Best Ever British Albums (50-26)


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?


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.


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?


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)


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

33.  The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

32.  Coldplay – X&Y (2005) 


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)


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

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