Skid Row Albums Ranked

Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. Their current lineup comprises bassist Rachel Bolan, guitarists Dave Sabo and Scotti Hill, drummer Rob Hammersmith and vocalist ZP Theart. The group achieved commercial success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with its first two albums Skid Row (1989) and Slave to the Grind (1991) certified multi-platinum, the latter of which reached number one on the Billboard 200. The band’s third album Subhuman Race (1995) was also critically acclaimed, but failed to repeat the success of its predecessors. During this period, the band consisted of Bolan, Sabo, Hill, drummer Rob Affuso, and frontman Sebastian Bach. The band had sold 20 million albums worldwide by the end of 1996. Here are all of Skid Row’s albums ranked.

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5. Revolutions Per Minute (2006)

“Too be far, I’ve only listened to it twice, so maybe I’m not qualified to review this. But that’s because it just doesn’t interest me enough to give it another listen. Don’t get me wrong, I loved SKID ROW back in the day, except for the Subhuman CD. Even “THICKSKIN” had some pretty cool tracks on it. I only heard a few potentials on this one, I know they’ve got better writing skills than this. WAY TOO much “punk” influence for me. And alot of the lyrics just seem to be too jokey. I don’t know, it just doesn’t “do it” for me.”

4. Thickskin (2003)

“I purchased Thickskin after enjoying Skid Row’s self-titled album as well as Slave to the Grind. It is certainly a decent album, but don’t expect the sounds of previous albums. Solinger is a talented singer, but his voice doesn’t necessarily compete with Bach’s, as they are entirely different vocalists. This album has a more alternative, punk feel to it, but it has some gems, such as Born a Beggar and Ghost.

I Remember You was one of my favorites, so I was excited to see I Remember You Two on the track list for Thickskin, but this rendition, to me, should not have happened. While it is interesting to hear Skid Row repeat a classic with a different singer, I Remember You Two feels horribly drone, and it fails to convey any of the emotions from the original, reminding me of Nirvana’s (New Wave) Polly.

Overall, I wouldn’t say Thickskin is bad, but it doesn’t quite fully deliver as a Skid Row album.”

3. Subhuman Race (1995)

“This represented the beginning of the end for the Sebastian Bach fronted Skid Row, but is undoubtedly a solid hard rock album from beginning to end! The lyrical direction is different to their first two albums, but shows a growth in songwriting & overall production. I know the change in the label backed musical trends contributed to most fans never hearing this album, but that can easily be corrected by purchasing this album now for very little! I will say no more other than this is recommended to all hard rock/Skid Row fans out there & for a few dollars you can hear it for yourself!!”

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2. Skid Row (1989)

“Skid Row’s breakthrough, break-out, Multi-Platinum smash-hit Album debut! Top-10 singles include Youth Gone Wild, 18 & Life and I Remember You but it has other mega-hits including Big Guns, Sweet Little Sister, Piece of Me, Here I Am and Can’t Stand the Heartache. It was released in 1989 and shot straight up to #1 on the Rock Album charts in the US, I believe. If I am wrong, please let me know. ~Thanks! )”

1. Slave to the Grind (1991)

“While skid rows self-titled debut is a enjoyable piece of hair metal history it can not hold a candle to there next release slave to the grind. And the comparison is unavoidable because while the self-titled debut had enjoyable songs with little substance for the most part slave to the grind is a whole different beast. Songs like in a darkened room,quicksand jesus and wasted time are some of the very best rock ballads you will ever hear. While the rest of the songs are some of the best hard rock songs ever written and certainly the best skid row has ever written. Bachs vocals are at there very best here. The only downfalls for me being the songs physco love and creep show.”