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cleb9200

Climbing Up The Walls, that climax is total fire


weltron3030

Seeing it live is transcendent. Thom screaming into his acoustic.


Lu4n264

The last part of Exit Music and the Rain dooown in paranoid android


tom_tp_tp

That but fucks me up everytime


Haydon54

For me this is the best moment in Radiohead's discography. Hands down


peachgravy

I second How To Disappear Completely and I want to throw in All I Need.


letdown105

let down at that one part


Carsonbroz4

"I get eaten by the worms" in Weird Fishes/Arpeggi


exileondaytonst

The moment of clarity emerging from the madness in How To Disappear Completely. There’s nothing like it.


shadowpapi9890

It’s out of this world


Fish_Smell_Bad

Came here to say exactly this. I think how to disappear is the only song I've ever cried to on my first listen.


1arvest6

When the drums come in in exit music. Never disappoints, chills every time


Musicguy1982

Or when the drums come in on Pyramid Song


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denoducotjes

The daily mail right after "You got away with it, but we lie in wait" that part is fkn awsome


DogThatAbductUrMum

Wake me up in Separator


exileondaytonst

Such a beautiful song. From the "I fell open" line onward, it's just a transcendent song.


CountJohn12

Closing guitar solo in Just. HM's to the string breakdown Tinker Tailor and the last minute and a half or so of Reckoner.


weltron3030

The raindrops x47


Right-Peak-9642

One of their best "banger" type songs for sure


lazyf-inirishman

"Aaaaannnnddd nnnnoooooowwwww we are one in everlaaaasting peeeeaaaccce."


macinnis

Is Let Down allowed in this contest? The greatest climax in *any* song, not just Radiohead.


mr-mcdoogal

There, There when Jonny’s guitar solo starts.


Mountainflowers11

💯… and the way he drags out the word “there…”


Lonesome_One

When the oooohOOOOHHoooohh hits in Present Tense


Impossible_Eye7900

Ful Stop


Clayish

All I Need drums


black_fractals

The bride and post-bridge guitar freakout at the end of Bodysnatchers


cooley013

All I Need and Decks Dark that bass line hits to hard


Least_Discipline_949

Obvious one but “for a minute there” in Karma Police


Roaming_Dinosaur

Jigsaw for sure


smekmaskin

some great ones already mentioned here (climbing up the walls stan) but i love how the strings in burn the witch build up towards the climax at the end - its like the more sinister edges of the strings present throughout the choruses (mainly) finally accumulate and explode


NorthpawreteP

I love to climax with Exit Music.


Musicguy1982

The solo into the last chorus of The Tourist hits pretty hard


spacemanzapp

We riiiiiide toonnnniiiiggghhttt


waspglop

Let Down when the background vocals hit the falsetto around 4:07


Former-Jaguar9859

TRIED TO SAYYYYYYY!!!!


OffensiveBranflakes

When the harp hits in Motion Picture.


OniKagura001

From Pablo honey, blow out obviously and prove yourself Bends is planet telex Ok computy is all of the tracks lol, especially airbag. When the main riff comes back it’s glorious. Climbing up with thoms scream, lucky with the epic solo at the end, tourist with the final chorus. Kid a is probably self titled and optimistic Amnesiac is pyramid song with those epic strings, YAWA no need to explain and glasshouse's ONLYYYYYY httt is sit up stand down, there there of course, myxomatosis from my thoughts are misguided and wolf at the door with the howling I love all I need climax from IR, song is essentially a different take on YAWA, reckoned and jigsaw also have epic climaxes Give up the ghost and separator have beautiful endings both From AMSP decks dark is probably my favorite, their most haunting and somber climax ever, I also love daydreamings ending before the creepy muttering, ful stop is cool too, tinker tailor with those epic strings too and TLW when the piano goes harder after the crazy kitten smile line


Guitar123029

All I need, 2+2=5, climbing up the wall, there there and exit music for a film


PublicDealer

Really digging the one in Optimistic recently


hainsworth03

you go to hell forrr whattt your dirty mind iiiiiiiis thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinkinnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!


