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The best album by The Flaming Lips is The Soft Bulletin which is ranked number 93 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 26,141.

The Flaming Lips is ranked number 47 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 62,796.

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The Flaming Lips best albums

The following albums by The Flaming Lips are ranked highest in the greatest album charts:

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The Soft BulletinUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:1999Appears in:1,016 charts
Rank in 1999:2Rank Score:26,141
Rank in 1990s19Overall Rank:93
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,214 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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Yoshimi Battles The Pink RobotsUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:2002Appears in:1,057 charts
Rank in 2002:4Rank Score:25,955
Rank in 2000s12Overall Rank:94
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,364 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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Clouds Taste MetallicUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:1995Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1995:17Rank Score:2,591
Rank in 1990s207Overall Rank:953
Average Rating:  78/100 (322 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Transmissions From The Satellite HeartUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:1993Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1993:25Rank Score:1,726
Rank in 1990s285Overall Rank:1,342
Average Rating:  77/100 (238 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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At War With The MysticsUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:2006Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 2006:25Rank Score:1,725
Rank in 2000s253Overall Rank:1,343
Average Rating:  75/100 (262 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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EmbryonicUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:2009Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 2009:23Rank Score:1,683
Rank in 2000s260Overall Rank:1,371
Average Rating:  78/100 (296 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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ZaireekaUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:1997Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1997:56Rank Score:616
Rank in 1990s601Overall Rank:3,079
Average Rating:  76/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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In A Priest Driven AmbulanceUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:1990Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1990:65Rank Score:456
Rank in 1990s779Overall Rank:3,930
Average Rating:  73/100 (97 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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The TerrorUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:2013Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 2013:81Rank Score:448
Rank in 2010s557Overall Rank:3,981
Average Rating:  73/100 (207 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Hit To Death In The Future HeadUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:1992Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1992:99Rank Score:338
Rank in 1990s972Overall Rank:5,021
Average Rating:  74/100 (91 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Overall band rank: 47

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The Flaming Lips best tracks

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1.Do You Realize??
(from the album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
 91/100 (390 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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2.Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt.1
(from the album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
 91/100 (332 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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3.Race For The Prize (Remix)
(from the album The Soft Bulletin)
 90/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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4.Race For The Prize
(from the album The Soft Bulletin)
 89/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.Fight Test
(from the album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
 89/100 (312 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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6.Waitin' For A Superman
(from the album The Soft Bulletin)
 88/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7.Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
(from the album The Soft Bulletin)
 87/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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8.She Don't Use Jelly
(from the album Transmissions From The Satellite Heart)
 87/100 (105 votes)
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9.A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
(from the album The Soft Bulletin)
 87/100 (236 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.In The Morning Of The Magicians
(from the album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
 86/100 (247 votes)
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11.The Spark That Bled
(from the album The Soft Bulletin)
 86/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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12.Riding To Work In The Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now)
(from the album Zaireeka)
 86/100 (30 votes)
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13.Waitin' For A Superman (Remix)
(from the album The Soft Bulletin)
 86/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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14.Silver Trembling Hands
(from the album Embryonic)
 86/100 (55 votes)
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15.The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)
(from the album At War With The Mystics)
 86/100 (70 votes)
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16.See The Leaves
(from the album Embryonic)
 85/100 (50 votes)
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17.Turn It On
(from the album Transmissions From The Satellite Heart)
 85/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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18.The Abandoned Hospital Ship
(from the album Clouds Taste Metallic)
 85/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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19.One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21
(from the album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
 85/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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20.The Spiderbite Song
(from the album The Soft Bulletin)
 85/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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The Flaming Lips ratings

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From JulianR 03/31/2018 09:01
People have noted two things about this band: That they are consistently good, and that they are consistently doing new and different things. Both are true, and it means that essentially anyone can find something they like in their discography. Here is a brief overview of their discography:

>>>Studio Albums:>>>
• Noise rock: Studio albums from their inception to around the time of Clouds Taste Mettallic, they made really fun, raucus noise rock. There's a ton of it, and it's all really good. They started out a little more lo-fi and abrasive, and got better produced as they went on. It seems like everyone has a different favorite album from this era, the only consistent thing being that everyone thinks it rocks!
• Psychedelic art pop: The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi, both of which are quite highly revered. Still very fun, but less noise and more weirdness. More baroque and pop sensibilities are showcased here. Soft Bulletin is a little weirder, Yoshimi is a little poppier. At War With Mystics could also be here, but is more of a pop-rock kind of affair, though it is a little scattered and inconsistent.
• Increasingly electronic: Embroynic (electronic experiemental psych-rock), The Terror (electronic rock, bordering on ambient at times), and Oczy Mlody (psychedelic electronic pop) have been increasingly electronic. This is an inexact grouping as all the albums sound pretty different from one another, but there seems to be a general trend. This era is not my personal favorite, but some really love it. The Terror is the highlight of these for me.
>>>Other Works:>>>
• Zaireeka: A weird project released on 4 different CDs or vinyl records, that have to played simultaneously to get the full effect. Most similar to the Soft Bulletin in sound.
• Cover albums: With A Little Help From My Fwends (Sgt. Pepper's), Playing Hide And Seek With The Ghosts of Dawn (In The Court of The Crimson King), and The Flaming Lips Cover Dark Side of The Moon (self explanatory) are three great full-length, track for track covers. They usually employ a whole host of collaborators and such, so they are not fully Flaming Lips albums, but they are all surprisingly good. Fun and wacky in the usual FLips way.
• 7 Skies H3: A personal favorite of mine, and one of my favorite albums of all time, it consists of selections from a 24 hour long song they did at some point. Its closer to post-rock than anything else. Its really cool and moody and atmospheric. Most similar to the terror in sound, though this album seems to have something special to it that the terror lacks, at least for me.
• Strobo Trip: An awesome 2011 EP that, despite being 3 songs, is 6 hours and 11 minutes long. This is becuase the middle song, "I Found A Star on the Ground", is a 6 hour post-rock/krautrock/psych-drone masterpiece. It's a really cool experience if you have the time.
• Christmas on Mars: This is the ambient soundtrack to some weird indie movie they did in like 2008, which I haven't seen yet but would love to (If you have a link or something for it plz hit me up). The soundtrack is very cool, but don't expect it to be anything like anything you've heard of theirs before.
• Imagene Peise / Atlas Eets Christmas: A surprisingly good and tasteful christmas album, consisting of christmas standards played on piano by Steven Drozd. It's not super traditional, but it doesn't sound anything like what you would expect from the lips either. It's kinda jazzy even. Check it out next holiday season!
• Collaborative EPs: In 2011 or so they released around 8 EPs with a bunch of different artists, the highlights of which were collected on The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. I don't personally like most of these collabs very much.
• Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz: This may be the weirdest thing they've done. Miley Cyrus and Wayne Coyne (Lips lead singer) befriended each other, and that led to what is essentially a collaborative album between the Lips and Cyrus. Some people really don't like it, but to my own surprise, I found it to be one of the coolest things they've done. It heavily influenced the sound on Oczy Mlody, if you like that one.

If I missed anything (which is possible, but honestly seems unlikely), lemme know. And most of all, I hope you love them as much as I do! There's so much to love!

(updated 8/7/18 to add some things I missed)
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From kickerofelves 09/14/2016 01:09
Their early stuff is COMPLETELY different to their later stuff. The first album I heard was Clouds Taste Metallic and it put me off listening to them again for years! (Sorry if that's your favorite, it just wasn't for me.) Moral of the story: give their discography a fair punt. If you can't warm to The Soft Bulletin you still might dig Clouds, or Embryonic.
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From Deckiller 02/19/2016 02:42
A sort of midwestern take on early Yes/Baroque Pop/Alternative. Quirky and intricate.
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From shoopadoowop 06/27/2015 02:31
Pretty damn good.
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From colonelchibbers 03/28/2015 16:35
They run a good spectrum of modern reinventions of psych pop/rock. Not always consistent but The Soft Bulletin is one of my favorites of the '90s.
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From bojolpif71 02/01/2015 14:15
Des musiciens un peu barrés , des morceaux planants , que demander de plus ? Je ne connais pas toute la pléthorique oeuvre de ce groupe mais les albums que j'ai écouté m'ont plutôt séduit.
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From zexen47 12/12/2014 20:36
They don't always have it, sometimes they try stuff too experimental that just doesn't work, they release too many filler albums...but when they do have it, they're one of the best bands in the world
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From sonicdiscourse 03/20/2014 02:41
Surprisingly consistent.
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From HazeyTwilight 01/11/2014 19:53
Whenever I hear one of their songs, I feel a sense of transcendence every time. Wayne Coyne's voice is flawed but it's memorable and full of personality. The themes and messages he writes are also very potent and inspiring. Steven Drozd is an absolute master at his craft. The other members are important for keeping balance for the band. I can't believe that they've held their career for 25 years and still stay relevant in the eyes of music listeners. They are one of the most purest, most genuine bands to come out in, well, ever! Also, seeing them live is one of the things I must do before I die.
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From Antonio-Pedro 12/02/2013 19:46
Making the different in a boring society
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