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40. Blow Out (1993)

Save a riotous airing on 1994’s Live at the Astoria, Pablo Honey’s closer rarely intrudes on Radiohead lore. A shame – because it’s a tantalising finale: the sound of a nervous band storming the city limits and glimpsing Valhalla.

39. The Daily Mail (2011)

Culling this weirdo jamboree from the tranquil King of Limbs was a no-brainer. As a stand-alone, though, it’s irresistible, suggesting an unlikely kinship between Radiohead and the venerable pop cynic Randy Newman: musical-theatre flair weaponised against tabloid hysteria.

38. Spectre (2015)

The band’s rejected Bond theme has assumed the identity of a curiously viable Radiohead song. Thom Yorke is persuasive – if not exactly suave – in character as the secret agent, but credit Jonny Greenwood, as we often must, with its emotive thwack.

37. Kid A (2000)

Driven to despair by OK Computer’s runaway success, Yorke faced a perilous choice: sacrifice his sanity in exchange for astronomical fame or persuade Ed O’Brien to get into Autechre. On Kid A, the second option won out: sequestered away with Greenwood, Yorke produced much that haunts and a little – like the title track – that gleams.

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36. Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box (2001)

After decrying consumerism, swerving into outre avant-rock and selling millions of records anyway, Radiohead learned the hard way that condemning society would just make them even richer. Trying a new tack, the Amnesiac opener layers anxious ticks and gamelan-style chimes before gently lampooning a “reasonable man” with an uneasy conscience.

35. Burn the Witch (2016)

Once the band’s secret weapon, Greenwood is now a garlanded composer and Radiohead’s melodic powerhouse. Finally entrusted to build an arrangement from scratch, he turned the live favourite Burn the Witch into this orchestral jaunt. The iffy tour version – shorn of strings and charm – attests to his handiwork on the recording.

34. Creep (1993)

Radiohead’s biggest hit is so beautiful and corny, it is impossible to accept it on its own terms. “I want you to notice when I’m not around,” Yorke broods, a perfect lyric he probably hates. In the end, the band’s disavowal of the song sent its credibility full circle. Nowadays, Creep is a joke, but we’re all blissfully in on it.

33. Scatterbrain (2003)

An unsung gem from Hail to the Thief, Scatterbrain prescribes halting rhythms and deconstructed chords to a narrator fretting over his identity. As birds and newspaper pages thrash in a gale, Yorke, too, longs for chaos. The tantalising, unresolved chords mock him, but enchant us.

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32. Just (1995)

Post-Creep, Radiohead were poised between grunge and Britpop. Just is a time capsule at the crossroads: hailstorm distortion meets perky hooks, wily vocals and – Yorke’s mischievous challenge to Greenwood – an absurd pageant of guitar chords. The chorus flips the grunge ethos on its head, swapping self-loathing for theatrical vitriol.

31. 2+2=5 (Live at Earls Court) (2004)

As the Iraq war protests floundered, Yorke sporadically logged on to to denounce New Labour and the warmongering “thief” in the White House. 2+2=5 is his polemical anthem for the era of mass-broadcast deception and enhanced interrogation techniques, captured thrillingly in this Com Lag EP version.

30. Morning Bell (2000)

Kid A’s unorthodox breakup song was later resurrected as Morning Bell/Amnesia (“like a recurring dream,” Yorke observed), but keep room in your heart for the cold-sweats original. Only a melody so blissfully innocent could withstand such jittery, nightmarish contortions.

29. No Surprises (1997)

Radiohead’s most misunderstood protagonist has it made: the house, the garden, the heart full up “like a landfill”, the “job that slowly kills you”… and how lovely it all sounds. Can a radical conscience coexist with suburban comforts, No Surprises asks? For all that it soothes, this one is pessimistic.

28. Lucky (1995)

The Bends had vamped and snarled for the gallery, but Lucky – recorded for a War Child compilation – signalled deeper concerns and higher stakes. Creeping riffs, melodic blasts and shameless melodrama laid the groundwork for OK Computer while cementing the band’s partnership with the producer Nigel Godrich.

27. There There (2003)

After the divisive Kid A/Amnesiac era, Hail to the Thief’s lead single felt diplomatic – no more sacrilegious than Blur’s experiments at around the same time. Its hooks and arrangement were deceptively crafty, though, making its turbulent climax hard to shake.

