But the warm melodies only serve to mask lyrics that focus on the exhausting pressure placed on people to conform to what society expects of them and how it judges them by their status in terms of having a secure job, a family and being a useful commodity to society.'
Lucky' a Pink Floyd influenced epic with it's psychedelic guitars contains messages of love and death and is the most 'Bends' like track on the record with it's slightly off-key guitar solo which closes the song.
So a seemingly worthy winner of the prestigious poll which was applauded by other musicians
The Smiths former guitarist Johnny Marr said: 'OK Computer' is pretty much a landmark record. As time goes on and we get away from when it was released, more and more it would be seen as the important record it is."
R.E.M singer Michael Stipe said: 'OK Computer' is Radiohead really stretching and pushing the boundaries of what they think they're capable of doing and what their audience think they're capable of doing and it is a classic, brilliant record."
But what of Sgt Peppers?
Number 7 - The Beatles 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Usually the record that claims the top spot in greatest album polls The Beatles were knocked down the list this time round in favour of more modern recordings.
However, this masterpiece from 1967 revolutionised what music was and could be and introduced the world to the Fab Four's psychedelic period.
After stopping touring in 1966 to become solely a studio band they finally had the opportunity to experiment in the studio with producer George Martin and re-invent The Beatles from mop-top guitar heroes to ground-breaking musical pioneers by creating alter-egos.
Jaded by performing live without hearing themselves and disillusioned by their God-like status and unreal fame the band took at that time an unprecedented step to transform their sound.
Paul McCartney admits the re-invention was necessary to break free of people's pre-conceptions about himself John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr otherwise the group may never had made the record. He explains: "It was my idea to say to the guys, 'Hey, how about disguising ourselves and getting an alter ego, because we're the Beatles and we're fed up. Why don't we just make up some incredible alter egos and think, "Now how would he sing it? How would he approach this track?"' And it freed us. It was a very liberating thing to do."
And it worked, the songs are so vivid they paint a picture in your mind as they play. The lyrics on 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' - it's initials 'coincidently' spelling out the hallucinogenic drug L.S.D are so descriptive you imagination runs away with you, while 'Within You Without You' sees George tackle the paradoxical nature of Eastern religious philosophy and lets fans go on a wondrous audio journey.
But the record still contained unequivocally brilliant pop songs, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', 'With a Little Help From My Friends', 'Getting Better' and 'When I'm Sixty-Four' all instant classic and served not to alienate the band's early fans.
The Beatles even had the sense of humour to include a dog whistle, inaudible to humans, on the second half of the record simply to annoy dogs and their owners just because they could.
A truly remarkable record which amazingly has not dated since its release almost 30 years ago but which is the greatest, if either?
Music is purely subjective and defined by the listener, what is great to one audience is not to another - a classic example of this would be Oasis's 'Definitely Maybe' hailed by British music lovers as one of the best rock records ever produced it is does not even feature in the minds of American fans when compiling such lists.
