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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. (94 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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+ - 322 76
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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+ - 453 137
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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+ - 388 105
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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+ - 222 88
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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+ - 163 61
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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+ - 111 56
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mother Love Bone Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

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+ - 120 71
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mudhoney Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

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+ - 99 54
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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+ - 115 58
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mad Season Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

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

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+ - 81 62
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Candlebox Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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+ - 99 52
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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+ - 91 61
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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+ - 65 49
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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Hole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Hole Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

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+ - 56 15
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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+ - 46 28
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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+ - 63 59
L7 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
L7 Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

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+ - 82 48
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

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+ - 60 27
Tool is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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+ - 54 49
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Toadies Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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+ - 67 53
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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+ - 52 51
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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+ - 30 9
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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+ - 37 16
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Meat Puppets Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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+ - 35 41
Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Babes in Toyland Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

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+ - 31 30
Tad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Tad Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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+ - 55 48
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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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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+ - 49 44
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Veruca Salt Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

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+ - 35 47
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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+ - 35 47
Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Malfunkshun Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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+ - 20 40
7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
7 Year Bitch Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

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+ - 19 31
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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+ - 14 22
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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+ - 14 23
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Bikini Kill Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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+ - 13 23
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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+ - 3 8
The Heads is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grunge Bands

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+ - 23 43
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sleater-Kinney Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

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+ - 7 14
Helms Alee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Helms Alee Noise rock, Sludge metal, Post-hardcore

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+ - 6 16
Moist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Moist Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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My Sister's Machine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
My Sister's Machine Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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Kurt Cobain (demo Tapes) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grunge Bands

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+ - 9 21
Wipers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Wipers Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk

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+ - 6 17
The Gits is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Gits Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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+ - 7 19
Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Red Fang Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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+ - 8 21
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

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+ - 4 15
Applehead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grunge Bands