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The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 55 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 38,092.

Sonic Youth is ranked number 48 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 62,314.

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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:1,233 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,093
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,438 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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2.

GooUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1990Appears in:407 charts
Rank in 1990:6Rank Score:5,434
Rank in 1990s92Overall Rank:472
Average Rating:  80/100 (553 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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SisterUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1987Appears in:370 charts
Rank in 1987:10Rank Score:4,832
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:537
Average Rating:  81/100 (484 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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DirtyUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1992Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1992:10Rank Score:3,796
Rank in 1990s136Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  79/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:295 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,518
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:703
Average Rating:  79/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Washing MachineUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1995Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1995:34Rank Score:1,378
Rank in 1990s340Overall Rank:1,608
Average Rating:  78/100 (191 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Murray StreetUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:2002Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 2002:41Rank Score:943
Rank in 2000s470Overall Rank:2,205
Average Rating:  78/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Bad Moon RisingUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1985Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1985:30Rank Score:860
Rank in 1980s374Overall Rank:2,369
Average Rating:  74/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Rather RippedUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:2006Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 2006:63Rank Score:640
Rank in 2000s655Overall Rank:2,940
Average Rating:  75/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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The EternalUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:2009Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 2009:71Rank Score:591
Rank in 2000s695Overall Rank:3,126
Average Rating:  72/100 (125 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 (473 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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2.Schizophrenia
(from the album Sister)
 91/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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3.The Diamond Sea
(from the album Washing Machine)
 89/100 (76 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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4.'Cross The Breeze
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 89/100 (283 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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5.Sugar Kane
(from the album Dirty)
 89/100 (102 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.Candle
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 89/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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7.Incinerate
(from the album Rather Ripped)
 88/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.Dirty Boots
(from the album Goo)
 88/100 (142 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.Trilogy: A) The Wonder B) Hyperstation Z) Eliminator Jr.
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 88/100 (252 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.Kool Thing
(from the album Goo)
 88/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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11.Shadow Of A Doubt
(from the album EVOL)
 88/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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12.Sunday
(from the album A Thousand Leaves)
 87/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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13.The Sprawl
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 87/100 (270 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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14.Silver Rocket
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 87/100 (282 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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15.(I Got A) Catholic Block
(from the album Sister)
 87/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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16.Hey Joni
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 86/100 (260 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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17.Tunic (Song For Karen)
(from the album Goo)
 86/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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18.Stereo Sanctity
(from the album Sister)
 86/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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19.Eric's Trip
(from the album Daydream Nation)
 86/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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20.100%
(from the album Dirty)
 85/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Sonic Youth ratings

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85/100 (from 192 votes)
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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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From vturi 01/17/2015 04:32
love u, sonic youth hahaha
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