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 By the Throat - Ben Frost
8 Microgravity - Biosphere

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

9 Tim Hecker - Virgins
10 Plume - Loscil

The Newcomers

? Pop - Gas

The Contenders

11 An Empty Bliss Beyond This World - The Caretaker
12 Gas 0095 - Gas
13 Ambient 4: On Land - Brian Eno
14 And Their Refinement of the Decline - Stars of the Lid
15 As the Snow Fell - Iambic2
16 Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker
17 Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never
18 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.

19 Under These Stars, We'll Sleep Again - Iambic2
20 Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin
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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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