Best Grunge Albums Ever

The Top Ten

Dirt - Alice In Chains Dirt - Alice In Chains Product Image

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

Very relatable if you have chronic depression and/or take drugs to try and self medicate. Beautiful, ugly and real. Not a bad song on the album, even though rain when I die is one that underwhelms me a bit, every other song is really great. Not that rain when I die is a bad song, it just doesn't sound as good as he rest of the album in my opinion.

Nevermind - Nirvana Nevermind - Nirvana Product Image

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

This album is incredible! My favorite albums of all time are the neverminds. Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols and Nevermind by Nirvana. This album rocks so hard, and its shows that you don't have to play musically complex songs, and that you can write simple, but very, very effective songs. Smells Like Teen Spirit to Something in the Way, there are no duds, just killer songs back to back. poetic lyrics, pounding drums, pulsating bass, aggressive, amazing guitar playing, and... That voice. That voice... RIP Kurt Cobain.

Ten - Pearl Jam Ten - Pearl Jam Product Image

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.

I don't think Deep is the worst, maybe Why Go but I can't find a bad song on Ten. Every song is a masterpiece. - sacimalnar

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

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.

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

Superunknown - Soundgarden Superunknown - Soundgarden Product Image

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

Superunknown is not only the greatest grunge album, but one of greatest albums of all time!

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

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

In Utero - Nirvana In Utero - Nirvana Product Image

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

It has a very natural sound its very real it gives me a weird but good feeling when I listen to it

Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden Product Image

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.

Purple - Stone Temple Pilots Purple - Stone Temple Pilots Product Image

Core was better in my opinion.

Core - Stone Temple Pilots Core - Stone Temple Pilots Product Image

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!

Facelift - Alice In Chains Facelift - Alice In Chains Product Image

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.

Temple Of The Dog - Temple Of The Dog Temple Of The Dog - Temple Of The Dog Product Image

Think a combination of Pearl Jam and soundgarden

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

Better than the top 4 combined.

The Contenders

Bleach - Nirvana Bleach - Nirvana Product Image

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!

Apple - Mother Love Bone Apple - Mother Love Bone Product Image

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

Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins Product Image

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

Amazing album but it is not grunge.

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.

Jar of Flies - Alice In Chains Jar of Flies - Alice In Chains Product Image

I love this album so much it should be higher

The best EP ever made

Down on the Upside - Soundgarden Down on the Upside - Soundgarden Product Image

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

Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains Product Image

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.

Vs. - Pearl Jam Vs. - Pearl Jam Product Image

It has a llama can you go wrong

This album is a masterpiece

Great

MY FAVORITE PJ ALBUM AND THEIR BEST

Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins Product Image

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

An art work

perfect album in every side.

Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters Product Image
Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney Product Image

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

Grunge start here...Most be in the top 5

Stoner Witch - The Melvins Stoner Witch - The Melvins Product Image
Candlebox - Candlebox Candlebox - Candlebox Product Image
Vitalogy - Pearl Jam Vitalogy - Pearl Jam Product Image

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

Sixteen Stone - Bush Sixteen Stone - Bush Product Image

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...

Live Through This - Hole Live Through This - Hole Product Image
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