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A grid of record covers featuring angsty music from artists including Pink Floyd, The Clash, and Radiohead

28 Angstiest Albums of All Time

Angst is a unique emotion. You’re not quite angry, but you’re definitely not calm. You’re feeling anxious, but you also have energy. Maybe you just need to express yourself through angsty music.

The Discogs Community shared their picks for the best angsty albums. The list was determined by how many recommendations each album received. If an artist was recommended multiple times for different albums, we featured the title with the most Collection and Wantlist adds on Discogs.

The following albums range in style from punk and funk metal to pop-rock and new wave. However, fast-paced rock from the 1980s and ’90s definitely makes up the majority of the Community’s favorite angsty music.

Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine
2012
Rock
LP, Black 180g Vinyl, Reissue
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Reign In Blood
Slayer
2022
Thrash
LP, Black 180g Vinyl, Reissue
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Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette
2012
Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Vinyl, Reissue, 180 Gram
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Pornography
The Cure
2016
New Wave
Vinyl, Reissue, Remastered, 180g
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The Wall
Pink Floyd
2016
Rock
2 x LP, Black 180g Vinyl, Reissue
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Unknown Pleasures
Joy Division
2015
Rock
Vinyl, Reissue, Remastered, Textured Sleeve, 180g
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The Clash
The Clash
1977
Rock, Punk
Vinyl, Reissue, Remastered, 180g
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Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
1970
Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Vinyl, Gatefold
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OK Computer
Radiohead
2022
Rock
2 x LP, Black Vinyl, Reissue
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Fear Of A Black Planet
Public Enemy
2018
Hip Hop
Vinyl, Reissue
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Repeater
Fugazi
2022
Punk, Hardcore, Post Rock, Indie Rock
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Blue Translucent
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The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord
Cabaret Voltaire
2022
Electronic, Minimal, Industrial
Vinyl, Reissue, White
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In Utero
Nirvana
2022
Rock, Grunge, Alternative Rock
Vinyl, Reissue, Repress, 180g
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Ultra Mono
Idles
2020
Punk, Post-Punk, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock
Vinyl, Stereo
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Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Dead Kennedys
2018
Rock, Punk
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Repress
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Appetite For Destruction
Guns N’ Roses
2015
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Vinyl, Reissue, 180 gram
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The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails
2017
Electronic, Rock
2 x LP, 180g Black Vinyl, Reissue
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The Holy Bible
Manic Street Preachers
2015
Rock
LP, Black Vinyl, Reissue
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The Shape Of Punk To Come
Refused
N/A
Rock
2 x LP, Black Vinyl, Reissue, Gatefold
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Inflammable Material
Stiff Little Fingers
2019
Punk
LP, Black Vinyl, Reissue
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Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes
2018
Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Vinyl, Reissue, Remastered, 180g
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At Action Park
Shellac
2006
Rock
LP, Black 180g Vinyl, Reissue
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Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
The Smashing Pumpkins
2012
Alternative Rock
4 x Vinyl, Reissue, Box Set
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Significant Other
Limp Bizkit
2017
Hip Hop, Rock
2 x LP, Black Vinyl, Reissue
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Slipknot
Slipknot
2022
Nu Metal
LP, Yellow Vinyl, Reissue
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American Idiot
Green Day
2004
Punk, Pop Rock, Pop Punk
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
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Ænima
Tool
1996
Prog Rock, Heavy Metal
2 x Vinyl, Gatefold
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About the data: A survey of the Discogs community was conducted by email in Fall 2021. The final list was narrowed down by the number of recommendations for each album and an album’s overall popularity based on Collection and Wantlist data.

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