Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ is up for MTV’s Greatest Album Ever. The band’s 1997 classic album has received double nominations from MTV together with Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana and ‘The Queen Is Dead’ by The Smiths.
In conjunction with music industry experts, MTV’s flagship music channels VH1, MTV Two and MTV Base have each collated their top ten greatest albums since 1981, the year MTV launched. The debates to select the albums were chaired by channel presenters Edith Bowman (VH1), Zane Lowe (MTV Two) and Trevor Nelson (MTV Base).
In a surprise result, Thriller, Nevermind, The Queen Is Dead and OK Computer all appear twice in the three channels top tens resulting in a final top 26. Thriller has been voted No.1 in both MTV Base and VH1’s top ten list.
The shortlisted albums have been put forward for a public vote to find the definite MTV’s Greatest Album Ever as voted for by MTV viewers at www.mtv.co.uk/greatestalbum.
Despite their recent Grammy success and appearing in the top 100 for both VH1 and MTV Two, none of Coldplay’s four platinum selling albums have made it to the top 26. Oasis are the only group to have two albums in the top 26 put to the public vote, after Definitely Maybe made it into the MTV Two top 10 and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory making the VH1 top ten.
Made up entirely of US and UK artists, the shortlist includes 15 albums by US music stars to 12 from the UK. And in the great ‘north v south’ UK music debate the north of England has eight albums to the south’s four.
Results will be revealed in a simulcast across VH1, MTV Two and MTV Base on 11 April 2009.
The complete list of the VH1 and MTV Base top 10’s, with the OK Computer nominations:
10. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
9. Radiohead – OK Computer
8. Nirvana – Nevermind
7. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
6. Human League – Dare
5. Oasis – (What’s the story) Morning Glory?
4. U2 – The Joshua Tree
3. Prince – Purple Rain
2. REM – Automatic for the People
1. Michael Jackson – Thriller
10. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
9. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
8. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
7. Pixies – Doolittle
6. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
5. The Strokes – Is This It?
4. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
3. Guns n Roses – Appetite For Destruction
2. Radiohead – OK Computer
1. Nirvana – Nevermind