CAN is known as one of the best experimental avant-garde rock bands of all time. This list of the best CAN albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The CAN discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top CAN albums can be found at the top of the list. Referred to as pioneers of German krautrock, CAN blended ambient soundscapes, bouncy New Wave, sparse minimalism, and electronic music that influenced bands decades after they initially split in 1979. Since then, they’ve inspired everyone from post-punk legends like The Fall and Joy Division to more recent bands like LCD Soundsystem and Radiohead.
To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included CAN singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest CAN album isn't ranked highly enough, vote for it so it receives proper credit. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite CAN album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.
If you want to know what is the best CAN album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from their debut, Monster Movie (1969) to Future Days (1973) to the band’s final studio release, Rite Time (1989). These popular CAN CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion.
Release Date: 1971
Tracks: Paperhouse, Aumgn, Peking O, Mushroom, Bring Me Coffee or Tea, + more
Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Ambient music, Experimental rock, Funk rock, + more
Release Date: 1972
Tracks: I’m So Green, Pinch, Sing Swan Song, Soup, Vitamin C, + more
Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Experimental rock, Krautrock
Release Date: 1973
Tracks: Moonshake, Bel Air, Future Days, Spray
Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Ambient music, Experimental rock, Krautrock
Release Date: 1969
Tracks: Outside My Door, Father Cannot Yell, Mary, Mary So Contrary, Yoo Doo Right
Genres (Music): Garage rock, Protopunk, Krautrock