Spin Magazine Picks Radiohead's OK Computer as Greatest Album

Published: 2005-06-20
In its upcoming 20th anniversary issue, Spin magazine names Radiohead's OK Computer the top album of the past 20 years. The disc finished ahead of Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Nirvana's Nevermind.

Editor-in-chief Sia Michel and editors Jon Dolan and Charles Aaron gathered suggestions from everyone at the magazine and sorted the records based on brilliance, innovation, and overall relevance.

"Between Thom Yorke's orange-alert worldview and the band's meld of epic guitar rock and electronic glitch, [OK Computer] not only forecast a decade of music but uncannily predicted our global culture of communal distress," reads an editorial note on the disc's selection.

The top ten, in order, look like this:
1. Radiohead - OK Computer
2. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
3. Nirvana - Nevermind
4. Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
5. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
6. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
7. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
8. Prince - Sign O' the Times
9. PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
10. N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

Writer: Trent McMartin



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Kid A is a better album than OK Computer. That's so SPIN Magazine putting OK Computer at #1.
Posted by: Anonymous on June 20, 2005
Sometimes the list only shows how terrible it is to put numbers and places over the music; americas is not the center of the universe, and the hip-hop is not the most creative music... so i think the spin has commited some mistakes... what can i say?
Posted by: Anonymous on June 26, 2005
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