music 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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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge Heavy metal

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge Alternative rock

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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge Post-grunge

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+ - 235 54
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge Heavy metal

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+ - 172 73
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge Neo-psychedelia

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+ - 124 53
Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Temple of the Dog Blues-rock, Rock music Grunge

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+ - 105 58
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mudhoney Punk blues, Garage punk Garage rock

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+ - 84 45
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mother Love Bone Glam metal, Rock music Grunge

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+ - 80 44
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Screaming Trees Grunge, Neo-psychedelia Stoner rock

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Bush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Bush Grunge, Post-grunge Alternative rock

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Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mad Season Blues-rock, Rock music Grunge

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+ - 59 51
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Candlebox Rock music, Grunge Post-grunge

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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock Rock music

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Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge Pop rock

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Green River is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Green River Noise rock, Rock music Grunge

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L7 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
L7 Riot grrrl, Grunge Heavy metal

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+ - 31 21
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music Neo-psychedelia

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+ - 68 40
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge Alternative rock

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Hole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Hole Noise rock, Grunge Pop rock

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge Noise

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Toadies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Toadies Grunge, Post-grunge Alternative rock

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Garbage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop Rock music

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Tool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal Progressive metal

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Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soul Asylum Grunge, Post-grunge Alternative rock

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Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Babes in Toyland Riot grrrl, Grunge Alternative rock

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Tad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Tad Noise rock, Rock music Grunge

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Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Meat Puppets Grunge, Neo-psychedelia Alternative rock

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music No wave

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The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Presidents of the United States of America Pop punk, Noise rock Rock music

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Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Veruca Salt Grunge, Power pop Post-grunge

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Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Malfunkshun Rock music, Grunge Alternative rock

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+ - 28 39
Local H is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Local H Experimental rock, Grunge Post-grunge

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7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
7 Year Bitch Riot grrrl, Grunge Punk rock

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Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Bikini Kill Riot grrrl, Alternative rock Punk rock

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+ - 9 14
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues Rock music

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+ - 8 14
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Jesus Lizard Noise rock, Rock music Grunge

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My Sister's Machine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
My Sister's Machine Grunge, Heavy metal Alternative metal

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Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sleater-Kinney Riot grrrl, Rock music Grunge

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I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
I Mother Earth Heavy metal, Alternative rock Progressive rock

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Squirrel Bait is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Squirrel Bait Emo, Alternative rock Punk rock

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Loveslug is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grunge Bands

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Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk Punk rock

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The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Birthday Party Gothic rock, Deathrock Punk rock

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Moist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Moist Grunge, Alternative rock Hard rock

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Brother Cane is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Brother Cane Rock music, Southern rock Hard rock

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Applehead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grunge Bands

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Cat Butt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grunge Bands

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The Gits is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Gits Punk blues, Punk rock Hardcore punk

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Sprinkler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sprinkler Grunge, Post-grunge Alternative rock