Best Albums of the Years

Every year, at the end of December, i publish my list of what i believe to be that year’s top 40 albums and top 10 EPs; and every year, i feel obliged to qualify the list due to the number of releases there hasn’t been time to hear. So, in an attempt to provide something more meaningful in the long-term (as well as to entertain my passion for making lists), below are revised versions of the album lists, together with the original for comparison. They’ll continue to be updated on a regular but entirely arbitrary basis.

2015

Original Top 40

(published 3031 December 2015)

1. Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs
  1. John Wall & Alex Rodgers – Work 2011–2014
  2. Mark Andre – … auf …
  3. Autechre – AE_LIVE
  4. Volker Hennes – Emperor Ambassador
  5. John Williams – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  6. Veli-Matti Puumala – Anna Liisa
  7. Monty Adkins – Unfurling Streams
  8. Kenneth Kirschner – Compressions & Rarefactions
  9. Disasterpeace – It Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  10. Syl Kougaï – ΙΧΘΥΣ
  11. Sunken Foal – Friday Syndrome Vol. 3
  12. Brian Gascoigne – Phase IV (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  13. Jacek Sienkiewicz – Nomatter
  14. C Duncan – Architect
  15. Man Without Country – Maximum Entropy
  16. Anna Þorvaldsdóttir – In the Light of Air
  17. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  18. Line Katcho – Pulsions
  19. James Newton Howard – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  20. Coppice – Spans: Three Perspectival Accounts + Cores/Eruct + Matches
  21. Gilles Gobeil – Les lointains
  22. Cemeteries – Barrow
  23. Björk – Vulnicura
  24. Kreng – The Summoner
  25. Purity Ring – Another Eternity
  26. Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.
  27. Somatic Responses – The Motor of Decay
  28. Ingar Zach & Miguel Angel Tolosa – Loner
  29. Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow – Ex_Machina (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  30. Vanbot – Perfect Storm
  31. various artists – Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde
  32. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  33. Eivør – Slør
  34. East India Youth – Culture of Volume
  35. Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 3
  36. IAMX – Metanoia
  37. Kate Havnevik – &i
  38. Benge – Forms 4 – Moor Music
  39. Andrew Liles – Miscellany – Lussuoso (Electronics: 1990 to 2015)

Revised Top 40

(last updated September 2016)

1. Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs
  1. Mark Andre – … auf …
  2. John Wall & Alex Rodgers – Work 2011–2014
  3. Autechre – AE_LIVE
  4. Volker Hennes – Emperor Ambassador
  5. Olivia Block – Aberration of Light
  6. John Williams – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  7. Veli-Matti Puumala – Anna Liisa
  8. Monty Adkins – Unfurling Streams
  9. Kenneth Kirschner – Compressions & Rarefactions
  10. Disasterpeace – It Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  11. Syl Kougaï – ΙΧΘΥΣ
  12. Sunken Foal – Friday Syndrome Vol. 3
  13. Brian Gascoigne – Phase IV (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  14. Jacek Sienkiewicz – Nomatter
  15. Man Without Country – Maximum Entropy
  16. C Duncan – Architect
  17. Anna Þorvaldsdóttir – In the Light of Air
  18. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  19. Line Katcho – Pulsions
  20. Ensemble Musikfabrik – Edition Musikfabrik 09: Scherben
  21. James Newton Howard – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  22. Gilles Gobeil – Les lointains
  23. Björk – Vulnicura
  24. Cemeteries – Barrow
  25. Coppice – Spans: Three Perspectival Accounts + Cores/Eruct
  26. Kreng – The Summoner
  27. Purity Ring – Another Eternity
  28. Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.
  29. Somatic Responses – The Motor of Decay
  30. Ingar Zach & Miguel Angel Tolosa – Loner
  31. Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow – Ex_Machina (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  32. Vanbot – Perfect Storm
  33. various artists – Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde
  34. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  35. Eivør – Slør
  36. East India Youth – Culture of Volume
  37. Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 3
  38. IAMX – Metanoia
  39. Kate Havnevik – &i
2014

Original Top 40

(published 3031 December 2014)

