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The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 56 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 38,057.

Sonic Youth is ranked number 48 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 62,632.

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Sonic Youth official website: http://www.sonicyouth.com

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Sonic Youth best albums

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

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RankAlbumArtist
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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,238 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,057
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,463 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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2.

GooUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1990Appears in:414 charts
Rank in 1990:6Rank Score:5,406
Rank in 1990s95Overall Rank:489
Average Rating:  80/100 (567 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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SisterUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1987Appears in:379 charts
Rank in 1987:10Rank Score:4,916
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:533
Average Rating:  81/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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DirtyUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1992Appears in:274 charts
Rank in 1992:10Rank Score:3,880
Rank in 1990s136Overall Rank:653
Average Rating:  79/100 (412 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:303 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,553
Rank in 1980s108Overall Rank:709
Average Rating:  79/100 (371 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Washing MachineUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1995Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1995:33Rank Score:1,445
Rank in 1990s332Overall Rank:1,571
Average Rating:  78/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Murray StreetUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:2002Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 2002:42Rank Score:949
Rank in 2000s475Overall Rank:2,237
Average Rating:  78/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Bad Moon RisingUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1985Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1985:30Rank Score:938
Rank in 1980s353Overall Rank:2,250
Average Rating:  74/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Rather RippedUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:2006Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 2006:62Rank Score:652
Rank in 2000s647Overall Rank:2,948
Average Rating:  75/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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The EternalUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:2009Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 2009:72Rank Score:599
Rank in 2000s698Overall Rank:3,159
Average Rating:  72/100 (126 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Overall band rank: 48

This may not be a complete discography for Sonic Youth. 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!

Sonic Youth best tracks

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1.Teen Age Riot
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 93/100 (480 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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2.Schizophrenia
(from the album Sister)
 91/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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3.Sugar Kane
(from the album Dirty)
 89/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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4.'Cross The Breeze
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 89/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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5.The Diamond Sea
(from the album Washing Machine)
 89/100 (81 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.Candle
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 89/100 (270 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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7.Incinerate
(from the album Rather Ripped)
 88/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.Dirty Boots
(from the album Goo)
 88/100 (144 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.Kool Thing
(from the album Goo)
 88/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.Trilogy: A) The Wonder B) Hyperstation Z) Eliminator Jr.
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 88/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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11.Shadow Of A Doubt
(from the album EVOL)
 88/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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12.Sunday
(from the album A Thousand Leaves)
 87/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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13.The Sprawl
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 87/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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14.Silver Rocket
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 87/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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15.(I Got A) Catholic Block
(from the album Sister)
 87/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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16.Tunic (Song For Karen)
(from the album Goo)
 86/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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17.Hey Joni
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 86/100 (266 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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18.Stereo Sanctity
(from the album Sister)
 86/100 (102 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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19.100%
(from the album Dirty)
 86/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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20.Eric's Trip
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 86/100 (277 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Sonic Youth ratings

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85/100 (from 193 votes)
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From PaperVinnie 01/06/2019 03:10
The more time goes on, the harder and harder it gets for me to put my love for this band into words. Their sound was simply one that can never be replicated. Their unique use of guitar instrumentation is something that simply can't ever be fully redone, and I think that's why their my favorite band. As a guitarist, almost everything in Sonic Youth's catalog has constantly inspired me to find new, creative ways of doing things, something they did better than anyone else. Throughout their career, Sonic Youth consistently found new ways to make their weird guitars sound more and more different record after record, they've truly taken the instrument to places I could never have imagined before I'd heard them. I owe so much to this band, if it weren't for their unique guitar-art style, I never would've appreciated music as art the way I do now. Not that I didn't before, but they were proof that it wasn't over. Sure, I had heard "Dark Side of the Moon" and I understood that music could be art, but I never knew "Fuck you, I don't have to be what you want me to be" could be art, and nobody portrayed that better than Sonic Youth. They never may have been the most mainstream band, but they didn't have to be for people to recognize their brilliance. They were exactly what they wanted to be, and that is one of the most powerful and inspiring things I'll ever know.

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From DeusExMackia 04/05/2018 20:47
One of the most essential alt rock artists of all time. Hands down the coolest band in history who gave us an exceptional string of albums from the mid eighties to the early nineties that have come to be the definitive sound of noise rock and beyond.

A sound that oozes New York urban coolness from every moment, setting the concrete jungle as its edgy background onto which a plethora of noises, experiences and stories are told. The SY back catalogue is one of the most enjoyable music adventures one can take, and will have you yearning to own a slightly downtrodden flat-share in The Village with a wardrobe packed full of flannel shirts.

An incredible conglomeration of talent - namely Kim Gordon's ferociously tasteful voice, Thurston Moore's lyrics that conjour up images of the Big Apple in every word, Lee Ranaldo's vast and finessed guitar sound and Steve Shelley's ever-driving drum rhythms - that formed together to deliver a broad and extensive discography, with a particularly brilliant string of releases from 1986's EVOL to 1994's Washing Machine.

It's what they did with that talent, however, that matters most; Sonic Youth delivered a whole new sound for alternative rock that will never lose its potency, and in the process captured the disaffection of late 80s America like no other band.
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From Jbalbinolr 11/19/2017 13:58
1 incredible album and a lot of great ones make this band easy to rank.
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From Strangel 11/13/2017 09:30
Sonic Youth are the classic 'you had to be there' band. If I'd listened to them as I was growing up in the 80s their noise innovation would have been defining for me. But, as it is, trying to find relevance on retrospectively immersing myself in their music is a difficult task. This doesn't mean that I don't recognise that their music isn't significant - it is. It's just that I'm not sure I can easily connect with a sprawling noise that other bands were instead able to provide for me when I was younger. I just think that I maybe missed the Sonic Youth boat, so to speak. It is a good sprawling noise but I won't be rocking out to it at home on my own.
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From PaperVinnie 10/22/2017 01:30
Sonic Youth is one of the most underrated bands of all time, their sound was consistently innovative, and they influenced a ton of bands. They're easily my favorite artist, and they have about 6-7 albums that I would consider essential to any music buff. In my opinion these guys were the Velvet Underground of their generation.
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From slurpdurp 01/20/2017 18:04
They changed the way I perceived rock music, and music in general. I thank them for liberating rock musicians to explore outside the box and experiment.
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From xdxrovied 02/29/2016 20:39
definition of cool. they were new york, they were noise, they were philosophy, party, fun... i find myself listening to them driving, dancing, jumping, or just chilling
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From zags7000 08/16/2015 07:59
Daydream Nation, Dirty & Goo in that order are some of the greatest albums in rock. Not everything clicks for me such as everything pre Sister but everything they do has my respect even if I don't think it works.
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From Space-Dementia 08/07/2015 22:21
They're just such a cool band. I think at this point, rather than asking what someone's favorite SY album is, you should ask what their second favorite SY album is. Everyone loves Daydream Nation, but everybody will give a different response for second favorite. Mine is Goo, but just two months ago it was Dirty, and before that it was EVOL.
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From colonelchibbers 03/28/2015 16:43
The epitome of cool.
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