The grunge music scene put Seattle on the map back in the late ‘80s and early '90s, and the Seattle bands of today are keeping up the city’s reputation strong. Bellevue, a Seattle suburb, gave birth to sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson who later formed the group, Heart. Since their rise to popularity in the '70s, over 30 million of their albums have sold worldwide. Grunge icons Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains helped begin the flannel and long, greasy hair era of Seattle. And thank goodness for that. Seattle’s most talented and celebrated artist, however, didn’t break into the pop charts until 1992 with his hit, "Baby Got Back." Sir Mix-A-Lot is still featured in clubs and house parties all over the world for his unique beats and groundbreaking lyrics. Check out the list below to purchase popular recordings by Seattle’s best bands.
Haunting and onerous, the unwieldy grace of Alice in Chains on Dirt charms progressive grunge rock fans into a pensive, penetrative mood.
Moving away from Seattle's grunge rock scene, Candlebox veers more towards a mix of blues and heavy rock, with some acoustic latin samples thrown in for an energetic, memorable measure.
Seattle's soulful and subtle singer songwriter goes solo (and home) on this album, at once acid-jazzy, rocking, engaging and hailed by fans.
Essential Heart (Remastered Original Recordings)
The definite, two-disc collection of Heart's remastered recordings spans the career of rock's infamous pair of blonde and raven-haired crooners.
Dark melodic metal with a sludgy, intellectual bright side, the Seattle-reared Melvins re-released their 1986 freshman album on Ipecac Records in Oakland, California for a masterful second coming.
March to Fuzz
Years before Nirvana's success, Mudhoney put Seattle on the rock n' roll map and was the Sub Pop label's first breakout act. This 2000 release is an overview of Mudhoney's discography from 1988 to 1998.
Urgent and unforgettable, Nevermind is a Nirvana masterpiece album that singlehandedly laid down the soundtrack of the early 90s and has assuaged the angst of millions of zealous votaries.
Ah, Nirvana. All the blissfully incisive greats from Seattle's grunge rock icons in one portent my-life-is-a-dark-room collection.
A spread-like-wildfire debut album, Pearl Jam's Ten, with Vedder's low-throated vocals, personal themes and the band's loud, melodic rock, completed the immaculate trilogy of Seattle rock that includes Nirvana and Soundgarden.
The tongue-in-cheek Seattle rapper finally broke into the pop charts in 1992 with the bawdy, controversial "Baby Got Back" ("I like big butts and I cannot lie...").
The first album from "the J.R. Ewing of Seattle" is a West Coast rap cult favorite. "Posse on Broadway," Mix-A-Lot's most popular single outside of "Baby Got Back," still gets airplay on mix shows.
An exceptional heavy rock and fast sludge Seattle band, Soundgarden twists and turns between a wall of guitar and vocal sound and sheer vocals over sparse melodies.
Temple of the Dog
Temple of the Dog
A mellower side of grunge rock, Temple of the Dog brings together Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and other Seattle grunge icons in a one-time collaborative album dedicated to the late Mother Love Bone vocalist Andy Wood.
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Plugging In
In case you didn't feel like plugging in, this is an acoustic recording, live at Seattle's Showbox, of some of the Posies' choicest harmonized and power pop songs.