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Wednesday, 6 December, 2000, 12:25 GMT
Radiohead rule critics' chart
Radiohead
Critics' choice: Radiohead
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Radiohead's Kid A is the best album of the year, according to a poll of 40 UK music journalists.

The Oxford-based group beat controversial rapper Eminem and alternative act Primal Scream to the top of the chart, compiled for internet retailer Amazon.co.uk.

Critics' top five
Radiohead: Kid A
Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP
Primal Scream: Xtrmntr
Jill Scott: Who is Jill Scott
Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour of Bewilderbeast

Critics taking part in the poll came from an eclectic range of publications including The Guardian, Time Out, NME, Q, Mojo, BBC Music, Melody Maker, Mixmag, Straight No Chaser and Opera Magazine.

The critics' origins are reflected in a wide-ranging list, featuring Madonna's Music at eight, Johnny Cash's Solitary Man at nine and largely-unknown Icelandic electronic fourpiece Mum at number 10 with their Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK.

Some of the year's biggest sellers - Santana's Coldplay's Parachutes (number 11), Robbie Williams' Sing When You're Winning (number 24), and All That You Can't Leave Behind by U2 (number 56), are in the chart.

Primal Scream
Primal Scream's album packed a punch with critics
But they also rub shoulders with classical pianist Murray Perahia's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations (number 15), cult rock act And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead (number 50), country singer Emmylou Harris (number 60), and comedian Chris Morris's Blue Jam compilation (number 64).

A surprise entry comes from 1980s icons A-ha, who scrape into the top 30, with their Minor Earth, Major Sky album coming in at 29. Rock veterans Steely Dan get a mention at 94 for their Two Against Nature record.

These are albums chosen on merit alone according to one critic who took part.

Former Times critic Rob Burrow said: "The albums in this chart have been judged according to the contribution they make to music, not to the contribution they make at the till.

"The results are particularly significant because the albums have been subject to the scrutiny of some of the most respected and informed commentators in the music business."

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