100 Greatest Psychedelic Albums

Criteria: With instrumental originality, sound exploration, studio effects and extended improvisation as the central elements of psychedelic music, these albums were chosen as the best examples that helped define the genre. Impact & lasting influence were primary factors with lyrical content considered to a lesser degree. Those artists known specifically as vocal groups were excluded. Editor's note: As with all lists, this is a subjective list & makes no claim of an official nature.
Greatest Psychedelic Albums
1. Electric Music For The Mind & Body
Country Joe & The Fish
2. Piper at The Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd
3. Strange Days
The Doors
4. Anthem Of The Sun
Grateful Dead
5. United States of America
United States of America
6. Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix Experience
7. After Bathing At Baxter's
Jefferson Airplane
8. Angel's Egg
Gong
9. Surrealistic Pillow
Jefferson Airplane
10. Are You Experienced
Jimi Hendrix Experience
11. H.P. Lovecraft
H.P. Lovecraft
12. The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
The Incredible String Band
13. Beacon From Mars
Kaleidoscope
14. Spirit
Spirit
15. Fifth Dimension
The Byrds
16. DeCapo
Love
17. Balaklava
Pearls Before Swine
18. 12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus
Spirit
19. I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die
Country Joe and The Fish
20. Aoxomoxoa
Grateful Dead
21. Dear Mr Fantasy
Traffic
22. Velvet Underground & Nico
Velvet Underground
23. Tomorrow
Tomorrow
24. Easter Everywhere
13th Floor Elevators
25. Crown Of Creation
Jefferson Airplane
26. S F Sorrow
The Pretty Things
27. Music In A Doll's House
Family
28. Forever Changes
Love
29. Volume 2
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
30. Parable of Arable Land
The Red Crayola
31. The Twain Shall Meet
Eric Burdon & The Animals
32. In Search of The Lost Chord
The Moody Blues
33. Clear Light
Clear Light
34. Roger The Engineer
Yardbirds
35. Cauldron
Fifty Foot Hose
36. The Amazing Charlatans
The Charlatans
37. L
Steve Hillage
38. A Child's Guide To Good & Evil
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
39. Present Tense
Sagittarius
40. H.P. Lovecraft II
H.P. Lovecraft
41. Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles
42. Camenbert Electrique
Gong
43. Earth Opera
Earth Opera
44. A Saucerful Of Secrets
Pink Floyd
45. Quicksilver Messenger Service
Quicksilver Messenger Service
46. Behold and See
Ultimate Spinach
47. Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
Small Faces
48. Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd
49. Hurdy Gurdy Man
Donavan
50. Side Trips
Kaleidoscope
51. Inner Mystique
The Chocolate Watch Band
52. Quark, Strangeness and Charm
Hawkwind
53. The 5000 Spirits/Layers of The Onion
The Incredible String Band
54. Barrett
Syd Barrett
55. Volume One
The Soft Machine
56. Freak Out
Mothers of Invention
57. Younger Than Yesterday
The Byrds
58. Steppenwolf the Second
Steppenwolf
59. It's A Beautiful Day
It's a Beautiful Day
60. Sunshine Superman
Donavan
61. Begin
The Millenium
62. Caravan
Caravan
63. The Madcap Laughs
Syd Barrett
64. The Cycle Is Complete
Bruce Palmer
65. Jet Propelled Photograph
The Soft Machine
66. Hawkwind
Hawkwind
67. Fever Tree
Fever Tree
68. Space Ritual
Hawkwind
69. Use of Ashes
Pearls Before Swine
70. Space Hymn
Lothar & The Hand People
71. Flash
Moving Sidewalks
72. Their Satanic Majesties Request
Rolling Stones
73. The Great Conspiracy
Peanut Butter Conspiracy
74. 25 O'Clock
The Dukes of Stratosphear
75. Oar
Alexander 'Skip' Spence
76. Transmissions From The Satellite Heart
The Flaming Lips
77. Psychedelic Lollipop
Blues Magoos
78. Trout Mask Replica
Capt. Beefheart & The Magic Band
79. These Things Too
Pearls Before Swine
80. Before The Dream Faded
The Misunderstood
81. Gandalf
Gandalf
82. Underground
The Electric Prunes
83. Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown
84. Captain Beyond
Captain Beyond
85. Contact
Silver Apples
86. Monster Movie
Can
87. Everybody's Here
Lost & Found
88. Long Years in Space
Neighb'hood Childr'n
89. Strictly Personal
Captain Beefheart
90. Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera
Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera
91. Outsideinside
Blue Cheer
92. The Yellow Balloon
The Yellow Balloon
93. Truth
D.R. Hooker
94. Renaissance
Vanilla Fudge
95. Journey To The Center Of The Mind
The Amboy Dukes
96. SRC
SRC
97. I Am The Cosmos
Chris Bell
98. Another Time/Another Place
Fever Tree
99. Mad River
Mad River
100. We Are Ever So Clean
The Blossom Toes

Best New Psychedelic Albums:
1. Voyage 34 The Complete Trip
Porcupine Tree
2. Psonic Psunspot
The Dukes of Stratosphere
3. The Sky Moves Sideways
Porcupine Tree
4. The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas
Nick Garre
5. Cottonwood hill
Brainticket
6. Night at Cubist Castle
Olivia Tremor Control
7. Apache/Inca
Maitreya Kali
8. Mystic Siva
Mystic Siva
9. Circulatory System
Circulatory System
10. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel
11. Illinoise
Sufjan Stevens
12. Shinki Chen
Shinki Chen & Friends

Newly added names are in Red
Last Updated: 2021-02-07