Top 100 Albums

Last updated: September 14, 2018

This list is by no means "complete" or "finished". It is merely a snapshot of my most admired albums at the present moment. If you are a casual music listener, you will have only heard of a handful of these. If you are a more serious music listener, many of these will seem like "classics" or "essentials". These albums are in order by how personally significant they are to me.

# Artist Album Year
1. Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea 1998
2. Swans Soundtracks for the Blind 1996
3. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica 1969
4. Cerberus Shoal The Land We All Believe In 2005
5. The Olivia Tremor Control Black Foliage: Animation Music, Volume 1 1999
6. Akron/Family Akron/Family 2005
7. Faust Faust 1971
8. Xiu Xiu A Promise 2003
9. The Residents Not Available 1978
10. The Microphones Mount Eerie 2003
11. Sun City Girls 330,003 Crossdressers from Beyond the Rig Veda 1996
12. The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico 1967
13. Boredoms Vision Creation Newsun 1999
14. Flotation Toy Warning Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck 2004
15. Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady 1963
16. Royal Trux Twin Infinitives 1990
17. Red House Painters Down Colorful Hill 1992
18. Jackie-O Motherfucker Flags of the Sacred Harp 2005
19. Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian 2003
20. Joanna Newsom Ys 2006
21. Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven 2000
22. The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money 1968
23. The Black Heart Procession 2 1999
24. Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space 1997
25. Slint Spiderland 1991
26. The Microphones The Glow, Pt. 2 2001
27. The Red Crayola The Parable of Arable Land 1967
28. Avey Tare & Panda Bear Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished 2000
29. Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness 2008
30. Talk Talk Laughing Stock 1991
31. Current 93 All the Pretty Little Horses 1996
32. Flying Saucer Attack Flying Saucer Attack 1993
33. Mercury Rev Boces 1993
34. Tim Buckley Lorca 1970
35. Lisa Germano Geek the Girl 1994
36. Astrobrite Pinkshinyultrablast 2005
37. Swans Swans Are Dead 1998
38. The Angelic Process Weighing Souls with Sand 2007
39. Fishmans 98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare 1999
40. Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967
41. Pelt Ayahuasca 2001
42. Albert Ayler Live in Greenwich Village 1967
43. Nurse with Wound The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion 1985
44. Coil The Ape of Naples 2005
45. My Bloody Valentine Loveless 1991
46. Nadja Touched 2007
47. Big Blood Big Blood & the Bleedin' Hearts 2008
48. Flotation Toy Warning The Machine that Made Us 2017
49. cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD 2001
50. Sunn O))) & Boris Altar 2006
51. Newt Grundy No Milk of Rodent Kindness 2017
52. Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom 1974
53. Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets 1968
54. Carla Bley & Paul Haines Escalator over the Hill 1971
55. Foetus Interruptus Thaw 1988
56. Burzum Filosofem 1996
57. The December Sound The Silver Album 2008
58. The Jazz Composer's Orchestra The Jazz Composer's Orchestra 1968
59. Bark Psychosis Hex 1994
60. Codeine Frigid Stars 1990
61. Duster Stratosphere 1998
62. Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail 1985
63. Xiu Xiu Knife Play 2002
64. Soft Machine Third 1970
65. The For Carnation The For Carnation 1998
66. The Angels of Light How I Loved You 2001
67. Scott Walker The Drift 2006
68. The Mothers of Invention Uncle Meat 1969
69. William Basinski The Disintegration Loops 2003
70. Pearls Before Swine Balaklava 1968
71. Tim Buckley Happy Sad 1969
72. Low I Could Live in Hope 1994
73. Henry Knollenberg Uranian Outpost // The Odyssey of Johnny Cool // SUBJECT TITLE 657-681 2016
74. Mount Eerie Ocean Roar 2012
75. Sun Ra Lanquidity 1978
76. Pärson Sound Pärson Sound 2001
77. Earth Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version 1993
78. Dedalus Dedalus 1973
79. The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 2011
80. Major Organ and the Adding Machine Major Organ and the Adding Machine 2001
81. King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King 1969
82. Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head 2009
83. Current 93 Thunder Perfect Mind 1992
84. Butthole Surfers Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac 1984
85. The Spoils of War The Spoils of War 1969
86. Ween The Mollusk 1997
87. Mercury Rev Yerself Is Steam 1991
88. Built to Spill Perfect from Now On 1997
89. Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island 1996
90. The Peter Brötzmann Octet Machine Gun 1968
91. Merzbow Sphere 2005
92. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral 1994
93. Godspeed You! Black Emperor F# A# ∞ 1997
94. Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults in the Radio Age 2009
95. John Coltrane Ascension 1965
96. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited 1965
97. Giles Corey Giles Corey 2011
98. Frank Zappa Lumpy Gravy 1967
99. Field Rotation Acoustic Tales 2011
100. The Knife Shaking the Habitual 2013

Honorable mentions:


 

... This Heat Deceit 1981
... Spidercake Spidercake II 2017
... The Residents Eskimo 1979
... Sun Ra Atlantis 1969
... Macha Macha 1998
... Moonshake Eva Luna 1992
... ROVO Tonic 2001 2002
... Nico Desertshore 1970
... Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come 1959
... Suicide Suicide 1977
... The Music Tapes Mary's Voice 2012
... The Mars Volta Frances the Mute 2005