MTV’s UK Web Site Resorts To Internet Trolling

noah | April 9, 2009 3:00 am

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.

MTV’s Greatest Album Ever – The Results [MTV UK]