MTV’s Greatest Album Ever

By on Thursday, 26th February 2009 at 3:42 pm

MTV Greatest album (side)It seems every awards season we have another “Greatest album” survey, most of them from one random source who have basically surveyed their friends to see what they like best that day.

However, when MTV do a survey you know it’s going to be the right choice. They’ve just launched their hunt to find the “Greatest Album Ever“, after they crowned Duran Duran’s Rio as having the “Greatest Video Ever” last year.

In conjunction with music industry experts, MTV’s flagship music channels VH1, MTV Two and MTV Base have each collated their top ten greatest albums since 1981, the year MTV launched. The debates to select the albums were chaired by channel presenters Edith Bowman (VH1), Zane Lowe (MTV Two) and Trevor Nelson (MTV Base).

Suggs (of Madness fame) was one of the key contributors to the shows, talking about Amy Winehouse’s decline and then subsequent rejuvenation:

It’s great to see her looking marvellous again. There was quite a gap between her first and second album and I used to see her around Camden a lot, and when you see someone regularly its harder to notice their demise. I’m so glad she looks well again. It was fate putting her together with Mark Ronson for Back to Black, and was so good for her putting her voice right in the middle of it.

Meanwhile, as only MTV can, Pete Burns gave us an, erm, “intriguing” insight into his friendship with Morrissey, who failed to make the top 10 for any of his solo albums, but whose Smith’s classic “The Queen is Dead” appeared in both VH1 and MTV 2’s top 10’s:

I knew him personally back in the day, he gave me a copy of this album. I loved it from track one. He has a very unique sense of irony and humour. As a person he’s very difficult and awkward to get on with. He stopped talking to me over a fur coat, and still to this day he holds a grudge about it!

Personally, I’d love to see REM get the award. All the others are great, but people seem to underestimate the consistency of REM. Plus, Michael Stipe is a legend in my eyes. Either that or Human League, but I can’t see them beating the big boys – can you?

Voting for the top album is now open over on MTV’s website. Each channel’s review of the top 10 albums can be seen this weekend, with Trevor Nelson presenting the MTV Base run down Saturday 28 February at 9pm, followed by Edith Bowman presenting VH1 and Zane Lowe MTV Two both on Sunday 1 March at 9pm. The final winner will be announced on Sunday 12th April.

After the jump, check out the top 10 albums chosen by each channel.

MTV Two:

10: Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, Thats What I’m Not
9: Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
8: Oasis – Definitely Maybe
7: Pixies – Doolittle
6: The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
5: The Strokes – Is This It?
4: The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
3: Guns n Roses – Appetite For Destruction
2: Radiohead – OK Computer
1: Nirvana – Nevermind

MTV Base

10. Craig David – Born to Do It
9. Mary J Blige – What’s the 411?
8. Usher – 8701
7. Kanye West – College Dropout
6. Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner
5. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
4. Jay Z – The Blueprint
3. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
2. Notorious BIG – Ready to Die
1. Michael Jackson – Thriller


10. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
9. Radiohead – OK Computer
8. Nirvana – Nevermind
7. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
6. Human League – Dare
5. Oasis – (What’s the story) Morning Glory?
4. U2 – The Joshua Tree
3. Prince – Purple Rain
2. REM – Automatic for the People
1. Michael Jackson – Thriller

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

15 Responses

7:21 pm
26th February 2009

It’d take too long to say why this list is shit so I’ll round it up quickly.. MTV 2 yet no Beatles?? The Who?? The Libertines?? and they include nirvana (vomits) and guns’n’roses?? (vomits once more)..

MTV Base now, and no Nas or Tupac.. wtf??

8:06 pm
26th February 2009

The albums on the lists are only those that have been around since the start of MTV in 1981… but yeah, as you say, no Libertines? Nas or Tupac seems a bit crazy

10:08 pm
26th February 2009

Out of all them, Michael Jackson’s Thriller deserves it. Its like a Bible for the music industry. Its the greatest selling album and MJ is the most influential artist from all of them lists, hell he’s probably inspired most of the other artists on that list! He’s got the best statistics and totally deserves it. It was like a bomb when it dropped, it contains a nearly every genre of music within it and the sounds he and Quincy cretaed were like new concepts to the world. Its just a masterpiece. Period.

10:05 am
28th February 2009

If they’re the best what are the worst like ?!?
Totally predictable dross!

7:36 pm
1st March 2009

parrallel lines, the awe inspiring record from blondie , no? didnt see that anywhere and what about frankie goes to hollywoods’ pleasuredome ? yet the smiths made it in there, how? sureley their high brow, low quality and unsubstantial drones can’t be better than hundreds of other, much more merit deserving albums!

10:37 pm
1st March 2009

the lead singer of the wombats holds no respect from anyone, why did they even let him voice his opinion on albums that are far superior to anything he has done, god I hate him

11:23 am
2nd March 2009

It’s ‘The Queen is Dead’ by The Smiths not God Save The Queen. Exact opposites, in fact.

5:35 pm
2nd March 2009

That, boys and girls, is why you should always proof read posts! Thanks for spotting that 🙂

Keep your opinions coming – who deserves to be number one in MTV’s lists? Who do you think shouldn’t even have been shortlisted?

8:03 pm
2nd March 2009

arctic monkeys – “whatever people say i am. . .” should be no1, by far greatest album ever !! pixies, stone roses, radiohead, guns and roses. . . how ???

3:05 pm
4th March 2009

They need Peter Gabriel’s “So” Album on one of those lists.

2:39 pm
7th March 2009

…ye wheres the libertines?

2:17 am
10th March 2009


Man, Thriller made MTV!
I remember how almost everyone rushed to get MTV in cable just to watch MJ’s videos.

12:18 am
2nd April 2009

Rage Against The Machine. That’s it 🙂

1:52 pm
2nd April 2009

I don´t now but… Where is “dark side of the moon” by pink floyd?

7:03 pm
5th April 2009

I don´t know but… Where is “dark side of the moon” by pink floyd?

Leave Your Response

* Name, Email, Comment are Required

About Us

There Goes The Fear is where we tell you about the latest music, gigs, and tours we love and think you should too.

We love music that has its heart on its sleeve, tells a story, swims around our head all day or makes us dance like no-one's watching.

TGTF was edited by Mary Chang, based in Washington, DC.

All MP3s are posted with the permission of the artists or their representatives and are for sampling only. Like the music? Buy it.

RSS Feed   RSS Feed  

Learn More About Us

Privacy Policy

Keep TGTF online for years to come!
Donate here.