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Radiohead Albums Ranked

Took me 9 years, but I guess everyone has to do this list at some point. Been on a huge Radiohead kick lately, so revisiting all the albums has made me re-think some of my previous ratings. List is totally subjective, and it's also 100% correct.
1Radiohead
Kid A


Experimental, emotionally detached paranoia with earth-shattering production. The stylistic turning point of Radiohead's career that launched a multi-decade spanning dominance over the alt-rock scene.
2Radiohead
OK Computer


Best overall release by the band on a song-by-song basis, also contains their greatest track in 'Let Down.' Would be a virtual tie with Kid A, but it drops one spot because it's not quite as definitively unique.
3Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool


If In Rainbows and Kid A had a baby, and that baby drifted off into the far reaches of space with an acoustic guitar, it would sound like this. [credit: YourDarkAffected - 5/8/16]. Distinctly warmer and more melodic/string-laden than Kid A and OK Computer, but more basic and lacks the experimental appetite of its predecessors.
4Radiohead
In Rainbows


A beautiful spectrum of shifting tones and moods, this resides just outside of the Radiohead 'Big 3.' This may be their most cohesive and free-flowing creation, constantly teetering on the brink of brilliance without ever really bursting through. Regardless, it's quite the clever arrangement of mesmerizing, fleeting moments.
5Radiohead
Amnesiac


Kid A's little brother (it's even from the same recording session). Not quite as impressive as that beast, but still an immersive listen full of bizarre but intriguing ideas. 'Life in a Glasshouse' is one of the most underrated songs in Radiohead's discog.
6Radiohead
The Bends


Their most straightforward offering aside from their debut. 'Planet Telex', 'Fake Plastic Trees', and 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)' are all undeniably cornerstone moments. Its highs top Amnesiac's, but this is less consistent.
7Radiohead
Hail to the Thief


One of the band's most politically-motivated moments. A strong offering overall that loses its way just a tad too often, resulting in a meandering feeling that results in some indifference/boredom. '2+2=5' and 'There there' are staples.
8Radiohead
The King of Limbs


An album that was better on paper than it was in execution. The electronic cannonball the band does feels a little jarring, but there's still not a single dull or unenjoyable moment here. Unfortunately, it's never quite gripping either. Aside from 'Lotus Flower', this is Radiohead purgatory.
9Radiohead
Pablo Honey


Radiohead's debut is celebrated by some, but it pales in comparison to anything else they've done since. For as much as they've evolved and pioneered new sounds, Pablo Honey doesn't have a chance. 'Creep' will always be a staple of alt-rock radio stations across the world, though.
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