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Radiohead top 25-year album chart

Radiohead's experimental OK Computer has been named the greatest album of the past quarter century by music fans.

The 1997 release - containing singles such as Paranoid Android and Karma Police - fended off albums by Nirvana and Oasis to top the list of greats.

Radiohead's third album was chosen by readers of Q magazine, who were asked to name the best album released in the past 25 years.

The band also took three other places in the top 30 - compiled to mark 25 years of the magazine - with The Bends at eight, Kid A at 18 and In Rainbows at 23.

The poll shows the album has had considerable staying power in Q readers' affections. They voted it the finest release of all time 12 years ago.

The list, to be published in the February edition on sale on December 29, sees Nirvana's worldwide hit Nevermind in second place, with Oasis taking the next two positions. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was third while their debut Definitely Maybe was fourth.

Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not, from the Arctic Monkeys, came fifth followed by U2 with The Joshua Tree.

Another U2 album Achtung Baby made ninth place.

The top 10 was completed by The Stone Roses self-titled album and The Bends by Radiohead in seventh and eighth place while Muse's Black Holes And Revelations was tenth.

Paul Rees, Q's editor-in-chief, said of OK Computer: "As this readers' poll testifies, our readers see it as the benchmark against which all other album are and continue to judged against in Q's lifetime."

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