Best Ever British Albums (50-26)

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Q Magazine and HMV come together for another poll and I find this one really interesting.  Here’s the 2nd half of the poll:

 50.  Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)  This was the follow-up to Beggar’s Banquet which came out the year before.  Let It Bleed starts out with “Gimme Shelter” and ends with ” You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – not too bad, eh?

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49.  Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)  One of the most distinctive album covers, this album’s placement seems to vary from poll to poll quite a bit.  I’ve seen a lot of polls where it’s much higher.  Always a solid choice.

48.  Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (1972) 

47.  Coldplay – Parachutes (2000)  Our introduction to Coldplay.  Though I like Coldplay I just don’t get this album at all.  Do you have to be obsessed with the band to like this album?

46.  David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)  Simply classic. 

45.  Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour (1990)

44.  Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)  No one else can sound like these guys.  And as you can imagine this is not their only appearance in the poll.

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43.  Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go (1996)  The last album to feature tracks by Richey.

42.  Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007) 

41.  David Bowie – Hunky Dory (1971)  Obviously this was a precursor to the Ziggy album.  I miss Bowie these days.

40.  Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)  The infamous pay-what-you’d-like digital release.  I keep coming up with excuses and still haven’t listened to this in full.  I need to, but as I’m just a casual Radiohead listener I doubt if I will.

39.  Pulp – Different Class (1995)  What would William Shatner have done without this album’s release?

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38.  Prodigy – The Fat of the Land (1997)  Great album; perfect album cover.  Sweet beats.

37.  Stereophonics – Word Gets Around (1997)

36.  Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993)  I don’t know whether this is my fav Depeche album, but it certainly is the album that solidified the band for me. 

35.  Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (2006)

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34.  Muse – Black Holes and Revelations (2006)  Haunting and brilliant.

33.  The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

32.  Coldplay – X&Y (2005) 

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31.  The Libertines – Up The Bracket (2002)  Clearly the best band of the 21st century.  Carl and Pete are magic together.

30.  Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)  I remember watching the movie version and thinking how weird it was, but I couldn’t stop watching.

29.  Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971)  I can’t deny it’s a classic album, but over-rated.  I’d rather hear Kashmir than Stairway anyday.

28.  Muse – Origin of Symmetry (2001)

27.  Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible (1994)

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26.  Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)  Love, love, love this album.  Every bloody track.

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