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The Best Artists and Bands Without a No. 1 Album

on July 19, 2013, 12:03am
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PJ Harvey

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Here are some credentials for PJ Harvey: four-time Mercury Prize nominee, two-time Mercury Prize winner (only artist to ever do that, and first solo female artist to ever win), Rolling Stone‘s Best New Artist, Best Singer-Songwriter, and Artist of the Year, six-time Grammy nominee, and even an MBE for contribution to British music. All of her albums have reached the top-25 in the UK–half of which hit the top-11—but one never hit #1 anywhere (Rid of Me hit #3 in the UK, and only one, Uh-huh Her, made top-30 in the US). How can someone with so many accolades and so much support never reach that pedestal? She has two albums, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea and Let England Shake, that have been named essential albums and topped year-end lists, but neither reached higher than #25 and #8, respectively. These albums have completely different feelings, one a beautiful pop relationship album and the other a dark treatise on the horrors of war, but like Fiona Apple, Harvey has an endless font of talent from which to draw, and no matter what she’ll shake you.

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