1. Lee Fraser – Dark Camber
  1. Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek – Lucier: Memory Space
  2. Tim Hodgkinson – Onsets
  3. The Bad Plus – The Rite of Spring
  4. iamamiwhoami – Blue
  5. David Brynjar Franzson – The Negotiation of Context
  6. V/Vm – The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)
  7. Arlene Sierra – Game of Attrition
  8. Alfredo Costa Monteiro – Insula
  9. Monty Adkins – Rift Patterns
  10. John Cage – Works for Two Keyboards • 2 [Pestova/Meyer Piano Duo]
  11. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  12. Markus Reuter – Sultry Kissing Lounge (Crimson ProjeKCt Tour 2014)
  13. Joseph Trapanese, Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal – The Raid 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  14. John Pickard – Gaia Symphony / Eden [Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag]
  15. Senko – Dronetudes
  16. OY – No Problem Saloon
  17. irr. app. (ext.) – The Jennies Made Me Do It {1}
  18. Bass Communion – Box Set
  19. Salvatore Sciarrino – Cantare con silenzio
  20. Mica Levi – Under the Skin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  21. The Noisettes – Elegant Electronic Entrées
  22. Richard Causton – Millennium Scenes
  23. Duologue – Never Get Lost
  24. Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Alpha Piscium
  25. Sea Oleena – Shallow
  26. Aphex Twin – Syro
  27. Howard Shore – Maps to the Stars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  28. Markus Reuter – Todmorden 513
  29. Kristin Øhrn Dyrud – Coherence (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  30. Poemss – Poemss
  31. Gazelle Twin – Unflesh
  32. Paul Dolden – Who Has the Biggest Sound?
  33. Black Swan – Tone Poetry
  34. Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita
  35. Jenny Hval & Susanna – Meshes of Voice
  36. Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf
  37. Weeping Willows – The Time Has Come
  38. Anna Þorvaldsdóttir – Aerial
  39. Bora Yoon – Sunken Cathedral

Revised Top 40

(last updated September 2016)

1. Brian Reitzell – Hannibal: Season 2 Volume 1 (Original Television Soundtrack)
  1. Lee Fraser – Dark Camber
  2. Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek – Lucier: Memory Space
  3. Tim Hodgkinson – Onsets
  4. The Bad Plus – The Rite of Spring
  5. iamamiwhoami – Blue
  6. David Brynjar Franzson – The Negotiation of Context
  7. V/Vm – The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)
  8. Erik Nyström – Morphogenèse
  9. Arlene Sierra – Game of Attrition
  10. Alfredo Costa Monteiro – Insula
  11. John Cage – Works for Two Keyboards • 2 [Pestova/Meyer Piano Duo]
  12. Monty Adkins – Rift Patterns
  13. The Whalers Collective – Nantucket (I – VI)
  14. Shivers – Shivers
  15. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  16. John Zorn – The Hermetic Organ Vol. 2: St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC
  17. Markus Reuter – Sultry Kissing Lounge (Crimson ProjeKCt Tour 2014)
  18. Joseph Trapanese, Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal – The Raid 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  19. John Pickard – Gaia Symphony/Eden [Andreas Hanson/Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag]
  20. Senko – Dronetudes
  21. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Deluxe Edition)
  22. Oy – No Problem Saloon
  23. irr. app. (ext.) – The Jennies Made Me Do It {1}
  24. World’s End Girlfriend – Girls/Boys Song
  25. Bass Communion – Box Set
  26. Salvatore Sciarrino – Cantare con silenzio
  27. Per Nørgård – Symphonies 1 & 8 [Sakari Oramo/Vienna Philharmonic]
  28. Mica Levi – Under the Skin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  29. The Noisettes – Elegant Electronic Entrées
  30. Richard Causton – Millennium Scenes
  31. Duologue – Never Get Lost
  32. Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Alpha Piscium
  33. Sea Oleena – Shallow
  34. Lauren Redhead – Entoptic Landscape
  35. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Frankie Said
  36. Aphex Twin – Syro
  37. Howard Shore – Maps to the Stars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  38. Markus Reuter – Todmorden 513
  39. Kristin Øhrn Dyrud – Coherence (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2013

Original Top 40

(published 3031 December 2013)

1. Philippe Petit – Needles in Pain
  1. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Roadburn
  2. Main – Ablation
  3. Xopher Davidson + Zbigniew Karkowski – Processor
  4. Jakob Ullmann – fremde zeit addendum 4
  5. Stephan Mathieu – The Falling Rocket
  6. irr. app. (ext.) – Tuberpendicular
  7. Paul Jebanasam – Rites
  8. iamamiwhoami – bounty
  9. Aidan Baker & Troum – Nihtes Niht
  10. Black Swan – Redemption
  11. Bloodgroup – Tracing Echoes
  12. Igor Stravinsky – Le Sacre du Printemps [Simon Rattle/Berlin Philharmoniker]
  13. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  14. Michael Finnissy – The History of Photography in Sound
  15. Liza Lim – Tongue of the Invisible
  16. Secret Chiefs 3 – Book Of Souls Folio A
  17. How To Destroy Angels – Welcome oblivion
  18. Autechre – Exai
  19. Ryoji Ikeda – supercodex
  20. CocoRosie – Tales of a Grass Widow
  21. Flat Earth Society – 13
  22. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (Audiophile Mastered Version)
  23. Rashad Becker – Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I
  24. Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Eclipse Studies
  25. Cliff Martinez – Only God Forgives (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Edition]
  26. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
  27. Emmy Rossum – Sentimental Journey
  28. Ben Lukas Boysen – Mother Nature
  29. Marsheaux – Inhale
  30. James Newton Howard – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Original Motion Picture Score)
  31. Tomas Phillips/Kenneth Kirschner – Five Transpositions
  32. Roly Porter – Life Cycle of a Massive Star
  33. Ulver – Messe I.X-VI.X
  34. Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe
  35. Chiyoko Szlavnics – Gradients of Detail
  36. Shane Carruth – Upstream Color (Original Motion Picture Score)
  37. Chubby Wolf – The Last Voices
  38. Andrew Liles – INCOMMENSURABLE MAGNITUDES (СУМЕРЕЧНОЕ СОСТОЯНИЕ СОЗНАНИЯ)
  39. Blue Hawaii – Untogether

Revised Top 40

(last updated September 2016)

1. Philippe Petit – Needles in Pain
  1. Jakob Ullmann – fremde zeit addendum 4
  2. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Roadburn
  3. Main – Ablation
  4. Xopher Davidson + Zbigniew Karkowski – Processor
  5. Stephan Mathieu – The Falling Rocket
  6. irr. app. (ext.) – Tuberpendicular
  7. Paul Jebanasam – Rites
  8. iamamiwhoami – bounty
  9. Celer – Climbing Formation
  10. Aidan Baker & Troum – Nihtes Niht
  11. Black Swan – Redemption
  12. Bloodgroup – Tracing Echoes
  13. Igor Stravinsky – Le Sacre du Printemps [Simon Rattle/Berlin Philharmoniker]
  14. Michael Finnissy – Unknown Ground
  15. Murcof & Philippe Petit – First Chapter
  16. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  17. Michael Finnissy – The History of Photography in Sound
  18. Liza Lim – Tongue of the Invisible
  19. How To Destroy Angels – Welcome oblivion
  20. Secret Chiefs 3 – Book Of Souls Folio A
  21. Autechre – Exai
  22. Ryoji Ikeda – supercodex
  23. CocoRosie – Tales of a Grass Widow
  24. Flat Earth Society – 13
  25. The Noisettes – Live at Haluduvo Malinska Hotel, 1972
  26. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (Audiophile Mastered Version)
  27. Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Eclipse Studies
  28. Coppice – Pied
  29. Rashad Becker – Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I
  30. Cliff Martinez – Only God Forgives (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Edition]
  31. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
  32. Emmy Rossum – Sentimental Journey
  33. Marsheaux – Inhale
  34. Ben Lukas Boysen – Mother Nature (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  35. James Newton Howard – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Original Motion Picture Score)
  36. Tomas Phillips / Kenneth Kirschner – Five Transpositions
  37. Umpio + irr. app. (ext.) – Observation Affects the Outcome
  38. Roly Porter – Life Cycle of a Massive Star
  39. Shane Carruth – Upstream Color (Original Motion Picture Score)
2012

