Q is a music and entertainment magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. In 1997, Q compiled their definitive list of the 100 Best Albums Of All Time.
(Official website: www.q4music.com)
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Lists based upon popular polls are always problematic, because they can be too spur-of-the-moment and involve people who might have read the relevant magazine, but never actually even tested its recommendations.
This 1997 list by British magazine ‘Q’, which at the time I was reading quite frequently though I did not see any difference with ‘Rolling Stone’, is a perfect reflection of the flaws of popular polls. Too many spur-of-the-moment choices makes it even worse than other generally very bad lists from rock magazines. In general, these lists should be taken sceptically and used only to see if unknown music of value can be found – which is a genuine rarity.
So great! People votes are the best thing to go by!
15 albums in common:
OK Computer by Radiohead (200 points)
The Bends by Radiohead (194 points)
Nevermind by Nirvana (159 points)
Urban Hymns by The Verve (154 points)
Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (151 points)
Blue Lines by Massive Attack (125 points)
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (119 points)
Ten by Pearl Jam (108 points)
Pablo Honey by Radiohead (106 points)
Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin (104 points)
Grace by Jeff Buckley (103 points)
The Fat of The Land by The Prodigy (98 points)
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette (98 points)
Forever Changes by Love (66 points)
Placebo by Placebo (24 points)
18 artists in common:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Chemical Brothers
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
This is the famous Ok Computer list. Must of annoyed the hell out of Thom Yorke.
Not as abysmal as the 2003 list, but that ain't saying much.
Most are interesting, but some are very predictable
lots of great 90s stuff in it, and british music rules !
I understand this chart is a thing of its time but having 'Be Here Now' at #13 is unbelievable. Even just the inclusion of 'Pablo Honey' is bizarre (despite being a crazy Radiohead fan). This poll must've had a lot of naive voters. Still, it's nice to see a 'best of' chart acknowledge Manic Street Preachers - one of the finest, but forgotton bands of the 90s.
I quite like Q, they pick relatively indie stuff but aren't afraid to pick some mainstream stuff if its actually good. They're sort of a halfway point between Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. This would be an excellent chart but they messed up the order so badly! For example, 'Here Be Now' ahead of 'Defiantly Maybe' what the hell is that about?!
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