Best Grunge Albums Ever

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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

Dirt blows any Nirvana album away!

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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

Just gotta vote this one! - Disturbedpotato

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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!

The best album from the best grunge rock band, with plenty of hits, and it is Pearl Jam, how can this album not be in top three (although even then, at this point it is in top three, so, just in case it isn’t in top three, it should)

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4 Superunknown - Soundgarden

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

Nice album deserve in top ten but honestly nevermind is kind of overrated, what.. No dirt in this list.

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

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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. - somekindofaguy

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

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

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8 Facelift - Alice In Chains

Major album in making grunge known. - dootdoot

9 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!

Better than Purple!

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10 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

The Contenders

11 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

This is Nirvana's best album. Blew, Floyd the Barber, School, Paper Cuts, Mr. Moustache, and Downer are the best. All the people who only listen to Nevermind and say that they're overrated should hear this album for a change - Kfox101

BEST NIRVANA ALBUM. But soundgarden started grunge so

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12 Temple Of The Dog - Temple Of The Dog

Think a combination of Pearl Jam and soundgarden - qaz9999

Better than the top 4 combined. - qaz9999

13 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

14 Down on the Upside - Soundgarden

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

15 Vs. - Pearl Jam V 1 Comment
16 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.

17 Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney

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

18 Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins

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

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19 Stoner Witch - The Melvins
20 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 is one of the best grunge albums that could easily compete with the big four of grunge! Listen to Little things, Comedown, Machinehead, Body...

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