Top 10 Most Important Albums in Grunge Music History

The Top Ten

1 Mudhoney - Mudhoney Mudhoney - Mudhoney Product Image

Never expected this album to hit #1 on this list.

Their debut album.

2 Nevermind - Nirvana Nevermind - Nirvana Product Image

Really, didn't "originate" the genre? Then why isn't something by Chuck Berry or Little Richard the most important rock album? Or something by Frank Sinatra the most important pop album?

Popularized the genre.

What was I gonna say... Nevermind

3 Dirt - Alice in Chains Dirt - Alice in Chains Product Image
4 Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden Product Image

"Louder Than Love" and "Superunknown" are higher and this album isn't? I don't get it.

5 Superunknown - Soundgarden Superunknown - Soundgarden Product Image

This was Soundgarden's first and only #1 album on the Billboard 200 charts.

6 Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog Product Image

For being the first Grunge supergroup album.

It bridged the gap between Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam.

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

Also popularized grunge.

8 Ten - Pearl Jam Ten - Pearl Jam Product Image

Quite as well popularized it.

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

This album is seriously important to grunge.

Obviously an important album because, not only is it a swansong for Andrew Wood, but this was the band that Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament played in between Green River and Pearl Jam.

Well
Just the best
And underrated

10 Screaming Life - Soundgarden Screaming Life - Soundgarden Product Image

This was a very immportnat album in grunge history

The Contenders

11 Come on Down - Green River Come on Down - Green River Product Image

1985 - it was the very FIRST grunge record. It's an EP and not an album but I guess it counts in the context of this list. This EP was also the debut release by Green River.

12 Louder Than Love - Soundgarden Louder Than Love - Soundgarden Product Image

Superunknown is better but this album is more important.

13 Melvins - Melvins Melvins - Melvins Product Image

Important for influencing Nirvana no matter how overrated they are.

14 God's Balls - Tad God's Balls - Tad Product Image

TAD are criminally underrated.

Overlooked grunge classic!

15 Dry as a Bone/Rehab Doll - Green River Dry as a Bone/Rehab Doll - Green River Product Image

Without Green River, grunge wouldn't have existed.

This should be number one since this is the first grunge album

This was in 1990 but Green River released an EP in 1985 (Come On Down) which was the first grunge release ever.

16 Bleach - Nirvana Bleach - Nirvana Product Image

This album came out two years before "Nevermind", so it was obviously important for grunge.

17 Smash - The Offspring Smash - The Offspring Product Image

The Offspring may sound a little bit like Nirvana on this album, but that doesn't make this album or this band grunge.

Wrong list to include this album.

Coincidentally, this album came out the day Kurt Cobain was found dead.

The Offspring? Grunge? Really?

18 Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus, Early Singles - Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus, Early Singles - Mudhoney Product Image
19 Deep Six - Green River, Soundgarden, Melvins, Malfunkshun, Skin Yard, the U-Men

1986. The second release in grunge history is a compilation album by these 6 bands, hence the album title. The album contains multiple tracks by these 6 bands. It was a low-budget project and band members recall that each band was given four hours of studio time.

20 In Utero - Nirvana In Utero - Nirvana Product Image
21 Frogstomp - Silverchair Frogstomp - Silverchair Product Image

More post-grunge than pure grunge.

This album has one of their best known hits "Tomorrow".

22 Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters Product Image

Important for being the path that Dave Grohl took after the death of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.

Essentially important because songs like "This Is a Call" and "I'll Stick Around" were played to death on MTV and radio.

Dave Grohl's first album since Kurt Cobain died.

This album deserves a place in the top 10 or top 20!

23 Gluey Porch Treatments - Melvins Gluey Porch Treatments - Melvins Product Image

This was before any nirvana album

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

Even though I'm not a fan of STP this album was somewhat important to Grunge music.

25 Sweet Oblivion - Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion - Screaming Trees Product Image
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