With Thom York releasing solo projects, it’s a good time to look back at Radiohead’s albums. The British band has produced nine albums, many of which are critically acclaimed. Here is the definitive list of every Radiohead album ranked from worst to best. Do you agree?
9. Pablo Honey:
Back when Radiohead sounded like a wannabe Pixies, they made this extremely average rock album which they have collectively neglected to play or talk about since.
8. Hail to the Thief:
Hail to the Thief doesn’t have many memorable tracks and sounds a little lost in what it’s trying to be. It’s essentially a weird political album that is musically impressive but missed the mark in places.
“Pyramid Song” raises this album above The Bends but otherwise, it just doesn’t quite live up to Kid A.
6. King of Limbs:
King of Limbs is the band’s shortest album but contains some of their most creative and beautiful sounds.
5. The Bends:
The band’s second album has some fantastic tracks (i.e. “High and Dry” and “Fake Plastic Trees”) but it has some weaker tracks in the middle that let the album down as a whole.
4. A Moon Shaped Pool:
The most recent album is daringly heartfelt and contains an eclectic range of Radiohead’s previous musical achievements.
3. Kid A:
Kid A marks the start of Radiohead’s experimental phase. Thom Yorke decided that he was ‘bored of playing guitar’ and started playing with strange keyboard sounds instead. The result is amazing though.
2. In Rainbows:
The only Radiohead album that could almost pass for happy. The album revives the band’s rock roots with their experimental phase to create musical divinity.
1. Ok Computer:
Unanimously one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Radiohead has produced many masterpieces since, but few would argue that OK Computer is utter perfection and to many fans, this will always be Radiohead at its peak.