Top Experimental Rock Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
4
The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground & Nico Art Rock 1967
2
38
Radiohead Kid A Art Rock, Electronic 2000
3
64
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation Alternative Rock, Noise Rock 1988
4
67
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica Art Rock 1969
5
92
Tom Waits Rain Dogs Singer/Songwriter 1985
6
100
David Bowie Low Art Rock 1977
7
126
Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones Singer/Songwriter 1983
8
184
The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat Art Rock, Noise Rock, Proto-Punk 1967
9
227
Portishead Third Electronic 2008
10
233
Public Image Ltd. Metal Box/Second Edition Post-Punk 1979
11
240
Can Tago Mago Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1971
12
246
The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! Satire 1966
13
253
David Bowie "Heroes" Art Rock 1977
14
270
The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money Satire 1968
15
310
Kraftwerk Autobahn Krautrock Progressive Electronic 1974
16
327
Brian Eno - David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Art Rock 1981
17
385
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die Post-Rock 1996
18
424
Eno Here Come the Warm Jets Art Rock 1973
19
452
Radiohead Amnesiac Electronic 2001
20
560
Tom Waits Bone Machine Singer/Songwriter 1992
21
568
Swans The Seer Post-Rock 2012
22
580
Swans To Be Kind Post-Rock 2014
23
587
Neu! Neu! Krautrock 1972
24
633
Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup Art Pop 1996
25
637
Can Ege Bamyasi Krautrock 1972
26
686
Todd Rundgren A Wizard, a True Star Art Pop, Pop Rock 1973
27
710
Can Future Days Krautrock 1973
28
768
Sonic Youth EVOL Noise Rock 1986
29
831
Tim Buckley Starsailor Avant-Folk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1970
30
964
Animal Collective Feels Neo-Psychedelia 2005
31
978
Pere Ubu Dub Housing Art Punk, Post-Punk 1978
32
989
The United States of America The United States of America Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1968
33
1015
The Flaming Lips Embryonic Neo-Psychedelia, Noise Pop 2009
34
1017
The Pop Group Y Art Punk, Post-Punk 1979
35
1057
TV on the Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes Art Rock, Indie Rock 2004
36
1064
Liars Drum's Not Dead Art Rock 2006
37
1065
Tom Waits Bad As Me Singer/Songwriter 2011
38
1168
Neu! Neu! 75 Krautrock 1975
39
1245
Frank Zappa Uncle Meat Avant-Prog 1969
40
1403
Can Monster Movie Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1969
41
1477
Faust So Far Krautrock 1972
42
1486
Stereolab Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements Noise Pop 1993
43
1498
Tom Waits Real Gone 2004
44
1565
Radiohead The King of Limbs Electronic 2011
45
1575
The Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1967
46
1605
Frank Zappa/The Mothers Over-Nite Sensation Art Rock 1973
47
1617
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) Art Rock 1978
48
1728
Amon Düül II Phallus Dei Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1969
49
1754
Tortoise TNT Electronic, Post-Rock 1998
50
1790
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Doc at the Radar Station Art Rock 1980
51
1792
Faust Faust Krautrock 1971
52
1795
Faust The Faust Tapes Krautrock 1973
53
1870
The Flaming Lips Zaireeka Neo-Psychedelia 1997
54
1899
Various Artists No New York No Wave 1978
55
1930
This Heat Deceit Post-Punk 1981
56
1984
Magma Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandöh Zeuhl 1973
57
2053
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Lick My Decals Off, Baby Art Rock 1970
58
2067
Popol Vuh In den Gärten Pharaos Krautrock Ambient 1971
59
2110
The Residents The Third Reich 'n' Roll Musical Parody, Satire 1976
60
2128
The Soft Machine Volume Two Canterbury Scene, Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1969
61
2156
Mercury Rev Yerself Is Steam Neo-Psychedelia 1991
62
2172
Faust IV Krautrock 1973
63
2194
Scott Walker & Sunn O))) Soused Drone Metal 2014
64
2219
Can Soon Over Babaluma Krautrock 1974
65
2227
Swans Children of God Post-Punk 1987
66
2253
