100 Best Albums of the Nineties

From Moby to Nirvana, the records that defined a decade

Soundgarden, 'Superunknown'
38/100

38. Soundgarden, 'Superunknown'

Soundgarden's step up to rock & roll immortality came late in their day, after spells with both Sub Pop and SST Records, and after the band first grabbed the platinum ring with 1991's Badmotorfinger. But this brutish beauty gave Soundgarden a lock on the "Led Zeppelin for the Nineties" crown. A heavy-metal band with punk-rock nobility and no time for lemon-squeezin' corn, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron hammer Chris Cornell's vocal anguish in "Fell on Black Days," "Black Hole Sun" and "Like Suicide" into brilliantly warped power-thump sculpture.

Rolling Stone's Original 1997 Review

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