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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. {#nodes}
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533 171
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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2
412 106
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

3
575 170
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

4
476 126
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

5
286 105
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

6
209 78
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
153 93
Bush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Bush Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

8
88 11
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

9
114 81
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

10
135 70
Screaming Trees is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Screaming Trees Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

11
158 86
Mudhoney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mudhoney Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

12
138 79
Mother Love Bone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mother Love Bone Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge

13
114 101
Hole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Hole Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

14
148 70
Mad Season is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mad Season Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

15
126 63
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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105 55
Dinosaur Jr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

17
106 78
Candlebox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Candlebox Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

18
76 59
Green River is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Green River Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

19
61 38
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

20
80 69
L7 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
L7 Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

21
84 25
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

22
92 39
Tool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

23
48 16
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
PaperVinnie added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

24
69 63
Toadies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Toadies Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

25
63 64
Soul Asylum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Soul Asylum Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

26
82 67
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

27
49 24
Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Meat Puppets Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

28
62 55
Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Veruca Salt Grunge, Power pop, Post-grunge

29
50 56
Mark Lanegan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Mark Lanegan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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62 65
The Presidents of the United S... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
The Presidents of the United States of America Pop punk, Noise rock, Rock music

31
42 51
Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Babes in Toyland Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

32
40 42
Tad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
muzziac added Tad Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

33
42 59
Local H is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Local H Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

34
40 58
Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Malfunkshun Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

35
21 33
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Bikini Kill Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

36
27 44
Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Days of the New Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

37
21 36
Rollins Band is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Rollins Band Noise rock, Punk blues, Rock music

38
24 51
7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
7 Year Bitch Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

39
11 26
The Gits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
imagine66 added The Gits Punk blues, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

40
29 51
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sleater-Kinney Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

41
13 30
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

42
18 32
The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added The Jesus Lizard Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

43
11 29
My Sister's Machine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added My Sister's Machine Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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18 9
Kurt Cobain (demo Tapes) is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
selfloathingbutttoucher added Kurt Cobain (demo Tapes)

45
10 25
Moist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
jess-hart added Moist Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

46
7 28
Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Red Fang Heavy metal, Stoner rock

47
11 28
Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

48
34 43
Sponge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
Sponge Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

49
7 29
I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
jess-hart added I Mother Earth Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

50
5 25
Coffin Break is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grunge Bands
NatanPereiraAl-Radabari added Coffin Break Punk rock, Hardcore punk