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July 27, 1993


4.175 (average of 14 ratings)


alternative rock


“One of the finest alt-rock albums of all time.” – Greg Prato, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Cherub Rock [4:58]
  2. Quiet [3:41]
  3. Today [3:19]
  4. Hummer [6:57]
  5. Rocket [4:06]
  6. Disarm [3:17]
  7. Soma (Corgan/Iha) [6:39]
  8. Geek U.S.A. [5:13]
  9. Mayonaise (Corgan/Iha) [5:49]
  10. Spaceboy (Corgan/Iha) [4:28]
  11. Silverfuck [8:43]
  12. Sweet Sweet [1:38]
  13. Luna [3:20]

Songs written by Billy Corgan unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 62:17

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 4.5
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 7.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 10
peak on U.K. album chart 4

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Cherub Rock (7/3/93) #31 UK, #23 AR, #7 MR
  • Disarm (9/11/93) #48a US, #11 UK, #5 AR, #8 MR
  • Today (9/25/93) #44 UK, #28 AR, #4 MR
  • Rocket (7/16/94) #28 AR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time Spin Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

Siamese Dream

Smashing Pumpkins


“While Gish had placed the Smashing Pumpkins on the ‘most promising artist’ list for many, troubles were threatening to break the band apart. Singer/ guitarist/ leader Billy Corgan was battling a severe case of writer's block and was in a deep state of depression brought on by a relationship in turmoil; drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was addicted to hard drugs; and bassist D’Arcy and guitarist James Iha severed their romantic relationship. The sessions for their sophomore effort, Siamese Dream, were wrought with friction – Corgan eventually played almost all the instruments himself (except for percussion).” GP

“Some say strife and tension produces the best music, and it certainly helped make Siamese Dream one of the finest alt-rock albums of all time. Instead of following Nirvana’s punk rock route, Siamese Dream went in the opposite direction – guitar solos galore, layered walls of sound courtesy of the album’s producers (Butch Vig and Corgan), extended compositions that bordered on prog rock, plus often reflective and heartfelt lyrics.” GP

“The four tracks that were selected as singles became alternative radio standards – the anthems Cherub Rock, Today, and Rocket, plus the symphonic ballad Disarm - but as a whole, Siamese Dream proved to be an incredibly consistent album. Such compositions as the red-hot rockers Quiet and Geek U.S.A. were standouts, as were the epics Hummer, Soma, and Silverfuck, plus the soothing sounds of Mayonaise, Spaceboy, and Luna.” GP

“After the difficult recording sessions, Corgan stated publicly that if Siamese Dream didn’t achieve breakthrough success, he would end the band. He didn’t have to worry for long – the album debuted in the Billboard Top Ten and sold more than four million copies in three years. Siamese Dream stands alongside Nevermind and Superunknown as one of the decade’s finest (and most influential) rock albums.” GP

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Last updated March 28, 2011.