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
62
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation Alternative Rock, Noise Rock 1988
4
66
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica Art Rock 1969
5
92
Tom Waits Rain Dogs Singer/Songwriter 1985
6
101
David Bowie Low Art Rock 1977
7
126
Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones Singer/Songwriter 1983
8
182
The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat Art Rock, Noise Rock, Proto-Punk 1967
9
231
Public Image Ltd. Metal Box/Second Edition Post-Punk 1979
10
235
Portishead Third Electronic 2008
11
243
Can Tago Mago Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1971
12
245
The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! Satire 1966
13
253
David Bowie "Heroes" Art Rock 1977
14
269
The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money Satire 1968
15
306
Kraftwerk Autobahn Krautrock Progressive Electronic 1974
16
322
Brian Eno - David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Art Rock 1981
17
376
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die Post-Rock 1996
18
421
Eno Here Come the Warm Jets Art Rock 1973
19
463
Radiohead Amnesiac Electronic 2001
20
551
Tom Waits Bone Machine Singer/Songwriter 1992
21
585
Neu! Neu! Krautrock 1972
22
588
Swans The Seer Post-Rock 2012
23
615
Swans To Be Kind Post-Rock 2014
24
629
Can Ege Bamyasi Krautrock 1972
25
633
Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup Art Pop 1996
26
665
Todd Rundgren A Wizard, a True Star Art Pop, Pop Rock 1973
27
697
Can Future Days Krautrock 1973
28
760
Sonic Youth EVOL Noise Rock 1986
29
828
Tim Buckley Starsailor Avant-Folk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1970
30
969
Pere Ubu Dub Housing Art Punk, Post-Punk 1978
31
978
The United States of America The United States of America Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1968
32
999
Animal Collective Feels Neo-Psychedelia 2005
33
1005
The Pop Group Y Art Punk, Post-Punk 1979
34
1071
The Flaming Lips Embryonic Neo-Psychedelia, Noise Pop 2009
35
1097
TV on the Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes Art Rock, Indie Rock 2004
36
1112
Liars Drum's Not Dead Art Rock 2006
37
1129
Tom Waits Bad As Me Singer/Songwriter 2011
38
1145
Neu! Neu! 75 Krautrock 1975
39
1248
Frank Zappa Uncle Meat Avant-Prog 1969
40
1391
Can Monster Movie Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1969
41
1470
Faust So Far Krautrock 1972
42
1477
Stereolab Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements Noise Pop 1993
43
1564
Tom Waits Real Gone 2004
44
1623
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) Art Rock 1978
45
1630
Frank Zappa/The Mothers Over-Nite Sensation Art Rock 1973
46
1647
The Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1967
47
1671
Radiohead The King of Limbs Electronic 2011
48
1735
Amon Düül II Phallus Dei Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1969
49
1740
Tortoise TNT Electronic, Post-Rock 1998
50
1785
Faust The Faust Tapes Krautrock 1973
51
1788
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Doc at the Radar Station Art Rock 1980
52
1794
Faust Faust Krautrock 1971
53
1844
The Flaming Lips Zaireeka Neo-Psychedelia 1997
54
1877
Various Artists No New York No Wave 1978
55
1914
This Heat Deceit Post-Punk 1981
56
1922
Swans Children of God Post-Punk 1987
57
1977
Magma Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandöh Zeuhl 1973
58
2039
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Lick My Decals Off, Baby Art Rock 1970
59
2051
Popol Vuh In den Gärten Pharaos Krautrock Ambient 1971
60
2104
The Soft Machine Volume Two Canterbury Scene, Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1969
61
2119
The Residents The Third Reich 'n' Roll Musical Parody, Satire 1976
62
2138
Mercury Rev Yerself Is Steam Neo-Psychedelia 1991
63
2157
Faust IV Krautrock 1973
64
2201
