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Top 100 Albums

Last updated: August 16, 2019

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. 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. Boredoms Vision Creation Newsun 1999
15. Sun City Girls 330,003 Crossdressers from Beyond the Rig Veda 1996
16. Flotation Toy Warning Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck 2004
17. Royal Trux Twin Infinitives 1990
18. Red House Painters Down Colorful Hill 1992
19. Jackie-O Motherfucker Flags of the Sacred Harp 2005
20. Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian 2003
21. Joanna Newsom Ys 2006
22. Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven 2000
23. The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money 1968
24. Slint Spiderland 1991
25. Talk Talk Laughing Stock 1991
26. Aphrodite's Child 666 1972
27. The Red Crayola The Parable of Arable Land 1967
28. The Jazz Composer's Orchestra The Jazz Composer's Orchestra 1968
29. Avey Tare & Panda Bear Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished 2001
30. The Microphones The Glow, Pt. 2 2001
31. The Angelic Process Weighing Souls with Sand 2007
32. Current 93 All the Pretty Little Horses 1996
33. Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness 2008
34. Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space 1997
35. Flying Saucer Attack Flying Saucer Attack 1993
36. Mercury Rev Boces 1993
37. Public Enemy Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black 1990
38. Don Cherry Organic Music Society 1972
39. Tim Buckley Lorca 1970
40. Astrobrite Pinkshinyultrablast 2005
41. Coil The Ape of Naples 2005
42. Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967
43. Swans Swans Are Dead 1998
44. Albert Ayler Live in Greenwich Village 1967
45. Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom 1973
46. Lisa Germano Geek the Girl 1993
47. Agalloch The Mantle 2002
48. The Black Heart Procession 2 1999
49. Nurse with Wound The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion 1985
50. My Bloody Valentine Loveless 1991
51. Fishmans 98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare 1999
52. The December Sound The Silver Album 2008
53. Black Tape for a Blue Girl Remnants of a Deeper Purity 1996
54. Flotation Toy Warning The Machine that Made Us 2017
55. cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD 2001
56. Burzum Filosofem 1996
57. John Coltrane & Duke Ellington John Coltrane & Duke Ellington 1963
58. Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets 1968
59. Big Blood Big Blood & the Bleedin' Hearts 2009
60. Foetus Interruptus Thaw 1988
61. Sunn O))) & Boris Altar 2006
62. Tindersticks Tindersticks 1993
63. Codeine Frigid Stars 1990
64. Don Cherry Brown Rice 1975
65. Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail 1985
66. Xiu Xiu Knife Play 2002
67. Soft Machine Third 1970
68. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited 1965
69. The Angels of Light How I Loved You 2001
70. Scott Walker The Drift 2006
71. Sun Ra Lanquidity 1978
72. Pärson Sound Pärson Sound 2001
73. Les Rallizes Dénudés '77 Live 1991
74. The Mothers of Invention Uncle Meat 1969
75. Pharoah Sanders Karma 1969
76. Low I Could Live in Hope 1994
77. Tim Buckley Happy Sad 1969
78. Henry Knollenberg Neptune IV 2019
79. Mount Eerie Ocean Roar 2012
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. Glenn Branca The Ascension 1981
84. Miles Davis Bitches Brew 1970
85. Duster Stratosphere 1998
86. The Spoils of War The Spoils of War 1969
87. Earth Earth 2: Special Low-Frequency Version 1993
88. Pelt Ayahuasca 2001
89. Ween The Mollusk 1997
90. Mercury Rev Yerself Is Steam 1991
91. Godspeed You! Black Emperor F# A# ∞ 1997
92. Built to Spill Perfect from Now On 1997
93. The Peter Brötzmann Octet Machine Gun 1968
94. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral 1994
95. Scott Walker Tilt 1995
96. Bark Psychosis Hex 1994
97. John Coltrane Ascension 1965
98. Giles Corey Giles Corey 2011
99. Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come 1959
100. The Knife Shaking the Habitual 2013

Honorable mentions:


 

... This Heat Deceit 1981
... Macha Macha 1998
... Moonshake Eva Luna 1992
... ROVO Tonic 2001 2002
... Nico Desertshore 1970
... Field Rotation Acoustic Tales 2011
... Suicide Suicide 1977
... The Music Tapes Mary's Voice 2012
... The Mars Volta Frances the Mute 2005