Top Descriptor Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
51
Prince and The Revolution Purple Rain Film Soundtrack Pop Rock, Synth Funk 1984
2
178
The Original Soundtrack Saturday Night Fever Film Soundtrack Disco 1977
3
185
Curtis Mayfield Superfly Film Soundtrack Chicago Soul, Funk 1972
4
246
The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! Satire Experimental Rock 1966
5
270
The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money Satire Experimental Rock 1968
6
588
Various Artists A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records/Phil Spector Christmas Music Brill Building, Girl Group 1963
7
625
Prince and The Revolution Parade Film Soundtrack Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul 1986
8
660
Various Artists Woodstock Film Soundtrack Contemporary Folk, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1970
9
944
The Original Broadway Cast West Side Story Show Tunes 1957
10
1049
Isaac Hayes Shaft Film Score Funk, Soul 1971
11
1060
The Last Poets The Last Poets Poetry 1970
12
1298
Björk Medulla A cappella Art Pop, Experimental 2004
13
1796
Art Ensemble of Chicago Les Stances a Sophie Film Soundtrack Avant-Garde Jazz 1970
14
1847
Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here Spoken Word 2010
15
1890
Ennio Morricone C'era una volta il West / Once Upon a Time in the West Film Score Spaghetti Western 1968
16
1922
Linton Kwesi Johnson Forces of Victory Dub Poetry 1979
17
1937
Miles Davis Ascenseur pour l'échafaud/Jazz Track Film Score Cool Jazz 1958
18
1968
Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi Film Score Minimalism 1983
19
1994
Linton Kwesi Johnson Bass Culture Dub Poetry 1980
20
2107
The Original London Concept Recording Jesus Christ Superstar Show Tunes Rock Opera 1970
21
2110
The Residents The Third Reich 'n' Roll Musical Parody, Satire Experimental Rock 1976
22
2145
The Original Soundtrack West Side Story Film Soundtrack, Show Tunes 1961
23
2195
Ennio Morricone Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo / The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Film Score Spaghetti Western 1966
24
2321
Air The Virgin Suicides Film Score Ambient Pop 2000
25
2343
Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn Television Music Jazz Pop 1959
26
2376
The Original Broadway Cast My Fair Lady Show Tunes 1956
27
2379
Angelo Badalamenti Soundtrack from Twin Peaks Television Music Ambient Pop, Dark Jazz 1990
28
2410
The Original Soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? Film Soundtrack American Folk Music, Country 2000
29
2424
The Last Poets This Is Madness Poetry 1971
30
2526
The Fugs The Village Fugs/The Fugs' First Album Beat Poetry Folk Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Folk 1965
31
2565
The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers Film Soundtrack Rhythm & Blues 1980
32
2599
The Original Broadway Cast Kiss Me Kate Show Tunes 1949
33
2699
Peter Gabriel Passion (Music for The Last Temptation of Christ) Film Score Ambient, New Age, Regional Music 1989
34
2700
Ry Cooder Paris, Texas Film Score Acoustic Blues 1985
35
2713
The Residents Commercial Album Satire Art Pop 1980
36
2751
The Original Broadway Cast Hair Show Tunes Psychedelic Pop 1968
37
2810
Elvis Presley King Creole Film Soundtrack Rock & Roll 1958
38
2853
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu Mbube Nguni Folk Music 1987
39
2892
John Cage Indeterminacy Spoken Word Indeterminacy 1959
40
2942
Marvin Gaye Trouble Man Film Soundtrack Soul 1972

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Duke Ellington Anatomy of a Murder Film Score Big Band 1959
Poet and the Roots Dread, Beat an' Blood Dub Poetry 1978
Barbra Streisand The Broadway Album Show Tunes Standards 1985
Henry Mancini The Pink Panther Film Score Jazz, Lounge 1964
The Beach Boys Surfin' USA Vocal Group Surf Rock 1963
John Williams / The London Symphony Orchestra Star Wars Film Score Orchestral 1977
The Original Motion Picture Cast The Wizard of Oz Film Soundtrack 1956
Vince Guaraldi A Charlie Brown Christmas Christmas Music, Television Music Cool Jazz, Jazz Pop 1965
The Persuasions Chirpin' A cappella, Doo-Wop Soul 1977
The Original Soundtrack The Sound of Music Film Soundtrack, Show Tunes 1965
The "5" Royales Dedicated to You Doo-Wop 1957
Henry Mancini Breakfast at Tiffany's Film Score Lounge 1961
Frank Zappa Joe's Garage, Act 1 Comedy Rock Experimental Rock, Rock Opera 1979
Vangelis Blade Runner Film Score Progressive Electronic, Space Ambient 1994
Prince Graffiti Bridge Film Soundtrack Dance-Pop, Pop Rock, Synth Funk 1990
Tom Waits One from the Heart Film Soundtrack Vocal Jazz 1982
Bob Newhart The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart Stand-up Comedy 1960
The Four Freshmen Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones Vocal Group Vocal Jazz 1955
The Original Broadway Cast Funny Girl Show Tunes 1964
Bonzo Dog Band The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse Comedy Rock, Satire Psychedelic Pop 1968
Bernard Herrmann Taxi Driver OST Film Score Cool Jazz 1976
The Belmonts Cigars, Acappella, Candy Doo-Wop 1972
Various Artists The Bodyguard Film Soundtrack Adult Contemporary, Contemporary R&B 1992
Badly Drawn Boy About a Boy Film Soundtrack Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter 2002
10cc 10cc Comedy Rock Art Pop, Pop Rock, Progressive Pop 1973
Vangelis Chariots of Fire Film Score Progressive Electronic 1981
Linton Kwesi Johnson Tings an' Times Dub Poetry 1991
Brian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks Soundtracks Space Ambient 1983
Various Artists The Rocky Horror Picture Show OST Film Soundtrack Glam Rock, Rock Opera 1975
Elvis Presley Elvis' Christmas Album Christmas Music Gospel, Rock & Roll 1957
Björk Selmasongs: Music from the Motion Picture 'Dancer in the Dark' Film Soundtrack Art Pop 2000
Richard Pryor Bicentennial Nigger Stand-up Comedy 1976
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein Stranger Things OST [Volume 1 & 2] Television Music Synthwave 2016
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas Christmas Music Vocal Jazz 1960
Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2: The Helsinki Concert Comedy Rock Experimental Rock, Jazz-Rock 1988
The Original Broadway Cast Hamilton Show Tunes 2015
OutKast Idlewild Film Soundtrack Hip Hop 2006
Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series Vol. 7 - No Direction Home: The Soundtrack Film Soundtrack Contemporary Folk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2005