Coldplay Album Voted Greatest Of All Time In BBC Poll

Coldplay’s second album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, has been named the best album of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners.

The English band beat out the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and U2 to the accolade, each of whom had their own records in the top 10.

Most surprisingly were the other groups and albums that featured on the list too. Keane’s Hopes and Fears finished runner-up, whilst Duran Duran’s Rio came third and Dido’s, No Angel, placed in fifth.

The poll was amassed by the channel to celebrate the BBC season, The Golden Age of the Album.

Jeff Smith, Radio 2’s head of music, said of the list, “With albums ranging from Sinatra in the 50s to Emeli Sande in the last year, the range of eras and genres exhibited by the chart is typical of the breadth of Radio 2 and its distinctive music policy.”

He also added, “Musicians such as Coldplay and Dido have struck a chord with listeners and are in good company in the top 10 alongside legendary bands like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, whose appeal remains undiminished after all these years.”

The top 10 albums were : 1) Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head, 2) Keane, Hopes and Fears, 3) Duran Duran, Rio, 4) Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon, 5) Dido, No Angel, 6) The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers, 7) The Pet Shop Boys, Actually, 8) The Beatles, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 9) U2, The Joshua Tree, and 10) Queen, A Night At The Opera.

Coldplay’s success comes just weeks after their 2003 song, Clocks, was voted the best song of the past 10 years, by BBC Radio 6 music.

Public reaction to these lists has been mixed, with many people stating their dismay that Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Will Champion, and Jonny Buckland’s band have come out on top.

Do you think Coldplay’s, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, is the greatest album of all time?