03/14/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT
Here are four albums by the English alt-rock gods that you need to have in your collection.
Putting a cool, clever twist on Brit pop, this provided the blueprint for other U.K. alt-rock bands like Coldplay. Key track: the beautifully surrealistic ballad "Fake Plastic Trees"
Ahead of its time, this fantastic voyage into the future-and outer space-still makes you feel like a paranoid android. Key track: "Karma Police," a philosophical mind-bender
On this-the second of their three Grammy-winning albums-they explore electronica to dreamy effect. Key track: the otherworldly opener, "Everything in Its Right Place"
This work of art displays all of the band's many colors, from soulful and sexy to rhythmic and rocking. Key track: "Bodysnatchers," a U2-channeling, arena-ready anthem