Original Top 40

(published 3031 December 2012)

1. Kreng – Works for Abattoir Fermé 2007 – 2011
  1. Richard Barrett – Dark Matter
  2. Black Swan – Heaven
  3. Jakob Ullmann – fremde zeit addendum
  4. Edward Ka-Spel – Ghost Logik & This Saturated Land
  5. Monty Adkins – Four Shibusa
  6. iamamiwhoami – kin
  7. Evan Caminiti – Dreamless Sleep
  8. Aaron Cassidy – The Crutch of Memory
  9. K2 – Funeral Songs
  10. Beach House – Bloom
  11. Greg Haines – Digressions
  12. Claire Chase – Terrestre
  13. Helm – Impossible Symmetry
  14. Chubby Wolf – Seasick
  15. Sarah Blasko – I Awake
  16. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  17. Ben Lukas Boysen – Restive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  18. Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti – Gramercy
  19. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
  20. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
  21. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  22. Scott Miller & Carla Rees – Devices and Desires
  23. Ramon Humet – Niwa. Chamber works
  24. The Legendary Pink Dots – The Creature that Tasted Sound
  25. Sunken Foal – Friday Syndrome Vol.1
  26. Susanne Sundfør – The Silicone Veil
  27. voidesque – moving walls and simpler things
  28. Kenneth Kirschner – January 10, 2012
  29. Yeti Lane – The Echo Show
  30. Kettel & Secede – When Can
  31. of Montreal – Paralytic Stalks
  32. The Flashbulb – Opus At The End Of Everything
  33. Dai Fujikura – Secret Forest
  34. irr. app. (ext.) – Their Little Bones, Becoming Sharp, Find Repose But Fail To Avoid Worrying A Breach In The Ghostly Skin Which Separates That Above From That Below (This Being The Last And Final Seal) And Whereupon All Light Evacuated The Furnace. Several Consequences Ensue.
  35. Lindstrøm – Six Cups of Rebel
  36. Hanne Hukkelberg – Featherbrain
  37. Au – Both Lights
  38. Metric – Synthetica
  39. Sleep Party People – We Were Drifting on a Sad Song

Revised Top 40

(last updated September 2016)

1. Kreng – Works for Abattoir Fermé 2007 – 2011
  1. Jakob Ullmann – fremde zeit addendum
  2. Richard Barrett – Dark Matter
  3. Black Swan – Heaven
  4. Monty Adkins – Four Shibusa
  5. Philippe Petit – The Extraordinary Tale Of A Lemon Girl trilogy
  6. Edward Ka-Spel – This Saturated Land
  7. iamamiwhoami – kin
  8. aTelecine – Entkopplung
  9. Edward Ka-Spel – Ghost Logik
  10. Evan Caminiti – Dreamless Sleep
  11. John Wall & Mark Durgan – 139
  12. Ben Lukas Boysen – Restive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  13. Aaron Cassidy – The Crutch of Memory
  14. Henrik Nordvargr Björkk – Music for N,N-Dimetyltryptamin
  15. K2 – Funeral Songs
  16. Beach House – Bloom
  17. Greg Haines – Digressions
  18. Claire Chase – Terrestre
  19. Helm – Impossible Symmetry
  20. Chubby Wolf – Seasick
  21. Sarah Blasko – I Awake
  22. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  23. Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti – Gramercy
  24. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
  25. James Newton Howard – The Hunger Games (Original Motion Picture Score)
  26. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
  27. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  28. Scott Miller & Carla Rees – Devices and Desires
  29. Ramon Humet – Niwa. Chamber works
  30. The Legendary Pink Dots – The Creature that Tasted Sound
  31. Sunken Foal – Friday Syndrome Vol.1
  32. Susanne Sundfør – The Silicone Veil
  33. Celer – Evaporate and Wonder
  34. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Speaking Corpse
  35. voidesque – moving walls and simpler things
  36. Kenneth Kirschner – January 10, 2012
  37. Zbigniew Karkowski – Nerve Cell_0
  38. Gazelle Twin – The Entire City Remixed
  39. Yeti Lane – The Echo Show
2011

