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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. (90 items)
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    most listed
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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

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    Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands


    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands


    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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    Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands


    Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands


    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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    Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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    Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    added by muzziac
    Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    ranked low on reranks & added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Emo, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands

    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    added by imagine66
    Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Riot grrrl, Heavy metal, Punk rock

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

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Reggae, Drum and bass, Punk rock

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

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    Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    added by NatanPereiraAl-Radabari
    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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

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