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 and wrangling data), below are revised versions of the Best Album of the Year lists, together with the original for comparison. They’ll continue to be updated on a regular but entirely arbitrary basis.

2016

Original Top 40

(published 3031 December 2016)

1. Kayo Dot – Plastic House on Base of Sky
  1. Autechre – elseq 2
  2. Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke – It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry
  3. C Duncan – The Midnight Sun
  4. Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit
  5. Katie Gately – Color
  6. Three Trapped Tigers – Silent Earthling
  7. Francis Dhomont – Le cri du Choucas
  8. Stefan Fraunberger – Quellgeister #2 ‘Wurmloch’
  9. Jonty Harrison – Voyages
  10. Daniel Wohl – Holographic
  11. John Wall – Muta Variations
  12. Claude Vivier – Kopernikus
  13. Chaya Czernowin – The Quiet: works for orchestra
  14. Cliff Martinez – The Neon Demon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  15. Ladyhawke – Wild Things
  16. The Natural History Museum – Attenborough
  17. Supersilent – 13
  18. Matmos – Ultimate Care II
  19. Fritz Hauser – Different Beat
  20. SPC ECO – All We Have Is Now
  21. Robin Foster – Anthropoid (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  22. Clara Iannotta – A Failed Entertainment: Werke 2009–2014
  23. Zahn | Hatami | McClure – Veerian
  24. Bent Sørensen – Snowbells
  25. Richard Barrett – Music for cello and electronics
  26. Mark Korven – The Witch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  27. Michael Moser – Antiphon Stein
  28. Seth Parker Woods – asinglewordisnotenough
  29. James O’Callaghan – Espaces tautologiques
  30. Oy – Space Diaspora
  31. Wendy Bevan – Rose and Thorn
  32. Necro Deathmort – The Capsule
  33. Maïa Vidal – You’re the Waves
  34. Kroy – Scavenger
  35. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  36. Olga Neuwirth – Goodnight Mommy (Original Soundtrack)
  37. Bear McCreary – The Forest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  38. Me and My Drummer – Love is a Fridge
  39. Mitski – Puberty 2

Revised Top 40

(last updated January 2018)

1. Kayo Dot – Plastic House on Base of Sky
  1. Autechre – elseq 2
  2. Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke – It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry
  3. Adam Basanta – from here to there in one straight line
  4. C Duncan – The Midnight Sun
  5. John Wall – 2005–14
  6. Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit
  7. Katie Gately – Color
  8. Three Trapped Tigers – Silent Earthling
  9. Francis Dhomont – Le cri du Choucas
  10. Per Nørgård – Symphonies 2 & 6
  11. Stefan Fraunberger – Quellgeister #2 ‘Wurmloch’
  12. Jonty Harrison – Voyages
  13. Daniel Wohl – Holographic
  14. Claude Vivier – Kopernikus
  15. Chaya Czernowin – The Quiet: works for orchestra
  16. Haruo Okada & Fabio Perletta – Genkai
  17. Cliff Martinez – The Neon Demon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  18. Galina Grigorjeva – Nature Morte
  19. Ladyhawke – Wild Things
  20. The Natural History Museum – Attenborough
  21. Supersilent – 13
  22. Matmos – Ultimate Care II
  23. Oy – Space Diaspora
  24. Fritz Hauser – Different Beat
  25. SPC ECO – All We Have Is Now
  26. Robin Foster – Anthropoid (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  27. Clara Iannotta – A Failed Entertainment: Werke 2009–2014
  28. Zahn | Hatami | McClure – Veerian
  29. Bent Sørensen – Snowbells
  30. Richard Barrett – Music for cello and electronics
  31. Mark Korven – The Witch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  32. Michael Moser – Antiphon Stein
  33. Seth Parker Woods – asinglewordisnotenough
  34. James O’Callaghan – Espaces tautologiques
  35. Wendy Bevan – Rose and Thorn
  36. Necro Deathmort – The Capsule
  37. Maïa Vidal – You’re the Waves
  38. Kroy – Scavenger
  39. Productions Totem Contemporain – Totem électrique II
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 January 2018)

1. Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs
  1. Autechre – AE_LIVE
  2. John Wall & Alex Rodgers – Work 2011–2014
  3. Mark Andre – … auf …
  4. Brian Reitzell – Hannibal: Season 3 Volumes 1 & 2 (Original Television Soundtrack)
  5. Volker Hennes – Emperor Ambassador
  6. Olivia Block – Aberration of Light
  7. John Williams – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  8. Veli-Matti Puumala – Anna Liisa
  9. Monty Adkins – Unfurling Streams
  10. Kenneth Kirschner – Compressions & Rarefactions
  11. Disasterpeace – It Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  12. Syl Kougaï – ΙΧΘΥΣ
  13. Sunken Foal – Friday Syndrome Vol. 3
  14. Brian Gascoigne – Phase IV (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  15. Tim Wright – Algorithms for Electronics, Fake Woodwind & Strings (Third Collection)
  16. Jacek Sienkiewicz – Nomatter
  17. Man Without Country – Maximum Entropy
  18. C Duncan – Architect
  19. Anna Þorvaldsdóttir – In the Light of Air
  20. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  21. Line Katcho – Pulsions
  22. Ensemble Musikfabrik – Edition Musikfabrik 09: Scherben
  23. James Newton Howard – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  24. Gilles Gobeil – Les lointains
  25. Björk – Vulnicura
  26. Cemeteries – Barrow
  27. Coppice – Spans: Three Perspectival Accounts
  28. Kreng – The Summoner
  29. Purity Ring – Another Eternity
  30. Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.
  31. Somatic Responses – The Motor of Decay
  32. Ingar Zach & Miguel Angel Tolosa – Loner
  33. Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow – Ex_Machina (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  34. Vanbot – Perfect Storm
  35. various artists – Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde
  36. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  37. Toshio Hosokawa – Edition Musikfabrik
  38. Eivør – Slør
  39. East India Youth – Culture of Volume
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 January 2018)

1. Brian Reitzell – Hannibal: Seasons 1 & 2 Volumes 1 & 2 (Original Television Soundtrack)
  1. Lee Fraser – Dark Camber
  2. Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Ballade for a Buck Moon
  3. Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek – Lucier: Memory Space
  4. Stefan Fraunberger – Quellgeister #1
  5. Coppice – Vantage/Cordoned
  6. Wolftöne – Descent
  7. Tim Hodgkinson – Onsets
  8. Zbigniew Karkowski – Live In Lyon
  9. The Bad Plus – The Rite of Spring
  10. iamamiwhoami – Blue
  11. David Brynjar Franzson – The Negotiation of Context
  12. V/Vm – The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)
  13. Supersilent – 12
  14. Erik Nyström – Morphogenèse
  15. Arlene Sierra – Game of Attrition
  16. Henrik Nordvargr Björkk – Wermland Atonal 1
  17. Press Charges – Press Charges
  18. Alfredo Costa Monteiro – Insula
  19. John Cage – Works for Two Keyboards • 2 [Pestova/Meyer Piano Duo]
  20. Monty Adkins – Rift Patterns
  21. The Whalers Collective – Nantucket (I – VI)
  22. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  23. John Zorn – The Hermetic Organ Vol. 2: St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC
  24. Markus Reuter – Sultry Kissing Lounge (Crimson ProjeKCt Tour 2014)
  25. Joseph Trapanese, Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal – The Raid 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  26. John Pickard – Gaia Symphony/Eden [Andreas Hanson/Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag]
  27. Senko – Dronetudes
  28. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
  29. Oy – No Problem Saloon
  30. irr. app. (ext.) – The Jennies Made Me Do It {1}
  31. World’s End Girlfriend – Girls/Boys Song
  32. Salvatore Sciarrino – Cantare con silenzio
  33. Per Nørgård – Symphonies 1 & 8 [Sakari Oramo/Vienna Philharmonic]
  34. Mica Levi – Under the Skin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  35. The Noisettes – Elegant Electronic Entrées
  36. Richard Causton – Millennium Scenes
  37. Duologue – Never Get Lost
  38. Sea Oleena – Shallow
  39. Lauren Redhead – Entoptic Landscape
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 January 2018)

