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
900 301
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

2
810 298
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

3
654 197
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

4
743 221
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

5
455 157
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

6
315 135
Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

7
242 133
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

8
200 126
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

9
201 119
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

10
228 66
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

11
229 172
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

12
213 101
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

13
186 91
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

14
160 137
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

15
155 88
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

16
158 163
Hole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

17
113 36
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

18
172 43
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

19
138 123
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

20
120 91
L7 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

21
162 74
Tool is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

22
107 87
Green River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

23
95 89
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

24
84 72
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

25
82 95
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

26
79 45
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

27
112 93
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

28
88 76
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

29
64 61
Tad is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
muzziac added Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

30
61 69
Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

31
84 96
The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music

32
60 79
Local H is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

33
62 76
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

34
37 52
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

35
43 66
Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

36
48 80
Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

37
36 54
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

38
24 40
The Gits is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
imagine66 added Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

39
45 68
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

40
43 64
Sponge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

41
34 68
7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

42
32 46
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

43
18 44
My Sister's Machine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

44
15 40
Cat Butt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added

45
21 41
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

46
11 39
Coffin Break is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Punk rock, Hardcore punk

47
12 44
Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Heavy metal, Stoner rock

48
20 43
Wipers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk

49
15 35
Lunachicks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Riot grrrl, Heavy metal, Punk rock

50
14 38
Moist is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
jess-hart added Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock