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 Tim Hecker - Virgins
8 By the Throat - Ben Frost
9 Microgravity - Biosphere

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

10 Plume - Loscil

The Contenders

11 An Empty Bliss Beyond This World - The Caretaker
12 Gas 0095 - Gas
13 Ambient 4: On Land - Brian Eno
14 Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin

This album is great, though it isn't exactly ambient. - Slipperyjack40

15 And Their Refinement of the Decline - Stars of the Lid
16 As the Snow Fell - Iambic2
17 Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker
18 Ambient 1: Music for Airports - Brian Eno

This is one of the best ambient albums I ever heard. If you haven't heard it, you really should. My favorite ambient album is Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume 2. Music for Airports isn't far behind it. I love it's welcoming feel. - Slipperyjack40

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

19 Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never
20 Under These Stars, We'll Sleep Again - Iambic2
21 The Plateaux of Mirror - Harold Budd & Brian Eno

This really is a great album. Its arguably better than Music for Airports. It was put together and mixed very well. It might be Eno's most solid album. Music for Airports beats it by just a little bit though because I like its welcoming atmosphere better. This is also amazing. - Slipperyjack40

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.

22 Ashra - New Age of Earth

More like progressive electronic than ambient. - SammySpore

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.

23 No Pussyfooting - Fripp & Eno
24 Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 - Aphex Twin

This is the best by far. Every song was constructed very well. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 isn't ambient and has no business being on this list. This is real ambient music. - Slipperyjack40

25 Electric Sea - Buckethead
26 Ghosts I-IV - Nine Inch Nails


27 Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks - Brian Eno
28 The Disintegration Loops - William Basinski
29 The Endless River - Pink Floyd
30 Dropsonde - Biosphere
31 Insomnia - Biosphere
32 Reachy Prints - Plaid
33 Necronomicon - Nox Arcana
34 The Slip - Nine Inch Nails
35 Electric Tears - Buckethead
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
45 Low - David Bowie


46 Lifeforms - The Future Sound of London
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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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