Christopher’s Top 20 Psychedelic Albums


1.   To Our Children’s Children’s Children – The Moody Blues


2.   The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd


3.   Close to the Edge – Yes


4.   The 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus – Spirit


5.   Space Oddity – David Bowie


6.   In the Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson


7.   Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles


8.   On the Threshold of a Dream – The Moody Blues


9.   Roll the Bones – Rush


10. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn – Pink Floyd


11. In Search of the Lost Chord – Moody Blues


12. The Wall – Pink Floyd


13. Plans – Death Cab for Cutie


14. Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix


15. Tommy – The Who


16. MCMXC a.D. - Enigma


17. Kaleidoscope - Tangerine Dream


18. Revolver – The Beatles


19. The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators - The 13th Floor Elevators


20. Electric Music for the Mind and Body - Country Joe and the Fish


Other Albums of Interest (in alphabetical order)


Abraxas – Santana


Days of Future Passed – The Moody Blues


Disraeli Gears – Cream


Journey to the Center of the Mind – Amboy Dukes


Mr. Fantasy – Traffic


Pet Sounds – Beach Boys


Surrealistic Pillow – Jefferson Airplane


The Beat Goes On – Vanilla Fudge


The United States of America - The United States of America


Trout Mask Replica – Captain Beefheart




The term “psychedelic” was coined in 1956 by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond who, in correspondence with Aldous Huxley regarding the need for a word to describe the experience imparted by entheogenic substances, stated:


To fathom Hell or soar angelic,

Just take a pinch of psychedelic.


The origins of the word are from the Greek, essentially meaning soul-manifesting, spirit-manifesting, or mind-manifesting.


The ranked albums were selected based on their ability to promote spiritual enlightenment or profound self-awareness – a Psychedelic Experience.




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