Affectionate_Way_805

Radiohead song: All I need - does anything need to be said about this one? Radiohead song: Climbing Up the Walls - when Thom does that scream at the end, it still gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Non-Radiohead/Thom-only song: Rabbit in Your Headlights - this UNKLE-produced track is one of my favorites because of the incredible second half when Thom sings with such conviction and emotion that builds up to a sweet release. It's a shame that more Radiohead fans aren't into the track as it's a very powerful piece and IMO one of the best things Yorke has been involved with.


Virgogirl909

Exit Music omg chills


Meta-Johnny

Jigsaw


megagirlboss69

HeeeeeEEEEEEEYYYYY MAAAAAAN SLOW DOOOOOWWWWN after the guitar solo in The Tourist


pyromaniac4002

You and Whose Army?


BAMFlicious

“Strooooobe lights and blown speakers. Fire works and huuuuuuuuuricanes. I’M NOT HERE!” That I’m not here always gets me a little emotional and it’s just so screamable.


NecroEinherjar

Horns in Life in a Glasshouse


outofideaa

Gotta go with the moment of clarity in HTDC and the absolutely nutso drums from Weird Fishes and Jigsaw


Honolulu_Hurricane

The layered vocals in Verse 3 of Let Down


Nearby_Stress1902

Let Down!


-BreadedChicken-

Karma police


hippybre

Street spirit


dammsoto

The end of blow out


Phunners

Exit Music or, maybe weird choice, the end to Nude (if you can even call that a climax)


Forward_Professor479

The beat goes round and round…. THE BEAT GOES ROUND AND ROUND


ICannotCountTo2

Bulletproof


Darius_Cravens

The moment I saw this question - I instantly thought of the island of calm at the end of How To Disappear Completely, so it has to be that. Close 2nd - the way "There There" demolishes all of creation.


Clevergirlphysicist

Jigsaw when he gets into “wish away the nightmare”


theresthezinger

ALL I NEED is the best Radiohead climax and there is absolutely no contest.


Cadmus_Sound

The "scat" outro in Nude is a personal favourite. The guitar ambience and strings merge so well with the layered vocals.


SeDO4

Emotionally, there are too many songs, but for the sake of not saying what everyone else is saying: Last Flowers. "It's too much, too bright, too powerful". Musically, just for jamming out: Optimistic. Right at the end after the "I'd really like to help you man" line. Everything just clicks and I start floating.


aloetwentythree

Creep :)


Mysterious_Aide_8870

From each album: Pablo Honey- Stop Whispering, Blow Out, Creep (coincidentally my 3 favourite songs on the album, in that order) The Bends- I know there's at least one I love on this album, but I can't think of any off the top of my head. OK Computer- Exit Music, Climbing Up the Walls, The Tourist Kid A- Can't think of any. Amnesiac- Knives Out, You And Whose Army? Hail To The Thief- Sit Down. Stand Up. In Rainbows- Nude The King Of Limbs- Every climax on the album A Moon Shaped Pool- Again, every climax on the album.


Former-Jaguar9859

There’s literally tons on Kid A! Everything in its right place - “tried to say!!” Perfect build up and perfect release The National Anthem - When it cuts to just the horns at the end. Sensational. How To Disappear Completely - Whole song is a bloody climax but when all the mess cuts out towards the end and it’s just Thom’s wailing is blissful Optimistic - You can’t tell me that last part of Optimistic right before the tacked on but at the end that transitions you into In Limbo isn’t an absolute climax of everything we just heard. If you don’t believe me, watch any live performance of the song and watch as all five of them go absolutely crazy at the end of the song. Superb! Morning Bell - The 2 minute long build up after “Cut the Kids in half” is a huge climax that caps of the song perfectly Motion Picture Soundtrack - “I will see you in the next life” then the harps and the resounding G major chord caps the entire album off in such an orgasmic way. Listen to more Kid A! There’s tons of these moments to be found and respected