26. Where I End and You Begin (2003)

Sequenced in the mid-album swamp of Hail to the Thief, Where I End and You Begin is a maligned masterclass in broody synthpop. With Yorke “up in the clouds” and Greenwood making spaceship sounds, the rhythm section straps in and goes full New Order, hurtling towards an ecstatic climax.

25. Everything in Its Right Place (2000)

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Where OK Computer declared “I am born again”, Kid A dives straight into obfuscation: its opener’s choppy vocal gibberish more closely resembles the “unborn chicken voices” plaguing the Paranoid Android. Like David Byrne before him, Yorke had renounced his authorship to flirt with self-erasure, yielding to gorgeously sunlit synths.

24. Harry Patch (In Memory Of) (2009)

A later-career treasure, Radiohead’s tribute to the last surviving combat soldier of the first world war shows how much ground they have barely touched. With just a funereal, cinematic string section for company, Yorke sends his falsetto out over the trenches, an innocent witness to “demons coming up from the ground”.

23. Daydreaming (2016)

Beneath the tiptoeing pianos, Daydreaming is a gut-wrencher. In a lyric some have linked to his late long-term partner, Yorke finds himself sleepwalking “beyond the point of no return”, before repeating a mournful mantra, “Half of my life”, played in reverse. The timeline matches that relationship’s duration and, equally, the lifespan of Radiohead.

22. Subterranean Homesick Alien (1997)

Plunged into a shimmering dreamscape, Yorke observes a fleet of aliens surveying humanity. What, the interlopers wonder, is up with these oddballs? In fact, it’s all an excuse for Yorke’s alienated narrator to ask himself: am I the problem or is society? Radiohead exist to petition for the second option; here, however, was sweet ambiguity.

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21. A Wolf at the Door (2003)

Insufficiently radical to some, Hail to the Thief staged a hit-and-miss venture into a new songwriting idiom. Among the hits, far and away the zaniest track was the album closer: a nightmarish waltz resembling a mutant Bends castoff, capped by a curmudgeonly rap about capitalist thugs and politicians taking cream pies to the face.

20. Like Spinning Plates (2000)

After hearing their song I Will being rewound on tape, Yorke decided the backwards version was “miles better” and recast it as Like Spinning Plates. A complementary piano version, from the I Might Be Wrong live album, brings its spectral beauty into focus. Once you’ve heard it, the original becomes indispensable.

19. Motion Picture Soundtrack (2000)

On an album bound to futuristic threats and technologies, Motion Picture Soundtrack’s melancholy harmonium, fluttering harps and rolling, beatless expanse suggest a return to uncorrupted Eden. Tellingly, it originates from the band’s youthful origins as On a Friday.

18. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (2007)

Nigel Godrich settles into cruise control on this In Rainbows highlight, a rare haven from the band’s omnipresent dread. Instead, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi evokes an all-too-perfect harmony: cascading arpeggios enchant while fragmentary lyrics caution against the lure of false prophets.

17. True Love Waits (2016)

Even when they’re not facing the abyss, Radiohead songs tend to operate in its general vicinity, albeit without revealing what led there. But True Love Waits – sketched on an earlier live album and perfected 15 years later – conceals nothing: the abyss, listener, is love. “I’d drown my beliefs to have your babies,” Yorke confesses woefully, wonderfully.


16. Airbag (1997)

After The Bends, the smart money had Radiohead scaling up for festival supremacy. OK Computer’s opener took the bait then veered left: first the brain-melting deluge, then ripples of funk, a sexy drum lurch and some Maxinquaye basslines. Yorke – summoned “back to save the universe” – presides over the melee like a despairing god.

15. Videotape (2007)

On In Rainbows, Radiohead’s cosiest album, Videotape is refreshingly, passionately despondent. Yorke vaguely evokes horrors – surveillance-state ennui, digital isolation, the gaze of an unforgiving deity – in a death-row drawl. Then, a change of heart: perhaps it was “the most perfect day I’ve ever seen”, after all.

14. Polyethylene (Pt 1 & 2) (1997)

Radiohead’s greatest (although, somehow, not first) antiplastic jeremiad, this Paranoid Android B-side thrashes and struts like The Bends’ glam evil twin. Far from the ham-fisted Fake Plastic Trees, Polyethylene is all malevolent snarl, bouncing off the walls in defiance of middle-class ecological hubris.

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13. Knives Out (2001)

The impenetrable Amnesiac debunked industry rumours that Radiohead were primed for a bankable comeback – but amid that album lay this meat-and-potatoes rocker, its scurrying riffs, mystic ambience and cannibalistic lyrics qualifying as glorious light relief.

