Poll: What is Soundgarden’s best album?
Whether you’re a fan of the term “grunge” or not, Soundgarden were one of the most impactful bands in the Seattle rock scene that rose to prominence in the early 1990s. Although their reign was unfortunately cut short, they left us six solid albums in their catalog. But which is the best? That’s what we want to know in this week’s Loudwire Nights Album of the Week poll.
You will have until Friday at 12 N ET to vote. We will then play the three songs from the album with the most votes during the Loudwire Nights Album of the Week block to start the show the following Monday!
Formed in 1984, Soundgarden actually helped create the grunge sound that would later be associated with Seattle and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. The eerie time signatures and drop-D tuning – which guitarist Kim Thayil learned from Melvins’ Buzz Osborne – were key elements of their buzzy, psychedelic sound, and Chris Cornell’s booming vocal range was the icing on the cake. cake.
After a brief period of collaboration with local independent label Sub Pop, Soundgarden released their debut album Ultramega OK via SST Records in 1988. They signed with A&M shortly thereafter and released its follow-up stronger than love the following year, which was their first record to land on the Billboard 200.
The real breakthrough of rockers dates back to 1991 badmotorfinger, released on the same day as the iconic Nirvana It doesn’t matter and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Sex Magik blood sugar. This third album saw Soundgarden begin to move towards a more cohesive sound and song structure, while retaining their weirdness and punk edge. “Rusty Cage,” “Outshined,” and “Jesus Christ Pose” became radio and MTV staples, especially after the spotlight shone on the rest of the Seattle bands.
Most people already know that the years 1994 superunknown became their magnum opus – so we don’t have to tell you. They also published down inside out in 1996 before going their separate ways for about 13 years, then returning with Animal King in 2012.
Soundgarden was working on its seventh studio album when Cornell died in May 2017, but the surviving members have confirmed they still intend to complete it.
Head below to vote for your favorite Soundgarden album and tune in Wired nights next Monday at 7 p.m. ET to find out which record prevailed. During tonight’s show, you’ll find out which Shinedown album was voted best and hear three songs from the winner.
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