Best Grunge Songs of All Time


August 4, 2015 - Like the 90s? Well here's a set of the greatest grunge songs ever. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Kurt Cobain, the one guy that truly changed the face of the music industry... if only he could see what has become of this world thanks to his passion... :'(
Ha! Dead obvious Smells Like Teen spirit is on top, the others don't stand a chance! (although Black Hole Sun's cool too) This is THE greatest rock song... NIRVANA rocks! Miss you Kurt!
I am truly obsessed with kurt cobain, the only thing I have to argue with is that kurt cobain didn't want to be a legacy he just wanted his words to be let out to the world and he did succeed, this song is a legend written by a legacy
[Newest]This is not only the best grunge song of all time... It's the best alternative rock song and one of the best hard rock songs, too. Love NIRVANA

2Man In the Box - Alice in Chains
Laynes voice is my own drug..
Alice in Chains is totally grunge & Man in the Box is the best song ever
Pure voice of grunge w/ cantrell's improvisation distortion


Even though AIC has been labeled as Grunge; they are more hard rock and metal to me. Definitely my favorite band on this list.
[Newest]Heaviest Grunge song ever.

3Would? - Alice in Chains
this song is just way too amazing, lyrics, guitar and His voice, it's Hard to reDo like this composition.
Would? Stands out in every facet of composition, it has a great off beat sound, one of the greatest bass riffs in history, a dark and haunting guitar part and Layne Staley's amazing vocals. Layne's scream/howl after the guitar solo is the most expressive vocal part I've come across and will make anyone empathetic to the disease he, and many of us, feel in he deepest parts of our hearts
It truly blows my mind that people are still do hooked on "Smells Like Teen Spirit". It was a fad at best. I can not understand how people believe that song is terrific. It has no complexity whatsoever. Jerry Cantrell is the greatest song writer of any grunge band ever. And I don't even want to get started on Layne as a vocalist compared to Cobain.
[Newest]You can't get an other song like this noway in hell

4Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
We can't compare Cornell's voice with nothing! With nothing!
This song knows how to mix the best of each member of the band. The best of Grunge.

Pd: Spanish boy...
my friend thinks its stupid and repetitive its not it's awesome

Just voted for black hole sun because smells like teen spirit was already winning. This deserve second
[Newest]Timeless masterpiece. Number one for me.

5Black - Pearl Jam
It hurts me to see this song so far back. I know it's not that grungy but honestly its the best song ever (proven by science) Eddie Vedder wrote the perfect lyrics to the perfect ballad. Doesn't get any better than that.
It's a near perfect if not perfect power ballad. No matter how many times I hear it the emotion I feel when I hear the pain in Eddies voice is always there. Powerful song
I saw this on the mtv live show they did and to me this is absolutely the best ballad ever. Eddie puts so much emotion into the live performance you can almost feel his pain. I taped it on vhs to watch over and over and it moves me every time. The one on the cd is not so powerful though. Thank goodness for utube. Thank Eddie and Pearl Jam for giving us such powerful songs!
[Newest]Lets see if we can vote this one up

6Lithium - Nirvana
Any song by nirvana could be in first.. But if this is top ten "grunge" songs then this song should be number 1. Lithium = grunge in every way from the song name to the lyrics to the instrumentals.. It was made to.
The lyrics are beautiful, one of my favourite songs. 'i'm so ugly, but that's okay cause so are you'
Love you Kurt
Sorry but in my humble opinion this is THE best Grunge song of all time, smells like teen spirit is good but definitively not the best, not even in the top three for sure. My top 3 1. Lithium 2. About a Girl 3. Evenflow.
[Newest]It is the best song ever

7Jeremy - Pearl Jam
best bass line ever and best vocals and guitar and drums. best song ever. besides black by P J
This is simply an amazing song. I'm 13 and I couldn't believe how dynamic the vocals were it's simply beautiful.
The only reason Pearl Jam is less famous than Nirvana is because no one in Pearl Jam is dead. If Cobain was still alive, they wouldn't be as popular.
[Newest]Climax of the grunge

8Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
This song is great. what else is their to say. Beats the rest on this list for sure no doubt. But "you know your right" by Nirvana should be one here.
This song really uses the Nirvana soft/loud style to perfection. Nirvana doesn't really get better than this except maybe "In Bloom" or "Serve the Servants". Anyone who has spent the time to listen to Nirvana music would know that there isn't only great song they have produced. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a great song, no doubt, but it isn't the only good song by Nirvana.
Amazing song. Everybody says that there favourite song is smells like teen spirit but its not there best. It's just there most known. This is song is what nirvana is really about

9Even Flow - Pearl Jam
It should be at least in the top 15 in my opinion
I think even flow is one of the best songs of pearl jam no matter what you say. it's a perfect song that symbolizes the band and the grunge revolution. For me it's better than the ones listed above
I'm voting for this because nirvana you know your right isn't here... But this is awesome
[Newest]Should be number one!

10Come As You Are - Nirvana
I'd vote for smells like teen spirit, but everyone does. This is tied for my favorite though. Followed by man in the box and black hole sun probably. But this is such a great song. Perfect bass, great guitar and drums and of course cobain is singing and that just automatically brings it to the top of the list
Soothing intro, great chorus, in all legit song. All hail kurt cobain.
As it's Nirvana's best song, it is the best grunge song.


[Newest]I simply love the melody. It is my soul.

The Contenders

11Rooster - Alice in chains
Chilling to the bone. Best song about the Vietnam war in my opinion. No sugar coating, just raw feelings about how gruesome it was.
Still spin this song often: Layne Staley with his singular voice could convey emotion with the best.R.I.P.
Oh come on people let's vote for this song, this song should be in the top five if not the top three, after "smells like teen spirit" and "Would".

12You Know You're Right - Nirvana
This is one of Nirvana's best songs of all time, (FAR better than 'Teen Spirit') even though it only has three chords, the quiet-to-loud and loud-to-quiet effect resonates in your ears like nothing else, and it just gets you pumped!


This is the best song of the most amazing band ever.

13Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog
It's And Cornell continuously Proves that he is the best vocalist ever throughout the song, and the lyrics are great too and it's pearl jam and soundgarden in the same band it's just breaks the limit to awesomeness!
listen to the simplicity of the song, its perfect
It's my favourite song - ever. Just love it. I just love chris cornell's voice. Was reminded of it the other day and have to listen to it all the time now!
[Newest]This is the best song from one of the best albums ever made. The lyrics have meaning and the tune is great.

14Dive - Nirvana
Pick me

Pick me

Pick me yeah

(Referring to the song as to being higher)

15Oh, Me - Meat Puppets

16Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
33? You gotta be kidding? This song WAS grunge! ! Top 5 easy. One the songs that ushered in the 90s. Like it or not pj fans. Once again stp gets no respect for being one of the best bands of the not just the nineties but the last 20 years. Don't forget they're still pumping out great music
How is this so low? STP was one of the best grunge bands and their highest rated song is at 27? They're way underrepresented
Plush is easily in the top 10. Are you people high?!
[Newest]My favorite song of all time. And that persons right this is grunge. Period

17Blow Up the Outside World - Soundgarden

18Creep - Radiohead
Such a powerful song.
Great alternation between the heavy chorus and the lighter contemplative verses.
Great Song
Best song. Lyrics, vocals, emotion, drums, guitar and bass.
Great song, great lyrics, great verses, great chorus, just perfect

19Alive - Pearl Jam
The best song by the best grunge band ever
Might not be a headbanger but drawing half of this amazing song from his own experiences with his fathers identity Eddie Vader has made this one of the best songs of the 90s if not ever!
Very nice song, should be at the top 5 at least.

20Bodies - Smashing Pumpkins

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This list was created 7 years, 118 days ago and has been voted on over 3,000 times. This top ten list contains 177 items, has been remixed 21 times and has been blogged about 1 times.

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