12. Street Spirit (Fade Out) (1995)

Yorke once compared it to “staring the fucking devil right in the eyes” and knowing “he’ll get the last laugh”. Street Spirit makes for a spectacular showdown – a grand, doomed surrender. If you need a chaser, consider another vintage Yorke quote: “If I was happy, I’d be in a fucking car advert.”

11. Sail to the Moon (2003)

Yorke’s lullaby for his infant son has a distinctly bad-dreams vibe about it. Someone should probably have a word. Still, his good intent shines. “Maybe you’ll be president,” Yorke rasps over writhing guitars. “Or in the flood, you’ll build an ark and sail us to the moon.” For young Noah, big sustainable footwear to fill.

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10. My Iron Lung (1994)

A dig at Creep’s annoying popularity, My Iron Lung uses catchy hooks and brawny riffs to rally against commercialisation. It risks sounding bratty – it is bratty – but from insolence they fashioned a new identity: stadium-rock agitators declaring war on hypocrisy and greed – particularly their own.

9. Exit Music (For a Film) (1997)

Bewildering, still, that Radiohead composed this monstrous ballad for Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 flick Romeo + Juliet, partly because it’s a high-stakes blockbuster of its own. Yorke has never sounded gloomier, with poisonous murmurs rising to a bloodcurdling fever pitch.


8. The National Anthem (2000)

At first conjuring arthouse delirium – improv skronk, transistor radio babble, warbling ondes martenot – Kid A’s jazz-rock monster morphs into an electrical storm of brilliantly layered tension. Like a Mingus requiem, The National Anthem’s power lies in the staggering weight of what is unresolved.

7. Nude (2007)

In Rainbows’ online release prompted a global listening event anticipated unlike any since. Three tracks in, the magic happened. After kicking around in Radiohead lore for more than a decade, Nude had found stunning form, first by channelling Björk – choppy coos, weeping strings – and then in a finale as bright and penetrating as dawn.

6. Idioteque (2000)

Yorke says he poured his most stubborn anxieties into Idioteque, which may explain why this pumping club tune – a formal anomaly – feels like Radiohead’s chaotically distilled superego. Ecological dread, big-tech menace and catastrophic panic prevail, but that shiver-inducing synth sample doles out propaganda for hope.

5. Karma Police (1997)

Part literary dystopia, part John Lennon in a Pixies T-shirt, Karma Police is an enduringly odd superhit: at once relatable, inscrutable and chilling. Such nuance is now Radiohead’s bread and butter, but only so because Yorke learned, after much saccharine bumbling, to consolidate his bleak and mawkish impulses into one.

4. Pyramid Song (2001)

Since Kid A skimped on promo, Pyramid Song technically followed up the hit single No Surprises. For casual fans, a few surprises: lyrics alluding to Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, piano seemingly exhumed from ancient civilisation and a newly spiritual Yorke, swimming with “black-eyed angels” and a shoal of exes towards some nebulous afterlife. Torture for some; otherwise, cult-making.

3. Reckoner (2007)

Rock orthodoxy holds that a great band’s nerve centre resides in a single genius – two at a push. Radiohead’s greatest ensemble piece kills the myth for good. At first innocuous, Reckoner unspools a full house of virtuoso performances engulfed by Godrich’s winter-blanket production. It soothes then soars.

2. How to Disappear Completely (2000)

Few admit it, but Radiohead’s home turf is the desperately uncool milieu of avant garde balladry. How to Disappear Completely, a masterpiece of the form, orchestrates a stage-fright reverie with fragments of Robert Wyatt and Penderecki. In Kid A’s supposedly cold heart it is pure affirmation: melancholy and light.

1. Paranoid Android (1997)

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As Britpop plunged from grace, Radiohead planted a revolutionary flag in the mountaintop. With OK Computer’s salvo, they shed the skin of insurgent oddballs, ditched grungy radio rock and electrified the popular imagination. Paranoid Android draws less from contemporaries than their ancestors, notably – audaciously – within prog. The seven-minute odyssey plunders rock’s then-forbidden city with burbling basslines and guitar wizardry so breathtaking nobody bothered to revoke Greenwood’s daytime-radio visa. Elevated by Yorke’s apocalyptic babbling and heavenly falsetto, we witness operatic scale and drama (“The dust and the screaming! The yuppies networking!”) in a ludicrously catchy anthem. Paranoid Android stormed the castle and raised the drawbridge on rock’s imperial era.


