Our list of The 3 Essential Grunge albums will tell you all you need to know about the albums that have influenced a generation. Grunge is one of those musical styles that you either love it or hate it. Regardless of which one applies to you, you have to give credit to it. Without grunge, we’d probably still be neck-deep in hairspray and makeup bands singing about fast cars and easy women. Three particular bands that could easily be named the Holy Trinity of Grunge helped bring about the change in popular music.
If you haven’t heard of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, you have probably lived on another planet or under a rock. This trio, along with other bands, decided to go against the popular music of the time and had great success. It was a successful risk-taking because they have succeeded in becoming worldwide famous rock stars and influenced an entire generation of young people.
Some of them may even get immortalised in online slots, just like Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses and Motorhead. And now, without further ado, The 3 Essential Grunge Albums:
Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
If you want to know which record is most synonymous with grunge, the most common answer you’ll get will probably be Nirvana’s Nevermind. This is due to the fact that the record contains a remarkable set of songs that appealed to fans of punk, metal, and even pop. Nevermind is also the album that includes Smells Like Teen Spirit which can easily be considered the official grunge anthem. The album also contains such hits as Come As You Are, Lithium, and In Bloom. Also, who could forget the iconic album cover of a baby chasing a fishing hook underwater with a dollar as a bait.
Pearl Jam – Ten (1991)
Pearl Jam’s debut album is also their most commercial and most successful album. After the death of Mother Love Bone’s singer, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament put together Pearl Jam. They were joined by Eddie Vedder on vocals, and the rest is history. Born out of tragedy, Pearl Jam’s Ten included such landmark songs as Alive, Even Flow, Jeremy etc. An interesting fact about this album is that its best song, Black, was never issued as a single.
Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger (1991)
Along with The Melvins, Soundgarden was one of the first Seattle bands whose speciality were the slow, murky riffs. This in combination with Chris Cornell’s excellent voice and talent for lyrics resulted in one of the biggest names in the genre. By the time their third album appeared, 1991’s Badmotorfinger, the band had transformed into an adventurous outfit. With prog-like structures and even saxophone on several songs, the album was propelled up the charts. Who could forget such songs as Outshined, Rusty Cage, and Jesus Christ Pose. Soundgarden as a band was seven years old by 1991, but it wasn’t until Badmotorfinger that it all came together for them.