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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874 322
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

2
710 214
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

3
973 331
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

4
801 241
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

5
494 173
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

6
345 148
Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

7
254 145
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

8
221 129
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

9
216 138
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

10
257 77
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

11
248 186
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

12
233 105
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

13
199 100
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

14
169 151
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

15
167 95
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

16
165 185
Hole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

17
126 41
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

18
187 47
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

19
149 133
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

20
187 81
Tool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

21
128 95
L7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

22
113 93
Green River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

23
95 75
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

24
102 93
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

25
87 49
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock