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  2. Fuck this list actually, I just noticed Buffy Sainte-Marie (without whom Joni Mitchell would not have a career, David Geffen would be poor and electronic music wouldn’t exist), Mitski, Cat Power and Grimes aren’t in it, among many others.
  3. Some of the years for the albums are wrong in that list I pasted from reddit btw, not sure if that was true in the original (unreadable) RS website. Aside from the Harry Styles album I admit I didn’t listen to, and the continuing and expected oversight of non English language music, I’m pretty happy with this list as a new canon. It doesn’t really go out on any limbs, it reflects a consensus of what people under 60 already consider the canon to be, and effectively compensates (without overcompensating) for the boomer and gen x authenticity fetish and rockist bias that dominated previous versions. Obviously it’s a mainstream publication that is interested in song-based music and has a history of favoring rock, soul, folk and rap, so it also severely underrates jazz, electronic dance music, traditional, classical, experimental and independent musical cultures. Still, it rightly has zero Fleet Foxes albums while making room for Cocteau Twins and two Massive Attack albums. Janet Jackson has three entries, and Beck only has one. So it’s a pleasant surprise from this magazine.
  4. So it turns out Rolling Stone made a new list of 500 albums of all time voted by other musicians/critics, and Radiohead are one of the acts whose placements have improved. Kid A is the highest-placing album of the 2000s and it is now listed as the 20th best album ever made, putting it over OK Computer (which has also risen a bit, to #42). The list also includes The Bends and In Rainbows. 500 Arcade Fire - Funeral (2004) 499 Rufus, Chaka Khan - Ask Rufus (1977) 498 Suicide - Suicide (1977) 497 Various Artists - The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1985) 496 Shakira - Dónde Están los Ladrones (1998) 495 Boyz II Men - II (1991) 494 The Ronettes - Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes (1964) 493 Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear (1978) 492 Bonnie Raitt - Nick of Time (1989) 491 Harry Styles - Fine Line (2019) 490 Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel (1975) 489 Phil Spector and Various Artists - Back to Mono (1958-1969) (1991) 488 The Stooges - The Stooges (1969) 487 Black Flag - Damaged (1981) 486 John Mayer - Continuum (2006) 485 Richard and Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974) 484 Lady Gaga - Born This Way (2011) 483 Muddy Waters - The Anthology (2001) 482 The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (1992) 481 Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister (1996) 480 Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings (2016) 479 Selena - Amor Prohibido (1994) 478 The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks (1968) 477 Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' in the Moonlight (1959) 476 Sparks - Kimono My House (1974) 475 Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow (1996) 474 Big Star - #1 Record (1972) 473 Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino (2004) 472 SZA - Ctrl (2017) 471 Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) 470 Juvenile - 400 Degreez (1998) 469 Manu Chao - Clandestino (1998) 468 The Rolling Stones - Some Girls (1978) 467 Maxwell - BLACKsummers'night (2009) 466 The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today! (1965) 465 King Sunny Adé - The Best of the Classic Years (2003) 464 The Isley Brothers - 3 + 3 (1973) 463 Laura Nyro - Eli & the 13th Confession (1968) 462 The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969) 461 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) 460 Lorde - Melodrama (2017) 459 Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of the Day (2009) 458 Jason Isbell - Southeastern (2013) 457 Sinéad O'Connor - I Do Not What What I Haven't Got (1990) 456 Al Green - Greatest Hits (1975) 455 Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley (1958) 454 Can - Ege Bamyasi (1972) 453 Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine (1989) 452 Diana Ros and the Supremes - Anthology (1974) 451 Roberta Flack - First Take 450 Paul and Linda McCartney - RAm (1971) 449 The White Stripes - Elephant (2003) 448 Otis Redding - Dictionary of Soul (1966) 447 Bad Bunny - X 100pre (2018) 446 Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidanada (1971) 445 Yes - Close to the Edge (1972) 444 Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine 443 David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980) 442 The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness (2015) 441 Britney Spears - Blackout (2007) 440 Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter (1971) 439 James Brown - Sex Machine (1970) 438 Blur - Parklife (1994) 437 Primal Scream - Screamadelica (1991) 436 2Pac - All Eyez on Me (1996) 435 Pet Shop Boys - Actually (1987) 434 Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994) 433 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (2007) 432 Usher - Confessions (2004) 431 Los Lobos - How Will the Wolf Survive? (1984) 430 Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (1977) 429 The Four Tops - Reach Out (1967) 428 Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising (1985) 427 Al Green - Call Me (1973) 426 Lucinda Williams - Lucinda Williams (1988) 425 Paul Simon - Paul Simon (1972) 424 Beck - Odelay (1996) 423 Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997) 422 Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On (1973) 421 M.I.A. - Arular (2005) 420 Earth, Wind and Fire - That's the Way of the World (1975) 419 Eric Church - Chief (2011) 418 Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms (1985) 417 Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959) 416 The Roots - Things Fall Apart (1999) 415 The Meters - Looka Py Py (1969) 414 Chic - Risqué (1979) 413 Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (1970) 412 Smokey Robinson - Going to a Go Go (1965) 411 Bob Dylan - "Love and Theft" (2001) 410 The Beach Boys - Wild Honey (1967) 409 Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead (1970) 408 Motörhead - Ace of Spades (1980) 407 Neil Young - Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1969) 406 Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs 405 Various Artists - Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era (1972) 404 Anita Baker - Rapture (1986) 403 Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele (2000) 402 Fela Kuti and Africa 70 - Expensive Shit (1975) 401 Blondie - Blondie (1977) permalink embed save report give award Reply [–]Pnnsnndlltnn 34 points 4 days ago 400 The Go'Go's - Beauty and the Beat (1981) 399 Brian Wilson - Smile 398 The Raincoats - The Raincoats (1979) 397 Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019) 396 Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything? (1972) 395 D'Angelo and the Vanguard - Black Messiah 394 Diana Ross - Diana 393 Taylor Swift - 1989 392 Ike and Tina Turner - Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner (1991) 391 Kelis - Kaleidoscope (1999) 390 Pixies - Surfer Rosa (1988) 389 Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi (2005) 388 Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted and Black (1972) 387 Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007) 386 J Dilla - Donuts (2006) 385 Ramones - Rocket to Russia (1977) 384 The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1969) 383 Massive Attack - Mezzanine (1998) 382 Tame Impala - Currents (2015) 381 Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Pronounxed 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) (1973) 380 Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um (1959) 379 Rush - Moving Pictures (1981) 378 Run-DMC - Run-D.M.C. (1983) 377 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell (2003) 376 Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998) 375 Green Day - Dookie (1994) 374 Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues Singers (1961) 373 Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul (1969) 372 Big Brother and the Holding Company - Cheap Thrills (1968) 371 The Temptations - Anthology (1973) 370 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter II (2005) 369 Mobb Deep - The Infamous (1995) 368 George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (1970) 367 Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015) 366 Aerosmith - Rocks (1976) 365 Madvillain - Madvillainy (2004) 364 Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food 363 Parliament - The Mother Ship Connection (1975) 362 Luther Vandross - Never Too Much (1981) 361 My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (2006) 360 Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove (1978) 359 Big Star - Radio City (1974) 358 Sonic Youth - Goo (1990) 357 Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (1985) 356 Dr. John - Gris-Gris (1968) 355 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (1970) 354 X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents (1978) 353 The Cars - The Cars (1978) 352 Eminem - The Slim Shady LP (1999) 351 Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure (1973) 350 Stevie Wonder - Music of My Mind (1972) 349 MC5 - Kick Out the Jams (1969) 348 Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator) (2001) 347 GZA - Liquid Swords (1995) 346 - Arctic Monkeys - AM (2013) 345 Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (1973) 344 Toots and the Maytals - Funky Kingston (1973) 343 Sly and the Family Stone - Greatest Hits (1970) 342 The Beatles - Let It Be (1970) 341 The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (1993) 340 Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle (1993) 339 Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) 338 Brian Eno - Another Green World (1975) 337 Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding (1967) 336 Roxy Music - Avalon (1982) 335 Bob Dylan and the Band - The Basement Tapes (1975) 334 Santana - Abraxas (1970) 333 Bill Withers - Still Bill 332 Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley (1956) 331 Madonna - Like a Prayer (1989) 330 The Rolling Stones - Aftermath (1966) 329 DJ Shadow - Entroducing.... (1996) 328 Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City (2013) 327 The Who - Live at Leeds (1970) 326 Prince - Dirty Mind (1980) 325 Jerry Lee Lewis - All Killer No Filler! (1993) 324 Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) 323 The Clash - Sandinista! (1980) 322 Elvis