Definitely Maybe named greatest album

It epitomised the Britpop phenomenon more than 10 years ago – but now Definitely Maybe, the Oasis debut, has been named the Greatest Album of All Time.

It epitomised the Britpop phenomenon more than 10 years ago – but now Definitely Maybe, the Oasis debut, has been named the Greatest Album of All Time.

The album, which featured hits such as Live Forever and Supersonic, pushed the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band into second place in the poll of more than 40,000 music fans.

Another Beatles album, Revolver, came third, followed by Radiohead’s OK Computer, and another Oasis title (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? in fifth place.

Up the Bracket, the 2002 debut by Pete Doherty’s former band The Libertines, is the newest album in the top 20 in 15th place.

Nirvana’s Nevermind, in sixth place, and The Strokes’ Is This It, in 20th place, are the only two bands from the US to make the top 20.

The Stone Roses’ self-titled album is seventh followed by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, and The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead.

Radiohead’s The Bends is next in the Top 100, followed by U2’s The Joshua Tree.

Definitely Maybe, which cost £85,000 to produce, was released on August 30 1994 and debuted at Number One a week later, with seven million copies selling worldwide.

The survey was organised by the book of British Hit Singles and Albums and and votes came from as far afield as New Zealand, Croatia and Colombia.

Fans were given no pre-ordained list to chose from in the survey, to celebrate 50 years of the Official UK Albums Chart.

British Hit Singles and Albums editor David Roberts said: “Usually these polls are full of records that people have only just bought because they are freshest in the mind.

“But this poll shows that the truly great albums always have longevity.

“Only two albums in the Top 20 were released in the last five years, so the voters have clearly thought long and hard about their decision.

“We believe our readers are the most knowledgeable music fans in the country so for them to have decided that Definitely Maybe should be the Number One album is really something.”

:: Greatest 100 Albums of All Time

1. Definitely Maybe, Oasis

2. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, The Beatles

3. Revolver, The Beatles

4. OK Computer, Radiohead

5. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis

6. Nevermind, Nirvana

7. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses

8. Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd

9. The Queen Is Dead, Smiths

10. The Bends, Radiohead

11. The Joshua Tree, U2

12. London Calling, The Clash

13. The Beatles (The White Album), The Beatles

14. Abbey Road, The Beatles

15. Up The Bracket, The Libertines

16. Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols, Sex Pistols

17. Four Symbols (Led Zeppelin IV), Led Zeppelin

18. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie

19. A Night At The Opera, Queen

20. Is This It, The Strokes

21. Hot Fuss, The Killers

22. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys

23. Grace, Jeff Buckley

24. The Holy Bible, Manic Street Preachers

25. Bat Out Of Hell, MeatLoaf

26. Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’ Roses

27. Employment, Kaiser Chiefs

28. Rubber Soul, The Beatles

29. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

30. The Libertines, The Libertines

31. Urban Hymns, The Verve

32. American Idiot, Green Day

33. A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay

34. Parklife, Blur

35. Thriller, Michael Jackson

36. The Wall, Pink Floyd

37. Automatic For The People, R.E.M.

38. Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand

39. Tubular Bells, Mike Oldfield

40. Achtung Baby, U2

41. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd

42. Exile On Main Street, The Rolling Stones

43. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel

44. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin

45. Parallel Lines, Blondie

46. Brothers In Arms, Dire Straits

47. Blood On The Tracks, Bob Dylan

48. Hunky Dory, David Bowie

49. X&Y, Coldplay

50. Who’s Next, The Who

51. Hopes And Fears, Keane

52. Parachutes, Coldplay

53. Arrival, Abba

54. Different Class, Pulp

55. The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground

56. Forever Changes, Love

57. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye

58. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones

59. Elephant, The White Stripes

60. Doolittle, Pixies

61. Absolution, Muse

62. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John

63. Sheer Heart Attack, Queen

64. Come On Over, Shania Twain

65. Sign ’o’ The Times, Prince

66. Ten, Pearl Jam

67. Kasabian, Kasabian

68. Dookie, Green Day

69. Origin Of Symmetry, Muse

70. Hounds Of Love, Kate Bush

71. Blonde On Blonde, Bob Dylan

72. All Mod Cons, The Jam

73. Blue, Joni Mitchell

74. White Blood Cells, The White Stripes

75. Dog Man Star, Suede

76. Metallica (the Black Album), Metallica

77. Dare!, Human League

78. Closer, Joy Division

79. In Utero, Nirvana

80. Back In Black, AC/DC

81. Funeral, Arcade Fire

82. Up All Night, Razorlight

83. Ray Of Light, Madonna

84. Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen

85. Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin

86. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, Arctic Monkeys

87. A Day At The Races, Queen

88. The Lexicon Of Love, ABC

89. Spice, Spice Girls

90. Violator, Depeche Mode

91. Final Straw, Snow Patrol

92. Electric Warrior, T. Rex

93. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette

94. Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division

95. Kid A, Radiohead

96. Out Of The Blue, Electric Light Orchestra

97. The Smiths, The Smiths

98. Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix

99. Rage Against The Machine, Rage Against The Machine

100. Hotel California, Eagles

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