Top Ten Ambient Music Albums


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1Substrata - Biosphere

This album is breathtaking. Total nirvana is achieved through tracks like Antennaria and Kobresia. - PositronWildhawk

2Endless Falls - Loscil

Start with the first track which shares the name, and bliss. - PositronWildhawk

3Eingya - Helios

It sounds like the Wii menu. - SammySpore

4Triple Point - Loscil

How you could not be soothed by any of this, I don't know. - PositronWildhawk

5Submers - Loscil
6By the Throat - Ben Frost
7The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid - Stars of the Lid

Amazing ambient group from my hometown released this beautiful 2001 recording, with some elements of post-rock and some field recordings thrown in. A modern classic of its genre. - Mard

8Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker
9Microgravity - Biosphere

Especially the track "Microgravity", which is beautiful. - PositronWildhawk

10Plume - Loscil

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?Ambient 4: On Land - Brian Eno
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The Contenders

11Ambient 1: Music for Airports - Brian Eno

I am greatly disturbed that this album wasn't already on this list. It's one of the most significant and influential albums of the genre. It came out in 1978, and it's still just as mind blowing. - Mard

12Gas 0095 - Gas
13The Disintegration Loops - William Basinski
14An Empty Bliss Beyond This World - The Caretaker
15As the Snow Fell - Iambic2
16Haunt Me - Tim Hecker
17The Plateaux of Mirror - Harold Budd & Brian Eno

Did NOT invent ambient music; he merely gave it a name! Artists were creating minimalist and ambient music nearly a decade earlier. Listen to Zeit by Tangerine dream (1972) for Dark spacey ambient long before Eno's masterworks.

Brian Eno invented ambient music. At least 5 of his albums should be in the top 20. This album in particular is amazing. - SammySpore

Without Brian Eno none of these other albums would have ever been made. Godfather of ambient and rarely surpassed.

18Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks - Brian Eno

While not an official part of Eno's "Ambient" quadrilogy, it's still a damn good ambient album, with leanings towards dark ambient and even country. Includes the ever popular An Ending (Ascent). - ArchAces

19Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never
20Under These Stars, We'll Sleep Again - Iambic2
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Top Remixes

1. Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker
2. The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid - Stars of the Lid
3. By the Throat - Ben Frost
1. Substrata - Biosphere
2. Endless Falls - Loscil
3. Eingya - Helios



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