The Best Grunge Bands

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The beginning of the 1990s saw a new genre of rock emerge: grunge music. Grunge bands emerged left and right, primarily from Seattle. A subgenre of alternative rock, grunge music is a stripped down version of rock, but also includes elements of hardcore punk and heavy metal along with distorted guitars, contrasting song dynamics, and angry lyrics. Some of the best bands of that decade are grunge bands. The best grunge bands are also considered among the greatest bands of all time. 

So, who are the best grunge bands? Any list of grunge bands has to start with Nirvana and Pearl Jam. These two iconic bands couldn't have had a different path to music glory. Nirvana was only around for three studio albums and Pearl Jam continues to make music today. Yet both are considered popular grunge music bands and the top grunge music bands. Other grunge music artists include Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and Screaming Trees.

That said, who are considered the greatest grunge music bands? It's up to you to decide. There are a lot of good grunge bands, but only the best can be on the list of grunge bands. 
This poll answers the questions "who are the best grunge music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest grunge music musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular grunge music bands that you might've heard of. (92 items)
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    the people's #1
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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    Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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    Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

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    Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

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    added by jess-hart
    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    added by jess-hart
    Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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    added by jess-hart
    Rock music, Southern rock, Hard rock

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    Emo, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    added by imagine66
    Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Noise rock, Psychobilly, Industrial music

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