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The Best Soundgarden Albums of All Time 

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Updated January 15, 2020 962 votes 335 voters 6.7k views 6 items

List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Soundgarden is widely considered one of the best alternative rock bands ever. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Soundgarden albums, with the help of your votes. Formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by Chris Cornell, with lead guitarist Kim Thayil, Soundgarden were one of the creators of the '90s "grunge" sound. Their critically-acclaimed Superunknown (1994) yielded the Grammy award-winning singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman," some of the most popular Soundgarden songs.

This Soundgarden discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Soundgarden albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Soundgarden singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Soundgarden album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Soundgarden album, then vote it up, even if it doesn't necessarily include Soundgarden's top hits.

On May 17, 2017, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell died in Detroit; he was 52. 

This is a list that features albums like Superunknown (1994) and Badmotorfinger (1991). This list of popular Soundgarden CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

Badmotorfinger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soundgarden Albums of All Time
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1. Rusty Cage
2. Outshined
3. Slaves & Bulldozers
4. Jesus Christ Pose
5. Face Pollution
6. Somewhere
7. Searching with My Good Eye Closed
8. Room a Thousand Years Wide
9. Mind Riot
10. Drawing Flies
11. Holy Water
12. New Damage

Release Date: 1991

Artist: Soundgarden

Tracks: Jesus Christ Pose, Rusty Cage, Holy Water, + more

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Alternative metal, Grunge

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Superunknown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soundgarden Albums of All Time
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1. Let Me Drown
2. My Wave
3. Fell on Black Days
4. Mailman
5. Superunknown
6. Head Down
7. Black Hole Sun
8. Spoonman
9. Limo Wreck
10. The Day I Tried to Live
11. Kickstand
12. Fresh Tendrils
13. 4th of July
14. Half
15. Like Suicide

Release Date: 1994

Artist: Soundgarden

Tracks: Black Hole Sun, Half, Kickstand, + more

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Alternative metal, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Down on the Upside is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soundgarden Albums of All Time
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1. Pretty Noose
2. Rhinosaur
3. Zero Chance
4. Dusty
5. Ty Cobb
6. Blow Up the Outside World
7. Burden in My Hand
8. Never Named
9. Applebite
10. Never the Machine Forever
11. Tighter & Tighter
12. No Attention
13. Switch Opens
14. Overfloater
15. An Unkind
16. Boot Camp

Release Date: 1996

Artist: Soundgarden

Tracks: Overfloater, Ty Cobb, Boot Camp, + more

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Alternative metal, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Louder Than Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soundgarden Albums of All Time
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1. Ugly Truth
2. Hands All Over
3. Gun
4. Power Trip
5. Get on the Snake
6. Full on Kevin's Mom
7. Loud Love
8. I Awake
9. No Wrong No Right
10. Uncovered
11. Big Dumb Sex
12. Full On (Reprise)

Release Date: 1989

Artist: Soundgarden

Producer: Terry Date

Tracks: Full On Kevin’s Mum, No Wrong No Right, Ugly Truth, + more

Length (mins): 00:53:17

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Alternative metal, Grunge

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