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Top 100 Albums

Last updated: June 17, 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. Akron/Family Akron/Family 2005
9. Xiu Xiu A Promise 2003
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. Slint Spiderland 1991
24. Aphrodite's Child 666 1972
25. The Red Crayola The Parable of Arable Land 1967
26. Carla Bley & Paul Haines Escalator over the Hill 1971
27. Avey Tare & Panda Bear Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished 2001
28. Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space 1997
29. The Microphones The Glow, Pt. 2 2001
30. Talk Talk Laughing Stock 1991
31. Current 93 All the Pretty Little Horses 1996
32. Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness 2008
33. Astrobrite Pinkshinyultrablast 2005
34. Flying Saucer Attack Flying Saucer Attack 1993
35. Mercury Rev Boces 1993
36. Fishmans 98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare 1999
37. Tim Buckley Lorca 1970
38. Coil The Ape of Naples 2005
39. Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967
40. Swans Swans Are Dead 1998
41. The Angelic Process Weighing Souls with Sand 2007
42. Albert Ayler Live in Greenwich Village 1967
43. Lisa Germano Geek the Girl 1993
44. Agalloch The Mantle 2002
45. The Black Heart Procession 2 1999
46. Nurse with Wound The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion 1985
47. My Bloody Valentine Loveless 1991
48. Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom 1973
49. The December Sound The Silver Album 2008
50. Black Tape for a Blue Girl Remnants of a Deeper Purity 1996
51. Flotation Toy Warning The Machine that Made Us 2017
52. cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD 2001
53. Burzum Filosofem 1996
54. Current 93 Invocations of Almost 2019
55. Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets 1968
56. Big Blood Big Blood & the Bleedin' Hearts 2009
57. Foetus Interruptus Thaw 1988
58. Sunn O))) & Boris Altar 2006
59. Tindersticks Tindersticks 1993
60. Codeine Frigid Stars 1990
61. Sigur Rós Ágætis byrjun 1999
62. Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail 1985
63. Xiu Xiu Knife Play 2002
64. Soft Machine Third 1970
65. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited 1965
66. The Jazz Composer's Orchestra The Jazz Composer's Orchestra 1968
67. The Angels of Light How I Loved You 2001
68. Scott Walker The Drift 2006
69. Sun Ra Lanquidity 1978
70. Pärson Sound Pärson Sound 2001
71. Les Rallizes Dénudés Mizutani 1992
72. The Mothers of Invention Uncle Meat 1969
73. Pharoah Sanders Karma 1969
74. Low I Could Live in Hope 1994
75. Tim Buckley Happy Sad 1969
76. Animal Collective Tangerine Reef 2018
77. Henry Knollenberg Neptune IV 2019
78. Mount Eerie Ocean Roar 2012
79. Major Organ and the Adding Machine Major Organ and the Adding Machine 2001
80. King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King 1969
81. Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head 2009
82. Glenn Branca The Ascension 1981
83. Miles Davis Bitches Brew 1970
84. Duster Stratosphere 1998
85. The Spoils of War The Spoils of War 1969
86. Earth Earth 2: Special Low-Frequency Version 1993
87. Pelt Ayahuasca 2001
88. Ween The Mollusk 1997
89. Mercury Rev Yerself Is Steam 1991
90. Godspeed You! Black Emperor F# A# ∞ 1997
91. Built to Spill Perfect from Now On 1997
92. The Peter Brötzmann Octet Machine Gun 1968
93. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde 1966
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. Field Rotation Acoustic Tales 2011
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
... 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