Top Ten Ambient Music Albums


The Top Ten

1 Substrata - Biosphere

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

2 Endless Falls - Loscil

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

3 Eingya - Helios

It sounds like the Wii menu. - SammySpore

4 Triple Point - Loscil

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

5 Submers - Loscil
6 The 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

7 Microgravity - Biosphere

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

8 By the Throat - Ben Frost
9 Tim Hecker - Virgins
10 Plume - Loscil

The Contenders

11 Gas 0095 - Gas
12 An Empty Bliss Beyond This World - The Caretaker
13 Ambient 4: On Land - Brian Eno
14 As the Snow Fell - Iambic2
15 And Their Refinement of the Decline - Stars of the Lid
16 Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker
17 The 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.

18 Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin
19 Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never
20 Under These Stars, We'll Sleep Again - Iambic2
21 Ashra - New Age of Earth

Not a new age album! Emerging from the Krautrock scene of the early 70s, this ambient album is space music at it's best. Part electronic, part acoustic, warm and sad at the same time and immensely enjoyable.

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22 Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 - Aphex Twin
23 Apollo: 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

24 The Disintegration Loops - William Basinski
25 The Endless River - Pink Floyd
26 Dropsonde - Biosphere
27 Insomnia - Biosphere
28 Reachy Prints - Plaid
29 Necronomicon - Nox Arcana
30 The Slip - Nine Inch Nails
31 Electric Tears - Buckethead
32 Electric Sea - Buckethead
33 Ambient 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

34 Ghosts I-IV - Nine Inch Nails
35 No Pussyfooting - Fripp & Eno
36 Chill Out - The KLF

It's all in the name!

37 Stealth - SleepResearch_Facility
38 Stalker - Robert Rich & B. Lustmord
39 World of Sleepers - Carbon Based Lifeforms
40 Love Knows Where - Hakobune
41 Haunt Me - Tim Hecker
42 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
43 Phaedra - Tangerine Dream
44 Pop - Gas
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Top Remixes

1. Tim Hecker - Virgins
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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