a list between me and my best friends would all be way different, but thats not to say each list would be incorrect or even bad. Just an opinion. For a list this is terrible, but like i said at least they got one right. My list would solely have radiohead on it, no need to mention anyone else… in my opinion.

  • Jose Dan

    And of course I forgot to say that I am a big time faggot. Period.

  • Kino

    Not exactly a strong list to be on. Except maybe for My Bloody Valentine and Neutral Milk Hotel.

  • Joel

    I agree with everything you said, for the most part. However I think Kid A outshines Ok Computer at being what you said Ok Computer is. After Ok Computer Radiohead could have easily made 5 more albums just like it and everyone would have been perfectly fine with that. But instead they decided it wasnt good enough, they went even further away from what people expected or wanted. And it turned out arguably better than the beginning product. So I still do not get why people love it so much.

  • Stevenssean45

    why don’t the greenplastic followers make a list of their own? Anybody else up for that? Someone should start a poll blog topic on this site.

  • Paulo

    Omg, people here actually care about the rest of the list? I couldn’t care less. All that matters is that the 2 best albuns are there on number 1 and 2. It’s a fact that this is just a list. But with Ok Computer on 1st and Nevermind on 2nd the point has been made. Oh, Hail to the thief should be number 3 and Kid A number 4, btw. The bends and In rainbows are good where they are. OK COMPUTER MATCHES BEATLES’ AND DOORS’ BEST STUFF. Enough said.

  • Atmosmurs

    Green Bay! hahahhahaha Lmao.

  • Geoff

    kid a @ 18? ill be honest i didnt even read it all but wtf coldplay? and ahead of kid a? cool that radiohead is #1 though

  • Bjdyal

    This is a shockingly incomplete album. It’s like someone of extremely limited musical taste looked through other top 25 lists for names they recognized and posted them that way. That’s the best explanation I can come up with for leaving out such essentials as Bloc Party, Animal Collective, TV on the Radio, and Deerhunter even in a list as single minded as this one.

  • Sebastiankf

    this list sucks, where the fuck is the Pixies and Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief

  • Grace

    where is jeff buckley, where is björk, where is sparkelhorse? they got so much in common with radiohead, why don’t they appear on the list? “Obviously it’s rubbish” yeah it is … merry christmas

  • Anon

    Where the fuck is Daydream Nation?

  • Joeblow

    I’m one of the biggest radiohead fans out there — and there’s no way they belong on this list 4 times. Furthermore, this entire list is laughable. I know music is totally subejctive so any “top 10, top 50, top 100” is essentially laughable — but this is really, REALLY bad. Just my opinion, of course.

    I am happy to see Nevermind at #2 though.

  • Favoritething

    Wow, what a lazy list.

  • poisoned_dwarf

    Seems very U.K.-centered. No Deerhunter, No Age, Liars, Sonic Youth, Tom Waits, Bjork, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Jeff Buckley…shit I could go on forever. Every one of those artists is more deserving than Coldplay or Arctic friggin Monkeys.

  • immrama87

    HORSE. SHIT. ‘Nuff said.

  • fitz

    any list Best of list with Green Day on it should be blown up immediately. Muse 3 times? Coldplay, the Verve? all the UK slant on this but no Doves?

    even if you are going to do a quasi best-most popular list……. how could you not include Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream? or Pearl Jam?

    It’s like most lists such as this. Just put a bunch of popular s*** on it but don’t forget to be heavy on the Radiohead so it can look legit.

  • fitz

    any list Best of list with Green Day on it should be blown up immediately. Muse 3 times? Coldplay, the Verve? all the UK slant on this but no Doves?

    even if you are going to do a quasi best-most popular list……. how could you not include Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream? or Pearl Jam?

    It’s like most lists such as this. Just put a bunch of popular s*** on it but don’t forget to be heavy on the Radiohead so it can look legit.

  • Johnnyklef

    This shit stinks like fish n chips… Ever hear of Black Francis? John Frusciante? Billy Corgan? Bjork? Karen O? Robert Smith?
    Seeing Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys at 3,4,5 made me sick to my stomach. Im surprised Amy freakin Whinwhore isnt on here with the freakin Spice Girls…

  • Felldownhard

    This is radio friendly, mass-marketed crap that has been force-fed to us thanks to the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which de-regulated mass-media. This is more of a favorite records list than a thoughtful, critical examination of landmark albums. (Neutral Milk Hotel and My Bloody Valentine are deserving of acclaim though).

  • FidoDido1980

    OK Computer’s great and all, but yeah, this list is just downright depressing, albeit completely expected from readers of Q magazine. Overwhelmingly white, male, guitar bands and little else. Yawn.

  • Jeroen

    Ok Computer nr 1 Kid A nr 2

  • Bret

    In Utero is better than Nevermind and OK Computer.

  • Joel

    Am I gay?

  • ha terrible list…i love radiohead being on there, but there is zero RHCP, By The Way, Californication, and Stadium Arcadium all deserve spots…and The Mars Volta deserves to have De-loused on there easily…good taste is hard to come by in positions of authority in the critics’ music industry

    bravo on getting ok computer as #1, i believe it every time i listen to subterranean homesick alien

  • Jeremy

    PD I’m gay too Joel, let’s be lovers

  • musation

    Who cares…

    But one thing I would like to know.
    Why do they make these lists?

    A justified answer can be that they want to keep memories of some albums alive ’cause some do need it. But this is a contradiction for those who recieved enough attention in their time ’cause if they ARE any good they don’t need this. So this only counted for more anonymous albums.

    Some need it, bands like Radiohead don’t, some are just in there because they are collectively overrated due to commercialism and/or subjective favoritism by some media (but this is applicable to all bands at a certain point) and some really never were any good because the combination of the general concept and executions of their sound, melodies and compositions are just undeniably bad….

  • Donporter3

    I’m in complete agreement with OK Computer being number 1 and I can live with Nevermind being number 2 but there are there are some amazing albums left off this list. Many artist like Tom Waits, Smashing Pumpkins, Jeff Buckley, and Bjork where already listed, however I’m confused, why is every band in this list is rock or alt rock. Where is Gnarls Barkley, Moby, Rufus Wainwright, Lauren Hill, Ben Harper or Atmosphere?
    How is this a list of the best albums of the past 25 years? I refuse to believe that all the best albums came from basically one genera of music. Where is the jazz, hip-hop, or R n’ B?

  • 24. Only By The Night – Kings Of Leon

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