Best Grunge Albums Ever


The Top Ten

1 Dirt - Alice In Chains

Dirt was a masterpiece, better than Nevermind.

This album changed my life

Excellent album, Facelift should be number one, Dirt number two, Soundgarden Louder Then Love number three.


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2 Nevermind - Nirvana

Defines grunge. Transcends grunge. One of the greatest albums ever made.

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.

The seminal grunge album. Stacked with barn burners.

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

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3 Ten - Pearl Jam

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

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!

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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 Core - Stone Temple Pilots

My best album

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!

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9 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

10 Temple Of The Dog - Temple Of The Dog

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

Think a combination of Pearl Jam and soundgarden - qaz9999

Better than the top 4 combined. - qaz9999

The Newcomers

? Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop - Stone Temple Pilots

The Contenders

11 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

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 Vs. - Pearl Jam

This album is a masterpiece - Soulstealer

It has a llama can you go wrong


14 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!

15 Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins

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

An art work

16 Jar of Flies - Alice In Chains

The best EP ever made - NewAgeAnarchist

I love this album so much it should be higher

17 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.

18 Down on the Upside - Soundgarden

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

19 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.

20 Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney

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

21 Candlebox - Candlebox
22 Stoner Witch - The Melvins
23 Sixteen Stone - Bush

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

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.

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24 Vitalogy - Pearl Jam

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

25 Incesticide - Nirvana

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

26 Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
27 Candlebox - Lucy
28 Live Through This - Hole
29 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

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.


This IS the best GRUNGE ALBUM OF ALL TIME its just so unknown that is didn't even appeared in this list wich is a big shame! To me its inconciveble that Mother Love Bone is in sixth place and Above not on the list SHAME! People go listen to mad season's Above album, with layne Staley on vocals ROCKING THE BEST SONGS IN he's CARREAR.

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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 Blur - Blur
41 Unplugged in New York - Nirvana

Must be higher than 38

42 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

43 Dirty - Sonic Youth
44 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

45 Gish - Smashing Pumpkins
46 Siamese Dream - The Smashing Pumpkins
47 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.

48 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.

49 As Good As Dead - Local H

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

50 Ham Fisted - Local H
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1. Dirt - Alice In Chains
2. Ten - Pearl Jam
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1. Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
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