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16. Soundgarden - Superunknown

Having already won over a core audience with their Led Zeppelin-esque take on grunge with their debut album Ultramega OK on SST Records, Soundgarden quickly found themselves inking a contract major label A&M. Fans dug the follow-up Louder Than Love, but it wasn't until 1991that they started to get huge. Badmotorfinger sold 2 million copies in the U.S., but it was the mix of ballads and crunch led by Chris Cornell's vocals that made 1994's Superunknown sell 5 million copies worldwide and made the band a superpower. Whether it was "Spoonman," "Black Hole Sun," or any of the five singles the album produced, it was tough to not notice how massive the Seattle band had gotten in 1994.

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