Best Grunge / Alternative Rock Bands


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Nirvana invented grunge,
Without them there would be not 30 Seconds to Mars and if there were there music would be nothing like it is now.
Nirvanas music means something. it has emotion, and kurt cobain expressed his depression through his music. 30 Seconds to Mars music means nothing, its just words that rhyme and music. although I do like 30 Seconds to Mars but there music has no soul. nirvana had great vocals, great guitars, and amazing drums. they were one of the greatest bands of all times. THEY WERE THE Beatles OF GRUNGE.

The best grunge band ever.30seconds to mars is good but can't compare to nirvana. Smells like teen spirit, breed, school etc best song ever made in 90's

Nirvana did great things for the genre. however from an objective perspective of nothing more than songwriting and ability I think one must yield to Pearl Jam. I get the whole teen angst thing, but some people don't want to listen to some upstart is his 20's whining about life, especially when there is a band who is actually writing about beautiful and meaningful things. Nirvana may make it to my number four slot. Nirvana did not invent grunge I would say that Green river was one of the first to start the grunge sound. Nirvana may have made it mainstream, but one cannot say they invented it with all of the grunge bands who were predecessors to Nirvana

Nirvana guided me through high school during my teenage angst. Plus when I think of grunge I think of Nirvana, and everything associated with them.

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2Pearl Jam

This list is ridiculous. Most of these bands aren't even grunge/alternative and Soundgarden isn't even in the top ten. And RHCP are surely one of the best alternative bands.

Horrible list, full of pop rock bands (Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, Muse) and post-grunge bands (Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Nickelback) and Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins haven't even made it to the top ten yet. Stone Temple Pilots was ruined by Chester Bennington.

Rant aside, these guys are legendary. They are pretty better than Nirvana with face melting guitar solos, deep vocals, emotional lyrics and catchy choruses you won't forget about. Their best album is Ten, buy that not Rearviewmmirror (their greatest hits) since it doesn't have their best on it.

My favorite along with nirvana and stone temple pilots. They should all be way above 30 seconds to mars, the most overrated band EVER!

Good band great taste

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3Alice in Chains

Half of these bands aren't even grunge. What idiot came up with this list? Hilarious. AIC definitely the best grunge of all. Layne... RIP

These lists are really really lame lame lame. Who votes here? Justin Bieber fans?

best voice, dramatic sound, force and tragedy of life

In decades to come alice in chains music will out last the rest, haunting voice and lyrics, zeppelin for example

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4Foo Fighters

The foo fighters are the best modern alternative band out there, hands down. I absolutely love their music and all of their songs, from the hard rock sound of all my life to the plain soft metal of everlong, they ROCK!

Best grunge band.. Yo foo's style is classic in every angle. Never compare everlong, rope, pretender, walk, these days... You like grunge, you like foo fighters

No one matches the Foo Fighters in quality. They make the best music.
They're not just the best alt-rock band. They are the best band of all genres.

The only good thing to come from the post-grunge movement

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530 Seconds to Mars

Just amazing guys, taught me how to dream and live your dream and guided with their songs through the hard times I had

Awesome energy on stage. Brilliant interaction with the public and song messages. Keep up the good work

This is a joke, right?

This is the best band ever!

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Come on guys. I think everyone has heard at least one song by Weezer. They have songs that are interesting, original, meaningful, fun, and all of them sound amazing. They deserve to be in top ten.

Wow, yeah.. weezer is WAY more grunge than most of these bands.

Great party rock. Sounds like guys you can hang with.

7Three Days Grace

My opinion is that Three Days Grace is best grunge or post grunge band ever and Adam Gontier is the best grunge and post grunge vocalist.

TDG is a great post-grunge band that knows how to explore their musical ranges and talents without failing to deliver to their loyal fan base. They are not new to the music industry and know how to do all the right things. Kudos the Adam and the band for another great run in the post-grunge field and the release of their newest album, Transit to Venus.

Adam brings so much reality with his voice and band effort.
How ever those critics may be, but they are as fake as there comments.
They are jealous of TDG simplicity lyrics.
Music is tat where you can find yourself within... And TDG have
Everything to be in top of list... Rock means TDG

Great band, I would say they're more Alternative METAL :/

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8Smashing Pumpkins

Truly one of the greatest bands I've ever heard. I recommend either the album Gish or Siamese Dream.

oohhh smashing pumpkins def. but I also LOVE seether, stp, bush, and nirvana this one was hard - a7xfan93

The fact that they aren't contending for 1st with Nirvana is ridiculous. They and Nirvana defined that era...

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9Red Hot Chili Peppers

This is the best band that has ever sang the sad thing is that nowadays people that said to be good singers are just singing for money and not for they're soul like red hot chili peppers do! But its good that they're in the hits again!

I can't believe it's not in the top ten it's definitely one of the best you alternative band you can hear. Come on people this list definitely needs a checkup

RHCP at least at one point in time should qualify to be among the top 3. Technically or in their originality in lyrics, tunes and melody stand apart from any band I have ever heard. I adore Keidis as much as I hate him. I miss the magic of Frusciante and Flea so so badly...

They're great, but they ain't grunge.