Both 'OK Computer' and 'Sgt. Pepper's' are truly remarkable recordings that will be discussed 50 years from now but can one album really be regarded as the best of all time with all the different genres and songs and more importantly will be people still care about albums in the future with the advent of downloading and digital music ?Instead of compiling lists, British music fans should just enjoy the rich tapestry of recordings and decide which is the greatest, or more correctly their favourite, in their own minds. Channel Four's 100 Greatest Albums:
- 1. RADIOHEAD - OK Computer
- 2. U2 - The Joshua Tree
- 3. NIRVANA - Nevermind
- 4. MICHAEL JACKSON - Thriller
- 5. PINK FLOYD - Dark Side of the Moon
- 6. OASIS - Definitely Maybe
- 7. THE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
- 8. MADONNA - Like a Prayer
- 9. GUNS N' ROSES - Appetite For Destruction
- 10. THE BEATLES - Revolver
- 11. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
- 12. THE BEATLES - The White Album
- 13. QUEEN - A Night at the Opera
- 14. COLDPLAY - Parachutes
- 15. OASIS - (What's the Story) Morning Glory
- 16. ALANIS MORISSETTE - Jagged Little Pill
- 17. LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin IV
- 18. THE VERVE - Urban Hymns
- 19. JIMI HENDRIX - Are you Experienced
- 20. THE SMITHS - The Queen Is Dead
- 21. JOHN LENNON - Imagine,/li>
- 22. RADIOHEAD - The Bends
- 23. BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS - Exodus
- 24. THE STONE ROSES - The Stone Roses
- 25. SIMON AND GARFUNKEL - Bridge Over Troubled Water
- 26. BJORK - Debut
- 27. THE DOORS - The Doors
- 28. ABBA - Arrival
- 29. MICHAEL JACKSON - Off the Wall
- 30. DURAN DURAN - Rio
- 31. SEX PISTOLS - Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols
- 32. DAVID BOWIE - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
- 33. THE BEACH BOYS - Pet Sounds
- 34. JOY DIVISION - Closer
- 35. THE ROLLING STONES - Let It Bleed
- 36. BLUR - Parklife
- 37. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Born to Run
- 38. BILLIE HOLIDAY - Lady Sings the Blues
- 39. THE WHITE STRIPES - Elephant
- 40. BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid
- 41. THE SPECIALS - Specials
- 42. THE ROLLING STONES - Exile on Main Street
- 43. FRANK SINATRA - Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
- 44. THE CLASH - London Calling
- 45. THE PRODIGY - The Fat of the Land
- 46. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - The Velvet Underground and Nico
- 47. DIRE STRAITS - Brothers in Arms
- 48. PIXIES - Doolittle
- 49. ARETHA FRANKLIN - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
- 50. THE LIBERTINES - The Libertines
- 51. HAPPY MONDAYS - Pills 'N' Thrills and Bellyaches
- 52. PATTI SMITH - Horses
- 53. THE WHO - Tommy
- 54. LOU REED - Transformer
- 55. BOB DYLAN - Blood on the Tracks
- 56. PRINCE - Sign 'o' the Times
- 57. DIDO - No Angel
- 58. AIR - Moon Safari
- 59. ELTON JOHN - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
- 60. THE JAM - All Mod Cons
- 61. JEFF BUCKLEY - Grace
- 62. FLEETWOOD MAC - Rumours
- 63. MOBY - Play
- 64. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
- 65. THE POLICE - Synchronicity
- 66. JONI MITCHELL - Blue
- 67. CURTIS MAYFIELD - Superfly
- 68. ELVIS PRESLEY - The Sun Sessions
- 69. OUTKAST - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
- 70. PULP - Different Class
- 71. KRAFTWERK - Trans-Europe Express
- 72. MASSIVE ATTACK - Blue Lines
- 73. BECK - Odelay
- 74. STEVIE WONDER - Songs in the Key of Life
- 75. KATE BUSH - Hounds of Love
- 76. TALKING HEADS - Fear of Music
- 77. EMINEM - The Marshall Mathers LP
- 78. MARVIN GAYE - What's Going On
- 79. GEORGE MICHAEL - Faith
- 80. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER - The Original Movie Soundtrack
- 81. PRIMAL SCREAM - Screamadelica
- 82. JOHN COLTRANE - A Love Supreme
- 83. LOVE - Forever Changes
- 84. PAUL SIMON - Graceland
- 85. NICK DRAKE - Five Leaves Left
- 86. MEAT LOAF - Bat Out of Hell
- 87. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD - Dusty in Memphis
- 88. DE LA SOUL - 3 Feet High and Rising
- 89. THE STROKES - Is this It
- 90. MADNESS - One Step Beyond...
- 91. ROBBIE WILLIAMS - I've Been Expecting You
- 92. NEIL YOUNG - After the Gold Rush
- 93. PUBLIC ENEMY - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
- 94. BLONDIE - Parallel Lines
- 95. THE EAGLES - Hotel California
- 96. JAMES BROWN - Sex Machine
- 97. THE STREETS - A Grand Don't Come for Free
- 98. DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
- 99. ROD STEWART - Every Picture Tells a Story
- 100.The HUMAN LEAGUE - Dare!