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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1,114 380
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
2
925 278
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
3
990 372
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
4
816 254
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
5
576 189
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia
6
395 173
Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge
7
282 172
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock
8
315 103
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
9
248 152
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge
10
240 163
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock
11
287 213
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
12
269 118
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge
13
194 171
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock
14
225 118
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music
15
179 114
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock
16
187 217
Hole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock
17
178 149
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
18
150 58
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
19
219 60
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise
20
222 97
Tool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal
21
141 107
L7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal
22
123 106
Green River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge
23
101 114
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
24
105 57
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock
25
105 89
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia