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The Best Soundgarden Albums of All Time

Updated January 15, 2020 1.1k votes 358 voters 7.1k views6 items

List RulesThis 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.

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  • Superunknown
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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
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Alternative metal, Experimental rock, Grunge
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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
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Alternative metal, Grunge
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  • Down on the Upside
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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
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Alternative metal, Experimental rock, Grunge
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  • Louder Than Love
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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
    • Length (mins): 00:53:17
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Alternative metal, Grunge
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