Best Project from each genre (in my opinion)

"I believe no matter how much a person hates a genre or a sub-genre there will always be at least one album he/she will at least find from that genre that is enjoyable (except for metal [email protected]#$ metal!)"

This is a list that I'm making not only for myself but for those that want to get into a specific genre but don't know where to start, so in other words it's kinda like a starter pack except I'm only recommending one album from each genre and only for the albums I listened to and actually enjoyed. I'm doing this because I want there to be more discussion in some of the albums I enjoy listening to since some of them don't have that many ratings or reviews and I'm sure all these albums are great since I have great taste *hehehe*. There will be a number of albums I'm sure you all are familiar with so it will give you an idea of what I look for when it comes to music and I'm sure this list will expand my music taste since I will be adding more genres as I find more, but I would also appreciate an album recommendation from a genre that is not listed here (note: I don't like metal music).

I will not be including Radiohead, Pink Floyd and The Beatles since I feel these bands have been oversaturated in music sites and that I just don't care for their music (Specifically Pink Floyd and The Beatles, not Radiohead they're fine and Kendrick Lamar doesn't count since he's not a rock artist.)

And to make this more interesting I will only be including one album per artist.

Note: I will not be referring to the genre tags in this website and I haven't rated all these albums, but I have heard them all and I will rate them soon and genres tags are not 100% accurate.

Anyway here's the list enjoy.

(And yes I'm aware there's a metal album on this list, but that album doesn't even sound like a traditional metal album so it doesn't count)

(Genres will not be in alphabetical order)

Four Tet - Rounds
90
Folktronica
Gaelle - Transient
86
Contemporary R&B
J Dilla - Donuts
85
Plunderphonics
Madvillain - Madvillainy
85
Abstract Hip Hop
Steely Dan - Aja
79
Yacht Rock
Ocean Machine - Biomech
84
Progressive Metal
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1w
Thanks for the follow, I have a recommendation that I think you'll enjoy

Midwest Emo
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/16001-american-football-american-football.php
2w
@Fotsuan oh I misread that but yea the same points apply, although I still have to give the album you recommended a listen just to see what you mean.
2w
I was referring to pop-punk, which doesn't sound like punk at all.
2w
@FiredNeutral someone else actually recommended it to me and I took a listen to it and yeah I still think the Farrah Abraham album is better I just don't find Jane Remover's voice appealing at all he sounds so bored in his own album with him having the same monotone voice for the whole album, his lyrics are just meh to a bit cringy at times but nothing too drastic , I think the only thing I really liked was the production, at least with My Teenage Dream Ended the vocals didn't sound boring and was entertaining, funny and varied so yeah it's staying.
2w
@Fotsuan no I definitely heard quite a bit of punk music and I am aware of pop punk, as well of other genres of punk, I'm just not a fan, there's only very few acceptions I make and it's usually the bands that ironically don't sound like normal punk music.
2w
as much as i love dummy this is my pick for trip hop:
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/1570-massive-attack-mezzanine.php
2w
sorry im coming to this kinda late but im gonna just kinda type out one comment per genre i see
first for hyperpop: first that comes to mind is how im feeling now
the Farrah Abraham is a staple obv but imo there has been a wave of more appealing hyperpop since
2w
Also it's better than the other one on the list right now
2w
Ok, one more try for hyperpop.
I think a better representation of the genre and how good it can be is definitely Frailty by Jane Remover. Some of the recording is definitely a bit rough, but behind that there's a genuinely great album there.
2w
Pop-punk isn't even close to punk music, so I guess you've never listened to it? Yellowcard's Ocean Avenue is a good example.
2w
@1000Hours I'm very picky when it comes to punk music because I don't like the genre that much.

You got any recommendations though?
2w
no pop punk entry?
2w
Ah, that it is. Apologies. RHP was a good pick. In that case I will recommend Streetlight Manifesto's Everything Goes Numb for some ska representation.
2w
Neurofunk

Ed Rush & Optical - Wormhole

American Primitivism

John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers

2w
‘Siamese Dream’ is a classic but I’m not sure it feels like the best representative of grunge - ‘In Utero’ for me would fit better.

Some good picks here though.
2w
@humm1ng_b1rd no problem, thx for the recommendation
2w
@Lucmun slowcore is definitely present in page 2 but I'll take a listen to Ugly But Honest.
2w
Thank you for the homage! ♥️
3w
Wonderfully comprehensive list, TJ. I don't believe I saw Slowcore represented, so my recommendation Ugly But Honest by Carissa's Wierd.
3w
@FiredNeutral I listened to Ants From Up There and while I think it's good, it's just overrated in my eyes and all the spots for which genre it can land to is already taken, and yeah sorry Charli XCX is gonna just appear cuz I like my rules. Thx for more recommendations.
3w
@mediocre_feet yeah I have prog rock, it's "The Gathering - How to Measure a Planet?" and the album you recommended would need to be otherworldly in my eyes for me to take that album off, but maybe I might be surprised so I'll take a listen to it, thx for the recommendation.
3w
Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road should be on this list it’s so goooooooooooood. Also Charli XCX should be on here twice, screw the rules!!!!!
3w
Not sure if you've written prog rock but I recommend New Levels New Devils - Polyphia. It's such an important album and its influence in the guitar community is massive. Great list idea!
3w
@Drone3000 thx, have any recommendations?
3w
@Antihistamine I heard Illmatic and I definitely prefer Deltron 3030 over it, thx for the recommendation.
3w
Good list!
3w
Illmatic as Boom bap
3w
TBH any rating is more than enough
3w
wow, what an interesting list to get to know more genres that i've never heard of and here are my recommendations:
- folk: utabiko - ichiko aoba
- dream pop: bloom - beach house
- bossa nova: en "la fusa" - toquinho, vinicius de moraes & maria creuza
- new wave: signos - soda stereo
- city pop: fuyuu kuukan - tomoko aran
3w
@RoiHyland and no need to thank me, I should be thanking you for making it easy for me pick your work from the genre.
3w
@RoiHyland my rating system is a bit different from most people so don't expect some crazy high score but it's definitely gonna be quite positive.
3w
@RoiHyland I mean EP but you know what I mean
3w
@TJ_King damnnnn I wonder what your gonna rate it now 😭😭 thank you for adding me!!
3w
@RoiHyland yeah your music bangs and you're definitely have the best album in this site when it comes to users so far, so keep doing what you're doing.
3w
No way I’m on this list
3w
np bro!!
3w
@herc I really like the genre so I'll give them all a listen and see what I think about them, thx for the recommendations
3w
imo my teenage dream ended isnt really a great representation of hyperpop its more a novelty album that kinda sounds like hyperpop
my recommendations for the genre are
glaive - cypress grove
underscores - fishmonger
juno - the loved ones
they arent for everyone but in my opinion they're pretty good representations of what hyperpop (at least now) is
all in all great list and looking forward to seeing it grow even further
3w
@AndreManfre93 it's all good hope you found something in this list that peaked your interest.
3w
You are right @TJ_King, I totally ignored the second page sorry :)
3w
@JoeyCorner I actually forgot about that one I'm gonna add it now, thx Joey.
3w
Industrial Hip-Hop: The Money Store by Death Grips
3w
@grnhll wow I fumbled hard when spelling aggressive, the one time I wanted auto correct to work smh.
3w
@grnhll well...at least it's less agreesive, I've already heard of two in that list sk I'll check out the rest thx for recommending I really appreciate it.
3w
P.S: If you are going to check out my metal recs, I suggest starting with Koi No Yokan, and if you can't handle that album, don't bother listening to the other ones because you'll probably dislike them and I don't really wanna waste your time
3w
Well, I'll add some non-metal suggestions just in case you don't want to listen to the other ones:
- Industrial Hip Hop: Veteran by JPEGMAFIA
- Industrial Rock: With Teeth by Nine Inch Nails
- Experimental Rock: Frances the Mute by The Mars Volta
- Digital Hardcore: The Ugly Art by Machine Girl
- Heavy Psych: SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

As my other suggestions, I think these are fairly accesible entry points for each of their respective genres
3w
ambient SAW VOL II aphex twin
Trip hop demon days gorillaz
im a simple man
3w
@grnhll nah I was serious "[email protected]#$ metal" but don't worry about It you can recommend anything you want I'll listen.... except for voodoo or ritual music please don't recommend me voodoo music I'm actually serious about that one.
3w
I can give non-metal suggestions later if you don't really wanna listen to many metal stuff, I thought the metal part was mostly a joke hehe
3w
@Chode thank you Mr. Chode your services are greatly appreciated.
3w
@grnhll "yup I put myself in the deep end with this one, guess I gotta change my description"

I'll listen to it all see what I think about them but I won't promise like to any of em and if you read the description you'll know why, thanks for the many recommendations you gave me I won't let one album go to waste even if tortures me.
3w
Although I don't think these are the best albums from each genre, they're pretty good starting points for them
3w
Thanks for reaching out! Here are some suggestions and additions:

- I would replace your emo entry with Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance, but it's more personal preference than anything else
- Alternative Metal: Koi No Yokan by Deftones
- Melodic Hardcore: The Artist in the Ambulance by Thrice
- Metalcore: either I Let It in and It Took Everything by Loathe or The Dusk in Us by Converge
- Post-Metal: Hex by Toundra
- Trap Metal: CITY MORGUE VOL 1: HELL OR HIGH WATER by City Morgue
- Sludge Metal: Leviathan by Mastodon
- Progressive Metal: Meat Machine by Obsidian Kingdom
- Mathcore: One of Us is the Killer by The Dillinger Escape Plan
- Nu Metal: Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park
3w
@FiredNeutral oh I definitely love me some Hyperpop I'm actually almost done listening to Charli XCX's discography, but unfortunately I can't add her since because already added Charli and there can be only one album per artist.
3w
Idk if you’d like hyper pop, but my personal favourite is Charli XCX’s “how I’m feeling now” it’s a bit louder compared to the album prior but it’s still great
3w
@AndreManfre93 wait no what the heck am I saying, I did add her didn't you see Vespertine?
3w
@daifukumochi yeah I'll add her y'all really love Björk wow!
3w
@AndreManfre93 uh wow.... I actually didn't think of Björk and David Bowie when making this list ima add them asap, I hate The Clash though.
3w
Wait, no Bjork???
3w
No David Bowie? Bjork? The Clash? :(
3w
I feel like you might like Scott Walker’s “Scott 4” more in the baroque-pop genre.
3w
I haven't fully gotten into this genre entirely myself, but the album Beat by Bowery Electric is a trip hop album that I hear no one talk about, but I enjoy a lot. I haven't heard Dummy so idk if it's better than that, and It's not entirely trip hop with some Shoegaze and Drone elements in there, but idk I think it's a super interesting album :)
3w
Nico- Desertshore (Avant-Folk)
At the Drive-In- Relationship of Command (Post-Hardcore)
Gospel- The Moon Is a Dead World (Screamo)
Magdalena Bay- Mercurial World (Dance-Pop)
Bruno Pernadas- Those Who Throw Objects at Crocodiles Will Be Asked to Retrieve Them (Progressive Pop)
King Crimson- Red (Progressive Rock)
Caravan- In The Land of Grey and Pink (Canterbury Scene)
Spiritualized- Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (Space Rock
3w
@humm1ng_b1rd ive listened to Milton Nascimento's Clube Da Esquina and I definitely prefer Chico Buarque's Construção I've also listened to Magdalena Bay's Mercurial World and I also definitely prefer Gorillaz' Plastic Beach I've never heard Delta Estácio Blues so I'll definitely check it out.
3w
@DemaCalling96 I'll definitely listen to Superunknown and see how I feel about it.


3w
I would replace Chico Buarque's Construção with Milton Nascimento's Clube Da Esquina, Magdalena Bay's Mercurial World with Gorillaz' Plastic Beach and also I would add "Delta Estácio Blues" in glitch.
3w
I'd personally replace Siamese Dream with Superunknown by Soundgarden as best grunge album, but Siamese Dream is a close second :)
3w
@daifukumochi lol ima be occupied with a lot of music for a while, thanks for the suggestion.
3w
@Louis13 I've been wanting to get into Jazz-Funk for a while now thanks for the suggestion.
3w
@Ander wow and I was think of doing that actually thanks for the suggestion.
3w
I would also put Nujabes' Modal Soul over Ristorante in the Lo Fi Hip Hop category :)
3w
Cool list! How about Herbie Hancock's 'Head Hunters' for Jazz-Funk?
3w
also try instruments disorder for noise
3w
listen to i'll try living like this/shoso strip/kalk samen kuri no hana
3w
@Zaias thx and I'm definitely gonna listen to it and see what I think of it.
3w
hey TJ, I would recommend "Duas Cidades" by BaianaSystem which is of the Afoxé genre. Great list btw!!
3w
Grate lisst
3w
As much as I would like to make a proper list of thanking each and every person individually who graciously gave their time to give suggestions for albums, genres and corrections I unfortunately can't do since ya know I it's impossible do it anywhere in this list, but I do greatly appreciate appreciate all the suggestions I've received from all of you and I hope you find at least one album that you'll enjoy in this list as you all continue to give me albums that I could potentially enjoy that I otherwise wouldn't have found out if it weren't for your suggestions.

Again thank u all.
3w
@1237 I mean there is an indy pop album lol, but thanks for the suggestions I'll check it all out.
3w
@charcoal I actually forgot to add "Ágætis byrjun" and I'll definitely check out "Serotonin II" thanks for the suggestions.
3w
Dont see anything indie at all so here are some reccs:

Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Modest Mouse-The Lonesome Crowded West
Bright Eyes-Wide Awake... and also Lifted...
3w
@edgard I'll check out "Michael Kiwanuka's" since I haven't heard it.

When it comes to "TFS" I noticed a lot of people say it isn't a trap album so I'm probably gonna take it off

And thank you again for so many recommendations you're very gracious.

3w
@edgard I've heard both "The Black Saint and Sinner Lady" and "Let My Children Hear Music" and I prefer "Let My Children Hear Music" even if "The Black Saint and Sinner Lady" is still amazing, complex and challenging to listen to.

I never heard "LP1" so I'll definitely check it out and see what I think about it.

And I heard "Bloom" and it bored me to death even after giving it multiple listens.

When it comes to "Sampledelia" I've heard "Since I left you" and while I do love it I believe "Paul's Boutique" to be the better album.

Thanks for so many suggestions I really do appreciate it.

3w
@klctht I'll definitely take your words into account, although Trap is a sub-genre of Hip-Hop just like there's many sub-genres of Hip-Hop and it's sound does share a lot of characteristics with the Trap sound, but again I'll just make sure.

And when it comes to the vaporwave album you mentioned, I'll definitely check it out and I'll see what I think about it, thanks for the suggestion.
3w
not sure if u have ambient pop but if u don’t i’d put serotonin ii by yeule or agætis byrjun by sigur ros for post rock
3w
Psychedelic soul is a pretty vague sub-genre but there's definitely better stuff out there than that Miguel record (although I like it). Michael Kiwanuka's last project would be a better choice.

I like "The Forever Story" by JID but I don't think I would categorize it as trap but idk...

For everything else, I either thought ur pick was solid, haven't heard the project u pick or I have not ventured far enough in that particular sub-genre to recommend something else.
3w
Good list but here's my suggestions...

For Third stream I would put "The Black Saint and Sinner Lady" over "Let My Children Hear Music", as I believe it's the superior Mingus release.

"No Now" is a great album but in my opinion far from the best project Alt Rnb has to offer... "LP1" by Fka Twigs dropped the year before and "A seat at the Table" by Solange a year after... both are superior in my opinion

I don't think anything will ever top "Bloom" by Beach House for me as far as dream pop albums goes but that candy claws project is an underrated pick!

For the "Sampledelia" category, my mind goes immediately to the Avalanches's "Since I left you".
3w
@Windy (^-^) wow so you're funny :|
3w
i'd say the forever story is best described as just a hip hop album. you know, drake's more life is not a dancehall album, and sure as hell not a grime album. it has a variety of different sounds.
speaking of which, i know you asked someone else but now that vw is being discussed, if you're going for having just one vaporwave album on the whole list and not each subgenre/style, consider adding death's dynamic shroud.wmv's 2014 album 失​わ​れ​た​時​REGRET. i think it represents the genre p well since it has everything from classic/mallsoft style tracks to plundered ambient cuts.
3w
genre suggestion: black metal :D
3w
@daifukumochi do you have any album recommendations for those genres?
3w
btw add some vaporwave/ambient stuff/j-pop/noise if you haven't already
3w
so Impossible Princess is your favourite indie pop album. crazy but i'll take it
3w
@klctht what genre would you consider TFR to be?
3w
@koxtil I'll definitely listen Kaputt and see what I think about it, thanks for the suggestion.
3w
@Ander that's great if you think GKMC is better but I'll stick with TPAB, thanks for the suggestion though.
3w
@5ifthave I'm not sure if you meant Drill and Bass but if it is Drum and Bass then no.
3w
great list, but tfs isn't a trap album. i would pick jeffery for trap album imo.
3w
good list but did u get drum and bass?
3w
the forever story is not a trap album
3w
I believe that Good Kid M.a.a.d City is way more enjoyable than To Pimp a Butterfly, but this is a great list!
3w
This is a great list, but I still prefer Kaputt over Lover Deluxe for sophisti-pop.
3w
Great list
3w
Love it! Lots of my favorites on here.
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