Radiohead: The Best Of

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Radiohead: The Best Of
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Greatest hits album by Radiohead
Released 2 June 2008
Length 75:30
130:50 (special edition)
Radiohead chronology
Radiohead Box Set
(2007)Radiohead Box Set2007
Radiohead: The Best Of
In Rainbows - From the Basement
(2008)In Rainbows - From the Basement2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
NME (8/10)[2]
Pitchfork (4/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]
The Times 4/5 stars[5]

Radiohead: The Best Of is the first compilation album by the English rock band Radiohead, released on 2 June 2008 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by Capitol Records in the United States. The album contains various songs from their first six studio albums, recorded under Radiohead's record contract with EMI subsidiary labels Parlophone and Capitol.[6] The compilation only contains songs for which EMI held the publishing rights, and so contains no songs recorded after Radiohead's final studio album with EMI, Hail to the Thief (2003).

EMI released Radiohead: The Best Of after Radiohead decided not to renew their contract with EMI. Lead 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."[7] In 2016, Radiohead's back catalogue was transferred to XL Recordings, who had released the physical editions of In Rainbows and The King of Limbs and most of Yorke's solo work.[8] Radiohead: The Best Of and the "special editions" of Radiohead albums, issued by EMI in the same year without Radiohead's approval, were removed from streaming services.[8][9][10]

The standard edition of the album contains 17 tracks, and the "special edition" of the album contains a second CD with 13 additional tracks. A DVD compilation with 21 music videos, including 9 videos never released on DVD, was also released.[11] The compilation debuted at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and critical reception was generally positive.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Radiohead (Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Jonny Greenwood, Philip Selway, and Thom Yorke), except where noted.

Disc One
  1. "Just" (from The Bends, 1995) – 3:54
  2. "Paranoid Android" (from OK Computer, 1997) – 6:27
  3. "Karma Police" (from OK Computer) – 4:24
  4. "Creep" (Radiohead, Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood) (from Pablo Honey, 1992/1993) – 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 and My Iron Lung, 1994) – 4:36
  8. "There There" (from Hail to the Thief, 2003) – 5:21
  9. "Lucky" (from OK Computer and The Help Album, 1995) – 4:18
  10. "Optimistic" (Radio edit)﹡ (exclusive to the US version;[12] from Kid A, 2000) – 4:53
  11. "Fake Plastic Trees" (from The Bends) – 4:51
  12. "Idioteque" (Radio edit) (Radiohead, Arthur Kreiger, Paul Lansky) (originally from Kid A) – 4:37
  13. "2 + 2 = 5" (from Hail to the Thief) – 3:19
  14. "The Bends" (from The Bends) – 4:05
  15. "Pyramid Song" (from Amnesiac, 2001) – 4:49
  16. "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" (from The Bends) – 4:13
  17. "Everything in Its Right Place" (from Kid A) – 4:11
  18. "You and Whose Army?" (from Amnesiac) – 3:11 (Japanese tour 2008 edition bonus track)

﹡The reasoning for its inclusion was that "Optimistic" was played on U.S. 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.[13]

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)," 1996) – 4:39
  10. "You" (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, California, 2001) (from I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings, 2001) – 5:04
Radiohead: The Best Of
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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)The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time2004
Radiohead: The Best Of
In Rainbows – From the Basement
(2008)In Rainbows – From the Basement2008


  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]