1. Kid A
And this is me at my most objective. Is Kid A my favorite Radiohead album? I literally just told you it wasn’t in the previous write-up, which you'd know if you didn’t just skip straight to No. 1. But as an album, this 2000 gem represents the apogee of the band's considerable talent.
Kid A is the rare album that, as a whole, is greater than the sum of its parts. Each of its 10 tracks come together like vignettes to form a wild-eyed narrative. "Everything in its Right Place" lays the groundwork with a flurry of aurally perfect tones behind twisted vocals than contort even further inside the disarming title track "Kid A." "The National Anthem" is the band at its most experimentally raucous, while the haunting "How to Disappear Completely" is Thom's favorite track ever. "Idioteque" is often trotted out as being one RH's best -- and its immediate ability to grab newbie listeners with its totalitarian rhythms and apocalyptic themes never ceases to amaze me. But the beauty of the album is the way each song supports the next. They are ten pillars, all holding the same idea aloft. This is an album so fucking magnificent, its B-sides turned into the No. 4 album on this list.
Ultimately, the music we ache for is the music we can never really put into coherent words. Trying to write about this album's greatness is like trying to fill the Goodyear blimp with your lungs. Kid A can only be described as indescribable. And as Radiohead's best.
Till the next one, at least.
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Wil Fulton is a staff writer for Thrillist. He thinks the new album will be released exclusively at Best Buy. Follow him: @wilfulton.