10 Greatest Radiohead B-Sides


Radiohead have a glorious collection of albums through which you can spend endless hours delving into.

However, they also have an incredibly extensive array of B-sides and extra songs which never quite made their way to the final cut.

And so here is my favourite 10 Radiohead B-sides (in no particular order).

Down is the New Up

Apparently the band considered this one of the best takes from the In Rainbows sessions but couldn’t find a way to fit it into the album’s structure. At the last moment it was replaced by the eventual promotional single ‘Jigsaw Falling into Place’.


Released as part of a special one off single, ‘Staircase’ is a live cut taken off a From the Basement TV Special celebrating The King of Limbs.

The Butcher

The sole remnant of the  The King of Limbs recording sessions that failed to make its way onto the album. It was hence released for Record Day along with ‘Supercollider’.

The Trickster

Prior to the release of what many consider as Radiohead’s first great album, The Bends, they released the My Iron Lung EP. While ‘My Iron Lung’ was a key track on The Bends, The Trickster’ must too have been in contention.


Another EP cut, this time from Airbag/How Am I Driving? The often incomprehensibly distorted lyrics are a source of translation tension for many Radiohead fans.

How I Made My Millions

A beautiful demo from Thom Yorke’s home (you can hear his partner Rachel doing the dishes in the background). The story goes the rest of the band heard it and could think of no way it could be improved.

Talk Show Host

The most famous Radiohead B-side and famously used as a recurring sound signature in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo And Juliet.

Permanent Daylight

Another take from the My Iron Lung EP, it references one of Radiohead’s initial influences: Sonic Youth.


In my opinion, the only song that could have improved one of Radiohead’s albums. It could have easily have slotted onto Amnesiac but the band were never happy and ended up re-releasing ‘Fog’ a couple of years later as a live acoustic version.

True Love Waits

Radiohead songs have an infamously long digestive period for their songs. For example, the closing song on Kid A (released in 2000), ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’, was written before their breakout hit ‘Creep’ (released in 1992); while the track ‘Nude’ was played on a 1996 tour before the  release of OK Computer, but it took until 2007 and the release of In Rainbows for a studio version to surface.

‘True Love Waits’ was included on the live album I Might Be Wrong and has remained a perennial fan favourite, yet still there has never been a studio version.


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