Radio 2's Top 100 Favourite Albums...

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I was going to have a rant but ...oh I can't be bothered
I don't listen to Radio 2
I presume lots of people who don't like music do listen to Radio 2 do based upon that list. I hope they are happy. The end.

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For those who fancy a nice splutter over their coffee.

D'you know what? Fair play to them. I actually find this list more interesting than the ones that generally appear in Q.

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

Haven't done the counting but looks like there are more albums by black artists in that list than there were in the recent Afterword Top 100.

Is Moody Blue really Elvis' best album? Or Flesh & Blood the best Roxy Music LP?

is at number 10. Do people who love Rio and No Angel sit at home digging tracks like '39, Death On Two Legs and The Prophet's Song? Ha ha...

I was going to give it some "live and let live" ..........but seriously - KEANE at number 2? Our country truly has gone to hell in a handcart if this is what the man in the street is listening to. What was that Sid Vicious quote again?....

I'm not aware of any notable quotes from Sid, so what was it?

to Tony Wilson's question: Do you write for the man in the street?
Reply: I've met the man in the street, and he's a c**t

Sid Vicious - one of the great autuers, bon viveurs and after-dinner speakers of the 20th Century

The much more Afterword-friendly BBC Radio 6 Music's top 100 greatest hits. Who's that at number one?


1 Coldplay - Clocks

2 Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

3 Elbow - One Day Like This

4 The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

5 The Killers - Mr Brightside

6 The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

7 The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??

8 Johnny Cash - Hurt

9 British Sea Power - Remember Me

10 Radiohead - There There

11 Muse - Supermassive Black Hole

12 Arcade Fire - Wake Up

13 LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends

14 M83 - Midnight City

15 Midlake - Roscoe

16 Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows

17 Sigur Ros - Hoppipola

18 Morrissey - Irish Blood, English Heart

19 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

20 Bon Iver - Skinny Love

21 Richard Hawley -Tonight The Streets Are Ours

22 The Libertines - Time For Heroes

23 The Walkmen - The Rat

24 Lana Del Rey - Video Games

25 Amy Winehouse - Rehab

26 Florence + the Machine - Kiss With A Fist

27 Doves - There Goes The Fear

28 Adele - Hometown Glory

29 Foo Fighters - All My Life

30 Blur - Out Of Time

31 Bloc Party - Banquet

32 The Maccabees - Love You Better

33 Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

34 Outkast - Hey Ya

35 La Roux - In For The Kill

36 Alabama Shakes - Hold On

37 Oasis - The Importance Of Being Idle

38 Mumford & Sons - The Cave

39 MGMT - Time To Pretend

40 Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks

41 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - There She Goes My Beautiful World

42 Foals – Spanish Sahara

43 Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

44 Kasabian - Fire

45 Alt J - Tessellate

46 Fleet Foxes - Mykonos

47 The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

48 Interpol - Obstacle 1

49 Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

50 The Cribs - Men’s Needs

51 The XX - Islands

52 The Futureheads - Hounds Of Love

53 Gorillaz - Dare

54 Kaiser Chiefs - Oh My God

55 The Strokes - Juicebox

56 MIA - Paper Planes

57 Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life

58 PJ Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder

59 Hot Chip - Over & Over

60 The Postal Service - Such Great Heights

61 Animal Collective - My Girls

62 The Roots - The Seed (2.0)

63 The Streets - Weak Become Heroes

64 Manic Street Preachers - Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

65 Laura Marling - Sophia

66 Mclusky - That Man Will Not Hang

67= Bat For Lashes - Laura

67= Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks

69 Vampire Weekend - A Punk

70 Kings Of Leon - Molly’s Chambers

71 Super Furry Animals - Golden Retriever

72 Beastie Boys - Ch-Check It Out

73 Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream

74 The Shins - Phantom Limb

75 The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers

76 Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control

77 Underworld - Two Months Off

78 Jake Bugg - Lightning Bolt

79 Goldfrapp - Strict Machine

80 Cat Power - The Greatest

81 Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock

82 The Chemical Brothers - Galvanize

83 Justice vs Simian - We Are Your Friends

84 Klaxons - Golden Skans

85 Phoenix - 1901

86 Primal Scream - Country Girl

87 Janelle Monae - Tightrope

88 Kanye West – Jesus Walks

89 Daft Punk - Robot Rock

90 Paul Weller - From The Floorboards Up

91 Metronomy - Heartbreaker

92 Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up Look Sharp

93 Peter, Bjorn & John - Young Folks

94 Noah & The Whale - Five Years Time

95 Friendly Fires - Paris

96 Feist - 1,2,3,4

97 Kelis - Milkshake

98 Joan As Policewoman - The Ride

99 Lower Dens - Brains

100 Okkervill River - Calling & Not Calling My Ex

Wow. And Keane. And Coldplay.

I thought I was quite popular in my tastes. Plainly I'm not.

... that this was an online poll that didn't require you to listen to Radio 2 but, if you wanted your album to be high in the chart, it was handy if you had a fanbase that would vote for you even if they didn't really care what the result was. A quick look at the list suggests that there was only one album per artist allowed, was this list taken from another pre-prepared list? If Radio 2 thinks that it's listeners really do want to listen to Coldplay and Keane then I won't be defecting from 6Music any time soon. Who, apart from mobilsed fans, can be arsed to vote in these thnigs anyway?

music radio station should have populist music choices. The chart looks about right. Mind you, I've never listened to R2 so I am only assuming that's the kind of music they play.

The Kinks first album? Get tae.