Original Top 40

(published 3031 December 2011)

1. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Anthropomorphic
  1. Three Trapped Tigers – Route One Or Die
  2. Monty Adkins – Fragile.Flicker.Fragment
  3. Indignant Senility – Blemished Breasts
  4. Fovea Hex – Here Is Where We Used To Sing
  5. Black Swan – The Quiet Divide
  6. Xela – Exorcism
  7. Grutronic And Evan Parker – Together In Zero Space
  8. Access to Arasaka – Geosynchron
  9. Svarte Greiner – Twin
  10. Ektoise – Kiyomizu
  11. Björk – Biophilia
  12. Jenny Hval – Viscera
  13. Hecq – Avenger
  14. Tartar Lamb II – Polyimage of Known Exits
  15. Akita / Gustafsson / O’Rourke – One Bird Two Bird
  16. aTelecine – A Cassette Tape Culture Phase Two
  17. Chubby Wolf – Los que No Son Gentos
  18. Ulver – Wars of the Roses
  19. Merzbow – Kamadhenu
  20. Celer – Noctilucent Clouds
  21. Leyland Kirby – Intrigue & Stuff (Vol. 2)
  22. Frank Zappa – Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
  23. Stephan Mathieu – A Static Place
  24. Christopher William Anderson – Moskenstraumen
  25. Talvihorros – Descent Into Delta
  26. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
  27. Braids – Native Speaker
  28. Roly Porter – Aftertime
  29. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia
  30. David Lynch – INLAND EMPIRE (Original Motion Picture Score)
  31. Autechre & The Hafler Trio – ae3o3
  32. John Cage – 108/109/110
  33. Arlene Sierra – Arlene Sierra Vol. 1
  34. Kate Wax – Dust Collision
  35. Aleks Kolkowski & Ute Wassermann – Squall Line
  36. Kate Havnevik – You
  37. Philippe Petit – Nyctalopia
  38. This Will Destroy You – Tunnel Blanket
  39. Uh Huh Her – Nocturnes

Revised Top 40

(last updated September 2016)

1. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Anthropomorphic
  1. Indignant Senility – Blemished Breasts
  2. Monty Adkins – Fragile.Flicker.Fragment
  3. Grutronic And Evan Parker – Together In Zero Space
  4. Xela – Exorcism
  5. Three Trapped Tigers – Route One Or Die
  6. Black Swan – The Quiet Divide
  7. Fovea Hex – Here Is Where We Used To Sing
  8. Access to Arasaka – Geosynchron
  9. Svarte Greiner – Twin
  10. Ektoise – Kiyomizu
  11. Blind Women – Rats In The Thorax
  12. Björk – Biophilia
  13. Jenny Hval – Viscera
  14. Hecq – Avenger
  15. Tartar Lamb II – Polyimage of Known Exits
  16. Akita / Gustafsson / O’Rourke – One Bird Two Bird
  17. aTelecine – A Cassette Tape Culture Phase Two
  18. Chubby Wolf – Los que No Son Gentos
  19. Ulver – Wars of the Roses
  20. Gazelle Twin – The Entire City
  21. Celer – Noctilucent Clouds
  22. Merzbow – Kamadhenu
  23. The Imaginary Soundscapes – A Way Out By Knowing Smile
  24. Leyland Kirby – Intrigue & Stuff (Vol. 2)
  25. Stephan Mathieu – A Static Place
  26. Frank Zappa – Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
  27. Talvihorros – Descent Into Delta
  28. Christopher William Anderson – Moskenstraumen
  29. Ektoise – Florilegium 1
  30. Bernat Vivancos – Blanc. Choral works
  31. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
  32. Braids – Native Speaker
  33. Roly Porter – Aftertime
  34. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia
  35. Kreng – Grimoire
  36. David Lynch – INLAND EMPIRE (Original Motion Picture Score)
  37. Autechre & The Hafler Trio – ah³eo & ha³oe (ae3o3)
  38. John Cage – 108/109/110
  39. Arlene Sierra – Arlene Sierra Vol. 1
2010