Frank Zappa Apostrophe (') Art Rock, Jazz-Rock 1974
67
2258
Amon Düül II Yeti Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1970
68
2360
Cluster Zuckerzeit Krautrock Electronic 1974
69
2396
Boredoms Vision Creation Newsun Psychedelic Rock 1999
70
2418
Butthole Surfers Locust Abortion Technician Noise Rock 1987
71
2426
Glenn Branca The Ascension No Wave Noise Rock 1981
72
2441
The Red Krayola The Parable of Arable Land Psychedelic Rock 1967
73
2475
Boredoms Super AE Noise Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1998
74
2493
Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid Blues Rock 1972
75
2588
Ash Ra Tempel Schwingungen Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1972
76
2593
Swans My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky 2010
77
2607
James Chance & The Contortions Buy No Wave 1979
78
2674
Robert Fripp Exposure Art Rock 1979
79
2771
Neu! Neu! 2 Krautrock 1973
80
2816
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute Art Rock, Progressive Rock 2005
81
2866
Swans The Glowing Man Post-Rock 2016
82
2882
Half Japanese 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts Noise Rock, Punk Rock 1980
83
2909
Sonic Youth Washing Machine Alternative Rock, Noise Rock 1995
84
2960
Deerhunter Cryptograms Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia 2007
85
2987
Henry Cow Unrest Rock in Opposition 1974
86
2998
Disco Inferno D. I. Go Pop Post-Rock 1994

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising No Wave Noise Rock 1985
Robert Wyatt Cuckooland Avant-Prog Canterbury Scene 2003
Tom Waits Blood Money Singer/Songwriter 2002
Frank Zappa Sheik Yerbouti Art Rock 1979
Stereolab Mars Audiac Quintet Art Pop, Indie Pop 1994
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail Industrial 1985
This Heat This Heat 1979
Liars WIXIW Electronic 2012
Black Dice Beaches and Canyons Neo-Psychedelia 2002
HEALTH Get Color Noise Rock 2009
Royal Trux Twin Infinitives Noise Rock 1990
Liars Sisterworld 2010
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Ice Cream for Crow Art Rock, Blues Rock 1982
A.R.Kane 69 Dream Pop 1988
Area Arbeit macht frei Avant-Prog 1973
Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak Art Pop 1984
Boredoms Soul Discharge/Soul Discharge 99 Noise Rock 1989
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian Experimental, Neo-Psychedelia 2003
Brainiac Hissing Prigs in Static Couture Art Punk, Noise Rock 1996
Holger Czukay Movies Krautrock Art Rock 1979
Sonic Youth A Thousand Leaves Alternative Rock, Noise Rock 1998
Tuxedomoon Half Mute Post-Punk 1980
Deerhoof The Runners Four 2005
Public Image Ltd. Flowers of Romance Post-Punk 1981
Henry Cow In Praise of Learning Rock in Opposition 1975
Frank Zappa Joe's Garage, Act 1 Comedy Rock, Rock Opera 1979
Ween Pure Guava Lo-Fi Indie 1992
Moonshake Eva Luna Noise Pop 1992
Gastr del Sol Upgrade & Afterlife Post-Rock 1996
Xiu Xiu Fabulous Muscles Art Pop 2004
The Residents Not Available Experimental 1978
Amon Düül II Tanz der Lemminge Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1971
The Young Gods The Young Gods Industrial Rock 1987
The Mothers of Invention Burnt Weeny Sandwich Avant-Prog Jazz-Rock 1970
Tuxedomoon Desire Post-Punk 1981
The Mothers of Invention Weasels Ripped My Flesh Avant-Prog 1970
Gastr del Sol Camoufleur Chamber Folk, Post-Rock 1998
Liars Liars Art Rock 2007
The Dead C Harsh 70s Reality Noise Rock 1992
Ash Ra Tempel Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1971
Chrome Half Machine Lip Moves Post-Punk 1979
Frank Zappa Chunga's Revenge Jazz-Rock 1970
Café Tacvba Revés/Yo soy Art Rock 1999
Silver Apples Contact Electronic, Psychedelic Rock 1968
Half Japanese Charmed Life Alternative Rock 1988
Yoko Ono Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band 1970
Oren Ambarchi Hubris Krautrock 2016
Swans Soundtracks for the Blind Post-Rock 1996
Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2: The Helsinki Concert Comedy Rock, Jazz-Rock 1988
Ween God Ween Satan - The Oneness Lo-Fi Indie 1990
Man Man Six Demon Bag 2006
Fujiya & Miyagi Transparent Things Krautrock Indietronica 2006
OOIOO Taiga 2006
Oneida Secret Wars Neo-Psychedelia 2004