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The best album by Swans is To Be Kind which is ranked number 392 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 6,803.

Swans is ranked number 142 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 24,533.

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Swans best albums

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

Sort byOverall Rank | Number of Charts | Average Rating | Number of Ratings | Release Date | Title
RankAlbumArtist
1.

To Be KindUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2014Appears in:417 charts
Rank in 2014:2Rank Score:6,803
Rank in 2010s39Overall Rank:392
Average Rating:  82/100 (650 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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2.

Soundtracks For The BlindUnited States Swans
Year of Release:1996Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1996:8Rank Score:5,227
Rank in 1990s98Overall Rank:504
Average Rating:  82/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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3.

The SeerUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2012Appears in:319 charts
Rank in 2012:9Rank Score:5,100
Rank in 2010s49Overall Rank:518
Average Rating:  81/100 (515 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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4.

Children Of GodUnited States Swans
Year of Release:1987Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1987:29Rank Score:1,654
Rank in 1980s228Overall Rank:1,400
Average Rating:  80/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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5.

White Light From The Mouth Of InfinityUnited States Swans
Year of Release:1991Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1991:27Rank Score:1,386
Rank in 1990s341Overall Rank:1,629
Average Rating:  79/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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6.

FilthUnited States Swans
Year of Release:1983Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1983:33Rank Score:870
Rank in 1980s371Overall Rank:2,375
Average Rating:  75/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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The Great AnnihilatorUnited States Swans
Year of Release:1995Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1995:57Rank Score:724
Rank in 1990s536Overall Rank:2,736
Average Rating:  78/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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The Glowing ManUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2016Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 2016:32Rank Score:570
Rank in 2010s452Overall Rank:3,282
Average Rating:  79/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The SkyUnited States Swans
Year of Release:2010Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 2010:73Rank Score:505
Rank in 2010s507Overall Rank:3,633
Average Rating:  75/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Swans Are DeadUnited States Swans
Year of Release:1998Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1998:81Rank Score:448
Rank in 1990s786Overall Rank:3,983
Average Rating:  75/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Overall band rank: 142

This may not be a complete discography for Swans. This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear in at least one chart on this site. If an album is 'missing' that you think deserves to be here, you can include it in your own chart from the My Charts page!

Swans best tracks

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1.Helpless Child
(from the album Soundtracks For The Blind)
 91/100 (115 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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2.The Sound
(from the album Soundtracks For The Blind)
 89/100 (81 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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3.Screen Shot
(from the album To Be Kind)
 89/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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4.Oxygen
(from the album To Be Kind)
 89/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.A Little God In My Hands
(from the album To Be Kind)
 88/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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6.She Loves Us!
(from the album To Be Kind)
 88/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7.Bring The Sun / Toussaint L'Ouverture
(from the album To Be Kind)
 88/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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8.All Lined Up
(from the album Soundtracks For The Blind)
 87/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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9.A Piece Of The Sky
(from the album The Seer)
 87/100 (115 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.Frankie M.
(from the album The Glowing Man)
 87/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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11.Lunacy
(from the album The Seer)
 86/100 (128 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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12.The Glowing Man
(from the album The Glowing Man)
 86/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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13.Volcano
(from the album Soundtracks For The Blind)
 86/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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14.The Seer
(from the album The Seer)
 86/100 (116 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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15.Love Will Save You
(from the album White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity)
 86/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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16.The Apostate
(from the album The Seer)
 86/100 (97 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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17.Song For A Warrior
(from the album The Seer)
 86/100 (114 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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18.I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull
(from the album Soundtracks For The Blind)
 85/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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19.The Beautiful Days
(from the album Soundtracks For The Blind)
 85/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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20.Animus
(from the album Soundtracks For The Blind)
 85/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Swans ratings

Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 98 votes)
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Swans comments

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From corenfro 01/16/2019 03:42
I've revisited their trilogy and some of their older albums quite a few times earnestly wanting it to start to sound good and maybe if I spend another 4000 hours listening to them I'll change my mind and it will finally click, dude. They are interesting I suppose and there are a few parts I legitimately enjoy but oh my gosh it's so pretentious and self-congratulatory, and who has time to put in 8 hours to fully grasp these projects and develop a taste for the sparse moments that are actually enjoyable.

To me this is the warning of what happens when an artist desperately focuses on being original, experimental, and edgy and ends up sacrificing having the music be even remotely enjoyable to listen to. To me it's not transcendental music that makes me question "what is art" it's just obnoxious and not enjoyable to listen to.
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From DaVGManiac 07/07/2018 12:00
Cannot express how happy I am for discovering this amazing band. These guys are the titans of experimental music. Their sound is loud and chaotic, perfect for listening at nighttime on full volume. Both the first and second eras of Swans are equally mindblowing. Not only they’ve released a bunch of original and exciting records during the late 80s and early to mid-90s, but they’ve also made an epic comeback at the start of this decade, after being inactive for more than 12 years. Even though most of their albums are quite long and complex, it was pretty easy for me to get into them, surprisingly. The discography is pretty decent as well, exceeding in both quality and quantity, though I’m not a big fan of their earlier stuff, such as “Filth”, “Cop”, “Greed” and “Holy Money”. Also, most of the albums here are rated lower than on other websites, but that’s just a small issue for me. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Gira and his legendary band come up with in the near future! It’s gonna be a fun ride indeed!
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From LedZep 04/03/2018 11:38
Why the hell is Filth sixth? The whole order is strange. Too few Swans fans on BEA I guess
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From JulianR 12/21/2017 08:04
Swans have always been a band I wanted to like, but I have never been able to. They feel to me like a more sophisticated marylon manson; trying to rely on shock value for really no other purpose than to be edgy. And I know it's "the point" of no wave, but their music just never goes anywhere. Again, I wished I liked them, and respect those who are able to
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Rating:  
80/100
From thomasnotreally 11/09/2017 11:52
Michael Gira is seriously fucked up.

Good band.
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Rating:  
80/100
From thirstyDog 08/13/2017 17:27
Yikes.
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100/100
From Onater 07/01/2017 20:31
I think something is actually seriously wrong with Michael Gira
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Rating:  
95/100
From hazza231 10/17/2016 08:23
My problem with Swans is that their music is so great and original, nothing can come close to them. Good luck trying to find similar music. The Seer is the greatest feat of music I have heard and To Be Kind is the most interesting and exciting music I have listened to.
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From nipplefart 07/20/2015 08:43
Soundtracks for the Blind just might be the greatest album ever made.
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From diguhba 09/23/2014 14:42
best band to discover discography
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