Radiohead’s OK Computer and Kid A have topped Pitchfork Magazine’s “The People’s Top 200” list, according to the Los Angeles Times. The appearance of an esoteric rock outfit at the top of a reader’s poll might seem a little strange, particularly when pop stars and country music artists are currently topping the charts. Then again, I doubt too many hardcore Justin Bieber fans are reading Pitchfork before heading off to homeroom.
Once all of the data was collected and processed, Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer emerged as the clear victor, though their 2000 effort Kid A wasn’t too far behind. To further illustrate the band’s popularity with Pitchfork’s readers, In Rainbows snagged the number six position. Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot also made the top ten, which reads like the playlist at a college rock station.
As the Los Angeles Times points out, “The People’s Top 200” is comprised mostly of male-fronted rock bands, though a few female artists did manage to crack the list. Arcade Fire, for example, found their way into the top 10, a band which features Regine Chassagne on vocals. Bjork’s album Homogenic, meanwhile, found a home at number 51.
Out of the 28,000 individuals who participated in Pitchfork’s poll, only 3,000 of them were women. This may explain why so many male-oriented artists dominated the list.
“Data only represents contributors to the People’s List. And is not indicative of Pitchfork’s overall demographics,” states a disclaimer on the website.
Although rock groups tend to dominate the list, a few other genres were represented, as well. Other notable appearances on the top 200 include DJ Shadow’s Entroducing, Kanye West’s The College Dropout, Madvillian’s Madvillany, Massive Attack’s Mezzanine, Daft Punk’s Homework, and Jay-Z’s The Blueprint.
To check out “The People’s Top 200,” be sure to swing by the official Pitchfork website. Do you feel that Radiohead deserves to top the list?