From: Los Angeles, California
I first heard them: on the tribute album Fourteen Songs for Greg Sage and the Wipers. I'd heard of them before that, of course, given that Courtney Love was married to Kurt Cobain, but "Over the Edge" was the first time I'd actually heard their music.
Sound: The first album is terrible punk and completely skippable. The second (Live Through This) is a canonical alternative rock record, which I listened to pretty much on repeat throughout the summer of 1994. The third (Celebrity Skin) was my favorite album until Jack Off Jill's Clear Hearts Grey Flowers knocked it out of the top spot. And… since then, I'd guess that Hole is the band that has fallen in my esteem more than any other. Largely because after listening to Care Failure, Jessicka Addams, and Julie Christmas, Courtney Love's limitations have become harder for me to ignore. I put on a Hole song and wish someone else were singing it.
Further listening: That said, while Hole may no longer dominate the 10s and 20s on this list, they do still have a pretty good lock on the 70s, which ain't too shabby. Here are some more that'd probably land in the 110s or so.