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Top 80 Albums

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 "classic" or "essentials". These albums are in order by how personally significant they are to me. See also my Top Films List.

# 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. Faust Faust 1971
7. The Residents Not Available 1978
8. Carla Bley & Paul Haines Escalator over the Hill 1971
9. Akron/Family Akron/Family 2005
10. Xiu Xiu A Promise 2003
11. The Microphones Mount Eerie 2003
12. The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico 1967
13. Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady 1963
14. Sun City Girls 330,003 Crossdressers from Beyond the Rig Veda 1996
15. Flotation Toy Warning Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck 2004
16. Royal Trux Twin Infinitives 1990
17. Red House Painters Down Colorful Hill 1992
18. Aphrodite's Child 666 1972
19. Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d City 2012
20. Boredoms Vision Creation Newsun 1999
21. Talk Talk Laughing Stock 1991
22. Joanna Newsom Ys 2006
23. Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven 2000
24. Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein 2001
25. The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money 1968
26. Slint Spiderland 1991
27. The Red Crayola The Parable of Arable Land 1967
28. The Microphones The Glow, Pt. 2 2001
29. The Jazz Composer's Orchestra The Jazz Composer's Orchestra 1968
30. Avey Tare & Panda Bear Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished 2000
31. Coil The Ape of Naples 2005
32. Jackie-O Motherfucker Flags of the Sacred Harp 2005
33. Current 93 All the Pretty Little Horses 1996
34. Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness 2008
35. dälek From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots 2002
36. Albert Ayler Live in Greenwich Village 1967
37. Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian 2003
38. Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space 1997
39. The Angelic Process Weighing Souls with Sand 2007
40. Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967
41. Tim Buckley Lorca 1970
42. Astrobrite Pinkshinyultrablast 2005
43. My Bloody Valentine Loveless 1991
44. Dogbowl Cyclops Nuclear Submarine Captain 1991
45. Don Cherry Eternal Rhythm 1969
46. Mercury Rev Boces 1993
47. Swans Swans Are Dead 1998
48. Venetian Snares Rossz Csillag Alatt Született 2005
49. The Avalanches Since I Left You 2000
50. Black Tape for a Blue Girl Remnants of a Deeper Purity 1996
51. Fishmans 98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare 1999
52. cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD 2001
53. Divine Styler Spiral Walls Containing Autumns of Light 1992
54. The Black Heart Procession 2 1999
55. Flying Saucer Attack Flying Saucer Attack (Rural Psychedelia) 1993
56. Nurse with Wound The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion 1985
57. Foetus Interruptus Thaw 1988
58. Burzum Filosofem 1996
59. Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head 2009
60. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited 1965
61. Soft Machine Third 1970
62. Scott Walker The Drift 2006
63. Xiu Xiu Knife Play 2002
64. Sunn O))) & Boris Altar 2006
65. Arthur Russell World of Echo 1986
66. Lisa Germano Geek the Girl 1993
67. The Angels of Light How I Loved You 2001
68. Agitation Free Malesch 1972
69. Sun Ra Lanquidity 1978
70. Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom 1974
71. Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030 2000
72. Tindersticks Tindersticks 1993
73. The Knife Shaking the Habitual 2013
74. The Music Tapes Mary's Voice 2012
75. Big Blood Big Blood & the Bleedin' Hearts 2009
76. Frank Ocean Blonde 2016
77. Flotation Toy Warning The Machine that Made Us 2017
78. King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King 1969
79. Henry Knollenberg Neptune IV 2019
80. Duster Stratosphere 1998