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The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time 

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Updated June 11, 2019 4.6k votes 684 voters 15.1k views

List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

This Tangerine Dream discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Tangerine Dream albums can be found at the top of the list. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Tangerine Dream albums, with the help of your votes.

To make it easy for you, we haven't included Tangerine Dream singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Tangerine Dream album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves.

Swaying from ethereal new age-y space music to harsh, abrasive electronic dance tunes, Tangerine Dream formed in Germany in 1967, and released their debut, Electronic Meditation in 1970. They're now considered pioneers of electronic music.

Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Tangerine Dream album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular. The list you're viewing is made up of many different albums, like their sophomore effort Alpha Centauri (1971), one of their acclaimed soundtracks, Near Dark (1988) and Finnegans Wake (2011) which is part of the Eastgate's Sonic Poems series.

This list of popular Tangerine Dream CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

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Phaedra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1974); Tracks: Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares, Sequent C' & Phaedra

Genres (Music): Ambient music, Electronic music, Krautrock

2
Rubycon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1975); Tracks: Rubycon, Part One & Rubycon

Genres (Music): Ambient music, Electronic music

3
Stratosfear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1976); Tracks: Invisible Limits, The Big Sleep in Search of Hades & Stratosfear

Genres (Music): Ambient music, Electronic music

4
Force Majeure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1979); Tracks: Cloudburst Flight, Thru Metamorphic Rocks & Force Majeure

Genres (Music): Space rock, Electronic music

5
Tangram is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1980); Tracks: Tangram, Set I & Tangram

Genres (Music): Electronic music

6
Zeit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1972); Tracks: Birth of Liquid Plejades, Nebulous Dawn & Origin of Supernatural Probabilities

Genres (Music): Ambient music, Drone music, Electronic music, Krautrock, Dark ambient

7
Exit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1981); Tracks: Kiew Mission, Exit & Choronzon

Genres (Music): Electronic music

8
Hyperborea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1983); Tracks: Cinnamon Road, Hyperborea & No Man's Land

Genres (Music): Electronic music

9
Sorcerer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
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Underwater Sunlight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1986); Tracks: Underwater Twilight, Ride on the Ray & Song of the Whale

Genres (Music): Electronic music

11
Green Desert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1986); Tracks: Astral Voyager, Green Desert & Indian Summer

Genres (Music): Electronic music, Krautrock

12
White Eagle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1982); Tracks: White Eagle, Midnight in Tula & Convention of the 24

Genres (Music): Electronic music

13
Thief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
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Atem is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1973); Tracks: Circulation of Events, Wahn & Atem

Genres (Music): Ambient music, Electronic music

15
Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1971); Tracks: Sunrise in the Third System, Alpha Centauri & Fly and Collision of Comas Sola

Genres (Music): Electronic music, Krautrock, Space music

16
Cyclone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1978); Tracks: Bent Cold Sidewalk, Rising Runner Missed by Endless Sender & Madrigal Meridian

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Electronic music, Space music

17
Optical Race is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1988); Tracks: Optical Race, Twin Soul Tribe & Twin Soul Tribe

Genres (Music): Electronic music

18
Le Parc is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1985); Tracks: Bois de Boulogne (Paris), Le Parc (L.A. - Streethawk) & Yellowstone Park (Rocky Mountains)

Genres (Music): Electronic music

19
Livemiles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
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Melrose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1990); Tracks: Cool at Heart, Art of Vision & Three Bikes in the Sky

Genres (Music): Electronic music

21
Legend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
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Electronic Meditation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Tangerine Dream (1970); Tracks: Ashes to Ashes, Genesis & Resurrection

Genres (Music): Experimental music, Krautrock

23
The Keep is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
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Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time
By Jimmy Eat World and Firestarter (2000); Tracks: Slam Rock, Sister & Sister

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Emo

25
Miracle Mile is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tangerine Dream Albums of All Time