When the alternative revolution of the early ‘90s happened, the sub-genre that ushered it in was given the name of “grunge” due to its thick, sludgy sound. Our list of the 25 Most Influential Grunge Albums takes into consideration not just the ones that millions bought, but also those from the late ‘80s that helped pave the way for its success.

Even though nearly every alternative act of the day, especially those from Seattle, were all lumped together as grunge bands, the truth is that they each had their own style and sound. But at their core was some mixture of ‘70s hard rock and ‘80s punk, two genres that been at odds with each other and had different legions of fans. In other words, grunge made it safe for people to like both Black Sabbath and the Replacements, who, by the way, liked Black Sabbath.

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