What song made Radiohead famous? ›

Radiohead signed to EMI in 1991 and released their debut album, Pablo Honey, in 1993; their debut single, "Creep", became a worldwide hit. Radiohead's popularity and critical standing rose with the release of The Bends in 1995.

What does Lucky mean Radiohead? ›

The meaning of the song 'Lucky ', based on the lyrics

- He says that someone (Sarah) has the power to kill him for love, but it will still be a glorious day. - He asks this person to help him when things get tough. - The song is about taking risks and trusting the other person.

What is Thom Yorkes favorite song? ›

According to Radiohead guitarist Thom Yorke, his favorite song is “How to disappear completely.” In this song, Thom Yorke demonstrates his incredible range of vocal sounds with an ethereal, haunting performance.

How much did Radiohead make from in Rainbows? ›

Radiohead - In Rainbows

It was reported that Radiohead made an "instantaneous" $3 million on In Rainbows despite the number of free downloads.

What is Radiohead biggest hit? ›

Creep (1993)

Radiohead's biggest hit is so beautiful and corny, it is impossible to accept it on its own terms.

What do you call a Radiohead fan? ›

Radionerds! 2. GhostNinja4Dawin The King of Limbs • 2 yr.

Is Radiohead a queer? ›

Thom Yorke, the band's lead singer, came out as gay in a 2006 interview, while guitarist Jonny Greenwood has also been open about his bisexuality. In addition, the band has been outspoken in their support of LGBT rights, particularly in the wake of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.

Why is Radiohead so special? ›

In all of their albums, they establish a complex system of unnatural sounds, organized into mesmerizing sonic layers to engage even the most jaded music lovers. Radiohead is not perfect in every way; it's all of their little perfections and imperfections that add up to make their music incredibly unique.

Why did Thom Yorke start smile? ›

“The Smile came about from just wanting to work on music with Thom in lockdown,” Greenwood revealed in an interview with NME earlier this year. “We didn't have much time, but we just wanted to finish some songs together. It's been very stop-start, but it's felt a happy way to make music.”

Does Thom Yorke like Chris Martin? ›

Chris Martin once told Newsweek Magazine that he has an unrequited love affair with Thom Yorke, a man who once dismissed Martin's band Coldplay as lifestyle music. "I'm in love with a lot of things. Some of those things love me back. And some of them don't — and one of them is Radiohead.”

What is Thom Yorkes eye condition? ›

What happened to Thom Yorke's eye? When he was born, Thom's left eye was discovered to be paralysed. He had five operations on it before he was six years old and the last one left him with a drooping eyelid.

What voice type is Thom Yorke? ›

It seems like most people agree Thom is a tenor, but it seems to me like he might be a high baritone? His voice seems most powerful around his middle range, and I don't think he's ever gone above an A4 without using falsetto, which is more in range with a high baritones range than a tenors.

What is Radiohead's biggest selling album? ›

Radiohead's third album, OK Computer, was released in May 1997. It remains their most successful album, reaching one in the UK and Ireland and the top ten in several other countries.

How much would it cost to book Radiohead? ›

One example fee to book Radiohead is in the starting range of $999,999-$1,499,000. Also, their speaking fee might be different than the fee shown for the cost to perform or to just appear. Popularity, career stage, along with current demand will cause fluctuations in their speaking price too.

Does the lead singer of Radiohead have a glass eye? ›

He was born with a paralysed left eye, and underwent five eye operations by the age of six. According to Yorke, the last surgery was "botched", giving him a drooping eyelid. He decided against further surgery: "I decided I liked the fact that it wasn't the same, and I've liked it ever since.

Was Radiohead a one hit wonder? ›

But the most striking story on the page is a review of Radiohead, then a one-hit wonder, making the band's first Bay Area nightclub appearance at Slim's in San Francisco.

What is the greatest hit of all time? ›

Greatest Songs of All Time
1THE TWIST Chubby Checker US Release: 1960
2SMOOTH Santana Feat. Rob Thomas US Release: 1999
3MACK THE KNIFE Bobby Darin US Release: 1959
4UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars US Release: 2015
5HOW DO I LIVE Leann Rimes US Release: 1997
95 more rows

Who has the most hit songs of all time? ›

Though unclear for how long, the Beatles still reign supreme as the artist with the most No. 1 songs of all time.