Original Top 40

(published 3031 December 2010)

1. Chubby Wolf – Ornitheology
  1. The Birthday Massacre – Pins and Needles
  2. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Disingenuity/Disingenuousness
  3. Christopher McFall – Lost at sea and seldom found/The Anatomical Submissiveness Of Lions
  4. Stefano Scodanibbio – Oltracuidansa
  5. Celer – Dying Star
  6. Clouwbeck – From Which the River Rises
  7. United Bible Studies – The Gascoigne Observatory
  8. Of Montreal – False Priest
  9. Richard Skelton – Untitled
  10. Matthew Herbert – Mahler Symphony X Recomposed
  11. Hans Zimmer – Inception (Music from the Motion Picture)
  12. Yui Onodera & Celer – Generic City
  13. CocoRosie – Grey Oceans
  14. Jonathan Uliel Saldanha – The Earth as a Floating Egg
  15. Ambarchi/O’Rourke/Haino – Tima Formosa
  16. Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love
  17. Celer – Rags Of Contentment/Honey Moon/Panoramic Dreams Bathed In Seldomness/Dwell In Possibility
  18. Get Well Soon – Vexations
  19. Anders Brødsgaard – Galaxy
  20. Svarte Greiner – Penpals Forever (And Ever)
  21. Demdike Stare – Liberation Through Hearing/Voices of Dust
  22. Solo Andata – Ritual
  23. Jónsi – Go
  24. Benjamin Dauer – Burning of Wine
  25. Robyn – Body Talk
  26. O. Children – O. Children
  27. *AR – Wolf Notes
  28. Tor Lundvall – Ghost Years
  29. Clem Leek – Holly Lane
  30. Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal
  31. Autechre – Oversteps
  32. Ekca Liena – Sleep Paralysis (Expansion Tracks)
  33. Supersilent – 11
  34. Noveller – Desert Fires
  35. The Silesian String Quartet – getString
  36. Greg Haines – Until the Point of Hushed Support
  37. Talvihorros – Music in Four Movements
  38. Supersilent – 10
  39. Jenks Miller and Nicholas Szczepanik – American Gothic

Revised Top 40

(last updated September 2016)

1. Kenneth Kirschner – July 17, 2010
  1. Chubby Wolf – Ornitheology
  2. iamamiwhoami – In Concert
  3. Christopher McFall – Lost at sea and seldom found
  4. Stefano Scodanibbio – Oltracuidansa
  5. Celer – Dying Star
  6. Christopher McFall – The Anatomical Submissiveness Of Lions
  7. The Birthday Massacre – Pins and Needles
  8. United Bible Studies – The Gascoigne Observatory
  9. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Disingenuity/Disingenuousness
  10. of Montreal – False Priest
  11. Richard Skelton – Untitled
  12. Jónsi – Go
  13. Matthew Herbert – Mahler Symphony X Recomposed
  14. Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek – Drape
  15. Hans Zimmer – Inception (Music from the Motion Picture)
  16. Philippe Petit & Friends – A Scent of Garmambrosia
  17. Jennifer Walshe – Nature Data
  18. Charles Tournemire – The Seven Last Words of Christ [Martin Jean]
  19. Ambarchi/O’Rourke/Haino – Tima Formosa
  20. CocoRosie – Grey Oceans
  21. Michel Van der Aa – Spaces of Blank
  22. Jonathan Uliel Saldanha – The Earth as a Floating Egg
  23. Cyclobe – Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window
  24. Access to Arasaka – void();
  25. Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love
  26. Anders Brødsgaard – Galaxy
  27. Svarte Greiner – Penpals Forever (And Ever)
  28. Demdike Stare – Liberation Through Hearing
  29. Susanne Sundfør – The Brothel
  30. Solo Andata – Ritual
  31. Marsfield – The Towering Sky
  32. Clouwbeck – From Which the River Rises
  33. Get Well Soon – Vexations
  34. Demdike Stare – Voices of Dust
  35. Benjamin Dauer – Burning of Wine
  36. Zeena Parkins – Between the Whiles
  37. Robyn – Body Talk
  38. O. Children – O. Children
  39. Autechre – Move of Ten
2009

