The news that Q Magazine could be facing closure – a victim of falling advertising and readers moving online – has been rightly met with dismay by music lovers, for whom the magazine (alongside Melody Maker, Select and other now-defunct titles) has long been essential reading.

According to a report in The Guardian, Bauer Media, which owns the title, is reviewing the future of several of its magazines, saying the current COVID- 19 crisis has exacerbated matters.

“The pandemic and lockdown has further accelerated the trends already affecting the publishing industry,” Chris Duncan, Bauer’s CEO, explained.

The news has made us here at 909originals get all nostalgic, so we’ve decided to put together a playlist based on one of Q’s biggest- selling issues of al time… The 100 Greatest Albums In The Universe issue from February 1998.

Q’s Top 100 Albums issue was released in February 1998


Compiling a top albums list at the height of Britpop was always going to be controversial – Oasis’ Be Here Now places 13th in the list…yes, 13th! – but the majority of the list is compiled of stone cold classics.

Also, we reckon if a similar list was put together today, the top five would largely remain unchanged.

So without further ado, here you are… 100 tracks from 100 top albums, counting down from #100 to #1, over seven and a half hours.

Some classics, some obscure choices, all killer no filler. Enjoy! 🙂


Here’s the full list of albums, for reference purposes… 🙂

Q Magazine The Top 100 Greatest Albums In The Universe [February 1998]

  1. OK Computer – Radiohead
  2. Revolver – The Beatles
  3. Automatic For The People – R.E.M.
  4. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
  5. Nevermind – Nirvana
  6. The Bends – Radiohead
  7. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  8. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis
  9. The Fat Of The Land – The Prodigy
  10. Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
  11. Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers
  12. Abbey Road – The Beatles
  13. Be Here Now – Oasis
  14. Definitely Maybe – Oasis
  15. Achtung Baby – U2
  16. Dummy – Portishead
  17. The Beatles (The White Album) ~The Beatles
  18. Urban Hymns – The Verve
  19. Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette
  20. Parklife – Blur
  21. The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths
  22. Electric Ladyland – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  23. The Joshua Tree – U2
  24. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – David Bowie
  25. Rumours- Fleetwood Mac
  26. Led Zeppelin IV
  27. Screamadelica – Primal Scream
  28. Physicai Graffiti – Led Zeppelin
  29. Melon Collie & The Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins
  30. Never Mind The Bollocks – Sex Pistols
  31. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
  32. London Calling – The Clash
  33. Moseley Shoals – Ocean Colour Scene
  34. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  35. Dog Man Star – Suede
  36. Coming Up – Suede
  37. Different Class – Pulp
  38. Out Of Time – R.E.M.
  39. Blur – Blur
  40. Rubber Soul – The Beatles
  41. The Holy Bible – Manic Street Preachers
  42. Exile On Main Street – The Rolling Stones
  43. Hunky Dory – David Bowie
  44. K – KulaShaker
  45. Blood On The Tracks – Bob Dylan
  46. Stanley Road – Paul Weller
  47. Blonde On Blonde – Bob Dylan
  48. Hounds Of Love – Kate Bush
  49. Dig Your Own Hole – The Chemical Brothers
  50. Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince
  51. Odelay – Beck
  52. Astral Weeks – Van Morrison.
  53. A Northern Soul – The Verve
  54. Ten Pearl – Jam
  55. Woodface – Crowded House
  56. Graceland – Paul Simon
  57. Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
  58. Blue Lines – Massive Attack
  59. New Adventures In Hi- Fi – R.E.M.
  60. Suede – Suede
  61. Pablo Honey – Radiohead
  62. Music For The Jilted Generation ~The Prodigy
  63. In Utero – Nirvana
  64. Harvest – Neil Young
  65. The Wall – Pink Floyd
  66. Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos
  67. Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins
  68. In It For The Money – Supergrass
  69. Let It Bleed ~The Rolling Stones
  70. His’n’Hers – Pulp
  71. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico
  72. BloodSugarSexMagik – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  73. Purple Rain – Prince
  74. Debut – Bjork
  75. Grace ~Jeff Buckley
  76. The Band – The Band
  77. Unplugged In New York – Nirvana
  78. It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah – Black Grape
  79. All Mod Cons – The Jam
  80. Leftism – Leftfield
  81. So – Peter Gabriel
  82. Forever Changes – Love
  83. The Second Coming – The Stone Roses
  84. Bryter Layter – Nick Drak
  85. Low – David Bowie
  86. White On Blonde – Texas
  87. Placebo – Placebo
  88. Songs In The Key Of Life – Stevie Wonder
  89. After The Goldrush – Neil Young
  90. Zooropa – U2
  91. The Tunnel Of Love – Bruce Springsteen
  92. Lexicon Of Love – ABC
  93. The Doors – The Doors
  94. All Change – Cast
  95. Maxinquaye – Tricky
  96. Imperial Bedroom – Eivis Costello
  97. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
  98. Hysteria – Def Leppard
  99. Like A Prayer – Madonna
  100. Otis Blue – Otis Redding

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