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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. (97 items)
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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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2
+ - 455 156
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

3
+ - 493 148
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

4
+ - 411 118
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

5
+ - 242 97
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

6
+ - 180 72
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

7
+ - 135 77
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mudhoney Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

8
+ - 115 61
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Screaming Trees Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

9
+ - 122 67
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mother Love Bone Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

10
+ - 128 66
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mad Season Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

11
+ - 133 84
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Bush Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

12
+ - 92 72
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Candlebox Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

13
+ - 108 58
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

14
+ - 99 74
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

15
+ - 95 93
Hole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Hole Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

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+ - 71 53
Green River is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Green River Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

17
+ - 94 52
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

18
+ - 56 32
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

19
+ - 68 21
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

20
+ - 67 66
L7 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
L7 Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

21
+ - 71 33
Tool is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

22
+ - 62 59
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Toadies Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

23
+ - 39 14
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

24
+ - 58 59
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soul Asylum Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

25
+ - 72 64
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

26
+ - 43 20
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Meat Puppets Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

27
+ - 47 7
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

28
+ - 37 46
Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Babes in Toyland Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

29
+ - 60 56
The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 29 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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+ - 45 52
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

31
+ - 54 52
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Veruca Salt Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

32
+ - 32 37
Tad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Tad Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

33
+ - 39 54
Local H is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Local H Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

34
+ - 35 53
Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Malfunkshun Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

35
+ - 22 46
7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
7 Year Bitch Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

36
+ - 21 37
Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Days of the New Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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+ - 17 29
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

38
+ - 17 29
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Bikini Kill Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

39
+ - 16 6
Kurt Cobain (demo Tapes) is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grunge Bands

40
+ - 16 29
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Jesus Lizard Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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+ - 25 48
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sleater-Kinney Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

42
+ - 12 25
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

43
+ - 10 25
My Sister's Machine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
My Sister's Machine Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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+ - 10 25
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

45
+ - 7 22
Moist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Moist Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

46
+ - 7 20
Helms Alee is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Helms Alee Noise rock, Sludge metal, Post-hardcore

47
+ - 3 14
The Heads is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grunge Bands

48
+ - 7 24
Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Red Fang Heavy metal, Stoner rock

49
+ - 6 22
The Gits is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Gits Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

50
+ - 6 21
Killdozer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Killdozer Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge