OK Computer

Label
EMI UK
Release date
1 Mar 2003
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
53:23

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Airbag 4:44 899,748
2 Paranoid Android 6:23 1,245,363
3 Subterranean Homesick Alien 4:27 798,764
4 Exit Music (for a Film) 4:26 832,035
5 Let Down 4:59 861,164
6 Karma Police 4:21 1,485,632
7 Fitter Happier 1:57 661,846
8 Electioneering 3:50 715,489
9 Climbing Up the Walls 4:45 719,342
10 No Surprises 3:49 1,183,752
11 Lucky 4:18 835,206
12 The Tourist 5:24 659,868

About this album

OK Computer is the third album by the English band Radiohead, released in . It reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart and marked Radiohead’s highest entry into the American market at the time, where it debuted at #21. OK Computer expanded the band’s worldwide popularity, becoming the last Radiohead album to have a delayed release outside of the United Kingdom. As of 2007, it has been certified triple platinum in the UK and double platinum in the US. OK Computer included the singles “Paranoid Android”, “Karma Police” and “No Surprises”.

The album was recorded in rural Oxfordshire and Bath, England with Nigel Godrich, who would work with the band on all their future recordings. Although OK Computer was dominated by guitar, its expansive sound and wide range of influences set it apart from many of the and bands popular at the time, laying the groundwork for Radiohead’s later, more work. The lyrics, by Thom Yorke, and the album’s artwork by Yorke and frequent collaborator Stanley Donwood, emphasised themes such as consumerism, social disconnection, political stagnation and modern malaise, though the band denied they set out to make a concept album.


Upon its release, OK Computer received almost unanimously positive reviews. Consensus among critics was that the album was a landmark of its time and would have far-reaching impact and importance.

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