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‘OK Computer’ MTV’s Greatest Album Ever nomination

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

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

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  • Where the fuck are Bob Dylan and Brian Eno and The Police and Led Zeppelin and The Beatles?!

  • @Pull Me Out: it’s MTV for god’s sake. that’s the answer in and of itself.

  • @Both above me:

    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

    Read the article properly before commenting.

    Don’t know why What’s the Story came above OK Computer on any list, it’s not half the album that their debut was.

  • i’m actually impressed… a good mix of new and old (old by mtv standards)…would have liked to see TV on the Radio in there tho…

  • @Miss Kay: Yes I suppose you’re right. I’m completely open to the fact that OK Computer may not be the greatest album of all time, but when I look at its contenders on these lists, I don’t see much competition at all. Not to say those musicians aren’t alright in of themselves, but seriously– Arctic Monkeys in the top ten and Nirvana at number one?
    But as Miss Kay so elegantly put it, there should be no surprises: it is MTV and VH1 after all.

  • radiohead ftw

  • I’m very sorry but I’m hoping it doesn’t win. It’s a great CD but definitely not the greatest.

    Remember you’ll be smitten if you say that Radiohead is the greatest band ever.

  • Radiohead is the greatest band ever.

  • I actually think overall… Radiohead IS the best band ever. It’s arguable as to which is the greatest album, that’s a discussion that really should only exist as a discussion and not have an end result.

    Different people have different emotional channels, peaks and lows… and thus the answer to the perfect album can never exist, really. The me back a few years would easily agree OK Computer is one of the best but right now, In Rainbows has grown to be my favorite Radiohead album.

  • hoy hey jude

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