Presley - From Elivs in Memphis (1969) 321 Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019) 320 X - Los Angeles (1980) 319 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses (1989) 318 Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope (1997) 317 Billie Holiday - Lady in Satin (1958) 316 The Who - The Who Sell Out (1967) 315 Rosalía - El Mar Querer (2018) 314 Aaliyah - One in a Million (1996) 313 PJ Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000) 312 Solange - A Seat at the Table (2016) 311 Neil Young - On the Beach (1974) 310 Wire - Pink Flag (1977) 309 Joy Division - Closer (1980) 308 Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets (1974) 307 Sam Cooke - Portrait of a Legend (2003) 306 Al Green -I'm Still in Love With You (1972) 305 Kiss - Alive! (1975) 304 Bill Withers - Just As I Am (1971) 303 ABBA - The Definitive Collection (2001) 302 Neil Young - Tonight's the Night (1975) 301 New York Dolls - New York Dolls (1973) 300 Shania Twain - Come On Over (1997) 299 B.B. King - Live at the Regal (1965) 298 Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever (1989) 297 Peter Gabriel - So (1986) 296 Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps (1979) 295 Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (2013) 294 Weezer - Weezer [The Blue Album] (1994) 293 The Breeders - Last Splash (1993) 292 Van Halen - Van Halen (1978) 291 Destiny's Child - The Writing's on The Wall (1999) 290 OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003) 289 Björk - Post (1995) 288 The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers (1976) 287 The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) 286 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication (1999) 285 Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers (1978) 284 Merle Haggard - Down Every Road 1962-1994 (1996) 283 Donna Summer - Bad Girls (1975) 282 Frank Sinatra - In the Wee Small Hours (1955) 281 Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson (1971) 280 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2002) 279 Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) 278 Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy (1973) 277 Alicia Keys - The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003) 276 Radiohead - The Bends (1995) 275 Curtis Mayfield - Curtis (1970) 274 The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968) 273 Gang of Four - Entertainment! (1979) 272 The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heaet (1968) 271 Mary J. Blige - What's the 411? (1992) 270 Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour (2018) 269 Kanye West - Yeezus (2013) 268 Randy Newman - Sail Away (1972) 267 Minutemen - Double Nickels in the Dime (1984) 266 The Beatles - Help! (1965) 265 Pavement - Wowee Zowee (1995) 264 Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975) 263 The Beatles - Hard Day's Night (1964) 262 New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies (1983) 261 Beastie Boys - Check Your Head (1992) 260 The Slits - Cut (1979) 259 Janis Joplin - Pearl (1971) 258 Joni Mitchell - The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975) 257 Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors (1971) 256 Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (1988) 255 Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963) 254 Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1973) 253 Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) 252 Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) 251 Elton John - Honky Château (1972) 250 Buzzcocks - Singles Going Stead (1979) 249 Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (1985) 248 Green Day - American Idiot (2004) 247 Sade - Love Deluxe (1992) 246 LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out (1991) 245 Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vagas (1990) 244 Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak (2008) 243 The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle (1968) 242 The Velvet Underground - Loaded (1970) 241 Massive Attack - Blue Lines (1991) 240 Sam Cooke - Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (1985) 239 Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded (1987) 238 Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express (1977) 237 Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger (1975) 236 Daft Punk - Discovery (2001) 235 Metallica - Metallica [The Black Album] (1991) 234 Black Sabbath - Master of Reality (1971) 233 Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes (1992) 232 John Coltrane - Giant Steps (1960) 231 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes (1979) 230 Rihanna - Anti (2016) 229 Patsy Cline - The Ultimate Collection (2000) 228 De La Soul - De La Soul is Dead (1991) 227 Little Richard - Here's Little Richard (1957) 226 Derek and the Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) 225 Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001) 224 Dixie Chicks - Fly (1999) 223 John Lennon - Imagine (1971) 222 Madonna - Ray of Light (1998) 221 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine (1992) 220 Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young - Déjà Vu (1970) 219 Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995) 218 TLC - CrazySexyCool (1994) 217 Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994) 216 Elliott Smith - Either/Or (1997) 215 Grateful Dead - American Beauty (1970) 214 Tom Petty - Wildflowers (1994) 213 Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel... (2012) 212 Nina Simone - Wild is the Wind (1966) 211 Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (1980) 210 Ray Charles - The Birth of Soul (1991) 209 Run-DMC - Raising Hell (1986) 208 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III (2008) 207 Eagles - Eagles (1972) 206 David Bowie - Low (1977) 205 Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman (1970) 204 Kanye West - Graduation (2007) 203 Nick Drake - Pink Moon (1972) 202 Björk - Homogenic (1997) 201 A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders (1993) permalink embed save parent report give award Reply [–]Pnnsnndlltnn 30 points 4 days ago 200 Sade - Diamond Life (1984) 199 Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted (1993) 198 The B-52's - The B-52's (1979) 197 The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (1964) 196 Robyn - Body Talk (2010) 195 Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) 194 Michael Jackson - Bad (1987) 193 Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy and the Poor Boys (1969 192 Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill (1986) 191 Etta James - At Last! (1961) 190 The Who - Tommy (1969) 189 Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out (1997) 188 T. Rex - Electric Warrior (1971) 187 Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990) 186 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Majik (1991) 185 The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet (1968) 184 Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual (1983) 183 D'Angelo - Brown Sugar (1995) 182 James Taylor - Sweet Baby James (1970) 181 Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (1965) 180 Love - Forever Changes (1967) 179 Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death (1997) 178 Otis Redding - Otis Blue (1965) 177 Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story (1971) 176 Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet (1990) 175 Kendrick Lamar - DAMN. (2017) 174 Jimmy Cliff and Various Artists - The Harder They Come: Original Soundtrack (1972) 173 Nirvana - In Utero (1993) 172 Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) 171 Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (1988) 170 Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967) 169 Billy Joel - The Stranger (1977) 168 Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill (1972) 167 Depeche Mode - Violator (1990) 166 Buddy Holly - 20 Golden Greats (1978) 165 R.E.M. - Murmur (1983) 164 Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison (1968) 163 Various Artists - Saturday Night Fever (1977) 162 Pulp - Different Class (1995) 161 Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) 160 Pearl Jam - Ten (1991) 159 The Police - Synchronicity (1983) 158 Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun (2000) 157 Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) 156 The Replacements - Let It Be (1984) 155 Jay-Z - The Black Album (2003) 154 Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace (1972) 153 PJ Harvey - Rid of Me (1993) 152 The Pretenders - Pretenders (1980) 151 George Michael - Faith (1987) 150 Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska (1982) 149 John Prine - John Prine (1971) 148 Frank Ocean - Channel Orange (2012) 147 Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994) 146 Blondie - Parallel Lines (1978) 145 Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) 144 Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (1975) 143 The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground (1969) 142 Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. (1984) 141 Pixies - Doolittle (1989) 140 Bob Marley and the Wailers - Catch a Fire (1973) 139 Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970) 138 Madonna - The Immaculate Collection (1990) 137 Adele - 21 (2011) 136 Funkadelic - Maggot Brain (1971) 135 U2 - The Joshua Tree (1987) 134 Fugees - The Score (1996) 133 Joni Mitchell - Hejira (1976) 132 Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits (1978) 131 Portishead - Dummy (1994) 130 Prince - 1999 (1982) 129 Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979) 128 Queen - A Night at the Opera (1975) 127 Ray Charles - Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962) 126 Mary J. Blige - My Life (1994) 125 Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique (1989) 124 U2 - Achtung Baby (1991) 123 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (1969) 122 Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (1994) 121 Elvis Costello - This Year's Model (1978) 120 Van Morrison - Moondance (1970) 119 Sly and the Family Stone - Stand! (1969) 118 The Eagles - Hotel California (1976) 117 Kanye West - Late Registration (2005) 116 The Cure - Disintegration (1989) 115 Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012) 114 The Strokes - Is This It (2001) 113 The Smiths - The Queen is Dead (1986) 112 Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) 111 Janet Jackson - Control (1986) 110 Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark (1974) 109 Lou Reed - Transformer (1972) 108 Fiona Apple - When the Pawn... (1999) 107 Television - Marquee Moon (1977) 106 Hole - Live Through This (1994) 105 The Allman Brothers - At Fillmore East (1971) 104 The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (1971) 103 De La Soul - Three Feet High and Rising (1989) 102 The Clash - The Clash (1977) 101 Led Zeppelin (1969) permalink embed save parent report give award Reply [–]Pnnsnndlltnn 45 points 4 days ago 100 The Band - Music From Big Pink (1968) 99 Taylor Swift - Red (2012) 98 Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998) 97 Metallica - Master of Puppets (1986) 96 R.E.M. - Automatic for the People (1992) 95 Drake - Take Care (2011) 94 The Stooges - Fun House (1970) 93 Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly (1997) 92 The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love (1967) 91 Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) 90 Neil Young - After the Gold Rush (1970) 89 Erykah Badu - Baduizm (1997) 88 David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1971) 87 Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1970) 86 The Doors - The Doors (1967) 85 John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (1970) 84 AC/DC - Back in Black (1980) 83 Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis (1969) 82 Sly and the Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On (1971) 81 Beyoncé - Beyoncé (2013) 80 The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols (1977) 79 Frank Ocean - Blonde (2016) 78 Elvis Presley - The Sun Sessions (1976) 77 The Who - Who's Next (1971) 76 Curtis Mayfield - Superfly (1972) 75 Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul (1968) 74 Kanye West - The College Dropout (2004) 73 My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (1991) 72 Neil Young - Harvest (1972) 71 Bob Marley and the Wailers - Exodus (1977) 70 N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton (1988) 69 Alanis Morrissette - Jagged Little Pill (1995) 68 Kate Bush - Hounds of Love (1985) 67 Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt (1996) 66 John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1965) 65 James Brown - Live at the Apollo (1963) 64 OutKast - Stankonia (2000) 63 Steely Dan - Aja (1977) 62 Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction (1987) 61 Eric B. Rakim - Paid in Full (1987) 60 Van Morrison - Astral Weeks (1968) 59 Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972) 58 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV (1971) 57 The Band - The Band (1969) 56 Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville (1993) 55 Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) 54 James Brown - Star Time (1991) 53 Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland (1968) 52 David Bowie - Station to Station (1976) 51 Chuck Berry - The Great Twenty-Eight (1982) 50 Jay-Z - The Blueprint (2001) 49 OutKast - Aquemini (1998) 48 Bob Marley and the Wailers - Legend (1984) 47 Ramones - Ramones (1976) 46 Paul Simon - Graceland (1986) 45 Prince - Sign O' the Times (1987) 44 Nas - Illmatic (1994) 43 A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory (1991) 42 Radiohead - OK Computer (1997) 41 The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (1969) 40 David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972) 39 Talking Heads - Remain in Light (1980) 38 Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde (1966) 37 Dr. Dre - The Chronic (1992) 36 Michael Jackson - Off the Wall (1979) 35 The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965) 34 Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973) 33 Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (2006) 32 Beyoncé - Lemonade (2016) 31 Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (1959) 30 Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced (1967) 29 The Beatles - White Album (1968) 28 D'Angelo - Voodoo (2000) 27 Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993) 26 Patti Smith - Horses (1975) 25 Carole King - Tapestry (1971) 24 The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) 23 The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) 22 The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die (1994) 21 Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run (1975) 20 Radiohead - Kid A (2000) 19 Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) 18 Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited (1965) 17 Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) 16 The Clash - London Calling (1979) 15 Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) 14 The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St. (1972) 13 Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967) 12 Michael Jackson - Thriller (1982) 11 The Beatles - Revolver (1966) 10 Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) 09 Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks (1975) 08 Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain (1984) 07 Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977) 06 Nirvana - Nevermind (1991) 05 The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969) 04 Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life (1976) 03 Joni Mitchell - Blue (1970) 02 The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (1966) 01 Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971)
  5. A plague of locus 🦟 on all the firstborn. Amnesiac lives.
  6. Skuj just look at At Ease and be grateful there are even one or two people left here. At Ease has one user left, who talks to themselves with five sockpuppets and makes “jokes” about Thom having downs syndrome. At Ease used to have tens of thousands of active posters every day, and at least 50 with interesting shit to talk about. Mortigi was always the Wendys to Atease’s Mickey D, higher quality of social interaction but much less traffic. So you’d expect Mortigi to be even deader than At Ease now, but instead we feature scintillating book discussions and debates. It’s a real locus of homosapiens cultural life.
  7. Here is one specific error Hyden makes, repeating conventional wisdom that is wrong, and should be recognized as such by any professional paid to fucking listen to music, especially one who has been mulling over Kid A for two decades: Knives Out sounds absolutely nothing like The Bends (not to say that isn’t an amazing, even underrated and somewhat experimental album in its own right), let alone any era of Travis, and there are only even a few parts of OK Computer it sounds like, which are the jazzier parts, especially the first section of Paranoid Android (which it ofc resembles in chord progression), Subterranean and The Tourist (which it resembles in its spacey, Miles Davis-influenced, Floydian looseness). Knives Out takes the most outré aspects of OK Computer’s mellow spacey alt rock and pushes them further, to the point it is really a jazz fusion song, albeit a catchy one, like something an edgier era of Sting might have done, or Joni Mitchell circa Hejira. ‘90s, perfectionist, uptight, fill-every-space-of-songs Radiohead couldn’t have done that song (or at least, couldn’t have released that take of the song) because it is too jagged and nonlinear. It is relentlessly in motion yet it lacks forward momentum, dancing around like water, leaving space for the listener to float in (even if the space is not conjuring pleasant, new age vibes but more of a Lynchian nightmare), which rock does not do. Only by completely ignoring what’s going on rhythmically (in Jonny’s guitar solo for example) can we consider this as a staid ‘90s Britpop song. It uses guitar and bass instrumentation, but even that has no particular connection with rock, being used in jazz even prior to Chuck Berry and Elvis. Knives Out was a flop on rock radio when eventually released as a single, anyway. By ‘90s and ‘00s standards, it barely even qualified as rock. This basic ass error matters because it shows Hyden isn’t able to recognize the superficiality of genre categories and how the band was moving beyond their older style even when including familiar instrumental textures. Hyden type fans are the ones who mistakenly hyped up In Rainbows as a return to old Radiohead and attacked King of Limbs for its alleged abstraction, missing the pretty clear progression (toward jazzier, looser rhythms) that begins in the post-OK Computer era and then continues more and more through each album since that time.
