Best Grunge Albums Ever

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.

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

Staley's Voice, The Mind-Bending, Deep, Dingy Lyrics, Cantrell's Winding, Grinding, Distorted guitar leads.. the whole vibe of Dirt is unlike anything else I've heard and has influenced me with my own music very much. A fantastic album but as another said, not for the faint of heart. This is why Nevermind is above Dirt, Nevermind was better suited for mainstream popularity.
R.I.P. Layne, A True Artist

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.

2 Nevermind - Nirvana

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.

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.

By some sheer matter of coincidence, I only listened to this album for the first time recently, and I have to say... Dirt is still better.

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

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.

Nirvana is Nirvana but if we compare the other "big" bands like Pearl Jam,Soundgarden,Alice in Chains,Stone Temple Pilots...they were so simple. Maybe Nevermind could reach number one in grunge history but Ten is Top Ten of the last 25 years including all genres of music

I'm listening every kind of music and every album that I heard of in my entire life. And this album is the best. Just listen it. Then youll come here and press vote automaticly.

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.

4 Superunknown - Soundgarden

Clearly a lot of people never listened to Superunknown. This album contains songs like Black Hole Sun, Fell on black days, the day I tried to live, Spoonman and a bunch of others that aren't as popular but just as legendary like "4th of July" or "Like suicide". Much more emotions, musicality and diversity than the other albums on this list.
It's also an album that any rock fan can appreciate (Nirvana can be too punkish, Alice In Chains can be too dark and some people don't like the classic rock sound of Pearl Jam or Eddie's voice. Perfection from start to finish.

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 down at 4th? Laughing at this list !
It has hits like :
-Black Hole Sun
-Fell On Black Days
-The Day I Tried To Live
And pretty much all the other songs on the album have at least 85/100 rating

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

5 In Utero - Nirvana

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...

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

Easily better than Nevermind, and up there with Dirt. Should be #2 or 1.

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

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.

7 Purple - Stone Temple Pilots

Core was better in my opinion.

8 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.

9 Core - Stone Temple Pilots

How is this only 9th? This is top 5 EASILY. Probably one of the few albums I'd consider absolutely perfect. From Plush to Sex Type Thing to Creep to Wicked Garden to even Piece of Pie, this album doesn't have a single song that's less than great. Better album than Nevermind for sure, and certainly on the level of Ten and Dirt.

I feel as a lot of people underrate this album. It is very good.

Very strong album and scott weiland very strong vocal the really grunge

My best album

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.

The Contenders
11 Temple Of The Dog - Temple Of The Dog

By far the greatest album on this list. It doesn't get more grudge than Pearl Jam and Soundgarden combining together to breed orgasms in our ears

Better than the top 4 combined.

12 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!

This isn't in the top 10! This is the best Nirvana album!

13 Jar of Flies - Alice In Chains

The best EP ever made

14 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!

Best Alice album and the best piece of art from 90's grunge scene.

Why in the living hell isn't this in the top 10.

15 Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins

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!

What? Top 5 this should be

16 Down on the Upside - Soundgarden

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

17 Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins
18 Vs. - Pearl Jam
19 Sound of White Noise - Anthrax
20 Fantastic Planet - Failure
21 Vitalogy - Pearl Jam

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

22 Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney

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

23 Candlebox - Candlebox

How is this at #23. Start to finish a solid album. Has to be one of the top ten grunge albums. Easily the best album of 1993.

24 Degradation Trip - Jerry Cantrell
25 Stoner Witch - The Melvins
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