vfuo

Ful Stop Karma Police Exit Music Motion Picture Soundtrack My Iron Lung Creep 🤢🤢🤢 Are really good choices but my absolute favourite has to be: LIFE IN A GLASSHOUSE


denoducotjes

Ofcourse id like to sit around and chat about how awsome Life in a Glasshouse


Killuminati_19

The Daily Mail and Optimistic


NewCope

Fake Plastic Trees, HTDC, Exit Music, Lucky, All I Need, The Bends


PJRummyMan

Exit Music or Let Down


RamiHN

Fake Plastic Trees and Let Down


b_le9992

Last chorus of Let Down; ending of All I Need; last verse of Jigsaw; Exit Music "We hope your rules and wisdom choke you"; solos in Paranoid Android; build up and solo at the end of Lucky. Just so many good ones to choose from.


6point3cylinder

All I Need, Exit Music, National Anthem, Daydreaming, and Fake Plastic Trees have my favorite climax moments


Witherbrine27

Bridge + last chorus of Just and ending of iron lung


Kaznash12

Reckoner. Right after “Because we separate…”


DeletaTweet

Ful Stop


totototo4579

Probably reckoner


Technicalhotdog

Not saying it's my very favorite, but I'm surprised not to see "Paying attention" from 2+2=5


CescilTerwiliger69

There there when it goes into “we are accidents waiting to happen”


ironlung311

All I Need. The restrained emotions erupt and it’s just so powerful


Raskolnikaster

Third verse of “let down”


M3ad0w5

Can’t choose between Exit Music and You and Whose Army. You know the sections I speak of…


durpdez

Exit Music. I don’t think I have to say any more


durpdez

Thom’s crazy wailing in The Bends “To blow me skyyy higggghhhh!! But my baby’s got the beeeeeeennnnnnnddddddsss”


Subpar_Reddit_Poster

Let Down


AdMedium9072

I’ve always had a soft spot for high and dry right at that solo


HDdotMpeg

“… one day, I am gonna grow wings/a chemical reaction/hysterical and useless/HYSTERICAL AND…”


argumentative_one

Polyethylene


Yaboiarb

Exit Music. Holy shit daydreaming when that part kicks in makes me feel like I'm about to have an out of body experience


Non-Alcoholic_Irish

Ending of Exit Music, or the ending of Daily Mail. Both of them have so much build up and such good pay off as well.


Cafecito_o

that part on Idioteque, when it goes all reverse and starts the "first of the children"


Crafty_Phrase1021

Jonny’s guitar in Just


jaysharpesquire

Ugh. Cliches abound but it'd have to be Paranoid Android


A_M_P_G_14

Jigsaw falling into place it’s great


PaperOpening4413

Nude: where Thom holds that one note


WillSwan7

Ending of Karma Police, sounds like massive radio static until the radio catches on fire in the car and burns


musicdude728

Exit music (for a film) for sure


bkonstruktiv

Drums kicking in during pyramid song


ClassyJeffrey

Morning Bell


Ooowoah-Victoria

Jigsaw Falling into Place Ful Stop Sit Down Stand Up


Arugula_Reasonable

Since I haven’t seen this mentioned yet… Bangers + Mash. Back into your SoOoUuUullll. I’ll never forget listening to it the first time thinking it was a more straightforward rock sound and less experimental, and then that part came on immediately challenging that notion.


SnooRegrets8782

Mine


Additional_Ad_7502

When the “get me out of here” harmonies come in on no surprises💧


cargusbralem

You and Whose Army? When the drums kick in along with the piano chord, it obliterates me.


Big-Letterhead132

I have a lot, but probably There There "Why so Green and lonely who sent you here to me"


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The "I will see you in the next life" bit in Motion Picture Soundtrack