Albums that are Better Experienced at Night

I asked a whole buncha people some albums they thought were better experienced at night, and here are their picks.

If I didn't ask you to give me your picks, feel free to give me as many as you like in the comments. Reasonings are optional :)

Spellling - The Turning Wheel
@AyeItsJoey's pick

"One album I would say that great to listen to is turning wheel by spellling. I've had multiple walks at night that give off a mystical and wondrous feel while still being eerie, its just an album that’s really enhanced by the night and I think everyone should listen to that album in full while traveling at night in some capacity because thats a really unique experience just make sure you’re safe ofc since the eerie vibes at times can be a bit scary if you’re walking home alone or something"
Slipknot - Iowa
@TrevBev45's first pick

"Hello, I believe that Slipknot's Iowa and Korn's Self-Titled are good enough albums to listen to at night. Both have long songs at the end that are so dark to listen to (Iowa and Daddy)."

@Musicnerdd's second pick
Korn - Korn
@TrevBev45's second pick
Brent Faiyaz - WASTELAND
86
@Ryannn's pick

"WASTELAND has genuinely put me in a different headspace. R&B usually has a night time sound, but this just cracks it up a notch."

@Scre4meh’s second pick

*said any album of his so I just picked his most recent, which I think fits the list well*
Grouper - Ruins
@VideoBoy's first pick

"My go-to sleep album these days is Ruins by Grouper. It's just so calm and comforting. Though I must admit that I often don't make it to the end before I zzz."
Low - Double Negative
@VideoBoy's second pick

"I remember a night walk from almost a year ago that got ten times more epic because I listened to Double Negative by Low. Especially when 'Fly' started playing as I walked in the city center at 2AM on a cold, lonely night."

@jeetygt's third pick
Swans - Soundtracks For The Blind
100
@ELAN's first pick

@emomu's first pick

@cakenator's pick
clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned
87
@ELAN's second pick

@clumsyduckling's pick

"I mean, it’s pretty fitting for a horrorcore album. Listening to it in the dark definitely helps add to the eeriness and horror of the album."

@BaddieBaphomet's first pick

@emomu's fourth pick

@MFINNDOOM's pick

"Makes the album a bit creepier alright"

@hiphopcritiques's pick

"Visions of Bodies being Burned is a great nighttime album"
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
@ELAN's third pick

@Calupmullings's pick

"Eminem the marshall mathers lp it gives it more of a dark vibe"
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
90
@ELAN's fourth pick
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
100
@DemaCalling96's first pick

@rater_ratings's first pick

@RichardsH's 5ifth pick

"this is literally the perfect night album"
Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
@rater_ratings's second pick
Lingua Ignota - Caligula
@PipePanic's pick

"I'd definitely go with Lingua Ignota's Caligula. It combines these chilling, horrifying soundscapes with deeply emotional and poetic lyrics that make for near perfect late night listening."

@Logiar’s third pick
Empire of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
@TheBricker's first pick

"Honestly good for any part of the day and night cycle, but the whole experience from start to finish probably suits night more."
The The - Soul Mining
@TheBricker's second pick

"It's an album where the atmosphere also does the trick and probably would suit night very well."

@Musicnerdd's 5ifth pick
Momend - Spirals
@TheBricker's third pick

"Some indie music suited for darkness, really underrated album as a whole."
Alphataurus - Alphataurus
@TheBricker's fourth pick

"Italian progressive rock which seems to be incredibly fitting for night, the production for some reason seems to have a character like that."
Radiohead - Kid A
97
@DemaCalling96's second pick

@TheBricker's 5ifth pick

"I'll end with a classic one, a lot of Radiohead's albums would fit under this category for me, honestly, The King Of Limbs is equally as fitting, there's just something about their more electronic content that just seems to have an even greater atmosphere at night."

