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10 Best Radiohead Songs

The 10 Best Radiohead songs may just be one the most subjective and unique lists in all of music. Releasing their first album back in 1993, almost every record since was recognized as a "best of the year" candidate, proving that quantity is only surpassed by the quality of their songs. From Brit-pop hits to ambient movie scores, their sound is as varied as the results of our list.
10
'Creep'
Arguably Radiohead's most recognized song, 'Creep' is actually credited to Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. Radiohead gives the duo songwriting credits in the 'Pablo Honey' album's liner notes, as the music is lifted from 'The Air That I Breathe' by The Hollies. The Royalties of the song are shared between Yorke, Hammond and Hazlewood.
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09
'Optimistic'
Ironically, Radiohead opted not to release any singles from 'Kid A,' but 'Optimistic' ended up getting the most airplay. With short, taunting guitar strumming and unrelenting arpeggio vocals, the song eventually earned the band one of their three highest-charting singles ever.
08
'Exit Music (For a Film)'
One of the few Radiohead songs released as a single, specifically for the ending credits of the 1996 film, 'William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.' In regards to writing the track, Thom Yorke said: "I saw the Zeffirelli version when I was 13 and I cried my eyes out, because I couldn't understand why, the morning after they shagged, they didn't just run away."
07
'House of Cards'
The eighth track on their 2007 album 'In Rainbows,' 'House of Cards' gained immense popularity due to it's unique video. Created without cameras or lights, it used lidar technology to detect the proximity of objects -- including Thom Yorke's face -- ultimately creating a map-like appearance.
06
'Everything in Its Right Place'
Thom Yorke and guitarist Ed O'Brien have both cited 'Everything in Its Right Place' as the moment they felt they were actually getting somewhere with their, new at the time, experimental approach. Thom Yorke has expressed regret over not releasing the song as the lead single for 'Kid A,' which had no official singles.
05
'There There (The Boney King of Nowhere)'
The only song from 2003's 'Hail to the Thief' to show up on our list, this live performance staple reportedly caused Thom Yorke to burst into tears when he heard it in its completed, mixed and mastered form.
04
'High and Dry'
Widely regarded as Radiohead's most accessible pop hit, 'High and Dry' was not nearly as popular with the band. Not making the cut from 'Pablo Honey' sessions, the band decided later to release it on 'The Bends' album. However, in a 2007 interview, Thom Yorke stated that he did not like the song, saying "It's not bad... it's very bad."
03
'Let Down'
Recorded in September of 1996 at St Catherine's Court, a historic mansion near Bath owned by actress Jane Seymour, 'Let Down' was reportedly tracked at 3AM in the ballroom. O'Brien called the song "a nod to Phil Spector."
02
'Paranoid Android'
Also recorded in Seymour's mansion, 'Paranoid Android' is widely-regarded as one of the best songs, off one of the best albums of the '90s -- if not all time. Composed by fusing together parts from three different songs, the result is an over six-minute epic inspired by the structure of The Beatles' 'Happiness Is a Warm Gun.'
01
'Karma Police'
If 'Paranoid Android' is one of the best songs from 'OK Computer,' then 'Karma Police' must be the best. Topping our list of the best Radiohead songs, the lyrics and title refers to an inside joke the band had, telling one another they would call "the karma police" if they did something wrong.

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