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. (77 items)

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784 251
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

2
571 163
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

3
711 255
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

4
647 186
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

5
394 132
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

6
274 114
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
178 103
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Screaming Trees Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

8
167 40
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

9
211 111
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mudhoney Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

10
180 96
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mother Love Bone Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

11
195 146
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Bush Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

12
165 75
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

13
139 117
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

14
188 87
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mad Season Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

15
138 142
Hole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Hole Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

16
137 72
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

17
122 103
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Candlebox Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

18
136 35
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

19
139 56
Tool is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

20
88 25
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

21
106 80
L7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
L7 Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

22
96 72
Green River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Green River Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

23
72 58
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

24
101 79
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

25
71 34
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Meat Puppets Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

26
75 82
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soul Asylum Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

27
83 77
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Toadies Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

28
76 66
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Veruca Salt Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

29
57 50
Tad is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
muzziac added Tad Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

30
55 58
Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Babes in Toyland Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

31
57 64
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

32
53 66
Local H is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Local H Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

33
73 81
The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Presidents of the United States of America Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music

34
33 39
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Bikini Kill Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

35
47 68
Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Malfunkshun Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

36
35 55
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
40 53
Sponge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sponge Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

38
39 55
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sleater-Kinney Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

39
28 45
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

40
18 31
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
31 58
7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
7 Year Bitch Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

42
28 37
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
16 34
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

44
19 32
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

45
13 33
Cat Butt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Cat Butt

46
9 30
Coffin Break is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Coffin Break Punk rock, Hardcore punk

47
12 30
Moist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
jess-hart added Moist Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

48
12 4
Sunny Day Real Estate is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
samtheguitarman added Sunny Day Real Estate Rock music, Emo, Grunge

49
9 35
Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Red Fang Heavy metal, Stoner rock

50
16 36
Wipers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Wipers Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk