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Saturday, 6 April 2013

The best ever albums....NOT


The last week BBC Radio 2 published the result of its poll to name the top 100 Favorited albums, and what the results revealed is that Radio 2 should be aiming to attract a different kind of listener. This was obviously a music poll for people who don't like music.

The top album according to the Radio 2 poll is Coldplay's Rush of Blood to the Head - are they serious? Coldplay are hardly the best of anything. This is one of the blandest bands on the planet and their magnolia paint colored album comes in higher than Dark Side of the Moon, higher than Pet Sounds, higher than Sgt. Peppers! No 2 was Keane's Hopes and Fears - um...er...fuck off! At number three we have Duran Duran's Rio - OK by now the list has lost all credibility. Mind you No 4 is taken up by Dark Side of the Moon but then this one touch of reality is shattered by Dido coming in  at number 5. The Beatles do manage to make no 8 but below The Stones' mediocre Sticky Fingers album and something by the pet shop boys.

Paul McCartney gets just inside the top 100 with Pipes of Peace at no 98. Now I like McCartney and know his entire back catalog inside out, but Pipes of Peace is one of his weakest albums and is largely made up of tracks that were left off the far superior, Tug of War. His old pal John Lennon does a little better at No 89 with Double Fantasy - but hang on isn;t this only half a Lennon album and whilst his tracks are all great, Yoko's contributions destroy the album for many. And besides Lennon's Plastic Ono Band is a far better album, as is Imagine and Walls and Bridges...none of which make the top 100.

I guess the BBC, at least in terms of Radio 2, mean Bullshit Broadcasting Clowns.

The full list was:


    • 1 Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
    • 2 Keane - Hopes & Fears
    • 3 Duran Duran - Rio
    • 4 Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
    • 5 Dido - No Angel
    • 6 The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
    • 7 Pet Shop Boys - Actually
    • 8 The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    • 9 U2 - The Joshua Tree
    • 10 Queen - A Night At The Opera
    • 11 Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    • 12 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    • 13 The Police - Synchronicity
    • 14 Madonna - True Blue
    • 15 James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
    • 16 Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
    • 17 Adele - 21
    • 18 Oasis - Definitely Maybe
    • 19 Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
    • 20 George Michael - Faith
    • 21 Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
    • 22 Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue
    • 23 Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
    • 24 Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
    • 25 Kylie Minogue - Fever
    • 26 Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
    • 27 Michael Jackson - Thriller
    • 28 Paul Simon - Graceland
    • 29 Billy Joel - An Innocent Man
    • 30 Kinks - The Kinks
    • 31 Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
    • 32 Pulp - Different Class
    • 33 The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    • 34 Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key of Life
    • 35 Take That - Beautiful World
    • 36 Blondie - Parallel Lines
    • 37 ABBA - Arrival
    • 38 Prince - Purple Rain
    • 39 The Eagles - Hotel California
    • 40 The Human League - Dare
    • 41 Supertramp - Breakfast In America
    • 42 R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
    • 43 Wings - Band On The Run
    • 44 Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
    • 45 Joni Mitchell - Blue
    • 46 Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
    • 47 Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    • 48 Robbie Williams - I've Been Expecting You
    • 49 Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    • 50 Neil Young - Harvest
    • 51 Carole King - Tapestry
    • 52 The Verve - Urban Hymns
    • 53 Celine Dion - Falling Into You
    • 54 The Who - Tommy
    • 55 Donna Summer - Bad Girls
    • 56 George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
    • 57 Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
    • 58 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus
    • 59 Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
    • 60 Gerry Rafferty - City To City
    • 61 David Bowie - Let's Dance
    • 62 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà Vu
    • 63 Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
    • 64 Roxy Music - Flesh and Blood
    • 65 Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill
    • 66 Culture Club - Colour By Numbers
    • 67 David Gray - White Ladder
    • 68 Bryan Adams - Reckless
    • 69 Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise
    • 70 Phil Collins - Face Value
    • 71 Genesis - Invisible Touch
    • 72 Barbra Streisand - Guilty
    • 73 Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
    • 74 Simply Red - Stars
    • 75 Van Morrison - Avalon Sunset
    • 76 Rod Stewart - Atlantic Crossing
    • 77 Sade - Diamond Life
    • 78 Buddy Holly & The Crickets - The Chirping Crickets
    • 79 Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
    • 80 Michael Bublé - Crazy Love
    • 81 Shania Twain - Come On Over
    • 82 Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events
    • 83 Elvis Presley - Moody Blue
    • 84 Bee Gees - Spirits Having Flown
    • 85 Eric Clapton - Slowhand
    • 86 The Pretenders - The Pretenders
    • 87 Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight
    • 88 The Carpenters - A Song For You
    • 89 John Lennon - Double Fantasy
    • 90 Don McLean - American Pie
    • 91 Chic - C'est Chic
    • 92 Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
    • 93 Daryl Hall & John Oates - Private Eyes
    • 94 Earth, Wind & Fire - I Am
    • 95 The Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute
    • 96 Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down
    • 97 Diana Ross - Diana
    • 98 Paul McCartney - Pipes Of Peace
    • 99 Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker
    • 100 Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer

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