10 Best Grunge Albums You Need To Hear

Seattle's homegrown hard rock.


By the time the music world was stumbling into 1989, rock fans had had their collective fill of the "80's"-ness of it all. With all the neon colored spandex and hair the size of skyscrapers, the look of the times in rock had gotten far too ridiculous to take seriously anymore. Rock as a whole was in dire need of some renovations, which would come from the rainy Northwest.

Almost overnight, the music scene of Seattle was being heralded as the next cultural step in rock's development. The music was called grunge, which is probably the closest way to describe the heaviness of these bands. The songs were too complex to be punk but at the same time too tuneful to be metal, all the while being coated in an audible haze that sounded like the amps were drenched in mud.

What couldn't be denied though was the way these acts used eclectic influences to create their signature sounds. It was as if all these acts had taken the greatest tropes of classic rock and squeezed them together into a unique sonic package. While there may be greater rock albums to come out of Seattle, these are the albums that define what it truly means to be "grunge."

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