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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1
762 271
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

2
829 274
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

3
604 176
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

4
688 201
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

5
421 144
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

6
292 122
Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

7
198 51
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

8
228 119
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

9
189 115
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

10
192 105
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

11
208 160
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

12
177 82
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

13
204 94
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

14
150 128
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

15
146 153
Hole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

16
147 80
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

17
131 114
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

18
154 39
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

19
104 29
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

20
145 68
Tool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

21
114 85
L7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

22
102 79
Green River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

23
79 66
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

24
106 87
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

25
79 90
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

26
76 40
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

27
88 84
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

28
82 70
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

29
59 64
Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

30
60 56
Tad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
muzziac added Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

31
60 70
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

32
78 89
The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music

33
57 74
Local H is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

34
36 46
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

35
48 74
Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

36
38 61
Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

37
22 34
The Gits is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
imagine66 added Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

38
31 49
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

39
41 59
Sponge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

40
42 63
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

41
32 63
7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

42
28 42
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 38
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
11 33
Coffin Break is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Punk rock, Hardcore punk

45
20 37
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
14 37
Cat Butt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added

47
19 39
Wipers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk

48
14 31
Lunachicks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Riot grrrl, Heavy metal, Punk rock

49
13 34
Moist is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
jess-hart added Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

50
10 40
Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Heavy metal, Stoner rock