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Beatles, Radiohead albums voted best ever

September 4, 2000
Web posted at: 11:43 a.m. EDT (1543 GMT)

LONDON -- The Beatles' musical crown is under threat.

Radiohead's 1995 album 'The Bends' is ranked second behind The Beatles' 'Revolver' in a new survey of the 1,000 greatest albums of all time.

The top 10 albums according 'Virgin All Time Top 1,000 Albums'
1. Revolver -- The Beatles
2. The Bends -- Radiohead
3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
      Hearts Club Band
-- The Beatles
4. OK Computer -- Radiohead
5. The White Album -- The Beatles
6. Automatic For The People -- REM
7. Blood On The Tracks -- Bob Dylan
8. Abbey Road -- The Beatles
9. Dark Side Of The Moon
      -- Pink Floyd
10. The Queen Is Dead -- The Smiths
Source: Virgin poll

In fact, between them, Radiohead and the Fab Four hold the list's five top spots, with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' third, Radiohead's 1997 disc 'OK Computer' fourth and The Beatles' 1968 'White Album' in fifth place.

The placings are revealed in a new book, 'Virgin All Time Top 1,000 Albums,' which compiles more than 200,000 votes cast by record buyers, music enthusiasts and journalists.

One of the main features of the list is how much it is dominated by some of rock and pop's elder statesmen.

As well as The Beatles, artists such as Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison and the Beach Boys all feature in the Top 20. Joni Mitchell, in at 24 with her album 'Blue' is the highest-ranking female singer.

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'Beatles are more than a phenomenon'

Radiohead's standing has surged since the last edition of the book in 1998, when 'The Bends' and 'OK Computer' came 10th and 21st, respectively.

"I think we've been searching for many years to look for a proper legitimate replacement to the dinosaur bands," said Colin Larkin, who compiled the book.

Other bands have been a victim of changing times. Nirvana's 'Nevermind,' ranked No. 4 in the 1998 edition, has slipped to 17, while The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' has dropped from 6 to 18.

Beatles at a Glance
1957John Lennon forms the Quarrymen; Paul McCartney, George Harrison soon join
1960The Quarrymen head to Germany as The Beatles
1962Ringo Starr joins the band; Love Me Do issued as first single
1963Beatlemania craze begins in Britain
1964The Beatles conquer the American music market
1966Last official concert played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco
1967Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band released
1970The Beatles break up

Oasis, credited with being at the forefront of the Britpop phenomenon of the 1990s, but whose popularity, and record sales, have waned recently, fare poorly in the chart.

Their 'Be Here Now,' album, ranked 36th in 1998, now sits at 459.

"I think it's Radiohead who have done it right and followed on from those giants like The Beatles, REM and Pink Floyd, moving into that status of bands who will last the course."

But The Beatles' position is "unassailable," said Larkin: "They are more than just a phenomenon and they have been a success for five decades," he said.

"It's a thing that even Elvis Presley has not been able to do."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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