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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. (100 items)
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472 162
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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2
372 91
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

3
520 153
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

4
430 122
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

5
256 98
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

6
188 73
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
143 79
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mudhoney Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

8
120 63
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Screaming Trees Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

9
126 71
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mother Love Bone Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

10
134 68
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mad Season Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

11
138 89
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Bush Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

12
114 59
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

13
95 76
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Candlebox Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

14
60 8
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

15
105 75
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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16
98 53
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

17
102 96
Hole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Hole Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

18
73 54
Green River is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Green River Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

19
57 34
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

20
76 22
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

21
71 67
L7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
L7 Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

22
81 34
Tool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

23
42 14
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

24
65 60
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Toadies Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

25
61 60
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soul Asylum Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

26
76 64
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

27
43 22
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Meat Puppets Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

28
57 53
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Veruca Salt Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

29
61 60
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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46 53
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

31
39 47
Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Babes in Toyland Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

32
42 54
Local H is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Local H Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

33
35 39
Tad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
muzziac added Tad Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

34
36 55
Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Malfunkshun Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

35
19 30
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Bikini Kill Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

36
23 39
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

37
19 31
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

38
23 47
7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
7 Year Bitch Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

39
13 26
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

40
8 22
The Gits is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
imagine66 added The Gits Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

41
27 49
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sleater-Kinney Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

42
17 30
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added The Jesus Lizard Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

43
10 26
My Sister's Machine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added My Sister's Machine Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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44
16 7
Kurt Cobain (demo Tapes) is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added Kurt Cobain (demo Tapes)

45
7 25
Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Red Fang Heavy metal, Stoner rock

46
5 22
Coffin Break is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Coffin Break Punk rock, Hardcore punk

47
8 22
Moist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
jess-hart added Moist Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

48
6 24
Cat Butt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Cat Butt

49
10 26
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

50
6 25
I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
jess-hart added I Mother Earth Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock