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Radio 2's Top 100 Favourite Albums


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#21 tim2

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:23 AM

To be fair, it does state quite clearly at the top of the list that "we asked listeners to pick their favourite from our list of Radio 2's Top 100 Most Played Albums." So it isn't claiming to be a definitive list of the best albums ever made, just a list of the ones played a lot on Radio 2 that Radio 2 listeners like the most, hence its overall blandness. I doubt Radio 2 have ever played a Clash, Specials or Sex Pistols record, and why would they, it isn't really what Radio 2 is there for.


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#22 Griff9of13

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:25 AM

To be fair, it does state quite clearly at the top of the list that "we asked listeners to pick their favourite from our list of Radio 2's Top 100 Most Played Albums." So it isn't claiming to be a definitive list of the best albums ever made, just a list of the ones played a lot on Radio 2 that Radio 2 listeners like the most, hence its overall blandness. I doubt Radio 2 have ever played a Clash, Specials or Sex Pistols record, and why would they, it isn't really what Radio 2 is there for.

Au contraire, you are obviously not familiar with Radio 2. I have heard all of those on radio 2, and not just on their late night specialist shows. If you listen to Jeremy Vine's lunchtime show he will often play songs from the Pistols and the Clash as he's an old punk and proud of it. The weird thing can be going into something like White Riot after an ABBA ballad!
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#23 Severus

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:38 AM

16. What a rubbish list. I think channel 4 did another one a few years back that was pretty good. Had OK computer at no 1 just pipping DSOTM.

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#24 Wolford6

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:49 AM

16. What a rubbish list. I think channel 4 did another one a few years back that was pretty good. Had OK computer at no 1 just pipping DSOTM.


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#25 John Drake

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:55 AM

Au contraire, you are obviously not familiar with Radio 2. I have heard all of those on radio 2, and not just on their late night specialist shows. If you listen to Jeremy Vine's lunchtime show he will often play songs from the Pistols and the Clash as he's an old punk and proud of it. The weird thing can be going into something like White Riot after an ABBA ballad!


But doesn't that really signal the final death of punk and all it was supposed to be about (whatever that was), when it is deemed bland enough to be played on Radio 2? Wouldn't Joe Strummer be spinning in his grave at the very thought of White Riot being played alongside ABBA? ^_^

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#26 West Country Eagle

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:00 AM

It's a bit rubbish that Coldplay topped the list, but there are some fantastic albums in there - What's Going On, Pet Sounds, Songs in the Key of LIfe, C'est Chic (classic disco-pop), Diana (ditto) etc. I'd argue that 'Behaviour' is a better Pet Shop Boys album than 'Actually', though the latter IS a great pop album and features some of their best songs (Kings Cross, What Have I Done To Deserve This, I Want To Wake Up etc). The inclusion of Bowie's 'Let's Dance' isn't that odd - after all, for all its faults it was his most successful pop album.

That's the point, really, this is a POP list by and large - hence why 'Purple Rain' is on the list rather than 'Sign 'O' The Times' etc.
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#27 gingerjon

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:12 AM

I'd argue that ...


... popular music lost its soul when it was decided that albums were more worthy of respect than singles.

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#28 Ullman

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:06 AM

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A question, though. What is Radio 2? Is it like The Light Programme?

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#29 gingerjon

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:32 AM

Radio 1 circa 1975


Without the worried 14 year olds?

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#30 Ullman

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:11 PM

Without the worried 14 year olds?

Well, not that we know of.

Yet

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#31 Mumby Magic

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:37 PM

We could always do our own list, combined. I nominate Hindle to set it up for us.

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#32 nec

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:52 PM

10 for me, some gems amongst the deeply depressing garbage in there
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:45 PM

why are there 85 in the top 100?
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:45 PM

my top 5

1.welcome back to insanity hall- demented are go
2.hellbilly storm-demented are go
3.stray cats- stray cats
4. vauxhall and i -morrissey
5.burn and rise- mad sin
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#35 Wolford6

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:47 PM

why are there 85 in the top 100?


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#36 Stan Doffarf

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:31 PM

I found myself listening to the countdown whilst driving home on Monday. I stuck with it out of morbid curiosity, just to find out what the top placings were. Popular music is officially dead, and not just because of Simon Cowell.
And when they found our shadows
Grouped around the TV sets
They ran down every lead
They repeated every test
They checked out all the data on their lists
And then the alien anthropologists
Admitted they were still perplexed
But on eliminating every other reason
For our sad demise
They logged the only explanation left
This species has amused itself to death
No tears to cry no feelings left
This species has amused itself to death