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  /  The Most Influential Ambient Albums of 2017

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WE STAY BUSY TRACKING JUST HOW MANY TIMES NEW AMBIENT ALBUMS ARE SHARED ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA TO GIVE YOU A NUMBERS-BASED VIEW OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL RELEASES OF 2017.

Think we’re missing an essential 2017 ambient album from this list? Let us know!

Artist/Album Label Total Shares
Brian Eno / Reflection Warp 28,859
Ryuichi Sakamoto / async Milan 19,658
Burial / Subtemple / Beachfires Hyperdub 8,123
Animal Collective / Meeting of the Waters Domino 7,057
Gas / Narkopop Kompakt 3,275
William Basinski / A Shadow in Time Musex, BMI 2,241
Lawrence English / Cruel Optimism Room40 1,586
Vermont / II Kompakt 1,432
Visible Cloaks / Reassemblage RVNG Intl. 1,000
Johnny Jewel / Windswept Italians Do it Better 742
Trevor de Brauw / Uptown The Flenser 682
Jacaszek / KWIATY Ghostly International 647
High Plains / Cinderland Kranky 563
A Winged Victory for the Sullen / Iris Erased Tapes 524
Bing & Ruth / No Home of the Mind 4AD 502
Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF / Cascades Arts & Crafts 329
Noveller / A Pink Sunset for No One Fire 316
Evan Caminiti / Toxic City Music Dust Editions 107
Those Who Walk Away / The Infected Mass Constellation 82
Oto Hiax / Oto Hiax Editions Mego 27
Nico Niquo / In a Silent Way Orange Milk 3

Influence is calculated based on the total number of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Linkedin shares generated directly from editorial coverage. Share counts were accurate at time of research, typically 1-2 weeks after the official release of each album, but current share counts may differ.

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