Top Ten Ambient Music Albums

The Top Ten

Substrata - Biosphere Substrata - Biosphere Product Image

This is great stuff. There is just something magical about it that I can't explain. One of if not, the most beautiful album in ambient music. - Slipperyjack40

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

Evening Star - Fripp & Eno Evening Star - Fripp & Eno Product Image
Endless Falls - Loscil Endless Falls - Loscil Product Image

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

Eingya - Helios Eingya - Helios Product Image

It sounds like the Wii menu. - SammySpore

Ashra - New Age of Earth Ashra - New Age of Earth Product Image

This album is beautiful! There is a lot of New Age influence here, that makes it all the better. From the warm first half of the album, to the cold and melancholic second half that is Nightdust, is all amazing. Go check it out, and also check out Ashra. - Slipperyjack40

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.

Triple Point - Loscil Triple Point - Loscil Product Image

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

Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 - Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 - Aphex Twin Product Image

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

Microgravity - Biosphere Microgravity - Biosphere Product Image

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

Ambient 1: Music for Airports - Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music for Airports - Brian Eno Product Image

23? Really? One of the most important ambient albums ever and you put it on 23? Should be at least number 2 or 3.

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

The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid - Stars of the Lid The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid - Stars of the Lid Product Image

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

The Contenders

Submers - Loscil Submers - Loscil Product Image
Ambient 4: On Land - Brian Eno Ambient 4: On Land - Brian Eno Product Image
Tim Hecker - Virgins Tim Hecker - Virgins Product Image
The Plateaux of Mirror - Harold Budd & Brian Eno The Plateaux of Mirror - Harold Budd & Brian Eno Product Image

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.

By the Throat - Ben Frost By the Throat - Ben Frost Product Image
Chill Out - The KLF Chill Out - The KLF Product Image

It's all in the name!

An Empty Bliss Beyond This World - The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World - The Caretaker Product Image
Plume - Loscil Plume - Loscil Product Image
Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks - Brian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks - Brian Eno Product Image
Gas 0095 - Gas Gas 0095 - Gas Product Image
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin Product Image

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

And Their Refinement of the Decline - Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement of the Decline - Stars of the Lid Product Image

The name says it all. It creates this beautiful atmosphere that just makes you wonder how heaven will feel nicer. Amazing ambient work that will never age. - Slipperyjack40

As the Snow Fell - Iambic2
Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972 - Tim Hecker Product Image
Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never Product Image
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