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Radiohead: 5 Songs You Need On Your iPod

Updated on November 18, 2008

Radiohead isn't a band that I listened to as a teenager, which is when they first got famous. I remember thinking the low-self-esteem-anthem Creep was the most obnoxious song on Earth. Not because it was crap musically, but rather because it was getting way too much exposure. That, and I hated the grunge kids who came to school with their greasy hair in their faces and (over)played this song on their discman between classes.

I was so put off by their grunge image and sound that I never listened to anything else of theirs -- and if I did, I didn't realize that was who it was. Which actually happens to be the case, as it turns out. You see, someone recently went on and on about how wonderful this band was/is and so I decided to have a listen to some of their tracks, just to disprove that someone. Interestingly, Radiohead seems to have changed, and for the better, with every album. So much better, that there are 5 songs which I now own and I must confess listening to lots and lots and lots. These songs are brilliant, and they're not overdone, overplayed or overexposed. In fact, they're so good, that if Radiohead put out an album of music that had nothing but this kind of sound on it, I'd happily become a Radiohead groupie.


No Surprises

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remembered this song. It came out in 1997, and since I didn't listen to the radio then, or have MTV, I'm not sure how I knew this song, but I did. I really liked it then and I love it now. Of course, I had no idea what the lyrics were, cos Thom Yorke mumbles through most of it. But it sounds nice, so who cares? The video is a bit disturbing to me though, so be warned before watching.

All I Need

This is from the newest album, In Rainbows. I like the groove quite a lot, but this is another song I had to look the lyrics up. I admit I wish I hadn't done that, as the words are a bit strange, but I can pretend they're not, I guess. I suppose that was the intention of whomever wrote it... you can't write that bizarrely and not expect it to raise eyebrows. I can't decide if it's a love song or someone miserably accepting that that's as good as it gets.

Radiohead: All I Need


This song is quite pretty in a dreamy, backward record sounding kind of way. I can't really put my finger on what attracts me to it, but it feels very ethereal when I listen to it. I really like the vocals here -- even though, as you may have guessed, I've not a clue what he's saying. And no, I'm not going to look them up this time, I'd rather not know!

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

Now here's a happy-ish song. At least, that's what I think it is, if the music itself is any indication. If you like Coldplay, you will like this song. If you like Radiohead, however, that might sound blasphemous, so just pretend that I didn't say it. I've got not a clue what he's saying here, and like I said before, I've learned my lesson and am content to make the words up as I listen.

Everything in its Right Place

I really like the chord progression in this song. It's quite electronicky (that's not a word, is it?) sounding, and if you like that kind of genre, you'll like this song. You'll probably recognize it, though you may have trouble with the words, apart from those in the beginning!

Radiohead: No Surprises


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      sim0n30 7 years ago from Ireland

      Great list my top 5 alternatives would be.

      1. Gagging Order

      2. Nobody does it better (cover)

      3. True Love Waits

      4. Follow me around

      5. Sing a song for you (cover)

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      Rebekah 7 years ago

      I also love Radiohead. They are brilliant. My favorites:

      1. The Tourist

      2. Subterranean Homesick Alien.

      3. How to Disappear Completely

      4. Talk Show Host

      5. Last Flowers to the Hospital

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      James 7 years ago

      probably to popular but

      Pyramid Song


      A wolf at the door

      There there

      Also My brightest Diamond did a wonderful Lucky cover

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      Chandra 7 years ago

      My favourites are:

      1. Just

      2. Paranoid Android

      3. You

      4. My Iron Lung

      5. Climbing Up the Wall

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      unknown 8 years ago

      1. 15 Step

      2. Paranoid Android

      3. Jigsaw Falling Into Place

      4. Street Spirit

      5. Everything In Its Right Place

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      Brian 8 years ago

      1. True Love Waits

      2. Street Spirit

      3. Karma Police

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      faryjane 9 years ago from Birmingham

      My favorite radiohead songs

      1. Let Down (mtv unplugged version)

      2. Fog

      3. No Surprises

      4. Jigsaw

      And I completely agree with you on Creep. Completely low self esteemish, grungy, greasy, put off.

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      Maylinda Arons 9 years ago

      I totally get what you mean by the whole "I'd rather not know" thing. Sometimes, with lyrics, its just better that way. You take longer to get sick of the song.

      Some more Radiohead I'd recommend:

      1. Karma Police

      2. Paranoid Android (it's a bit overexposed, but i cant get enough of it!)

      3. There There

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      bizriak 9 years ago

      Isabella, you're one of the few people I've heard of that doesn't "get" radiohead, yet still likes some of their stuff. Good choices all!