Best Grunge Songs of All Time


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
Kurt Cobain was destined to make this song, this music defines grunge and is the flagship representation of what epitomizes this genre. A three piece band with godly vocals forged this masterpiece, it's timeless, it's brilliant and it's a damn good song.
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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
Even though AIC has been labeled as Grunge; they are more hard rock and metal to me. Definitely my favorite band on this list.
Pure voice of grunge w/ cantrell's improvisation distortion


Very hard song to sing and such a meaningful song with such little lyrica
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3Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
my friend thinks its stupid and repetitive its not it's awesome

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...
Just voted for black hole sun because smells like teen spirit was already winning. This deserve second
The best grunge song after smells like teen spirit.
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4Would? - 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
This song is possibly the best to come of the grunge era. From the signature bassline intro to Layne Staley's passionate vocal work on the chorus, Would? Is truly a masterpiece that will last for ages to come.
Versatile yet subtle, an emergent song that has revelation and sporadic pacing throughout its duration.
A definitive grunge song.
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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!
So.. Epic. An emotional song one of the best songs from one of the best bands
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6Heart 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.
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
Really catchy but sad at the same time
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7Lithium - 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.
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8Jeremy - 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.
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9Even Flow - Pearl Jam
It should be at least in the top 15 in my opinion
I'm voting for this because nirvana you know your right isn't here... But this is awesome
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
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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.


Always liked this better than SLTS. The video was AWESOME!
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The Contenders

11Alive - 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.
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12Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog
listen to the simplicity of the song, its perfect
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!
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!
Cornell with Vedder backing? Get up there.
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13You 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.
Raw and full of energy. just awesome.
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14Rooster - 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.
Best Alice in Chains song, in my opinion. One of my favorite songs of all time.
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15Dive - Nirvana
Pick me

Pick me

Pick me yeah

(Referring to the song as to being higher)
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16Creep - 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
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17Oh, Me - Meat Puppets Listen to sample

18Glycerine - Bush
Such a powerful song, Bush may not be my favorite band but they sure know how to write feelings into lyrics.
How is this not in the top ten? Easily one of the top five grunge songs written, so moving, it's the perfect song!
The simplicity of this song is just perfect.
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19Plush - 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?!
This is so much better than a lot of nirvana's songs above
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20Blow Up the Outside World - Soundgarden Listen to sample

21Spoonman - Soundgarden Listen to sample

22Touch Me I'm Sick - Mudhoney
Mudhoney defined grunge before nirvana were even around! For there not to be a mudhoney song in the to 10 is wrong. They never reached the fame of nirvana or pearl jam, but the fuzz and anger are pure grunge
Such an amazing song. Pure grunge at its finest. Catchy, funny, and undeniably grungy. Should be much father up!
This is the underground grunge anthem
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23Bodies - Smashing Pumpkins Listen to sample

24About a Girl - Nirvana
I'm not to crazy about the Bleach version but rather the MTV Live version. I love the song stripped down. It's somewhat soothing but nevertheless, the song itself is great! Love Kurt Cobain! RIP.
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25Nutshell - Alice In Chains
This is raw beauty. Layne's voice in the chorus sounds as if he is howling for help and has one of the coolest bass lines in grunge.
'If I could be myself, I'd feel better dead'
We cross miss printed lines...
This song is so sad! The voice and the fuitar are amazing.
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26Them Bones - Alice In Chains
Awesome grunge song that happens to be featured in Grand Theft Auto SA
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27Gone Away - Offspring
Never Put an Offspring song on this list. They are a terrible band, and in no way even a grunge band.
This is a punk band not a grunge band. Still good, but not grunge.
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28Drain You - Nirvana
The way song opens makes you love it.My favorite Side-B song of Nevermind.
And the best part..."I Like you"
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29Lounge Act - Nirvana
One of the best songs ever! I really love it. Keep voting for it! You know that it's great. May writer Kurt Cobain Rest In Peace.
Epic melody, pure emotion and raw power combined in one song.
Listened to this so many times, can't stop loving it man. Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam made me. Rock on dudes m/
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30Rape Me - Nirvana
When I first got In Utero I loved Heart-Shaped Box, but each time it ended Rape Me played and it just started to sound amazing. My favourite song and it encapsulates grunge perfectly.
Amazing, pretty much any Nirvana song is. Them and Alice In Chains, absolutely AMAZING!
Honestly, its much more hard hitting than any song on this list.


