04 April 2008

50 Best British Albums


To celebrate 50 years of great British music, Q magazine (in conjunction with HMV) has published the results of a readers poll to name the 50 best British albums ever. Readers were asked to list their three favourite British albums of the last 50 years (released between 1958 and 2008).
As always there are a few surprises and it shows the readership of the magazine, quite conservative and older than the NME crowd for example... and fans of the Manchester band at positions 1 and 2 (and 14 and 22!). No surprise that The Beatles have the most albums n the list, with five.
The biggest surprise for me is Keane being in the top ten (and again at number 13) and not a single female makes the list. What are your thoughts?


1 Definitely Maybe - Oasis
2 (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
3 OK Computer - Radiohead
4 Revolver - The Beatles
5 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
6 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
7 London Calling -The Clash
8 Under The Iron Sea - Keane
9 Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
10 Urban Hymns - The Verve

11 The Bends - Radiohead
12 Abbey Road - The Beatles
13 Hopes And Fears - Keane
14 Don't Believe The Truth - Oasis
15 Violator - Depeche Mode
16 The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
17 A Night At The Opera - Queen
18 Whatever People Say I Am - Arctic Monkeys
19 The White Album - The Beatles
20 Never Mind The Bollocks - Sex Pistols
21 Rubber Soul - The Beatles
22 Be Here Now - Oasis
23 Absolution - Muse
24 Rio - Duran Duran
25 Parklife - Blur
26 A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay
27 The Holy Bible - Manic Street Preachers
28 Origin Of Symmetry - Muse
29 IV - Led Zeppelin
30 The Wall - Pink Floyd
31 Up The Bracket - The Libertines
32 X&Y - Coldplay
33 Who's Next - The Who
34 Black Holes And Revelations - Muse
35 Back To Black - AmyWinehouse
36 Songs Of Faith And Devotion - Depeche Mode
37 Word Gets Around - Stereophonics
38 The Fat Of The Land - Prodigy
39 Different Class - Pulp
40 In Rainbows - Radiohead
41 Hunky Dory - David Bowie
42 Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
43 Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers
44 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
45 Behaviour - Pet Shop Boys
46 Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
47 Parachutes - Coldplay
48 Exile On Main Street - Rolling Stones
49 Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
50 Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones

4 comments:

Eamon said...

I'm surprised that Led Zep. are so far down (I would have put them in the top 3 at least ..). Also, The Stones (some of their albums from the 70's are just great). And, David Bowie (don't listen to him anymore - for a long time, because I used to listen to him so much when much younger - but I still think he is good / great). (?)

DeeDubya said...

I agree Eamon. I would also have put The Cure and The Police in there but that's just personal!

Eamon said...

Yeah, forgot about them. Police sound so old now but their music was great - everyone used to hum and sing their tunes at school (including my cousin who thought 'So Lonely' was 'Salami' - he thought he was a cool dude singing that song until he found out what meant to be ..).

DeeDubya said...

"Salami"? That'a a different one to "Sue Lawley"!

I saw The Police last year and you can read my review here:
Blog of Lists The Police Review