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Oasis beat Beatles to top British album poll

art-and-culture Updated: Feb 19, 2008 17:49 IST

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Rock group Oasis have claimed the top two spots in a poll of Britain's best ever albums released Monday, ahead of iconic albums by The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Oasis's 1994 album

Definitely Maybe

and (What's the Story) Morning Glory from 1996 came number one and number two respectively, according to a survey by


magazine and retailer HMV to find the 50 best ever British albums. Radiohead's OK Computer came in third while the Beatles' Revolver could only finish fourth in the survey of 11,000 people.

Two other albums by Oasis made it to the top 25 -

Don't Believe the Truth

at 14 and

Be Here Now

at 22.

"It's clear that, having polled three times more votes than any other act, Oasis are undoubtedly the nation's most loved band," said Paul Rees, editor of



Rudy Osorio, HMV head of music, added that people are starting to "recognise the iconic appeal of Oasis and the brilliance of Definitely Maybe as an era-defining album."

The full list of 50 British albums was heavily dominated by rock bands, including The Clash, Pink Floyd, Queen and Arctic Monkeys.

Five albums by the Beatles made it onto the list. The only female artist to be included was Amy Winehouse, whose Back to Black came in at number 35.

The top ten:

Definitely Maybe

-- Oasis

(What's the Story) Morning Glory?

-- Oasis

OK Computer

-- Radiohead


-- The Beatles

Stone Roses

-- Stone Roses

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- Beatles

London Calling

-- The Clash

Under the Iron Sea

-- Keane

Dark Side of the Moon

-- Pink Floyd

Urban Hymns -- The Verve