The Best Grunge Albums of the 90s (With Image)

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You can’t talk grunge in the '90s and only mention Nirvana once. "Nevermind" changed the world. There are those who claim that it killed hair metal.

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While "Nevermind" is considered the album that sparked grunge, "Ten" by Pearl Jam actually came out earlier in 1991.

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Soundgarden had released three albums prior to "Superunknown," but it was the one that broke the band.

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"Live Through This"

Any narrative built around Courtney Love that focuses on her being Kurt Cobain’s wife and seemingly a bit of a drug casualty is doing her a disservice.

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Alice in Chains are kind of the forgotten band of Seattle's grunge scene. They are the Michael Collins to the Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

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"Alice in Chains"

It's odd when a band decides to go with a self-titled release after they've already released a bunch of material, but Alice in Chains decided to go that route with their third full-length album.

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"Sixteen Stone"

Some grunge purists are going to be mad about this. They will probably claim that Bush was just jumping on a trend and it wasn't "really" grunge. Hey, maybe that’s true.

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"Freak Show"

Silverchair is another divisive grunge band, but that’s more about whether or not people think it is actually good.

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"Siamese Dream"

Few people are going to call The Smashing Pumpkins' huge hit album, "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness," grunge.

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Stone Temple Pilots, those elegant bachelors, hit it right out of the gate with "Core." Their 1992 debut remains the band’s best-selling album and also their most critically respected.

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Robert Christgau hated "Purple," but he hated a lot of stuff. It's still a fairly memorable album that has to be included in the story of grunge in the '90s.

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"Bricks are Heavy"

L7, an all-female, take-no-lip rock band, released its first album back in 1988, before grunge was even a word on our lips.

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Toadies only released one album in the '90s, but they made it count. "Rubberneck" is the band’s entry into the grunge world, led by the single "Possum Kingdom."

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""Piece of Cake""

Mudhoney, another Seattle band, was one of the progenitors of grunge, though it didn’t become a huge star like others did.

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