1. Philippe Petit – Needles in Pain
  1. Stephan Mathieu – The Falling Rocket
  2. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Roadburn
  3. Main – Ablation
  4. Xopher Davidson + Zbigniew Karkowski – Processor
  5. Jakob Ullmann – fremde zeit addendum 4
  6. irr. app. (ext.) – Tuberpendicular
  7. Coppice – Compound Form
  8. Kenneth Kirschner – April 16, 2013
  9. Paul Jebanasam – Rites
  10. iamamiwhoami – bounty
  11. Aidan Baker & Troum – Nihtes Niht
  12. Black Swan – Redemption
  13. Bloodgroup – Tracing Echoes
  14. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  15. Michael Finnissy – The History of Photography in Sound
  16. Liza Lim – Tongue of the Invisible
  17. How To Destroy Angels – Welcome oblivion
  18. Secret Chiefs 3 – Book Of Souls Folio A
  19. Autechre – Exai
  20. Ryoji Ikeda – supercodex
  21. CocoRosie – Tales of a Grass Widow
  22. Flat Earth Society – 13
  23. The Noisettes – Live at Haluduvo Malinska Hotel, 1972
  24. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (Audiophile Mastered Version)
  25. Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Eclipse Studies
  26. A-Sun Amissa – You Stood Up For Victory, We Stood Up For Less
  27. Rashad Becker – Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I
  28. Christopher McFall – Quivering into your blood night radio
  29. Yugen – Observations On Trance Or Human Hybernation
  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. Umpio + irr. app. (ext.) – Observation Affects the Outcome
  37. Roly Porter – Life Cycle of a Massive Star
  38. Shane Carruth – Upstream Color (Original Motion Picture Score)
  39. Chiyoko Szlavnics – Gradients of Detail
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 January 2018)

1. Kreng – Works for Abattoir Fermé 2007 – 2011
  1. Richard Barrett – Dark Matter
  2. Black Swan – Heaven
  3. Jakob Ullmann – fremde zeit addendum
  4. Monty Adkins – Four Shibusa
  5. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Occlusions
  6. Kenneth Kirschner – September 13, 2012
  7. Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti – Terra Incognita
  8. Philippe Petit – The Extraordinary Tale Of A Lemon Girl trilogy : Chapter II: Fire-Walking To Wonderland
  9. Edward Ka-Spel – This Saturated Land
  10. iamamiwhoami – kin
  11. aTelecine – Entkopplung
  12. Evan Caminiti – Dreamless Sleep
  13. John Wall & Mark Durgan – 139
  14. Ben Lukas Boysen – Restive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  15. Aaron Cassidy – The Crutch of Memory
  16. Henrik Nordvargr Björkk – Music for N,N-Dimetyltryptamin
  17. K2 – Funeral Songs
  18. Beach House – Bloom
  19. Greg Haines – Digressions
  20. Claire Chase – Terrestre
  21. Helm – Impossible Symmetry
  22. Chubby Wolf – Seasick
  23. Sarah Blasko – I Awake
  24. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  25. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
  26. James Newton Howard – The Hunger Games (Original Motion Picture Score)
  27. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
  28. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  29. Scott Miller & Carla Rees – Devices and Desires
  30. Ramon Humet – Niwa. Chamber works
  31. The Legendary Pink Dots – The Creature that Tasted Sound
  32. Ektoise – Down River
  33. Sunken Foal – Friday Syndrome Vol.1
  34. Susanne Sundfør – The Silicone Veil
  35. Celer – Evaporate and Wonder
  36. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Speaking Corpse
  37. voidesque – moving walls and simpler things
  38. Richard Skelton – Ridgelines
  39. Zbigniew Karkowski – Nerve Cell_0
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 January 2018)

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. Christopher McFall & David Velez – Credence
  10. Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek – Grower
  11. Diamond Catalog – Magnified Palette
  12. Gareth Davis / Jan Kleefstra / Romke Kleefstra – Sieleslyk
  13. Svarte Greiner – Twin
  14. Blind Women – Rats In The Thorax
  15. Björk – Biophilia
  16. Jenny Hval – Viscera
  17. Hecq – Avenger
  18. Yugen – Ae’shT’aT’aQ
  19. Tartar Lamb II – Polyimage of Known Exits
  20. Akita / Gustafsson / O’Rourke – One Bird Two Bird
  21. aTelecine – A Cassette Tape Culture Phase Two
  22. Chubby Wolf – Los que No Son Gentos
  23. Ulver – Wars of the Roses
  24. Gazelle Twin – The Entire City
  25. Celer – Noctilucent Clouds
  26. Merzbow – Kamadhenu
  27. Leyland Kirby – Intrigue & Stuff (Vol. 2)
  28. irr. app. (ext.) – Orgonosis #4
  29. Stephan Mathieu – A Static Place
  30. Frank Zappa – Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
  31. Talvihorros – Descent Into Delta
  32. Christopher William Anderson – Moskenstraumen
  33. Bernat Vivancos – Blanc. Choral works
  34. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
  35. Braids – Native Speaker
  36. Roly Porter – Aftertime
  37. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia
  38. Kreng – Grimoire
  39. David Lynch – INLAND EMPIRE (Original Motion Picture Score)
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 January 2018)

1. Kenneth Kirschner – July 17, 2010
  1. iamamiwhoami – In Concert
  2. Christopher McFall – Lost at sea and seldom found
  3. Stefano Scodanibbio – Oltracuidansa
  4. Celer – Dying Star
  5. The Birthday Massacre – Pins and Needles
  6. United Bible Studies – The Gascoigne Observatory
  7. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Disingenuity/Disingenuousness
  8. Chubby Wolf – Ornitheology
  9. of Montreal – False Priest
  10. Jónsi – Go
  11. Matthew Herbert – Mahler Symphony X Recomposed
  12. Yui Onodera & Celer – Generic City
  13. Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek – Drape
  14. Hans Zimmer – Inception (Music from the Motion Picture)
  15. Philippe Petit & Friends – A Scent of Garmambrosia
  16. Jennifer Walshe – Nature Data
  17. Charles Tournemire – The Seven Last Words of Christ
  18. Ambarchi/O’Rourke/Haino – Tima Formosa
  19. CocoRosie – Grey Oceans
  20. Michel Van der Aa – Spaces of Blank
  21. Jonathan Uliel Saldanha – The Earth as a Floating Egg
  22. Cyclobe – Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window
  23. aTelecine – A Cassette Tape Culture
  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. Tashi Wada – Alignment
  34. Get Well Soon – Vexations
  35. Benjamin Dauer – Burning of Wine
  36. Zeena Parkins – Between the Whiles
  37. Robyn – Body Talk
  38. Ektoise – Ektoise
  39. O. Children – O. Children
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 January 2018)

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. Ekca Liena – Drones Between Homes
  8. Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 2
  9. maudlin of the Well – Part The Second
  10. Celer – Poulaine
  11. Richard Skelton – Landings
  12. Christopher McFall – All For The Terror That Sings Sweetly To You In The Night
  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. Noveller – Paint on the Shadows
  25. Tim Exile – Listening Tree
  26. Ambrose Field – Being Dufay
  27. SoiSong – xAj3z
  28. Operations – Sundevil
  29. Access to Arasaka – Oppidan
  30. Polly Scattergood – Polly Scattergood
  31. Lustmord – Beyond
  32. Conure – Stream
  33. Christopher Young – Drag Me To Hell (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  34. Stray Ghost – An Avalanche of Swollen Tongues
  35. Thomas Truax – Songs From The Films Of David Lynch
  36. Tor Lundvall – Sleeping and Hiding
  37. Daniel Bjarnason – Processions
  38. Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
  39. Supersilent – 9
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 January 2018)

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. Martin Stig Andersen – Rabbit at the Airport
  8. Christopher McFall – Sensuality May Be Found At The Mouth Of A Snake
  9. Tu M’ – Is That You?
  10. Aidan Baker – Live In London 05/14/2007
  11. Colin Andrew Sheffield – Signatures (Special Edition)
  12. Pēteris Vasks – Cantus ad pacem
  13. Mathew Adkins – [60]Project
  14. Lawrence English – Kiri No Oto
  15. Andrew Liles & Steven Stapleton – Der Brennende Acker
  16. Zbigniew Karkowski & Tetsuo Furudate – World As War III
  17. Secret Chiefs 3 – Xaphan: Book of Angels Vol. 9
  18. Deerhoof – Offend Maggie
  19. The Caretaker – The Persistent Repetition of Phrases
  20. Bersarin Quartett – Bersarin Quartett
  21. Johnny Hollow – Dirty Hands
  22. Hans Werner Henze – Symphonies 7 & 8 [Marek Janowski/Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin]
  23. Rebecca Saunders – Stirrings Still
  24. Mosaique – Filare
  25. Matmos – Supreme Balloon
  26. Portishead – Third
  27. Hammock – Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow
  28. Parenthetical Girls – Entanglements
  29. Hecq – Night Falls
  30. Clouwbeck – A Moraine
  31. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV
  32. Evan Marc & Steve Hillage – Dreamtime Submersible
  33. Johan Söderqvist – Let The Right One In (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  34. Operator Please – Yes Yes Vindictive
  35. Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
  36. Jonathan Bentham & Christopher McFall – For Wings That Seldom Sleep
  37. Get Well Soon – Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon
  38. Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree
  39. Entia Non – Fold