Can Soon Over Babaluma Krautrock 1974
65
2237
Frank Zappa Apostrophe (') Art Rock, Jazz-Rock 1974
66
2242
Amon Düül II Yeti Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1970
67
2331
Cluster Zuckerzeit Krautrock Electronic 1974
68
2407
Butthole Surfers Locust Abortion Technician Noise Rock 1987
69
2418
The Red Krayola The Parable of Arable Land Psychedelic Rock 1967
70
2444
Glenn Branca The Ascension No Wave Noise Rock 1981
71
2479
Boredoms Vision Creation Newsun Psychedelic Rock 1999
72
2488
Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid Blues Rock 1972
73
2506
Scott Walker & Sunn O))) Soused Drone Metal 2014
74
2535
Boredoms Super AE Noise Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1998
75
2593
Ash Ra Tempel Schwingungen Krautrock Psychedelic Rock 1972
76
2679
Robert Fripp Exposure Art Rock 1979
77
2704
James Chance & The Contortions Buy No Wave 1979
78
2745
Swans My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky 2010
79
2750
Neu! Neu! 2 Krautrock 1973
80
2897
Half Japanese 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts Noise Rock, Punk Rock 1980
81
2920
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute Art Rock, Progressive Rock 2005
82
2934
Sonic Youth Washing Machine Alternative Rock, Noise Rock 1995
83
2966
Henry Cow Unrest Rock in Opposition 1974
84
2985
Disco Inferno D. I. Go Pop Post-Rock 1994

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Swans The Glowing Man Post-Rock 2016
Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising No Wave Noise Rock 1985
Deerhunter Cryptograms Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia 2007
Robert Wyatt Cuckooland Avant-Prog Canterbury Scene 2003
Frank Zappa Sheik Yerbouti Art Rock 1979
Tom Waits Blood Money Singer/Songwriter 2002
Stereolab Mars Audiac Quintet Art Pop, Indie Pop 1994
This Heat This Heat 1979
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail Industrial 1985
Royal Trux Twin Infinitives Noise Rock 1990
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Ice Cream for Crow Art Rock, Blues Rock 1982
Black Dice Beaches and Canyons Neo-Psychedelia 2002
A.R.Kane 69 Dream Pop 1988
Liars WIXIW Electronic 2012
Area Arbeit macht frei Avant-Prog 1973
Liars Sisterworld 2010
Boredoms Soul Discharge/Soul Discharge 99 Noise Rock 1989
Tuxedomoon Desire Post-Punk 1981
HEALTH Get Color Noise Rock 2009
Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak Art Pop 1984
Brainiac Hissing Prigs in Static Couture Art Punk, Noise Rock 1996
Tuxedomoon Half Mute Post-Punk 1980
Public Image Ltd. The Flowers of Romance Post-Punk 1981
Henry Cow In Praise of Learning Rock in Opposition 1975
Holger Czukay Movies Krautrock Art Rock 1979
Sonic Youth A Thousand Leaves Alternative Rock, Noise Rock 1998
Frank Zappa Joe's Garage, Act 1 Comedy Rock, Rock Opera 1979
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian Experimental, Neo-Psychedelia 2003
Deerhoof The Runners Four 2005
Ween Pure Guava Lo-Fi Indie 1992
Moonshake Eva Luna Noise Pop 1992
Gastr del Sol Upgrade & Afterlife Post-Rock 1996
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
Xiu Xiu Fabulous Muscles Art Pop 2004
The Mothers of Invention Weasels Ripped My Flesh Avant-Prog 1970
Gastr del Sol Camoufleur Chamber Folk, Post-Rock 1998
The Dead C Harsh 70s Reality Noise Rock 1992
Liars Liars Art Rock 2007
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
Silver Apples Contact Electronic, Psychedelic Rock 1968
Half Japanese Charmed Life Alternative Rock 1988
Café Tacvba Revés/Yo soy Art Rock 1999
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band 1970
Swans Soundtracks for the Blind Post-Rock 1996
Oren Ambarchi Hubris Krautrock 2016
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
Oxbow Thin Black Duke Art Rock 2017
Man Man Six Demon Bag 2006
Fujiya & Miyagi Transparent Things Krautrock Indietronica 2006
OOIOO Taiga 2006
Oneida Secret Wars Neo-Psychedelia 2004