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Anyone who doesn't have Soundgarden on his top 10 list don't listen to grunge, don't know anything about grunge and shouldn't spend time on this site.

The big four, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam should be 1-4 automaticlly.

I can't stop thinking that Rusty Cage is kind of the best rock song ever written. Does a single song make a band one of the top bands? I don't know, but I would give up to the entire discography of STP for just that song.

How is Soundgarden not in the top ten list of Grunge and Alternative bands? Look at all of those bands on the list with the exceptions of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Without Soundgarden there would be no blue print for there music. Soungarden is one of the founding members of grunge! They should be in the top ten.

One of the best bands ever.

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The Contenders


Muse are the best alternative rock band today along with foo fighters
Showbiz is AMAZING! Cave, Showbiz, Muscle Museum, Falling Down, Escape, Uno and Sunburn are Outstanding! All the songs on Origin Of Symmetry and Absolution are Masterpieces! Origin is My Favourite album of all time! BH^^R is filled with most of their "Mainstream" Stuff yet its still stays Alternative. The Resistance was Jaw-Dropping best song being: Uprising, Resistance, Undisclosed Desires, unnatural Selection, I Belong To You and MK Ultra. Matt is an amazing guitarist. He owns the Neck His Playing is ALIEN! The best Solos are New Born, Citizen Erased, (vocal solo)Muscleum Museum, Hysteria, Easily, Invincible and Eternally Missed Chris is an Amazing Bassist His best Bass lines have gotta be Cave, muscle museum, New Born, Bliss, Hyper Music, Hysteria and Exo politics and Uprising. Dom has some sick beats incl: Stockholm Syndrome, Showbiz, Assassin and Exo Politics. All Their B-sides are Amazing as well! ...more

Just listen to Muse and you'll see- they are the best. While listening their music I just keep falling into my own world. They have absolutely amazing songs for different moods. Matthew Bellamy is THE MOST TALENTED songwriter ever! <3 MUSE!

Matt os a great singer/guitarist.. The bass player and drum player are completely sick and combined with their multiple prizes for their performances, they are THE BEST alternative rock band EVER.

I agree with the guy below me. What he said

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12Linkin Park

They are the best band ever... They brought me into alt rock and grunge.. Their lyrics, music everything pulls you towards it... Linkin Park ROCKS!

Linkin Park should be #1.
As far as history goes, they have the most experience, meaning, sold more records, and are the first alternative rock band to get over a billion hits on YouTube.
They are also the most sucessful.
Their song "The Catalyst" has won Best Song In A Video Game.


They're not grunge, they're a sellout Nu Metal band.

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How can Radiohead be this far down?! And with only 2%... Come on! This is truly an amazing band, with almost every album being an absolute masterpiece. And OK Computer is maybe the best album ever. EVERY SINGLE SONG is amazing. Each album brings new sounds, and a totally new experience. In Rainbows is simply awesome, with songs like Nude, 15 Step or Reckoner that are wonderful. Oh, and I forgot to mention Thom Yorke's voice is unbeatable.

Like Nirvana before they revolutionized music for the 00's. Reccomend the album The Bends

I think with a band like radiohead in the 14th place, it is now a proven fact, that the people who vote on this site are simply

Noo this should be much higher!

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14Breaking Benjamin

So original, they don't just make their music for people to listen to it. They make it so you can feel the song deep inside you. No matter how you are feeling there is always a song from them to make you feel better. Just listen to some of their masterpieces like So Cold, Follow, Away, You Fight Me, Dance With The Devil, Until The End, Breath, Give Me a Sign, What Lies Beneath, Anthem of the Angels, Dear Agony and you'll know what I mean.

This is my favorite band of all time! These guys aren't really pure GRUNGE, they're more like REALLY heavy post-grunge, also known as Alternative Metal. Other Alternative metal bands would include Staind, Another Black Day, The Exies, Seether, Avenged Sevenfold, Trapt, Taproot, Shinedown, and Skillet.

If Benjamin Burnley did not have a mental illness, I trully believe this band would be the best in the world. You listen to his voice, and you hear a passion. Passion so immense that it takes you into the bands music. Get well soon Ben. The band should be #1 on any list.

Oh really? Well, this band kicks ass of so many other bands above. Just saying!

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15Rage Against The Machine

Too damn awesome should be in top 10


Every single song is listenable over and over again. Their open lyrics with multiple hidden meaning are just awesome.

They don't really fit into the genre of music but they're still a amazing band. They defined British music in the 90's so check em out

My favorite band of all time

17Stone Temple Pilots

They have something different in their music. It's a band with nice music, lyrics. Moreover, they are inspired from many kinds of music. I admire that! Special and unique!

This band isn't my favourite (Alice in chains is) but they are very underrated and they really defined the 90's. Core is amazing

19Green Day

Just listen to their Insomniac album and you will understand. Green Day is a mix of Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, and some Progressive rock! They're awesome

You got to be kidding me! Huh?
Green day is not on the list of best Alternative bands? GOD!
They are the best! Listen to their music at least!

Best rock band ever!

They suck want to be punk band

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I don't really know how most people don't even know about Audioslave. I think that Chris Cornell as a vocalist and Morrelo on the guitar, they should at least be in the top 10.

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