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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. (102 items)

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

2
670 238
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

3
536 152
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

4
609 171
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

5
367 124
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

6
259 105
Temple of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Temple of the Dog Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

7
166 92
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Screaming Trees Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

8
201 99
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mudhoney Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

9
148 33
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

10
169 88
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mother Love Bone Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

11
187 137
Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Bush Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

12
135 107
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

13
157 69
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

14
177 81
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mad Season Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

Famous Schizophrenics

15
136 127
Hole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Hole Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

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127 68
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

17
120 92
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Candlebox Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

18
126 50
Tool is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

19
76 22
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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114 32
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

21
99 75
L7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
L7 Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

The Best R.E.M. Albums

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92 66
Green River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Green River Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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70 49
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

24
75 74
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soul Asylum Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

25
65 28
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Meat Puppets Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

26
96 74
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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81 71
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Toadies Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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73 60
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Veruca Salt Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s

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53 53
Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Babes in Toyland Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

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53 46
Tad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
muzziac added Tad Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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56 59
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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52 62
Local H is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Local H Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

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70 75
The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Presidents of the United States of America Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music

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31 35
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Bikini Kill Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

35
45 62
Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Malfunkshun Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

The Best Apps for the iPod Touch

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40 47
Sponge is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sponge Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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34 50
Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Days of the New Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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31 52
7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
7 Year Bitch Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

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37 52
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sleater-Kinney Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

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17 29
The Gits is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
imagine66 added The Gits Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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25 41
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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29 12
Kurt Cobain (demo Tapes) is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added Kurt Cobain (demo Tapes)

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26 34
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added The Jesus Lizard Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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20 37
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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16 31
My Sister's Machine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added My Sister's Machine Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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18 30
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

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13 30
Cat Butt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Cat Butt

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9 27
Coffin Break is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Coffin Break Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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17 7
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
samtheguitarman added Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

50
6 20
Wool is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Wool Rock music