3. Alice In Chains - 'Dirt'
Alice In Chains fall somewhere between heavy metal and traditional grunge, but they came out of Seattle in the early Nineties and thus had the grunge label firmly affixed to them. Their 1990 debut Facelift was a hit, featuring the classic "Man in the Box." Their follow-up album, 1992's Dirt, was an even darker affair. It connected with a huge audience, putting them on the charts with singles "Rooster," "Them Bones" and "Down in a Hole." The album hit the same week as the soundtrack to Singles, and many compared Layne Staley's vocals to Eddie Vedder's singing style. "We all play rock music, so there is some similarity,'' guitarist Jerry Cantrell told Rolling Stone in 1992. "But the bands are different. Ours is a little more brooding and introspective. Pearl Jam is a soul that's full of life and invigorating, and Nirvana is kind of beautifully dysfunctional . . . These are just words I'm pulling off the top of my head. Even if I can't put my finger on it, there's an individual identity to the bands.''