The Best Grunge Albums

11 Greatest Grunge AlbumsExactly 8 years ago today, I wrote about the 11 greatest grunge albums. That entry received zero comments. I'm hoping we can beat that record today.

Here's the list from 8 years ago:

  1. Nevermind - Nirvana
  2. In Utero - Nirvana
  3. Ten - Pearl Jam
  4. Dirt - Alice in Chains
  5. Vs. - Pearl Jam
  6. Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog
  7. Core - Stone Temple Pilots
  8. Sweet Oblivion - Screaming Trees
  9. Singles (Original Soundtrack) - various artists
  10. Bricks Are Heavy - L7
  11. Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden

What's your favourite grunge album? If you're feeling ambition, share your top 10.

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Ahh, grunge.....I'd say School Of Fish's second album "Human Canonball". Brilliant, and never got the recognition it should have. And/or, The Posies' "Frosting On The Beater". Both a little more poppy than those in your list, but my favs. Let the "that's not grunge, it's alternative" discussions begin!

April 4, 2012 @ 11:47 AM

Mississauga Phil

Purple by STP - Best Grunge album ever!!!

April 4, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Mississauga Phil

I love Purple, too. Vaseline being pumped in the big room at The Phoenix on a Monday night... great memories.

April 4, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

Bingo Bob

In Utero shouldn't even be in the top 10!

It was tanking until Kurt's death.

There are people who would have you strung up for keeping Soundgarden out of the top 10.

A for effort, but you are wrong.


April 4, 2012 @ 12:11 PM


Never was a big Nirvana fan but I agree that Nevermind should be there, probably at 2. PJ's Ten would be my number 1. Haven't heard L7 or Screaming trees and I do not like STP.

April 4, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

Jason from Sudbury

In no specific order. Dirt, Nevermind, Superunknown, Ten, and Core.

April 4, 2012 @ 12:24 PM

grk cln frrll

does siamese dream qualify as grunge?

April 4, 2012 @ 12:28 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Some stuff is clearly grunge... that's the early 90s Seattle stuff... then there's a grey area where some alternative stuff gets lumped in with grunge. That's Siamese Dream.

The grunge vs. alternative discussion is fun, but it doesn't mean anything. Labels are pretty dumb, it just makes it easier to assemble lists and such.

Oh... and a click back 8 years ago reveals this top 11 is from the Mercury News out of the Bay Area.

My favourite grunge albums:

1. Nevermind
2. Ten
3. Dirt
4. Badmotorfinger
5. Core
6. Singles Soundtrack
7. Vs.
8. In Utero
9. Vitalogy
10. Purple

April 4, 2012 @ 2:04 PM


Is it fair to put "Singles" on this list?

It's a compilation album, has covers on it, and also includes non-grunge songs.

April 4, 2012 @ 2:45 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Most of Singles is grunge, and those two amazing PJ songs didn't appear on studio albums.

And Chris Cornell singing Seasons? Yeah, Singles counts...

April 4, 2012 @ 2:51 PM

Ajax Mike

I have to put Superunknown way up on the list, probably higher than In Utero.

April 4, 2012 @ 3:54 PM


I'd remove Vs. and put up Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge by Mudhoney

April 4, 2012 @ 5:57 PM


It still breaks the 'one per artist' list rule.

April 4, 2012 @ 6:32 PM


2 CDs that never left my multi-disc player:

1. Copper Blue by Sugar

2. Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub

Yeah, and I'll cut you if you tell me that they aren't grunge 'cause all grunge bands owe royalties to Bob Mould of Husker Du (insert umlaut).

April 4, 2012 @ 6:42 PM


The Wall by Pink Floyd - LOL
#1 in my books

April 4, 2012 @ 6:50 PM

Handsome Rob

Kind of PJ heavy.
I traded in all my old CDs last weekend as I've converted them all to mp3 and haven't put them in a cd player in ages. Some of the ones that they wouldn't take were PJs Vs. and the cd single triple pack that had the over the air concert from 94/95. Was really surprise by that. Think it was an import even.

April 4, 2012 @ 7:27 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

If I employ the 'one per artist' list rule:

1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Ten - Pearl Jam
3. Dirt - Alice in Chains
4. Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden
5. Core - Stone Temple Pilots
6. Singles Soundtrack - Various
7. Live Through This - Hole
8. Bush - Sixteen Stone
9. Mother Love Bone - Mother Love Bone
10. Mad Season - Above

April 4, 2012 @ 8:03 PM

Jason from Sudbury

It's been 18 years today since Kurt Cobain died.

April 5, 2012 @ 11:21 AM

Jason Patterson

That song Stuck in the 90s is about you, Mike

April 7, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

Jason Patterson

That song Stuck in the 90s is about you, Mike

April 7, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Not really, but this entry certainly is stuck in the 90s, by design

April 7, 2012 @ 1:35 PM

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