Original Top 40

(published 31 December 2009)

1. Celer – Engaged Touches/Breeze of Roses/Poulaine/Brittle/Fountain Glider/In Escaping Lakes
  1. Peter Wright – Snow Blind
  2. Bass Communion – Chiaroscuro
  3. irr. app. (ext.) – Kreiselwelle
  4. Robert Henke – Indigo_Transform
  5. Steven Wilson – Insurgentes
  6. SoiSong – xAj3z
  7. Clouwbeck – Wolfrahm
  8. Richard Skelton – Landings
  9. Dragonette – Fixin To Thrill
  10. Hecq – Steeltongued
  11. David Sylvian – Manafon
  12. Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 2
  13. NQ – Like Styrofoam, Bleeding
  14. Nynke Laverman – Nomade
  15. Anduin + Jasper TX – The Bending Of Light
  16. Celer – Compositions for Cassette
  17. Tim Exile – Listening Tree
  18. Ambrose Field – Being Dufay
  19. Polly Scattergood – Polly Scattergood
  20. Venetian Snares – Filth
  21. Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – utp_
  22. Lustmord – [ B E Y O N D ]
  23. Operations – You & Atomic Warfare
  24. Celer – Close Proximity and the Unhindered Care-all
  25. Tor Lundvall – Sleeping and Hiding
  26. Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
  27. Supersilent – 9
  28. Florence and the Machine – Lungs
  29. Asher – Miniatures
  30. Chubby Wolf – L’Histoire
  31. Carl Sagan’s Ghost – Behind Clouds
  32. Imogen Heap – Ellipse
  33. Oneohtrix Point Never – Rifts
  34. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Here Be Dragons
  35. Chihei Hatakeyama – The River
  36. Leyland Kirby – Sadly Future Is No Longer What It Was
  37. Daisy Chapman – The Green Eyed
  38. Röyksopp – Junior
  39. IAMX – Kingdom Of Welcome Addiction

Revised Top 40

(last updated September 2016)

1. Peter Wright – Snow Blind
  1. Robert Henke – Indigo_Transform
  2. Steven Wilson – Insurgentes
  3. Bass Communion – Chiaroscuro
  4. irr. app. (ext.) – kreiselwelle
  5. Wixel – The End
  6. John Zorn – Femina
  7. Steven Wilson – Insurgentes (Deluxe Edition)
  8. Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 2
  9. maudlin of the Well – Part The Second
  10. Broken Consort, A – Box Of Birch
  11. Celer – Poulaine
  12. Richard Skelton – Landings
  13. Unsuk Chin – Rocaná/Violin Concerto [Kent Nagano/Orchèstre symphonique de Montréal]
  14. Monty Adkins – Five Panels
  15. Jean-Guihen Queyras – 21st Century Cello Concertos
  16. Dragonette – Fixin To Thrill
  17. David Sylvian – Manafon
  18. NQ – Like Styrofoam, Bleeding
  19. Nynke Laverman – Nomade
  20. Kreng – L’Autopsie Phénoménale de Dieu
  21. Aidan Baker – Blue Figures
  22. Venetian Snares – Filth
  23. Anduin + Jasper TX – The Bending Of Light
  24. Tim Exile – Listening Tree
  25. Ambrose Field – Being Dufay
  26. SoiSong – xAj3z
  27. Access to Arasaka – Oppidan
  28. Polly Scattergood – Polly Scattergood
  29. Lustmord – Beyond
  30. Conure – Stream
  31. Christopher Young – Drag Me To Hell (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  32. Stray Ghost – An Avalanche of Swollen Tongues
  33. Operations – You & Atomic Warfare
  34. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition)
  35. Tor Lundvall – Sleeping and Hiding
  36. Thomas Truax – Songs From The Films Of David Lynch
  37. Daniel Bjarnason – Processions
  38. Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
  39. Yuja Wang – Sonatas & Etudes
2008

Original Top 40

(published 31 December 2008)

1. Salvatore Sciarrino – Storie di Altre Storie
  1. Bass Communion – Molotov and Haze
  2. Nadja – Thaumoradiance
  3. Steve Peters – Filtered Light (Chamber Music 4)
  4. Peteris Vasks – Cantus ad pacem
  5. Colin Andrew Sheffield – Signatures (Special Edition)
  6. Lawrence English – Kiri No Oto
  7. Christopher McFall – The City of Almost
  8. Celer/Mathieu Ruhlmann – Mesoscaphe
  9. Bersarin Quartett – Belsarin Quartett
  10. Fennesz – Black Sea
  11. Autechre – Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae
  12. Mosaique – Filare
  13. Matmos – Supreme Balloon
  14. Portishead – Third
  15. Hammock – Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow
  16. Parenthetical Girls – Entanglements
  17. Operations – Collected Anomalies
  18. Johnny Hollow – Dirty Hands
  19. Operator Please – Yes Yes Vindictive
  20. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV
  21. Evan Marc & Steve Hillage – Dreamtime Submersible
  22. Implex Grace – Through Luminescent Passages I
  23. Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree
  24. AGF – Dance Floor Drachen
  25. Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
  26. Beyond Sensory Experience – No Lights In Our Eyes
  27. Andrew Liles & Daniel Menche – The Progeny of Flies
  28. Pantaleimon – Heart of the Sun
  29. Specta Ciera – Mystic Valley Parkway
  30. Ran Slavin – Nocturnal Rainbow Rising
  31. Implex Grace – Through Luminescent Passages II
  32. Stephan Mathieu – Radioland
  33. Deerhoof – Offend Maggie
  34. Ladytron – Velocifero
  35. AGF – Words Are Missing
  36. Byetone – Death Of A Typographer
  37. Gregor Samsa – Rest
  38. Nurse With Wound – Huffin’ Rag Blues
  39. Squarepusher – Just A Souvenir

Revised Top 40

(last updated September 2016)

1. Jakob Ullmann – Voice, Book and Fire 3
  1. Salvatore Sciarrino – Storie di Altre Storie
  2. Bass Communion – Molotov and Haze
  3. Celer – I Love You So Much I Can’t Even Title This (The Light That Never Goes Out Went Out)
  4. Steve Peters – Filtered Light (Chamber Music 4)
  5. Nadja – Thaumoradiance
  6. SoiSong – qXn94…
  7. Colin Andrew Sheffield – Signatures (Special Edition)
  8. Pēteris Vasks – Cantus ad pacem
  9. John Williams – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  10. Mathew Adkins – [60]Project
  11. Christopher McFall – The City of Almost
  12. Lawrence English – Kiri No Oto
  13. Andrew Liles & Steven Stapleton – Der Brennende Acker
  14. Zbigniew Karkowski & Tetsuo Furudate – World As War III
  15. Secret Chiefs 3 – Xaphan: Book of Angels Vol. 9
  16. Deerhoof – Offend Maggie
  17. Don Davis – The Matrix (Original Motion Picture Score – The Deluxe Edition)
  18. Bersarin Quartett – Bersarin Quartett
  19. Johnny Hollow – Dirty Hands
  20. Hans Werner Henze – Symphonies 7 & 8 [Marek Janowski/Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin]
  21. Rebecca Saunders – Stirrings Still
  22. Autechre – Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae
  23. Mosaique – Filare
  24. Matmos – Supreme Balloon
  25. Portishead – Third
  26. Hammock – Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow
  27. Parenthetical Girls – Entanglements
  28. Hecq – Night Falls
  29. Celer/Mathieu Ruhlmann – Mesoscaphe
  30. John Williams – Interviews And More Music From Indiana Jones
  31. Operations – Collected Anomalies
  32. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV
  33. Evan Marc & Steve Hillage – Dreamtime Submersible
  34. Johan Söderqvist – Let The Right One In (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  35. Richard Skelton – Marking Time
  36. IAMX – Live In Warsaw
  37. Operator Please – Yes Yes Vindictive
  38. Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
  39. Jonathan Bentham & Christopher McFall – For Wings That Seldom Sleep