Top 10 Most Important Albums in Grunge Music History

This is my final list. These albums are important to Grunge music.

The Top Ten

1 Mudhoney - Mudhoney

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

Also there was a typo with the list. It was supposed to be "Most Important Albums in Grunge Music History."

Their debut album.

2 Nevermind - Nirvana

Ok seriously this is not the most important Grunge album because this only popularized the genre it didn't create it the album that created Grunge should be number 1 - christangrant

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 didn't create it stop thinking that please. It's just as bad as people claiming Black Sabbath created Heavy Metal. - BoredJeff02.

Popularized the genre.

3 Dirt - Alice in Chains
4 Come on Down - Green River

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. - Metal_Treasure

5 Ten - Pearl Jam

Quite as well popularized it.

6 Superunknown - Soundgarden

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

7 Dry as a Bone/Rehab Doll - Green River

Without Green River, grunge wouldn't have existed.

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

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

8 Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog

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

For being the first Grunge supergroup album.

9 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. - Metal_Treasure

10 Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus, Early Singles - Mudhoney

The Contenders

11 Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden

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

12 Facelift - Alice In Chains

Also popularized grunge.

13 Screaming Life - Soundgarden

This was a very immportnat album in grunge history - christangrant

14 Smash - The Offspring

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?

15 In Utero - Nirvana
16 Gluey Porch Treatments - Melvins

This was before any nirvana album - christangrant

17 Bleach - Nirvana

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

18 God's Balls - Tad

TAD are criminally underrated.

Overlooked grunge classic!

19 Melvins - Melvins

Important for influencing Nirvana no matter how overrated they are.

20 Apple - Mother Love Bone

This album is seriously important to grunge. - Soulstealer

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.

Just the best
And underrated

21 Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters

Sure it's important for starting Dave Grohl's career but did it really influence the genre that much? Not really... sure it was a raw and kickass album but not really influential to me.

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

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

Dave Grohl's first album since Kurt Cobain died.

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22 Frogstomp - Silverchair

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

More post-grunge than pure grunge.

23 Louder Than Love - Soundgarden

Superunknown is better but this album is more important.

24 Core - Stone Temple Pilots

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

25 Sweet Oblivion - Screaming Trees

Self explantory.

26 Candlebox - Candlebox
27 Houdini - Melvins
28 Sixteen Stone - Bush
29 Purple - Stone Temple Pilots

Important because this was one of the five grunge records to reach number one on the charts in '94 (the others were "Superunknown", "Jar Of Flies", "Vitalogy" and "MTV Unplugged in New York").

30 Above - Mad Season

This was a one-off project featuring members of other bands in the Seattle grunge scene, guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, lead singer Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, drummer Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees and bassist John Baker Saunders.

Not as important as other albums so it's not as high.

31 Rehab Doll - Green River

This album is one of the first albums with the key elements of Grunge - christangrant

32 U-Men - The U-Men

I beileve this is the first grunge album - christangrant

33 Curb - Nickelback

I don't think this was that immportant but it was Nickelbacks debut - christangrant

34 Vs. - Pearl Jam
35 Rotting PiƱata - Sponge
36 8-way Santa - Tad
37 Jar of Flies - Alice in Chains

Not only was this the first EP to reach number one on the Billboard 200, but one of the five grunge records to reach that position in '94; the others being "Superunknown", "Vitalogy", "Purple" and "MTV Unplugged in New York".

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Come on Down - Green River
2. Dry as a Bone/Rehab Doll - Green River
3. Deep Six - Green River, Soundgarden, Melvins, Malfunkshun, Skin Yard, the U-Men
1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Ten - Pearl Jam
3. Superunknown - Soundgarden
1. Dirt - Alice in Chains
2. Superunknown - Soundgarden
3. Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus, Early Singles - Mudhoney

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