MTV’s Greatest Album Ever: Results

By on Thursday, 9th April 2009 at 1:10 am

MTV Greatest album (side)We introduced a few weeks ago MTV’s hunt to find “The Greatest Album Ever“. It raised a fair few questions, and a lot of angry responses from you guys as you listed your favourite bands who weren’t included.

Rather unsurprisingly, Michael Jackson topped the poll, having announced his sensational run of London shows between the announcement of the show and the results. Almost one in three of all votes went to the crazy American. In a shock move, Craig David was number 2 in the poll, and has been deemed more popular than Radiohead and Nirvana, receiving more votes than the Oxford based quintet and Seattle grungers combined. Surely that’s got to be some kind of mistake?

Over forty thousand votes were cast, which gives a pretty good perspective of what people think. Many in the comments of the previous post asked about some pretty seminal albums, however it should be noted that these are the best albums since 1981 – when MTV began, so many classics (Pink Floyd, Smiths, Who etc) aren’t eligible for the list. However, as Thom so rightly commented…. no Libertines? Crazy, no?

Speaking of wacko Jacko’s win, Trevor Nelson commented

I don’t think there’ll ever be another album like it ever in the history of music. There will never be a marriage of producer and artist and song writing and pop sensibility – it just won’t happen again. And also, due to the way people buy records now, there’ll never be an album that sells as many copies – and that’s the thing that will keep it at number one.

Interestingly, Zane Lowe didn’t agree with Craig David’s high ranking, commenting

The guy was hugely successful and there’s no denying that album is a great listen from start to finish as a pop record. It probably stands up as the greatest British urban pop record of the last twenty years. Still no one’s really topped it – apart from Winehouse. Should it be number two in The Greatest Album of all time? No, in my opinion, but I’m not going to begrudge anyone’s success, and if his fans voted for it then what’s encouraging for me is that they still consider that record to be an important part of their lives and that’s what music is.

After the jump: the complete list of albums

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 Drop Out
13. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
14. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
15. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
16. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
17. Prince; 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 Mis-education 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?

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2 Responses

4:46 am
9th April 2009

Well, I knew MJ will win anyway…

However, Craig David at #2???

Hell, did not see that coming…. 0_0

5:29 pm
16th April 2009

I absolutely love the Thriller album!!

It´s an unique album by an extremely talented man! Neither of them will ever in history be surpassed!

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