Top Ten Ambient Music Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Substrata - Biosphere Substrata - Biosphere

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

2 Endless Falls - Loscil Endless Falls - Loscil

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

3 Eingya - Helios Eingya - Helios

It sounds like the Wii menu. - SammySpore

4 Triple Point - Loscil Triple Point - Loscil

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

5 Submers - Loscil Submers - Loscil
6 Microgravity - Biosphere Microgravity - Biosphere

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

7 Plume - Loscil Plume - Loscil
8 Gas 0095 - Gas Gas 0095 - Gas
9 As the Snow Fell - Iambic2
10 By the Throat - Ben Frost By the Throat - Ben Frost

The Newcomers

? Phaedra - Tangerine Dream Phaedra - Tangerine Dream
? Tim Hecker - Virgins Tim Hecker - Virgins

The Contenders

11 The Plateaux of Mirror - Harold Budd & Brian Eno 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.

12 The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid - Stars of the Lid 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

13 Under These Stars, We'll Sleep Again - Iambic2
14 Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin
15 Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 - Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 - Aphex Twin
16 Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks - Brian Eno 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

17 Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker
18 Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never
19 Dropsonde - Biosphere Dropsonde - Biosphere
20 Insomnia - Biosphere Insomnia - Biosphere
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