Radiohead: Every Album Ranked Worst To Best

Nine very different albums, one incredible band...

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Radiohead are one of the most exciting, unpredictable bands in music. Not only are they a great rock group in their own right, but the way they've experimented with other sounds over their career has ensured they never make the same album twice, and have blended numerous subgenres that really shouldn't go together.

They're at once an alt-rock band, an art-pop group, and a jazz ensemble; they've experimented with soul, electronica, hard rock and sounds that can only really described be as "it's Radiohead, isn't it?" No matter what they're doing, though, you can rest assured they're doing it pretty damn well.

Formed in 1985 by singer Thom Yorke and a group of friends he met at boarding school, Radiohead released their first album, Pablo Honey, in 1993 after signing with the record label EMI in '91, and have since released eight more albums of varying style, length, tone...and success.

With that in mind, from the less enthusiastic duds to the all-time classics that cemented their status as one of the best alt-rock bands in the business, here are all 9 Radiohead studio albums ranked worst to best.

9. The King Of Limbs

Although Radiohead have no outright terrible album to their name, The King of Limbs is a far cry from the excellence you'd expect from a band of their calibre.

Composed with uncharacteristically dull production and a plodding, inconsistent song structure, the record feels decidedly lazy compared to the band's other work, despite the fact that there are splashes of potential on tracks like the progressive Morning Mr. Magpie and the seemingly incomplete Codex.

What lets it down most of all, though, is the lack of development. None of the songs are given any time to breathe or come into their own, leaving the record feeling oddly unfinished and impersonal. And if there's one thing Radiohead are not, it's impersonal.

All in all, The King of Limbs could have done with some more time to progress and some added heaps of the band's typically inspired creative energy. It's not bad by any stretch, but as far as Radiohead albums go, it's a rather forgettable affair.

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