Saturday, December 31, 2005


Apparently, Q has been going for twenty years and to mark the anniversary, it's organised a poll to find the best album of all time. Confusingly, it's elected to not put the list online, which means instead of directing you to the Q magazine site, we'll have to point you in the direction of The Sun - who seems to think that the heavy presence of many 1990s records shows that that was the best decade ever for music, rather than the relative age of Q magazine readers.

The Top 20 are:

1. Radiohead - OK Computer
2. Radiohead - The Bends
3. Nirvana - Nevermind
4. The Beatles - Revolver
5. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
6. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
7. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
8. Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
9. U2 - Achtung Baby
10. Radiohead - Kid A
11. U2 - The Joshua Tree
12. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
13. Jeff Buckley - Grace
14. The Beatles - Abbey Road
15. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
16. The Verve - Urban Hymns
17. The Beatles - The Beatles
18. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
19. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
20. The Clash - London Calling

Man, that's a lot of Radiohead in there, isn't it? Perhaps the surprises, though, are that a lot of people are actually putting their votes where their mouths are, floating Jeff Buckley up to 13 - we'd always assumed people just pretended to like him - and the surprising persistence of Urban Hymns, a record which, by now, you would have expected to be sitting largely forgotten at the back of smaller record collections.

Having worked out the best album of all time, now the magazine is moving on to the Greatest Song.


Anonymous said...

I may be misremembering, but didn't Q totally pan (What's The Story) Morning Glory? on it's release and give Be Here Now 5 stars? So why isn't Be Here Now in the chart and higher than Morning Glory?

Anonymous said...

Because it was voted for by the readers rather than compiled by the writers. Not that Q have ever been afraid to completely ignore their own ratings, like when they gave Justified by Justin Timberlake 2* then put it in their albums of the year list. Same with The Kaiser Chiefs which got 3* on release.

And considering Qs readership I'm surprised that "The Best Of The Beatles" didn't make the top 20.

Anonymous said...

And not a single female artist. Good reminder of why I'm no longer a Q reader.

chica said...

radiohead always will be radiohead. I like the list

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