Countdown Predictions: Grunge

Mudhoney live in the Bumbershoot Music Lounge
photo by Dave Lichterman

Wondering where a certain record might land in KEXP’s countdown of the top albums of the last 40 years? You’re not the only one. KEXP reached out to some of our favorite Seattle music writers and asked them to predict what records they anticipated seeing in the voter final results. These aren’t personal Top Ten or Best Of lists, but “educated guesses” based on each individual’s expertise in a certain genre as well as his or her familiarity with the musical universe of KEXP.

Next up are the Grunge predictions, courtesy of Seattle stalwart Gillian Gaar. Her latest book is Entertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana. She’s also the author of The Rough Guide to Nirvana and the classic She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll. Gaar has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Seattle Times, The Stranger, No Depression, and was senior editor of at Seattle’s music paper, The Rocket.

  1. Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)
  2. Nirvana, Bleach (1989)
  3. Pearl Jam, Ten (1991)
  4. Alice in Chains, Dirt (1992)
  5. Green River, Dry As A Bone/Rehab Doll (1986/1988)
  6. Mudhoney, Mudhoney (1989)
  7. Soundgarden, Screaming Life/Fopp (1990)
  8. Various Artists, Deep Six (1986)
  9. Various Artists, Sub Pop 200 (1988)
  10. Melvins, Gluey Porch Treatments (1987)

Stay tuned to KEXP during the 2012 Fall Fundraising Drive to see where Gillian’s picks land in our countdown of the top albums of the last 40 years, and keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming predictions on the KEXP Blog for Hip-Hop, Americana, Post-Punk, and other genres.

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