Around the release of Depeche Mode's eighth studio album in 1993, the band was on the rocks and the grunge movement was flooding the mainstream. It may have been a tough time for a group who helped define the '80s alternative sound to drop a record, but Songs of Faith and Devotion still ended up reaching No. 1. It's their last record with Alan Wilder, who helps sculpt DM's dark, signature synth-pop with the addition of stunning orchestral touches, languid strings, guitar feedback and stark industrial elements. Often overshadowed by Violator, this follow-up tends to be underrated.