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The Best Bands Like Nirvana

April 7, 2020 233 votes 38 voters30 items

List RulesVote up the bands that people who like Nirvana should check out ASAP.

Looking for more good bands like Nirvana? You've come to the right place. Thanks to classic hits like "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the trio of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic is the most famous grunge group of all time, but there are many other great bands who share a similar sound. 

Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam are among the top grunge bands that sound like Nirvana, while other '90s bands like Radiohead are also often considered to be related artists to the group thanks to their brooding take on alternative rock.

Undeniably, Nirvana has had a massive influence on the grunge and alternative scenes, inspiring both their contemporaries and new bands today. And, while there are a lot of awesome groups and artists that sound like the legends behind Nevermind in their own ways, it's up to you to decide which are the best of the best. Vote up the bands you'd be most likely to recommend to people who are fans of Nirvana, and be sure to add any that you feel we might have missed.

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    Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Pixies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Green River is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Hole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    The Breeders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    L7 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Local H is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Blind Melon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    The Presidents of the United S is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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    Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Like Nirvana
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