  8. Yesterday
  9. Never trust anyone who names a podcast after a Japandroids album while attacking Haim for lacking originality.
  10. Let’s talk about the anniversary then, even though no less than Radiohead themselves have declared they aren’t interested in nostalgia. Here’s some words from someone who is interested in that, Pitchfork and Steven Hyden. https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/radiohead-kid-a-book-this-isnt-happening-excerpt-steven-hyden/ It’s disconcerting just how weak this book seems to be, judging by the excerpt. The cover is beautiful, the title is well chosen, the thesis is credible, and after 25 years of Radiohead being seen by writers as “important” it’s long overdue for an above average book to exist on the band. And I even saw an interview with Hyden where he said some smart things about Kid A. But damn... this garbage is like someone paraphrased a wikipedia article to give the writing *less* energy. This is the work of someone able to muster zero interest in the subject besides its sales potential. Free of rhythm, free of any meaning. Hyden has always mouthed off with a lot of wrong ass stuff about music (inaccurate facts, as well as questionable opinions) and his writing style is not great, but he hasn’t been a total hack until now. This shit makes those severely flawed 33 1/3 books by Dai Griffiths and Marvin Lin seem definitive. Maybe Kid A just really isn’t a very interesting album if you didn’t get into it when it was new and strange, and that’s why no writing (besides, ironically, some of those initial disses, by Nick Hornby and Mark Beaumont) has really had much fire in it. Or maybe, this is a gen x and boomer problem, and the band will get its definitive book once the Hydens step aside and the music gets treated (not as part of the rock canon, but as a precursor to the post-genre landscape of today) by the actual generations Radiohead was making art to speak to. That said, Tinymixtapes editor Marvin Lin was on Atease back in the day... possibly just for research purposes, but he solicited some input from the community before going to publication. His book is ten damn years old now. And despite its own issues with wikipedia-paraphrasing and being somewhat unmemorable, that book did bring more of a sense of the community reception of Radiohead’s work, acknowledging that the definitive meaning isn’t set by the creator and their (boring ass) struggles with fame. Lin was maybe a little younger than Hyden, a little less of a rockist, a little less of a crotchety dude attacking social media. Maybe now he does... idk... but at the time he was able to find a perspective that felt a bit less boring than what Hyden seems to be doing. I suppose I’m bitter because I helped put together a lot of that wikipedia entry in the mid 2000s, but it ain’t great writing, and I’m much less irritated at the fact that it has been (once again) ripped off, than I am that this ripoff has been executed poorly, without any of the improvement for which there is so much room, and is being flogged as a book by one of the few big name, probably decently-paid rock critics out there, who frankly is in a terrible position to write about Kid A, having spent his whole career promoting precisely the opposite of its anti-rockist ethos. I can name like 30 people from the golden era of Radiohead message boards (and I’m not including myself) who have more insight in one sentence than Hyden brings in a whole ass chapter, folks who would be able to write the definitive, or at least a definitive, Kid A book. Most were on At Ease, but even our own pennyroyalty might be a contender. Unfortunately the publishing industry is no more meritocratic than the political world. The wrong people will always be the ones who are hired to write the histories of anything, falsifying everything either out of malice or ignorance.
  11. This forum has come to this?
  12. Last week
  13. I feel like the only reason to make this platform was a way to do a digital release of Kid A and Amnesiac outtakes while maintaining the band’s visual design. Hopefully it will be free, there won’t be any physical edition, and that’s why they denied it exists.
  14. Ed’s album cycle was great. I loved listening to a lot of Ed’s interviews more than his album, but the Tape Notes podcast with him should be interesting to fans of both. As mediocre as EOB is overall, it does have nice moments (Brasil’s beat drop is terribly executed but the folky first half really is gorgeous), and it’s a better solo project than Anima (which has two good songs and is otherwise terrible) or Suspiria, not to mention Weatherhouse, an album I never want to go back to. Anyway I don’t like the negativity around the EOB album, considering its ambitions are so much higher than what any of the other members did lately. Does it succeed at these ambitions? Largely no. But he’s pushing himself at the same time the band as a whole are resting on laurels and delivering the expected style of Radiohead adjacent content. If you read between the lines of certain interviews, Ed also seems a bit miffed (in his very good natured way) that his songwriting contributions had to be explored solo because he was never wanted as a songwriting collaborator on Radiohead albums. There are plenty of times when Ed being involved in more decisionmaking on songs may have helped flesh out Radiohead’s music to more dimensions of emotion beyond the expected mellow tense mournful mood (the final arrangement of Present Tense seems like one example where this may have happened, resulting in the highlight of AMSP). Without other helpers, his own songwriting is weak, but this is also sometimes true of Thom. If anyone liked that Tape Notes format I recommend also checking out the Ibeyi and Rina Sawayama episodes. Ash was one of the best albums of the decade, and I didn’t particularly like Sawayama album on release, but that episode gave me a new appreciation. Caribou also did one, but I found his album so boring and maybe I’ll have to revisit it later this year (edit: Caribou album ends really strong, but the first 30 minutes are rough to get through. I still like Four Tet’s album a lot better.)
