Best Grunge Albums Ever


The Top Ten

1 Dirt - Alice In Chains

Amazing. ^Someone up there saying that although Nevermind is overplayed, if we heard it for the first time it would over power the rest of the albums on this list... Although I do agree with that with a few exceptions, it couldn't over power this. Not in a million years. Nevermind or any Nirvana album or even further than that any grunge album, or even further than that any damn album on the planet can't match the dark, evil and traumatized tones that the band perfectly delivers on this album. If you like grunge for its dark and murky side, you can't go wrong with Alice in Chains, every album (but especially Dirt), are masterpieces.

A masterpiece of dark tones and emotionally fueled lyrics. Strongly supported by the harmonizing vocals of both Staley and Cantrell. Truly an icon of the 90's that is definitely underrated by most.

This album is truly opus dei... From the opening Them Bones until the perfect ending of Would, no human on this planet would hate, I mean its just impossible, all folks who know real music have just totally attached to this album. I'm 28 now, I fell in love in to this album 16 years ago... until now it is my favorite album and band of time... Pure emotion and pure talent in this album... just unbelievable album, masterpiece


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2 Nevermind - Nirvana

Its not the album's fault Nevermind is overplayed, if you heard all of these albums for the FIRST time, Nevermind would overpower the others in my opinion, and what about Drain You, On A Plain, Stay Away? There are a few songs that are overplayed not ALL of them. Listen to it full way through and respect it as a whole, don't just mention the mainstream hits.

A good list, Nevermind, Dirt, Ten then Superunknown... Just how it should be the big 4! Nevermind = God's Music! Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lithium, Come As You Are, Breed, In Bloom! BEST SONGS EVER!

this album is clearly best

My favorite grunge album and one of my favorite albums of all time.

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3 Ten - Pearl Jam

Come on. This is probably the most consistently good album ever made. There is not one bad song on here. The worst is probably Deep, and it's still great. - DasCanuck116

THIS IS MY FAVORITE ALBUM OF ALL TIME AND THE GREATEST GRUNGE ALBUM. Nirvana is my third favorite. Band and I love their music but nevermid is overrated in some ways it isn't even the best nirvana album. The pop. Songs aren't even the good ones. Pearl Jams my favorite band and always will be and ten is a flawless masterpiece

God I love this album... Eddie, Stone, Jeff & Mike are gods!

This and Dirt should be the top 2. Nevermind is good but very overrated, and I don't even think it's Nirvana's best album. - Metarock

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4 Superunknown - Soundgarden

Dirt is a trip through the desert depths of despair and decay. Nevermind is an introspective and hopeless, simultaneously cerebral and primal, attack on a disingenuous world filled with insincerity. Ten is a more hopeful affair, but that hope only fuels its anger with a world built on injustice and immorality, desperate to accuse, even if it must accuse itself.

Then there's Superunknown. It's internalized everything wrong with its world, and hasn't an ounce of faith or hope, let alone love, to spare. Occasionally this is only demonstrated by virtue of some fun escapism (My Wave, Spoonman, Half), but much more often it's stuck in it's own head. Desperate to escape its depression, but unwilling and generally unable to do so. The Day I Tried To Live illustrates this perfectly. Try as its author may, he only winds up becoming the evil in his head when he tries to escape its grasp. In Mailman, he lets this evil work through him by rising up against his unnamed oppressor only to ...more

I like pearl jam and nirvana equally, but soundgarden beats them both. - Flyingcobra

alice in chains is my favourite band, but this is the best album, even better than Ten, Nevermind is overrated

This is the best 90s album ever. Nevermind is ridiculously overrated bring on the hate

Most people here would probably agree with you, including me. I like Nevermind, but there's a bunch of grunge albums that flatten it. - Metarock

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5 In Utero - Nirvana

If we're talking strictly grunge, then this is a much better album than nevermind, simply because every song is so raw and displays everything that grunge is about, nevermind is the commercial album, in utero is the real sound of nirvana and grunge

Pure grunge... Pure Nirvana... In Utero should be 2nd best after Nevermind... Nirvana and their music was the only band that changed a generation, in fact, they did create a new generation...

Even better than nevermind

Easily better than Nevermind, and up there with Dirt. Should be #2 or 1.

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6 Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden

Don't know very much about grunge, but this one is a fantastic album.

This album is amazing! How is this not in the top 10?

I like it more than anything on this list. - Gruunge

7 Purple - Stone Temple Pilots

Core was better in my opinion.

8 Apple - Mother Love Bone

This is at #73... no that isn't right. This should be in the top two with Alice in Chains' Dirt. - IronSabbathPriest

9 Temple Of The Dog - Temple Of The Dog

Think a combination of Pearl Jam and soundgarden - qaz9999

The best grunge album. Not to mention, it's highly underrated

Better than the top 4 combined. - qaz9999

10 Facelift - Alice In Chains

This album came out in 1990, which is at least a year or two before many of the albums on this list. It's safe to say that it's a very important album in the history of grunge. Not only that, but it is heavy as all hell. I must also mention that Layne Staley's best vocals are often found here, especially on Man in the Box, I Can't Remember, Love Hate Love, and Confusion. This album is right on par with Dirt in my opinion, if not better, and it's also my favorite Alice in Chains album and favorite grunge album.

