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Song of the day for January 10, 2024

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"Reckoner" by Radiohead, from the 2007 album In Rainbows, topped the US album charts after fans named their price for the digital release and the band sold 122,000 physical copies in the first week. The track received critical acclaim and reached number 74 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been praised for its beauty and virtuoso performances.

Today’s song is from the band Radiohead. The song is Reckoner from the 2007 album In Rainbows. On January 10, 2008, Radiohead topped the US album charts with the physical edition of In Rainbows, after letting fans name their own price for the digital version. The gamble paid off, and the band sold 122,000 physical copies of the album during its first week of release.

“Reckoner” was named one of the best songs of the decade by Pitchfork and NME. Remixes were released by James Holden, Flying Lotus, and Diplo. Radiohead released the separate stems for fans to remix, as they had for their 2008 single “Nude”. “Reckoner” reached number 74 on the UK Singles Chart.

Reviewing the In Rainbows album, Pitchfork wrote that “Reckoner” was not the “most immediate track”, but that after several listens “it reveals itself to be among the most woozily beautiful things the band has ever recorded”. In October 2011, Rolling Stone readers voted it the ninth-best Radiohead song, and NME ranked it the 93rd-best track of the previous 15 years. Pitchfork named it the 254th-greatest song of the decade. In 2020, the Guardian named “Reckoner” the third-best Radiohead song, writing: “At first innocuous, ‘Reckoner’ unspools a full house of virtuoso performances engulfed by Godrich’s winter-blanket production. It soothes then soars.”

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