Daniel Radcliffe Listened to Radiohead to Prepare for Harry Potter; Music Geeks Pick Their 10 Best Radiohead Songs

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Daniel Radcliffe says he listened to a lot of Radiohead to get into character for shooting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where his character Harry confronts Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), says Access Hollywood.

He also listened to a lot of Hope of the States. "There are certain songs... that I've always gone back to over the years... And I keep going back to them to find Harry," said the 21-year-old.

Speaking of Radiohead, we recently asked a bunch of music geeks what they thought the 10  best Radiohead songs were. Bassist Charles Gray of Far*Out obliges with a list of pop hits and deep cuts, after the jump. What are your favorites? Post them after the jump!

1. "True Love Waits" - Never really released as a studio recording, but every rare time Thom Yorke chooses to sing this song alone at a show, I guarantee tears, with broken hearts instantly littered across the crowd.


2. "Killer Cars" - It never fails to make me cry every time this song is blasting in my car during the line "I couldn't cope if you crashed today, all the things I forgot to say, I'm going out, for a little drive, and it could be the last time you see me alive." This is one of those ideas/themes for a song that makes me jealous that I didn't think of it first. Such a brilliant fast rock song with a wicked guitar solo at the end.


3. "How Can You be Sure?" - I call this the ultimate break up song. When Thom Yorke sings "I don't want you anymore" at the end of this song, I think of past girlfriends that did me dirty and wrong. This is my anthem for them, obviously.


4. "Knives Out" - It's straightforward guitar beauty. If you smoke pot and listen to this, you will be instantly transported into Thom's world, right where he wants you. Then when you get there, he sort of whispers to you in that haunting melody that yes, this is a drug song. And it's about taking drugs. We all took drugs making this. Enjoy yourself, it will be OK. "Look into my eyes, its the only way you'll know I'm telling the truth."


4. "Just" - This song just juices me up and catapults me into oblivion every time I hear it. Even to this day it's got so much tooth and snarl. Plus those guitar solos and jams within this song are just wickedly and sonically so good. Plus I still want to know what that man is whispering to the cop and everyone else while on the sidewalk.


5. "Creep" - A good ingredient for a successful pop song is always adding a curse word in its chorus, to show balls/badassness. From Mumford & Sons "Little Lion Man" to Cee Lo's "Fuck You," it's always a fun one for a drunken party acoustic guitar singalong. I think everyone could relate to this song at one point in their life. It's an anthem that goes beyond a generation. Like "Imagine" by John Lennon, "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor, and "I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd. Am I right? Because I might be wrong. (Pun intended.)


6. "Motion Picture Soundtrack" - I was nuts in love with  the acoustic version of this song before KID A was released and I thought it had such an amazingly sad lyrics that blew me away. To tell a girl that you think she's crazy is genius. Cee-Lo owes Thom royalties for that one. Then they really dressed the song up and took it to another level on KID A. Sometimes I feel like it took away from the sad beauty of the lyrics, but I still love to listen to both versions. Both still beautiful.


7. "Paranoid Android" - Songs within songs are always great. "Band On The Run" by Wings, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "A Day In The Life" by The Beatles. This is just another awesome one to add to that list. Plus that bass line is one of the first ones I learned which made me feel like a bass player and love the song even more. I think all bass players should learn it, because it's so fun to play. Just like "This Charming Man" from the Smiths.


8. "The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy" - The music happening in this song is just out of this world. So wicked. The instrumentation. All the crazy sounds happening at once. I can't believe this was a b-side. It's so innovative. Definitely a song you can escape with, however you enjoy escaping.


9. "Scatterbrain" - Such an undiscussed gem on an album that definitely grew on me. Towards the end of Hail To The Thief, this song just grabs you and pulls you in. It makes you want to park your car, stop where you are, and just sit back and let Thom and Jonny into your soul. This song is a Mani/Pedi, Massage, Spa, first bong hit, cold beer sip, after a stressful day at work all wrapped in one.


10. "Nude" - The soundtrack to heaven. Or drowning. How beautiful is this song? I was a fan of this song even before it came out when it was called "Big Ideas, Don't Get Any." But the finished/polished version on In Rainbows is just genius. It just glues that whole album together and takes that album to "classic" status.
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8 comments
riz3
riz3

YIKES! it's only a damn list...it's either you like or you don't. To each his own...no need to get all serious & disrespectful with it. So much anger...relax and take a chill pill. =)

Stanmarsh11
Stanmarsh11

i thought it was best b sides at first.  quite a surprising list that i very very very strongly disagree with. 

wait...is this a joke?

bentc
bentc

easily, the worst "best radiohead song" list ive ever had the displeasure of coming across. for the songs that should have made the list that did (true love waits, paranoid android, knives out, just, nude, motion picture soundtrack are atleast in top 25), they are listed for all the wrong reasons. knives out isnt a fucking drug song, dipshit. and paranoid android made the list because you learned to play the bass line? congratufuckinglations. and how did "creep" make the list? before im labelled as a over-righteous radiohead fan who dislikes creep solely because thom dislikes creep, no. i dislike creep because it is much more simple, basic, and non-innovative than the rest of radiohead. its shitty pop rock. but to even put it on the list because it uses "fuck" even furthers your self-eroding credibility as a music reviewer/writer/analyist.

PS: killer cars might be in their top 70. enough of your pseudo-emotion. there are no heart wrenching lyrics in the song. he wrote it because he fucking hates driving. not innovative, just catchy.

Girl.In.The.Sky
Girl.In.The.Sky

Oh come on. Not everyone likes what you like either. You should learn something from Aretha Franklin, it's called R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Lille Bose
Lille Bose

get over yourself, it's a subjective list. why don't you make your own list and post it here?

bentc
bentc

the point wasnt a my list vs his list kind of thing. my list would probably suck in most peoples point of view. everyone has a different taste, i was more upset about the captions and anecdotes he listed, explaining his reasoning for his song choosings. most of them were irrelevant.

Asdasdsad
Asdasdsad

there is a hell of a middle ground you are missing the builds up a majority of music reviews, lists, etc. go on rollingstone.com, and find me one review or list that technically analyses the music, or relates every song to a personal experience of the reviewer. you wont find one. and im glad you are dying for my list. would be too hard to come up with one on the spot, but here are my top 10 most played on itunesHow to Disappear CompletelyLotus FlowerEverything in its Right PlaceTrue Love WaitsPyramid SongReckonerLike Spinning Plates (I might be wrong live version)NudeIdiotequeExit Music (For a Film)The problem is, i disagree with my own list. not enough OK CPU. so this really means nothing. and im wasting everyones time. sorry.

Dan Abnormal
Dan Abnormal

you can go either way with why a song is a favorite of yours. You can get ultra geeky and go musician on people.."this song's 3/4 timing, use of minor 7th's, and chord progression boggle my brain" . Or you can go personal experience. "This is the song me and my baby made out to on Halloween" So get over it Bentc. Just share your top 10 with us already. We're dying to know! 

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