@coloncancer's second pick

@depechemode4lif's first pick

@RichardsH's first pick

"idk but I listened to it pretty late and I enjoyed it more"

@tommy_lindsey's first pick

@QuinDelamore's 5ifth pick

@Kodan's third pick
Tom Waits - Bone Machine
@JustSomeGuy's first pick
Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
@JustSomeGuy's third pick

@YuriDING's pick

"Sounds just like these new horror movies like The Witch, The Lighthouse, Hereditary, The Northman, etc. Is just amazing and is one of my favorites of all time.
This album changed the way I listen to music, it made me go after much more experimental things. In addition to sounding very unique and atmospheric.
Listening to this album alone in a dark room is something unique"
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
@JustSomeGuy's fourth pick

@surlace's seventh pick
Paysage d'Hiver - Paysage d'Hiver
@JustSomeGuy's 5ifth pick
John Zorn - Naked City
@JustSomeGuy's sixth pick
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
@MickyT's first pick

@ThatRockPlayer's third pick

@GaboCR's eighth pick
King Krule - The OOZ
@MickyT's second pick

@diegocuevas5240's third pick
Duster - Stratosphere
@mike_drop's pick

"Stratosphere by Duster is a pretty easy pick for me. It sets the mood perfectly for a session of introspective thinking and reflecting. It has a really cozy vibe and the production is just stellar for what it goes for."

@SnowyFighter's pick

"Honestly so many albums could fit in this spot but the main one that comes to mind is Stratosphere by Duster. An all time favorite of mine that I love to drive to at night"
Autechre - Confield
@KillBill's second pick

"both albums are better experienced in the nighttime for different reasons. the former is very scary and cloaked with a dark aura best felt during the night. the second is just a mindfuck album and I prefer listening to those when it's dark outside"

@Eyncore's fourth pick
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
@Aydn's first pick

"(preferably while the sun sets)"
Have a Nice Life - Deathconsciousness
@Aydn's second pick

"(the sun is now a dim light at the bottom of the horizon)"

@depechemode4lif's eighth pick

@surlace's first pick

@TJ_King's tenth pick
Swans - To Be Kind
100
@Aydn's third pick

"(now you get in bed, put 2 speakers on either side of the bed, and fall asleep to some where during Bring The Sun)"
Lil Ugly Mane - Oblivion Access
@Aydn's fourth pick

"(this is literally a nightmare)"
Akira Yamaoka - Silent Hill 2
@Musicnerdd's first pick

@TJ_King's fourth pick

"I don't think I need to explain this one lol."
Portishead - Dummy
87
@DemaCalling96’s third pick

@Musicnerdd's third pick

@Chode's pick

"First one that comes to mind is Dummy by Portishead, that album has an eerie and ethereal atmosphere unlike no other"

@SoundOwl’s third pick

@TJ_King's sixth pick

"An album I'm sure a lot of couples listen to while in the bedroom at night."

@nathanaskenazi's first pick

@GaranHollow's first pick
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
100
@ThomasGuy's pick
Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
@ThatRockPlayer's first pick

@reptilia0000's pick
Dream Theater - Awake
@ThatRockPlayer's second pick
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
93
@ThatRockPlayer's fourth pick
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
@ThatRockPlayer's sixth pick
Alice in Chains - Dirt
@ThatRockPlayer's seventh pick
Kanye West - Donda
95
@BruhMan's pick

"I’ve thought about that several times but the only one I can think of right now might be “Donda”. Idk why but It just feels and oozes nighttime."

@TurtwigsTaste's third pick

"Donda idk how to describe, the sad themes and album cover for some reason makes me enjoy it more at night. Wish I can explain, but can't for that one."
R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
@PelicanManners's first pick
The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
50
@PelicanManners's second pick
Anna B Savage - A Common Turn
@Louis13's pick

"My pick is 'A Common Turn' by Anna B. Savage. Anna's voice itself is haunting and dark, and the instrumentals can be eerily skeletal at times. The whole album just feels dark and nocturnal to me."
Lil Ugly Mane - Uneven Compromise
@AllAboutMusic's first pick
Frank Ocean - Blonde
100
@AllAboutMusic's second pick

@Unoriginal's second pick

@coloncancer's third pick

@GaranHollow's second pick

@TorranceONGOD's first pick

@Xaivv's second pick

@TheElasticChip's 5ifth pick
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
@Unoriginal's first pick

"I’m going to have to go with Oneohtrix Point Never’s “Replica”. Being tired just puts you in the mood that the album is trying to achieve. Also it’s ambient and any ambient album is good for nighttime."
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1w
W list and I agree with several of these takes
2w
I don't suggest this off personal experience but Repulsive's Wings
2w
Iโ€™m picking soundtracks for the blind
2w
tysm for putting my albums in!
3w
Ghost stories having more votes than รgรฆtis byrjun is nuts
3w
if i was to pick an album it would probably be A Moon Shaped Pool.
3w
I wanna drop some picks here real quick.

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/485154-yuga--kotoba-no-nai-yoru-ni.php -- Listened to this at 12:30am last night with all of the lights out -- the lush arrangements with just a hint of reverb and soulful singing combine to provide a one-of-a-kind nighttime experience.

'Devotion' by Beach House -- Beach House's darkest and most mysterious album. Their albums (even Teen Dream) all tend to work really well at night, but Devotion manages to combine a nostalgic aura, slow songs, and hooks that come off like lullabies. It's perfectly soothing and sweet at night, and especially is great for really pastoral settings.

Also I can vouch for Double Negative, In The Flat Field and xx.
3w
those arent ordered by the way, i think my list in order of best to least cool experience would be: blonde, crumbling, igor, man on the moon 3, ants from up there
3w
igor, blonde, man on the moon 3, crumbling by mid-air thief, ants from up there are all good picks imo
3w
@nino21321312312 dope!!
3w
Loved the list!! Thank u for considering me
3w
Amazing list :) thanks for including me!
3w
Great list! Can't wait to ruin my sleep cycle to test some of these out
3w
Thanks for having me dude, loved the list! :)
3w
Fantastic list!!! Great job putting this together.
3w
Epic list and I love the community cosmographic vision this gives
3w
smash brothers aint got shit on the ultimate collab that is this list
3w
@albumreviewguy your mother will be very proud of this
3w
thank you!!
3w
Look mom Iโ€™m on an AOTY community list
3w
Thanks for including me!
3w
@Macks thanks for your suggestions, they have been added :)
3w
comment couldnt fit this part
also spirit phone by lemon demon because 'on the same flight, i listened to this album a ton. neil is so entertaining in his quirky, eerie and funky melodies. it was as if he gave the night air emotions and made it try to kill me and make me laugh.'
3w
add me to turnover vision please
selected ambient works 85-92 by aphex twin because 'richard d james makes very calming music and i do think thats what we all need at night'
loveless by my bloody valentine because 'i love this band to bits. they can make me get As on exams, look cool in front of my friends and can show me what real sleep looks like.'
nurture by porter robinson because 'once i was flying at night. planes back and forth and i had to stay focused. the flights were long and bonkers. even if i couldnt sleep, porter robinson could trick me into thinking i was asleep (no joke)'
3w
Amazing list. Lots of stuff I need to check out
3w
Thank you everyone for the support in the comments! Also for getting me top on trending, that's sick :D
3w
Very good list! Nocturnal music is quite special.
3w
@Macks ofc :)
3w
@KillBill idk lol. I almost didnโ€™t ask him bc I was sure he wouldnโ€™t answer. It was a shock to see that he did
3w
W list, thank you for including me :D
3w
Hi! I made a Spotify playlist with most of the albums here
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0jpa95yc6FLsuW4DeXMywz?si=7ce319463411425a
3w
Thank you for this epic list
3w
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm thank you hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
3w
Excellent list! Thank you for including me!
3w
HELL YEAH
3w
โคโคโค
3w
Cool list, thanks for asking me!
3w
I always have loved talking about this idea. The Mantle by Agalloch would be my pick. It's bonechilling and makes any night feel like a winter night while you sit near a fire to keep warm. One of the goated albums
3w
Great list, thanks for include me
3w
nice list!! can i add some music??
3w
Some great pics on this list! Can't believe I'm the only one picking anything by Grouper though.
3w
lets gooo
3w
Seems like Kid A & Dummy are the winners here for sure. Makes sense.
3w
Nice! Love the list.
3w
Great list... some dark, brooding choices here!
3w
Great list btw
3w
Cool beans, big thanks for asking for my albums!
3w
jesus even brad's on the list. how did you do that lmao
3w
very nice list!!
3w
mad list!! glad to be a part of it
3w
5ifth pick nice
3w
Love it
3w
Good list
3w
@Wyroquax ty :)
3w
Nice list and a great idea!
3w
Soul mining mad underrated.

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