Top Ten Experimental Music Albums that are Challenging to Listen To


The Top Ten

1 Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart

To be honest, this is a classic album that seems to be universally praised, but I just can't get myself to like it. And I figured out what it is: all of the albums on this list lack something essential - may it be melody, conventional singing, structure, instruments, harmony, or even an entire instrumental track - but there is only one thing "Trout Mask Replica" is lacking that makes it so unlistenable: rhythm. It is simply too much for my mind. Even though it took me several listens, I enjoy both "Nunsexmonkrock" by Nina Hagen and "Plastic Ono Band" by Yoko Ono. Both of this album have vocals that are more acrobatic screaming than singing, but this is acting. The backing tracks are extremely chaotic and unconventional but they still have a certain beat and rhythm that make the overall listening experience challenging yet not impossible. But "Trout Mask Replica" has all the instruments, lyrics and vocals, but it's played so anarchically that there is nothing to hold onto. I can't sit ...more - Martin_Canine

2 Nunsexmonkrock - Nina Hagen
3 Grand Guignol - Naked City
4 Plastic Ono Band - Yoko Ono
5 Untitled Unmastered - Kendrick Lamar
6 Wedding Album - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
7 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
8 Biophilia - Bjork
9 The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
10 To Be Kind - Swans

The Contenders

11 A Promise - Xiu Xiu
12 ExMilitary - Death Grips

Definitely nothing like it. - Joelontong

13 Dataplex - Ryoji Ikeda

Side effects of electronic hipsterism #1: I can't trust people who haven't listened to this album calling other music too abrasive. - BlarchBlaces

This album would probably not even be considered music to the majority of TheTopTens. It features tiny snippets of bleeps, sine waves, white noise, and noises that are outside of human hearing.

that's the best I can explain it without actually hearing the whole album - djpenquin999

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15 Yeezus - Kanye West
16 Medulla - Bjork
17 Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz - Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz - Miley Cyrus
18 Metal Box - Public Image Ltd.
19 Ascension - John Coltrane
20 Disco Volante - Mr. Bungle
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