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post May 11 2016, 09:32 PM
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Radiohead's Official Top 10 biggest selling singles
11 May 2016
By Rob Copsey


In their 23 years together, they've pushed musical boundaries and constantly evolved their sound; largely to critical acclaim as well as plenty of success on the Official Charts.

To date, they've amassed 17 Top 40 singles and 12 Top 10 albums (five of which hit Number 1) - not too shabby for a band who are essentially the antithesis of the mainstream. But which songs in their vast catalogue are the most popular? With their latest album A Moon Shaped Pool eyeing the top spot on this week's Official Chart, we've counted down Radiohead's Top 10 best sellers. And the Top 3 are...

3. No Surprises (1998)

The third and final single from their third album OK Computer, the story goes that No Surprises was the first song Radiohead recorded for the collection, and it's the first take of the song that made the final cut. "We did endless versions afterwards," Thom Yorke said, "And they were all just covers of the first version. So we gave up and went back to [the original]."

One of the band's more accessible songs, No Surprises peaked at Number 4 on the Official Singles Chart in January 1998 and is Radiohead's third biggest seller in the UK, having sold just shy of 160,000 copies.

2. Paranoid Android (1997)

The band's second biggest selling single goes to Paranoid Android, the lead single from their 1997 album OK Computer. In classic Radiohead fashion, they didn't play things safe with the track, which clocks in at over six minutes long and saw them experimenting with the idea of fusing three different songs together, each written by a different member of the band. It was a risk that paid off; the song landed at Number 3 in June 1997 and has shifted 195,500 copies to date.

With the title taking its name from Marvin the Paranoid Android of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, the song is described by bassist Colin Greenwood as "just a joke, a laugh, getting wasted together over a couple of evenings and putting some different pieces together." Rock 'n' roll!

1. Creep (1993)

For Radiohead's best selling single, you have to go all the way back to the beginning. Creep was first released in September 1992 as their debut single, but it didn't become a worldwide hit until almost exactly a year later. Why you ask? Well, there are a few theories, including suggestions that their label EMI weren't too keen on it at first and Radio 1 wouldn't play it because it was "too depressing".

Despite that, the song went on to become a hit across Europe and America, leading them to re-issue it in the UK, where it landed at Number 7 on the Official Singles Chart.

Whether they had a personal dislike of the song or they feared becoming a one-hit wonder, the band dropped Creep from their tour setlist in the '90s and have only played it live a handful of times since.

Still, that hasn't stopped it becoming a firm favourite among fans. The song has re-entered the chart numerous times in the years since its release (check out its full chart run here) and it's far-and-away their biggest seller at just over 390,000 copies sold to date.

Check out Radiohead's Official Top 10 biggest selling singles below:

TITLE PEAK YEAR
1 CREEP 7 1993
2 PARANOID ANDROID 3 1997
3 NO SURPRISES 4 1998
4 KARMA POLICE 8 1997
5 STREET SPIRIT (FADE OUT) 5 1996
6 HIGH & DRY 17 1995
7 FAKE PLASTIC TREES 20 1995
8 PYRAMID SONG 5 2001
9 JUST 19 1995
10 THERE THERE 4 2003

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Radiohead's biggest albums

When it comes to Radiohead's albums, their 1997 chart-topper OK Computer leads the way with 1.53 million copies sold, followed by 1995's The Bends. It might be one of their few studio albums to top the Official Chart, but it has spent a staggering 203 weeks in the Top 100, giving it overall sales of 1.24 million.

Their debut album - their lowest peaking at 22 - Pablo Honey is their third biggest seller, followed by 2000's Kid A at 4 and 2003's Hail To The Thief at 5.
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I did not expect Creep to have sold twice as much as Paranoid Android. And for Pablo Honey to be their third best seller - although it probably sold well in the latter half of the 90s as fans of The Bends and OK Computer investigated it.

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Surely they've been together more than 23 years if they were releasing music in 1992 biggrin.gif
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Fact: Despite how depressing it sounds, 'Creep' is actually one of my absolute favourite songs of all-time wub.gif the chord changes are to DIE for.

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'No Surprises' is my favourite of theirs, good to see it in the top 3.
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Bump as the OCC have re-published the article, but forgot to update sales.
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'Creep' is actually my favourite song of all-time wub.gif it sounds amazing at the end of a night when you're really drunk (well it does to me anyway).

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Can't say I've ever heard 'Creep' on a night out but I could imagine it would sound incredible with everyone singing along to the final moments.

(okay, it would probably sound bad but it would be a fun and uniting moment!)
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QUOTE(liamk97 @ Jun 22 2017, 11:39 AM) *
Can't say I've ever heard 'Creep' on a night out but I could imagine it would sound incredible with everyone singing along to the final moments.

(okay, it would probably sound bad but it would be a fun and uniting moment!)

I don't necessarily mean in a bar or club (although it depends what kind of clubs you go to) but just when you get home or at your mate's or whatever.
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Ah fair enough. Might have to recommend it next time I'm out drinking with friends!
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