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Thriller, Ok Computer And Nevermind Triple Whammy In MTV's... Greatest Albums Nominations

Michael Jackson’s multi-million selling album Thriller, Radiohead’s seminal album OK Computer and Nirvana’s legendary rock album Nevermind have all received double nominations from MTV to be named MTV’s Greatest Album Ever.

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).

In a surprise result, Thriller, Nevermind and OK Computer all appear twice in the three channels top tens resulting in a final top 27. Thriller has been voted No.1 in both MTV Base and VH1’s top ten list.

The shortlisted albums have been put forward for a public vote to find the definite MTV’s Greatest Album Ever as voted for by MTV viewers at

Despite their recent Grammy success and appearing in the top 100 for both VH1 and MTV Two, none of Coldplay’s four platinum selling albums have made it to the top 27.

Oasis are the only group to have two albums in the top 27 put to the public vote, after Definitely Maybe made it into the MTV Two top 10 and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory making the VH1 top ten.

Surprise albums in the shortlist include Human League’s Dare described by VH1 panellist Pete Burns as “massively influential” to electro pop, with Pete Robinson from website Popjustice citing the likes of rising star Little Boots being “inspired by Human League”.

Craig David’s debut album Born To Do It also makes an unexpected appearance thanks to the MTV Base top ten. As a panellist for Base’s selection, Craig himself was honoured that his album was chosen alongside huge US stars like Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G. and Kanye West.

“I was a product of my environment when I wrote that album, and I was talking about things relevant to me as a kid. Lyrically I felt people got what I was trying to say and embraced the album as being relevant,” said Craig.

Amy Winehouse’s multi platinum selling second album Back to Black is the only offering from a UK female to make the top 27. Described by VH1 panellist Huey Morgan from The Fun Lovin’ Criminals as “a quintessential album, [Mark] Ronson’s production absolutely made it”, it’s the most recent album to make the top 27.

Made up entirely of US and UK artists, the shortlist includes 15 albums by US music stars to 12 from the UK. And in the great ‘north v south’ UK music debate the north of England has eight albums to the south’s four.

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. Each host will be joined by:

VH1 – Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals), Pete Burns (Dead or Alive), Suggs (Madness) and Peter Robinson (Editor,

MTV Two – Nicky Wire (The Manic Street Preachers), Matthew Murphy (The Wombats), Shaun Keaveney (BBC 6 Music) and Fred Blood-Royale (MTV Two presenter)

MTV Base – Craig David, Jay Sean, DJ Semtex (1 Xtra) and Hattie Collins (editor, Rewind)

To vote for MTV’s Greatest Album Ever go to

Results will be revealed in a simulcast across VH1, MTV Two and MTV Base on 11 April 2009.

The complete list of each channel’s top 10:


10. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black 10. Craig David – Born To Do It
9. Radiohead – OK Computer 9. Mary J Blige – What’s the 411?
8. Nirvana – Nevermind 8. Usher – 8701
7. Morrissey – The Smiths 7. Kanye West – College Dropout
6. Human League – Dare 6. Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner
5. Oasis – (What’s the story) Morning Glory? 5. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
4. U2 – The Joshua Tree 4. Jay Z – The Blueprint
3. Prince – Purple Rain 3. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
2. REM – Automatic for the People 2. Notorious BIG – Ready to Die
1. Michael Jackson – Thriller 1. Michael Jackson – Thriller


10. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s 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


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