Radiohead: The Best Of

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Radiohead: The Best Of
Greatest hits album by Radiohead
Released 2 June 2008
Recorded 1992–2003
Genre Alternative rock, electronic music, experimental rock
Length 75:30 (130:50 2 CD edition)
Language English
Label Parlophone, Capitol
Producer Sean Slade, Paul Q. Kolderie, John Leckie, Nigel Godrich, Radiohead
Radiohead chronology
Radiohead Box Set
(2007)
Radiohead: The Best Of
(2008)
In Rainbows - From the Basement
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
NME (8/10)[2]
Pitchfork Media (4/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]
The Times 4/5 stars[5]

Radiohead: The Best Of is a compilation album of songs by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. It contains songs released between 1992 to 2003 while Radiohead was signed to EMI.[6]

The standard edition of the album contains 17 tracks; the "special edition" contains a second CD with 13 additional tracks. EMI also released a DVD compilation with 21 music videos, including 9 never released on DVD before.[7] The compilation debuted at number 4 in the UK album charts, and critical reception to the compilation was generally positive.

The compilation contains only songs to which EMI holds the publishing rights, and so contains no songs from Radiohead's seventh studio album, In Rainbows (2007), released the previous year and recorded and released without a record label. Radiohead stated in 2003 that they intended to never release a "greatest hits" album. Radiohead: The Best Of was prepared when Radiohead decided not to renew their contract with EMI. In 2008, singer Thom Yorke said,:"There’s nothing we can do about it. The work is really public property now anyway... It’s a wasted opportunity in that if we’d been behind it, and we wanted to do it, then it might have been good."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Radiohead.

Disc One
  1. "Just" (from The Bends) – 3:54
  2. "Paranoid Android" (from OK Computer) – 6:27
  3. "Karma Police" (from OK Computer) – 4:24
  4. "Creep" (from Pablo Honey) – 3:57
  5. "No Surprises" (from OK Computer) – 3:49
  6. "High and Dry" (from The Bends) – 4:17
  7. "My Iron Lung" (from The Bends) – 4:36
  8. "There There" (from Hail to the Thief) – 5:21
  9. "Lucky" (from The Help Album and OK Computer) – 4:18
  10. "Fake Plastic Trees" (from The Bends) – 4:51
  11. "Idioteque" (radio edit) (originally from Kid A) – 4:37
  12. "2 + 2 = 5" (from Hail to the Thief) – 3:19
  13. "The Bends" (from The Bends) – 4:05
  14. "Pyramid Song" (from Amnesiac) – 4:49
  15. "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" (from The Bends) – 4:13
  16. "Everything in Its Right Place" (from Kid A) – 4:11
  17. "You and Whose Army?" (from Amnesiac) – 3:11 (Japanese tour 2008 edition bonus track)

The version of disc one for the US contains a bonus track, "Optimistic" (Edit), before "Fake Plastic Trees".[9] The reasoning for its inclusion was that "Optimistic" was played on US alternative radio to promote Kid A—an album without any official singles—and proceeded to peak in the top 10 of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, one of only three Radiohead songs to do so.[10]

Disc Two [special edition only]
  1. "Airbag" (originally from OK Computer) – 4:47
  2. "I Might Be Wrong" (from Amnesiac) – 4:52
  3. "Go to Sleep" (from Hail to the Thief) – 3:22
  4. "Let Down" (from OK Computer) – 4:59
  5. "Planet Telex" (from The Bends) – 4:19
  6. "Exit Music (For a Film)" (from OK Computer) – 4:27
  7. "The National Anthem" (from Kid A) – 5:47
  8. "Knives Out" (from Amnesiac) – 4:15
  9. "Talk Show Host" (B-side from "Street Spirit (Fade Out)") – 4:39
  10. "You" (album version) (from Pablo Honey) – 3:28
  11. "Anyone Can Play Guitar" (from Pablo Honey) – 3:37
  12. "How to Disappear Completely" (from Kid A) – 5:55
  13. "True Love Waits" (live in Los Angeles, 2001) (from I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings) – 5:04
Radiohead: The Best Of
Video by Radiohead
Released 2 June 2008
Recorded 1992–2003
Genre Alternative rock
Label Parlophone
Radiohead chronology
The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time
(2004)
Radiohead: The Best Of
(2008)
In Rainbows – From the Basement
(2008)

DVD[edit]

  1. "Creep" (directed by Brett Turnbull)
  2. "Anyone Can Play Guitar" (directed by Dwight Clarke)
  3. "Pop Is Dead" (directed by Dwight Clarke)
  4. "Stop Whispering" (directed by Jeff Plansker)
  5. "My Iron Lung" (directed by Brett Turnbull)
  6. "High and Dry" (UK version) (directed by David Mould)
  7. "High and Dry" (US version) (directed by Paul Cunningham)
  8. "Fake Plastic Trees" (directed by Jake Scott)
  9. "Just" (directed by Jamie Thraves)
  10. "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" (directed by Jonathan Glazer)
  11. "Paranoid Android" (directed by Magnus Carlsson)
  12. "Karma Police" (directed by Jonathan Glazer)
  13. "No Surprises" (directed by Grant Gee)
  14. "Pyramid Song" (directed by Shynola)
  15. "Knives Out" (directed by Michel Gondry)
  16. "I Might Be Wrong" (directed by Sophie Muller)
  17. "Push Pulk"/"Like Spinning Plates" (directed by Johnny Hardstaff)
  18. "There There" (directed by Chris Hopewell)
  19. "Go to Sleep" (directed by Alex Rutterford)
  20. "Sit Down. Stand Up." (directed by Ed Holdsworth)
  21. "2 + 2 = 5" (Live at Belfort Festival) (directed by Fabien Raymond)

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ NME review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  5. ^ The Times review[dead link]
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  7. ^ "Radiohead 'Best Of' to be released as DVD". NME. 15 April 2008. 
  8. ^ Thom Yorke Slams EMI For Releasing ‘Radiohead: The Best Of’ Without Consent
  9. ^ CMJ
  10. ^ Billboard at AllMusic
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  35. ^ "British album certifications – Radiohead – The Best Of". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Best Of in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go