This has a manufactured look about it. Only one Beatles album in the top 100? And, as Jorrox points out - "The Kinks"? Really? I'm guessing there was a pre-selected list somewhere, probably online, and people got to choose their top 10 from that list or something. And these are the compiled results. It just has no ring of any sort of truth about it, not even a Radio 2 kind of truth, to be honest. Is an audience whose votes put Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion albums in the top 100 really going to put "Sticky Fingers" in the top 10? Not worth a jot, even as a measure of R2 listening tastes, I wouldn't have thought.

There were, I think, 100 albums to choose from and you only got to vote for one.

No, that can't be right - there must have been more than that, maybe 200? It was a while ago so memory is hazy, but the pickins sure were slim.

100 only. Hopeless selections such as Let's Dance as the sole Bowie album...

from a pool of 100 albums, eh? Rankers.

the shortlist of albums was chosen to represent the most-played songs/artists on R2. In that case, where was War of the Worlds? Ken Bruce seems obsessed with it (and who can blame him?).

It's nothing to do with the actual merit of the albums, just ones that had a song or two with lots of airplay, Hence Pipes of Peace, probably one of Macca's 2 or 3 worst solo albums (inc Wings).

My guess is that, because Popmaster can be variable in length, he puts Forever Autumn, or Eve of the War on afterwards when he's got a bit of a longer gap up to the next travel bulletin. Also Popmaster is a fairly talky feature, so it balances it out nicely having a longer bit of music afterwards.

bathroom break, too, no doubt. I like the way Ken gets the sillies over;

"Dogs snarled and whined, the horses' bits were covered with
foam... "

from Forever Autumn. *giggles*

Yes, good shout.

I do a bit of Hospital Radio, and on lonely broadcasts it's often the case that a long record is sometimes required. You can even squeeze in getting a cup of tea if you're lucky.

...that a long record is required." My mind is working overtime. How many people have you killed, Milky?

what I'd eaten the day before and if anyone followed me in afterwards.

(sorry to lower the tone - although re-reading my last post, it is a bit creepy. Any short story writers reading this - there's a plot for you).

and totally misleading for the audience, given that all the publicity used phrases like "your 100 favourite albums", when actually what they meant was "your 100 favourite albums from a list which we have compiled, filtered and manipulated using our own criteria". The word disingenuous springs to mind. Doubtless the format was selected for ease of data processing: getting the electorate to click on a link, rather than free-text the artist and album, thereby obliging some BBC oppo to process that info into the pool.

I don't actually care one way or the other about the results, just really impatient and irritated at the way the whole thing was "sold". If I'd been inclined to vote I think I'd have been pretty hacked off to find that none of my choices was on the restricted list.

The programme which followed the dénoument featured listeners' nominations for albums not on the list - some damn fine albums there.

Barely received a mention in the Afterword poll, and I can't imagine it's a big favourite among Van fans.
It does contain the Radio 2 friendly Have I told you Lately, so draw your own conclusions.

Given that there are vastly more people who are largely disinterested in music, yet listening to the radio, as aural wall paper. But know what they like. And that is usually the same as liking what they know. As, of course it would be. Listen to any playlsted radio station and the same culprits will come up again.And again. And again. If you have heard the "single" often enough, you might be tempted, at times of feast and celebration, to buy the album, maybe for your beloved. Hence all the odd LPs with but one well-worn track. We are the weirdos, the nerds and the train-spotters, who live, speak, eat and breathe our musics. Which is why we wil never take to this list. Or probably any other than our own, acknowledging then that it anyway changes by the minute, on whim or by whimsy.

'disinterested'? Uninterested. Sorry, but this near constant misuse really grinds my gears.

Disinterested : impartial. Uninterested : not interested. I think I know which I meant. Uninterested might be listening to 4 or 5. Weirdos, nerds, train-spotters: Interested. And partial. a phrase that really gets my goat.

It was meant to be heard in a Kent Brockmann fashion.

I was being playful.

In a manly way.

agree with many of the concerns raised here about how the poll was conducted, and I wouldn’t necessarily have that many in my all-time top 100, I do have to concede that I own 70 of these, and have individual tracks by most of the other artists.

But yes, Keane, Rio & Dido in the top 5 does tend to de-value the listing for me, and I own 2 of those.

have you bought Dido twice?

I have Dido & Keane - don’t really care for Dido but the Keane album’s OK, just not in a top 5 best of anything for me. Like Duran too, but a hits comp serves them best.

lighten up you silly old buggers. Coldplay, Keane and Duran Duran make deliberately popular music like that there Beatles band did, so guess what they're popular. It has no bearing on the common sense or otherwise of the Radio 2 listeners. They do like music, they like easily accessible, radio friendly music as I do and there is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with that. Seriously I'm an easy going fellow at heart but sometimes .....*shakes fist in mock outrage*

Dido and Blunt? In the top 15 albums of all time? Er, hang on, just found both of them on Mrs Bungliemutt's shelf.

...was the top-selling album of 2000-2009 in the UK, according to "The Big Fat Quiz Of The Noughties".

IMHO - yes it is.

Does it really matter? My favourite is Trout Mask Replica and it was never going to even make the top 1000 but it doesn't make it any worse

It validates my choices as a music lover. Most of it is middle-of-the-road poop, and therefore I get to feel smug and superior, whereas the R2 listeners get the pleasure of seeing their favourite albums high up in a list. So everyone wins!

I might have missed if anyone above has mentioned this, but Mr Hepworth commented too:

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