  15. Jonny got off twitter and on instagram https://www.instagram.com/transjonnygreenwood/
  16. Treefingers is a society tho. Radiohead’s most visionary and beautiful song. I want to live there forever.
  17. And it has to be said that Sharona Katan has good taste in cinema. She seems to work for Mubi or something. There is a good Palestinian film on there now.
  18. We still picked the least worst gen x alt rock stars to stan and it’s not even close. The whole crop was rotten. The other bands can all be found on altright podcasts talking shit about cancel culture and praising fascists while fleeing dozens of rape allegations gleefully unmasking in public and spewing the spittle of their unlistenable new songs at social media accounts they can’t even log into without the technical help of their groomed 14 year old sugar babies. And the funny part is they all seem to think their genre of music used to be the center of culture and now have lost that status to a bunch of (racial and gender dogwhistle) usurpers. Alt rock hasn’t been at the center of pop culture in 40 years though, and even then it lasted like a week. The point of it was to revel in one’s marginality, and these multimillionnaires are angry that they aren’t popular (enough) anymore? Radiohead at least never bought into that narrative, and used to publicly challenge it all the time. Even as recently as what Ed said about the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. So, yeah, Radiohead are leaders in a reactionary genre whose branding of nontraditionalism thinly disguises the fact it imposes the harshest limits on both aesthetic experimentation and political progress of any type of music that ever existed. Working within this toxic culture and this creative austerity regime, Radiohead’s personal and artistic failings are almost unavoidable, but their successes are surprising and worthy of celebration. In lots of ways they tried to overcome the limits of alt rockism/alt racism etc. The worst thing they’ve done is to retreat from their own achievements in response to pressure from their more conservative fans and alt rock peers. There was something very sad a few years ago about seeing members of Radiohead liking tweets that mocked TKOL and described AMSP as a return to form. I would like to believe their thin skins are the reason for their shift on certain issues. It isn’t necessarily sincere, it’s a result of being surrounded by people, who they may imagine as their base, who constantly indoctrinate them with a set of conservative aesthetic and political beliefs they come to see as the norm, which tragically, does not always even reflect the norm of what their broader fanbase believes, let alone what the band really believe. Jonny *does* need to get off twitter. He obviously doesn’t need to stop making music, let alone existing.
  19. There is no such thing as a Kid A 20th anniversary edition. There are only individual songs and families.
  20. Kid-A’s ambition to be creative, innovative and, above all, different.
  21. That's....um.....fascinating. I did find this: http://www.noise11.com/news/radiohead-are-planning-a-kid-a-20th-anniversary-release-20200416
  22. https://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-industry-awards-2020-startup-of-the-year-is-kid-a Mobile Industry Awards 2020: Startup of the Year is Kid-A Kid-A was founded by two former Vodafone colleagues, Adam Toms and Andy Silcock, who wanted to disrupt the mobile accessories space by working more closely with operators to help them harness the full power of their direct channels and increase sales. Kid-A’s ambition to be creative, innovative and, above all, different. It’s why the firm named itself after Radiohead’s fourth album, which was a huge departure from the band’s previous efforts. The company considers itself to be like that album – uniquely innovative in an exciting industry that has been dominated by the same brands.
  23. I suspect you are being sarcastic. I don't think Radiohead will do any additional re-issues with the other albums.
  24. It's just around the corner. Where's the fucking anniversary edition then?
  25. Earlier
  26. it's 2020. radiohead are immoral, racist, misogynist bastards, mt is dead, and the world is burning down.
  27. Girl was 8 when Creep dropped, and literally 4 when it was written during Thom’s university years.
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