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The Best Grunge Bands

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. (89 items)

The Best Grunge Bands Bands/Musicians
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    Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift

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    Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York

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    Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

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    Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

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    Purple, Core, Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop

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    Superfuzz Bigmuff, Since We've Become Translucent, Piece of Cake

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    Temple of the Dog, Hunger Strike, Say Hello 2 Heaven

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    Above, River of Deceit, Live

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    Dust, Uncle Anesthesia, Other Worlds

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    Apple, Mother Love Bone, Shine

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    Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase, The Science of Things

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    Prick, Houdini, Stag

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    Dry as a Bone/Rehab Doll, Come on Down, Rehab Doll

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    Farm, Beyond, You're Living All Over Me

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    Neon Ballroom, Diorama, Freak Show

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    Electriclarryland, Hairway to Steven, Locust Abortion Technician

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    Candlebox, Lucy, Love Stories & Other Musings

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    Bricks Are Heavy, Hungry for Stink, Smell the Magic

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    Live Through This, Celebrity Skin, Nobody's Daughter

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    Rubberneck, Play.Rock.Music., Feeler

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    Garbage, Version 2.0, Not Your Kind of People

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    Inhaler, 8-Way Santa, Infrared Riding Hood

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    Collector's Item, Fontanelle, Spanking Machine

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    Bubblegum, Ballad of the Broken Seas, The Winding Sheet

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    Grave Dancers Union, Let Your Dim Light Shine, And the Horse They Rode In ...

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    The Presidents of the United States of America, These Are the Good Times ...

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    Pack Up the Cats, The '92 Demos, Half-Life EP

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    Return to Olympus, Split

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    Eight Arms to Hold You, American Thighs, Blow It out Your Ass It's Veruca ...

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    The Woods, One Beat, Call the Doctor

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    ¡Viva Zapata!, Sick 'Em, Gato Negro

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    Ænima, Lateralus, 10

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    Days of the New, Days of the New, Days of the New

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    Meat Puppets II, Too High to Die, Up on the Sun

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    Doolittle, Surfer Rosa, Bossanova

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    The End of Silence, Do It, Get Some Go Again

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    Pussy Whipped, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Bikini Kill

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    Taranto, Escape, The Weightless Hits

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    Entertainment!, Solid Gold, Songs of the Free

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    Journey to the Center Of

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    Rotting Piñata, Wax Ecstatic, New Pop Sunday

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    Diva, Wallflower

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    Born Too Late, Saint Vitus, V

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    peerless, Sprinkler, More Boy

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    Stripped

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    Twelve Point Buck, Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the ...

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    Skag Heaven, Squirrel Bait

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    Dog Show, War on Everybody, Kill the King

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    Hee Haw, The Birthday Party, Door

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    Rupture / Psychosis, Thirteen, No Sleep 'til the Stardust Motel

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