What did David Bowie think of Radiohead? ›

In fact, Bowie concluded they were the “best band around” after witnessing them put on a spectacle in New York. He revealed: “This year, I saw Radiohead at the Beacon Theatre [in New York]. I had a shrewd suspicion that they were the best band around, and that convinced me.”

What is the Radiohead logo called? ›

The most iconic Radiohead logo was designed in 2000 and is still used by the band. This was the first and only emblem with no lettering on it. The geometric abstract bear, executed in confident black lines can become the band's signifier and mascot. The new emblem got nicknamed “Modified Bear”.

Where does Radiohead rank all time? ›

The best album credited to Radiohead is OK Computer which is ranked number 1 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 86,708. Radiohead is ranked number 2 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 289,071.

Who is Thom Yorke married to? ›

Thom Yorke

Does Thom Yorke have a wife? ›

Thom Yorke

Is Radiohead inspired by Pink Floyd? ›

Similarly, during the 1960s, Pink Floyd were different to any other outfit gigging in the London scene. Their psychedelic-infused rock wasn't the band people thought they wanted but, instead, the band that they needed. However, surprisingly, Floyd do not appear to have been a major influence on Radiohead.

Was Radiohead influenced by the Beatles? ›

The Radiohead song inspired by The Beatles track 'Happiness is a Warm Gun' It is fascinating to see how some of the most bizarre moments in life can influence an artist in creating unique works of their career. In case of the alternative rock band Radiohead, it was their song called 'Paranoid Android'.

Are Radiohead classically trained? ›

Are Radiohead classically trained? Jonny Greenwood is the only member of Radiohead to be classically trained. A term into his studies of psychology and music at Oxford Brookes University, he left to sign a six-album deal with EMI and Radiohead.

Are Radiohead the best band ever? ›

Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Their work has been placed highly in both listener polls and critics' lists of the greatest albums. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2015, they were named the world's greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone.

How did Thom Yorke lose his eye? ›

6. Thom Yorke, the singer for the British alt-rock band Radiohead, isn't winking at you. His left eye droops because it was paralyzed at birth, and he underwent five operations to repair it.

Is Thom Yorke the leader of Radiohead? ›

On October 7th, 1968, in the market town of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, Thom Yorke was born with a paralysed eye and, as a child, the future Radiohead leader had undergone five eye operations before he was six-years-old.

Is Thom Yorke a natural blonde? ›

Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke's hair color and style has changed so often that some fans use his hair to date photos. He bleached it in the early days of Radiohead, but stopped during the OK Computer era. He's naturally a dark ginger.

Did Thom Yorke turn down paul McCartney? ›

Speaking to the Observer shortly after, Yorke provided a somewhat unconvincing response as to why he turned down working with McCartney that flattered to deceive. “Uhh, 'cause I can't play the piano,” he said defensively.

Who is bigger Radiohead or Coldplay? ›

It's hard to compare two such different bands, but if we're talking strictly in terms of popularity, then Coldplay is definitely the bigger band. With over 80 million albums sold worldwide, they're one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Radiohead, on the other hand, has only sold around 30 million albums.

Why did Thom Yorke go solo? ›

I wanted to work on my own. I just wanted to see what it would be like”. While most of the songs were written over a short, highly creative period, some of the tracks have had a longer gestation. He revealed: “In the last song, 'Cymbal Rush', the first bit you hear is something I had for three years: one little note.

Is Thom Yorke A Vegan? ›

Thom Yorke

The Radiohead frontman is vegan but offered this advice to Esquire magazine in 2013: “If you're going to be a vegetarian, you really do have to like lentils.

What was Radiohead's original name? ›

The band first called themselves "On a Friday". The band would usually rehearse on Friday in their school's music room. On A Friday signed a contract with EMI, a large record label, in 1991. They changed their name to "Radiohead".

Can Thom Yorke see out his left eye? ›

Yorke was born with no eyelid movement at all in his left eye. In an attempt to correct the condition, Yorke underwent five operations by the age of six. While the operations successfully enabled Yorke to see out of his left eye, they also caused his left eyelid to droop.

What voice type is Billie Eilish? ›

Billie Eilish's voice is roughly around the mezzo-soprano range. Using 'COPYCAT' as an example again, she does go right into the top soprano ranges very occasionally, but the song largely sits in that comfortable mezzo range during its chorus and the majority of the verses.

What voice type is Hugh Jackman? ›

I've been working about eight or nine years with a vocal coach, though, and although I thought I was a straight baritone, it turns out that I'm a high baritone and could expand my range by about an octave.

What is Adele's voice type? ›

As a mezzo-soprano, Adele's songs sit in a range that suits most listeners, singing along. Adele can mix her chest voice up quite high (E5, 10 notes above middle C) but she is not taken to the range extremes of early Mariah or Celine.

What is the #1 album of all time? ›

Michael Jackson's Thriller, estimated to have sold 70 million copies worldwide, is the best-selling album ever. Jackson also currently has the highest number of albums on the list with five, Celine Dion has four, while the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Madonna and Whitney Houston each have three.

What is considered the best Radiohead album? ›

Kid A (2000)

Not only is this Radiohead's greatest album but it may well be one of the greatest albums ever made by anyone. On this record, the band changed rock music forever. It's not only a great album but it has a great artistic integrity behind it too.

What was the most sold song? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

Will Radiohead ever play live again? ›

After releasing their first live album last month, The Smile will be hitting the road again in 2023.

Is there a movie about Radiohead? ›

An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.

Why is Radiohead not on Spotify? ›

Radiohead's opening to Bandcamp calls back to the early 2010s, when the band's frontman Thom Yorke became a leading voice against streaming services. In 2013, he famously called Spotify “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse” and condemned the service for driving a wedge into the artist–listener connection.

Is Thom Yorke a Millionaire? ›

As of March 2023, Thom Yorke's net worth is estimated to be roughly $45 Million.

What is Thom short for? ›

Thom is also a first-name variant of the abbreviation "Tom" of "Thomas" that holds the "h".

How did Radiohead get their name? ›

At EMI's request, the band changed their name; "Radiohead" was taken from the song "Radio Head" on the Talking Heads album True Stories (1986). Yorke said the name "sums up all these things about receiving stuff ... It's about the way you take information in, the way you respond to the environment you're put in."

When did Radiohead become famous? ›

Radiohead's ticket to fame was a song called “Creep.” It became a worldwide hit in 1993, when grunge rock was at its height.

What is Radiohead known for? ›

In their early years, Radiohead was known for their layered and heavy guitar sound. In later years, the band began using other instruments too, and creating more electronic sounds. The band still performs live and attracts large crowds of fans to sold-out concerts, even though they play many different styles of music.

What band influenced Radiohead? ›

The eclectic acts who have influenced the band during their long, varied career include U2, Autechre, and Miles Davis.

What made Radiohead unique? ›

In all of their albums, they establish a complex system of unnatural sounds, organized into mesmerizing sonic layers to engage even the most jaded music lovers. Radiohead is not perfect in every way; it's all of their little perfections and imperfections that add up to make their music incredibly unique.

How many Grammys does Radiohead have? ›

Grammy Awards

Radiohead have received three awards from 20 nominations.

Is Radiohead inspired by the Beatles? ›

The Radiohead song inspired by The Beatles track 'Happiness is a Warm Gun' It is fascinating to see how some of the most bizarre moments in life can influence an artist in creating unique works of their career. In case of the alternative rock band Radiohead, it was their song called 'Paranoid Android'.

What artists did Radiohead inspire? ›

Their '90s run of stadium-ready alt-rock monsters can be felt in an entire generation of British rockers like Muse, Bloc Party, and The Horrors, while the band's later forays into the digital realm helped to inspire genre-blurring acts such as The xx and Caribou. There's no telling what Radiohead will dive into next.

Who are Thom Yorke's favorite artists? ›

Perhaps the most famous of Yorke's influences is Neil Young. The 'Harvest Moon' singer has long been held in high esteem by America's alt-rock explosion but Yorke too thought of Young as one of the finest songwriters ever, even if he did arrive at the singer a little late in life.

Who is similar to Radiohead? ›

Similar To
  • Alt-J.
  • Björk.
  • James Blake.
  • Mogwai.
  • Muse.
  • Sigur Rós.
  • Spiritualized.
  • The Smile.

Why is Radiohead so highly regarded? ›

They have a unique sound that is instantly recognizable, and their lyrics are often very thought-provoking. They are also a very tight live band, and have an impressive back catalogue of albums. A band like Radiohead is praised for their innovativeness because they are the most creative band in the past 20 years.

What tool thinks about Radiohead? ›

I love Radiohead. They're a great band, but I do think – and i'll go on record now as saying – i'll probably be wrong and time will tell – what they did is a one-trick pony in a way,” he explained.


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