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Radiohead: The Best of

Radiohead: The Best Of
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
Radiohead: The Best Of
In Rainbows - From the Basement
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 English alternative rock band Radiohead. The album features singles, album tracks and one B-side the band released from 1992 to 2003 while with EMI.[6] The album comprises the majority of the band's charting hits. The album is also available with a bonus disc which concentrates on less commercially successful singles and other tracks. All of the material on both discs had been previously released. The sleevenotes for the compilation were written by British music journalist Chris Salmon. As a parallel release, a DVD compilation featured 21 music videos,[7] of which nine were released on DVD for the first time. The compilation debuted at number 4 in the UK album charts, and critical reception to the compilation was generally positive.

This is the first released compilation of Radiohead's songs, but it had not been sanctioned by the band;[8] it was prepared by EMI after the band's departure, and Radiohead band members did not participate in selecting the tracks. Nevertheless, according to interviews the band had major input through their career in the choice of most of their singles that were later included on the compilation. A few non-singles which remain regulars in the band's live sets were also included, such as "Idioteque" and "Everything in Its Right Place" from Kid A, their only album until The King of Limbs without singles.

Members of the band have expressed their disapproval of the compilation due to its hodgepodge track sequencing; the band once stated in an interview in 2003 that they would never release a greatest hits collection. Radiohead: The Best Of was prepared soon after they decided not to renew their contract with the label. In 2008 singer Thom Yorke said, "We haven’t really had any hits so what exactly is the purpose? 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".[9] The compilation contains only songs to which EMI holds the publishing rights; all of the tracks were recorded before Radiohead's seventh studio album, In Rainbows (2007), as the band ended their contract with EMI in 2004 and signed with other labels for future distribution.

Track listing

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".[10] 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.[11]

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
Released 2 June 2008
Recorded 1992–2003
Genre Alternative rock
Label Parlophone
Radiohead video chronology

The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time
Radiohead: The Best Of
In Rainbows – From the Basement


  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


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