Most Influential Electronic Albums – All Time

“The following playlist contains tracks from what we consider to be the most influential or best electronic albums of all time. At present our list stops at 2013, so let us know what in the past few years should now be considered for inclusion”…

Best Electronic Albums of All Time

Recently I read a Q Magazine article on the ’25 Greatest Albums of all Time’ and was surprised to see only one electronic album included within that list. After a little more digging, through various other best of lists, it became very evident that electronic albums generally dont figure as highly as their 4 piece guitar powered counterparts. Historically, on the whole, a justified stance, when you consider that these lists include the highly influential forces that were the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Bowie etc. Yet a cursory glance at todays charts suggest that such a traditionalist view is no longer relevant. Dance Music or Electronic Music is clearly now the dominate force when it comes to composing a hit record. Not the guitar, sorry Ed!

Therefore any ‘Greatest Albums of all Time’, list, must consider what are the best electronic albums of all time. Pioneering albums that have inspired a generation of producers who are now influencing another generation of producers. And it is on this basis that our selections have been made.

[Within the following list we have also included a number of highly influential, and relevant, compilations and EP’s.]

1972 – Neu! – Neu!
1974 – Kraftwerk – Autobahn
1976 – Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygen
1978 – Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music For Airports
1981 – New Order – Movement
1988 – Techno – The New Dance Sound of Detroit
1991 – KLF – White Room
1991 – The Orb – Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
1991 – Orbital – Orbital
1991 – Massive Attack – Blue Lines
1991 – Primal Scream – Screamadelica
1994 – Prodigy – Jilted Generation
1994 – Underworld – dubnobasswithmyheadman
1995 – Leftfield – Leftism
1995 – Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
1995 – Goldie – Timeless
1996 – DJ Shadow – Entroducing
1996 – Sasha & Digweed – Northern Exposure
1997 – Roni Size Reprezant – New Forms
1997 – Daft Punk – Homework
1998 – Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children
1998 – Air – Moon Safari
1998 – Fat Boy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby
1998 – Basement Jaxx – Remedy
1999 – Moby – Play
2001 – Avalanches – Since I Left You
2001 – Daft Punk – Discovery
2003 – 2 Many Djs – As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt2
2005 – Soulwax – Nite Versions
2005 – M.I.A – Arular
2006 – Burial – Burial
2006 – Skream – Skream!
2007 – LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
2007 – Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
2007 – Justice – Cross

Best Dance Albums – Updated: April 2018

2008 – Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
2009 – Major Lazer – Guns Don’t Kill People… Lasers Do
2009 – Deadmau5 – Random Album Title
2010 – Four Tet – There Is Love in You
2011 – James Blake – James Blake
2011 – Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only A Noise
2011 – Chase & Status – No More Idols
2011 – Skrillex – Bangarang EP
2012 – Flume – Flume
2013 – Disclosure – Settle

We decided to stop at 2013, as its hard to say which electronic albums of the past few years will go on to be considered pioneering records. After all to consider a record as pioneering, or as one of the best dance albums of all time, there has to be evidence of others being inspired by that piece of work.

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