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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1,036 355
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
2
924 344
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
3
754 230
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
4
846 258
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
5
525 179
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia
6
368 157
Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge
7
266 155
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock
8
230 139
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge
9
278 88
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
10
223 149
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock
11
264 194
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
12
244 109
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge
13
207 107
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music
14
179 158
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock
15
171 101
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock
16
173 195
Hole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock
17
133 48
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
18
158 138
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
19
197 52
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise
20
199 88
Tool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal
21
131 100
L7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal
22
116 98
Green River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge
23
98 82
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
24
104 100
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
25
92 52
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock