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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Gotta love that they put out this list in 1997 and still had OK Computer, which came out that year, as the number one album
I know the list was very much of its time and it was also made via a public poll, but any "greatest albums ever"-list that has Fat of the Land at 9, Be Here Now (which even Noel Gallagher admitted was disappointing) at 13, and Jagged Little Pill at 19 is absolutely stark raving bonkers. I think I more or less stopped reading Q magazine at that point.
This website and Rate Your Music have OK Computer at the top of the albums, so why shouldn't it be top of this list? Some people are so stupid and yes in general it is the best Radiohead album...
Anything that rates OK Computer as the best album of all time, is clearly a load of bollocks. It's not even Radiohead's best album of all time.
Anything that rates Morning Glory above Definitely Maybe is also a load of bollocks.
And anything that doesn't rank Never Mind the Bollocks in the same breath as the Stone Roses, is an absolute load of bollocks.
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
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