Sure, when a Web site makes a big stink about counting down a Greatest Whatever Of Ever List, there’s bound to be some quibbling; these sorts of lists, of course, were pretty much designed to hold up weakly premised cable clip shows and stoke lots of link-assisted commenter arguing from the Internet’s various peanut galleries. But MTV UK’s search for the Greatest Ever Album not only has a distinct bias toward albums hyped by the NME over the past nine years and the potential to really fire up older music-fan types by including two albums by Oasis and none by Blur in its 26-album shortlist, it has a curious No. 2 behind Thriller:
1. Michael Jackson, Thriller
2. Craig David, Born to Do It
3. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
4. Radiohead, OK Computer
5. Nirvana, Nevermind
6. Oasis, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
7. Oasis, Definitely Maybe
8. U2, The Joshua Tree
9. Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
10. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
11. The Strokes, Is This It
12. Kanye West, The College Dropout
13. The Stone Roses
14. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP
15. The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead
16. Rage Against the Machine
17. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain
18. REM, Automatic for the People
19. Usher, 8701
20. Pixies, Doolittle
21. The Notorious B.I.G, Ready to Die
22. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
23. Human League, Dare
24. Jay-Z, Blueprint
25. Dizzee Rascal, Boy in da Corner
26. Mary J Blige, What’s the 411?
I’m thinking this placement is an outgrowth of misguided homerism, but really? Craig David? Was Born To Do It a watershed achievement that we missed over here because we were too busy worrying about A.J. McLean’s trip to rehab?
Good looking out for Dizzee Rascal, though.