Grunge The Best Grunge Bands  

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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. (78 items)
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1
849 311
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

2
941 318
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

3
684 207
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

4
775 233
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

5
477 167
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

6
331 142
Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

7
250 140
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

8
213 124
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

9
209 134
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

10
239 73
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

11
236 179
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

12
222 103
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

13
194 97
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

14
164 145
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

15
159 93
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

16
163 174
Hole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

17
120 39
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

18
180 45
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

19
144 126
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

20
175 77
Tool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

21
124 94
L7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

22
110 92
Green River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

23
90 74
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

24
85 99
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

25
97 92
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock