The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time: 50-41

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50: Deathprod - Morals and Dogma

49: Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age

48: Ernest Hood - Neighborhoods

47: Jon Hassell - Verbal Equinox

46: Edgar Froese - Epsilon in Malaysian Pale

45: Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

44: Microstoria - snd

43: Eluvium - Talk Amongst the Trees

42: Ekkehard Ehlers - Plays

41: Brian Eno/Harold Budd - The Pearl

 

 

“As ignorable as it is interesting.” That’s the classic definition of ambient music, stated by Brian Eno in 1978 on the sleeve notes to his album Ambient 1: Music for Airports. And he should know, since he basically invented the genre three years earlier with his album Discreet Music. But while Eno’s definition of ambient has been cited continuously in the decades since, the sphere of music he first defined has broadened, especially if you judge by how that word is used by listeners. “Ambient” is now used to describe all kinds of music, from tracks you can dance to all the way to harsh noise. For our exploration of the greatest ambient albums, we polled critics for their favorites, with the suggestion that “ambient” meant, in part, music that creates an environment, something like a cloud of sound, be it soothing, sad, haunting, or ominous. We also suggested that our take on ambient music shies away from heavy rhythms and tends more toward “drifting” than “driving,” which meant de-emphasizing ambient house. And we considered the fact that not all albums in a given artist’s catalogue qualify as ambient. Taking into account our writers’ interpretation of those loose guidelines, here’s our list of the 50 best ambient albums. 

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