Purple Songs Ranked

Purple (stylized in Chinese text) is the second studio album by the American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released on June 7, 1994, by Atlantic Records. The album, building off the foundations laid by the band’s debut album Core, was a huge success for the band, selling 252,000 copies first week and debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and remaining there for three weeks, eventually selling over six million copies. It spawned a number of successful singles — “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song” both topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and hit number 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, while “Big Empty” also cracked the top ten on both charts. Lesser known album cuts “Pretty Penny” and “Unglued” were also released as promotional radio singles. Here are all of the Purple songs ranked.

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11. Pretty Penny

“Maturity and musical depth is further found on “Pretty Penny,” an acoustic number that works wonderfully, if not a little eerily due to a noticeably toned-down and quirkier sound and vibe.”

10. Meatplow

“Could easily be a Core outtake, the most `grunge’ track here. The sound production is muddy and lacks the charm of the tracks that follow. Still an excellent heavy track though.”

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9. Unglued

“Real rock moment, also in the same mould as Vasoline – fast and repetitive chorus over loud guitars. This song always makes me laugh because of the lyrics. Moderation is masturbation, I think thats what he says. Anyways even though it makes me laugh it’s a great song with a great guitar solo in it.”

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8. Lounge Fly

“The weird opening and distinctive guitar line make for one of the most unusual tracks on Purple. Love the acoustic guitars that come in and the beautiful singing by Scott Weiland”

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7. Army Ants

“The least memorable track, which although great seems lost amongst the good stuff. A great song with a cool beginning and a great solo in the middle somewhere if I remember correctly. Anywhoo once again a great song.”

6. Kitchenware & Candybars

“Closing on a quiet and poignant note about being sold down the river. I prefer this to Pretty Penny as it reminds me of Nirvana’s Something In The Way with a moving string arrangement playing in the background.”

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5. Silvergun Superman

“When I first heard the album back in ’94 this was my fav track. Big rock song and immediate crowd please. Great guitar riffs and really good vocals by Scott again. I wish I could describe how good it is.”

4. Still Remains

“This song is saved by Scott. The guitar riffs in this are rather annoying and don’t seem to really go anywhere but Scott’s great vocals make this song pretty good.”

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3. Vasoline

“The first single and what a storming song! Fast guitar playing and an excellent bridge, great to sing along to. One of the highlights. Has incredibly great and catchy lyrics that you have to sing to. It also has a really cool unique sound to it that I love.”

2. Big Empty

“Similar in style to Still Remains, and if I recall taken from on The Crow soundtrack. This track was included at the last minute. Sort of country sounding but in an alternative way of course.”

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1. Interstate Love Song

“The most well-known track and hit single. It’s not hard to see why it became so successful with infectious hooks and a catchy chorus to satisfy the fans.”