Major album in making grunge known. - dootdoot

The Contenders

11 Core - Stone Temple Pilots

Very strong album and scott weiland very strong vocal the really grunge

I feel as a lot of people underrate this album. It is very good.

My Favourite album of ALL TIME!

My best album

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12 Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins

Not only the greatest grunge album, but one of the greatest albums of all time.

One of the greatest album ever!

Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, the fathers of grunge

Lol you don't know anything, Smashing Pumpkins aren't grunge and there were many grunge bands before Nirvana. - Gruunge

What? Top 5 this should be

13 Bleach - Nirvana

Nirvana's surface. No bleach no nirvana - no nirvana no grunge! Get with it guys! What did kurt cobain play at his last concert?
About a girl! Amazing song. Look it up fools!

No Nirvana no grunge? Soundgarden was formed two years before Nirvana - abefennema

This is true grunge, underrated

BEST NIRVANA ALBUM. But soundgarden started grunge so

This isn't in the top 10! This is the best Nirvana album!

14 Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins

YES. SO MUCH YES. This album... just yes.

An art work

15 Jar of Flies - Alice In Chains

I love this album so much it should be higher

The best EP ever made - NewAgeAnarchist

16 Down on the Upside - Soundgarden

For " Tighter & Tighter"... The best Soundgarden song.

17 Vs. - Pearl Jam

It has a llama can you go wrong


18 Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains

AKA the Tripod album. One of the darkest, creepiest, slimiest grunge albums ever and a damn good one too. Best song, Frogs. Check it out!

Why in the living hell isn't this in the top 10.

Best Alice album and the best piece of art from 90�'s grunge scene.

19 Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney

My favorites:
Nevermind, Superfuzz Bigmuff and Ten. I prefer the original EP version of this one.

20 Candlebox - Candlebox
21 Stoner Witch - The Melvins
22 Vitalogy - Pearl Jam

The first full album I heard and one of my favorites! I just like this slightly more than ten.

23 Incesticide - Nirvana

With songs like Sliver, Molly's Lips, Aneurysm, Been a Son this should be way higher than 28th.

24 Candlebox - Lucy
25 Live Through This - Hole
26 Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
27 Sixteen Stone - Bush

Too pretty to be Grunge but I like it.

Easily in the top 10 one of the best albums in grunge music

Bought this before they got big. Great surprise.

This album was made up from 4 songs. No one listens to any songs on this album but Listerine - Sabbath

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28 Sound of White Noise - Anthrax

This is a underrated album by Anthrax and yes this is a grunge album but its also a metal album its like Alice in Chains - christangrant

29 Mother Love Bone - Mother Love Bone

Best album of the lot - great tunes, great lyrics and surely would have made a major impact if Andy Wood hadn't died just before the release.

30 Dry As A Bone/Rehab Doll - Green River
31 Push - Gruntruck
32 Mad Season - Above

Listing to it now, had to vote for it because its so under voted, fantastic album with Layne Staley on vocals. - superluke1000

Really underrated, in my opinion it belongs to top 5, but not first. Had to vote it because it was 21st.



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33 Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind
34 Bricks Are Heavy - L7
35 Sweet Oblivion - Screaming Trees
36 Razorblade Suitcase - Bush
37 Wonder What's Next - Chevelle
38 Mirror Ball - Neil Young
39 Throwing Copper - Live

This should be waay higher! Every song is great. They were one of the big bands of the 90s for this album "alone"!

40 Unplugged in New York - Nirvana

Must be higher than 38

41 Blur - Blur
42 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions - KISS

For those wondering why this album is on this list and how KISS are grunge, It was basically an attempt to cash in on the grunge movement however it was canceled because Kiss wanted to do a reunion tour with the original lineup, the album was later released later due to bootleg copies existing and being passed around. Although ironically, this came out in 1997 the year that Grunge died. - christangrant

Since when was KISS grunge?

This album is them playing Grunge, It was basically an attempt to cash in on the grunge movement however it was canceled because Kiss wanted to do a reunion tour with the original lineup however the album was released later due to bootleg copies existing. - christangrant

43 Gish - Smashing Pumpkins
44 Frogstomp - Silverchair

They may have moved on from grunge a long time ago, but 3 fifteen year old Aussie kids who were fans of the genre back in the day could pump out a Nirvana meets Rage Against The Machine album better than people twice their age nowadays.

45 The Fourth World - Kara's Flowers

I just can't believe back in 1997 this was maroon 5. What happened to them? Their two latest albums, Overexposed and V, suck. I wish they would go back to their old style.

46 As Good As Dead - Local H

I saw what you did and I know who you are.

47 Ham Fisted - Local H
48 Three Days Grace - Three Days Grace
49 Houdini - Melvins

Should be higher, not one of the most well-known grunge bands, but this album in particular has some really great stuff on it

50 Fast Stories... from Kid Coma - Truly

Very solid band never given the attention they deserved. Album released at the wrong time when grunge rock was on its death bed. Would highly recommend, especially the track 'Blue Flame Ford'

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1. Dirt - Alice In Chains
2. Ten - Pearl Jam
3. Temple Of The Dog - Temple Of The Dog
1. Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
2. Superunknown - Soundgarden
3. Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains
1. Ten - Pearl Jam
2. Jar of Flies - Alice In Chains
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