The Best Electronic Dance Music Albums of All Time

This article is a collaborative effort, crafted and edited by a team of dedicated professionals.

Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


From Daft Punk to Skrillex, these are the best EDM albums of all time according to Billboard.

Daft Punk- Homework

Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo that has released four studio albums, one live album, one compilation album, and one soundtrack album. Homework is the debut studio album by Daft Punk, released on 20 January 1997 by Virgin Records. The album was produced by the duo and recorded at Daft House, their home studio in Paris from 1996 to 1997.

The album was critical and commercial success upon its release, with many critics and listeners praising its unique sound and style. It is often considered one of the most influential dance music albums of all time, and has been named as one of the greatest albums of all time by publications such as Pitchfork, Time, and Rolling Stone.

The Prodigy- The Fat of the Land

Released in 1997, “The Fat of the Land” is the third studio album by English electronic group The Prodigy. The album was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart and number one on the US Billboard 200. The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best dance/electronic album in 1998.

The Prodigy is considered one of the best electronic dance music artists of all time and “The Fat of the Land” is widely considered to be their best album. The album features some of the group’s most well-known songs, including “Firestarter”, “Breathe”, and “Smack My Bitch Up”.

The Chemical Brothers- Dig Your Own Hole

The Chemical Brothers’ second album, 1997’s Dig Your Own Hole, found them expanding their sound while still delivering the dancefloor anthems they were known for. The lead single, “Block Rockin’ Beats,” was a perfect example of this, with its massive bassline and guest vocals from Q-Tip. Other standout tracks include the frenetic “Setting Sun” (which features guest vocals from Noel Gallagher) and the dark, hypnotic “Elektrobank.”

Fatboy Slim- You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

British DJ and producer Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, released his second studio album You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby in 1998. The album was a commercial and critical success, debuting at #1 on the UK charts and going on to be certified 6x platinum in the UK. The album spawned the hit singles “Praise You”, “The Rockafeller Skank”, and “Gangster Tripping” and helped to propel Fatboy Slim to international stardom. You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby is widely considered one of the best electronic dance music albums of all time and has been credited with helping to popularize the genre in the mainstream.

The Crystal Method- Vegas

The Crystal Method’s debut album Vegas is widely considered one of the best electronic dance music albums of all time. The album was released in 1997 to critical acclaim, and it spawned the hit singles “Trip Like I Do” and “Busy Child”. Vegas is a perfect example of the early 1990s electronic dance music sound, and it remains an influential album to this day.

Leftfield- Leftism

Few debut albums are as influential as Leftfield’s Leftism. Released in 1995, the English duo’s first album pushed the boundaries of what electronic music could be, incorporating elements of dub, techno, house, and acid jazz into their sound. The result was an album that sounded like nothing else at the time, and which has influenced countless EDM artists over the past two decades.

The Prodigy- Music for the Jilted Generation

The Prodigy’s second album, Music for the Jilted Generation, was released to widespread critical acclaim in 1994. The album was a response to the UK government’s introduction of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which increased police powers and banned gatherings of more than 20 people in response to the 1993 rave culture. Featuring the singles “Voodoo People”, “Poison” and “No Good (Start the Dance)”, Music for the Jilted Generation peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has been certified 4x platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

Fatboy Slim- Better Living Through Chemistry

Fatboy Slim’s debut album is not only one of the best examples of early big beat, it’s also one of the most perfectly sequenced and exciting dance albums ever made. Every track feels like anthemic club fodder, from the opener “Santa Cruz” to the closing “Going Out of My Head,” with a healthy dose of pop-savvy cuts like “The Rockafeller Skank” and “Gangster Tripping” in between. It’s an exhilarating ride from start to finish, and remains just as fresh and vital today as it was upon its release.

The Chemical Brothers- Surrender

The Chemical Brothers’ “Surrender” is widely considered one of the best electronic dance music albums of all time. The album was released in 1999 to critical acclaim, and its blend of techno, house, and trance music was groundbreaking. “Surrender” is considered a classic of the genre, and its influence can still be felt today.

Leftfield- Rhythm and Stealth

Rhythm and Stealth is the third studio album by English electronic music duo Leftfield, released on 6 September 1999. The album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Leftfield’s Rhythm and Stealth was released to critical acclaim. In a positive review, AllMusic said that “the interplay between Fowler’s beats and Deller’s melodies is nothing short of astounding” and that “Leftfield have proven themselves to be a class act.” NME called it “a work of ferocious intelligence and imagination.” Pitchfork placed the album at number 33 on its list of the top 100 albums of the 1990s.

Similar Posts