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31Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns - Mother Love Bone
Masterpiece! As all the rest of the songs here are brilliant, this is with no doubt my favorite of all times!

RIP Andrew
Hands down one of the best grunge songs ever written. It should at least be in the Top 10!

32In Bloom - Nirvana
This is really great. Espesially with the Dave Grohl overdub.
Why the hell isn't this song the 1?
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33Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
By far the greatest road song ever written
You gotta be Kidding me this is a top 5 at least, for me is the best Generation X's song
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34Nearly Lost You - Screaming Trees
My favorite band! they have so many great songs, this is one of them, but also halo of ashes, caught between, who lies in darkness, no one knows, winter song, witness, ah so many! in my dreams they are together again and come to Argentina. I love mark lanegan...
this band should be in the top ten. and why the stone temple pilots aren't there too? such a shame. plush is such a powerful song
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35Everlong - Foo Fighters
Best foo song
Love them
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36All Apologies - Nirvana
Great acoustic guitar from unplugged, but Nirvanas best acoustic song is DO Re MI; the last song kurt ever wrote.
Why isn't this higher? Are you people stupid or something?
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37Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
A very unique song, a masterpiece, and the music video is awesome, is a mix of metal and grunge that makes it their best song of the album Badmotorfinger

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38Oblivion - Mudhoney Listen to sample

39Leash - Pearl Jam Listen to sample

401979 - The Smashing Pumpkins Listen to sample

41Hate the Police - Mudhoney Listen to sample

42Rearviewmirror - Pearl Jam
Brilliant song, best of Pearl Jam's Vs. Album by far and one of not only their best songs, but one of grunge's best, deserves be up much higher on the list.
Best song by far personally I did something I will never forget that song gave me that inspiration..
Simply put, the best Pearl Jam song.
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43Come On Down - Green River
Well known songs like teen spirit are great, but this one is a real forgotten gem.


44Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
Great song... of one of the best grunge bands ever... Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains are obviously the kings of GRUNGE!
best grunge band ever and best B side track ever
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45Schizophrenia - Sonic Youth Listen to sample

46Exhausted - Foo Fighters Listen to sample

47Paranoid Android - Radiohead
Hardly a grunge song, but this song is loved by listeners of any genre! Do listen, one of the best of radiohead.
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48Far Behind - Candlebox Listen to sample

49Last Kiss - Pearl Jam Listen to sample

50Porch - Pearl Jam Listen to sample

51Karma Police - Radiohead Listen to sample

52Lake of Fire - Meat Puppets
Es un grupazo meat puppets
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53Paper Cuts - Nirvana Listen to sample

54Take a Dive - Green River Listen to sample

55Dam That River - Alice in Chains Listen to sample

56Tonight, Tonight - The Smashing Pumpkins Listen to sample

57Skeletal History - The Mark Lanegan Band Listen to sample

58Burden In My Hand - Soundgarden Listen to sample

59Tomorrow - Silverchair
Silverchair and their first album "Frogstomp" is the result of what grunge meant to these 3 young members at the time back in 1995. Actually not only for the 3 of them, but for all teenagers that time. "Tomorrow" might be a reflection to that generation and to the top bands such as Soundgarden, Nirvana and of course, Pearl Jam. I personally really like this song and shouldnÂ't be forgotten by the grunge movement fans around the globe.
Great Song - Wait til' tomorrow!
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60Heaven Beside You - Alice In Chains
Great song. Can't see how its this low. Top 10 in my book and will always be top 10
Legendary song it's so amazing and the lyrics are EPIC
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61Sliver - Nirvana Listen to sample

62Wake Me - Grey Daze

63Glorified G - Pearl Jam Listen to sample

64This Is Shangrila - Mother Love Bone
This song is more grunge than many other songs on here. Love it and MLB is very underrated. "I'm trippin on it now, it brings me home again".
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65Shine - Collective Soul
Must be in top ten, too much nirvana songs, they are the best but not the only one...
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66S***list - L7
How the hell is L7 not here? They had that real grunge feel!
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67I Stay Away - Alice In Chains
Another song with haunting lyrics on Layne Staley's battle with heroin addiction...
I was once a smells like teen spirit kind of guy...
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68The Pretender - Foo Fighters
How is this song not in the top ten! There is some very great songs on here but this song should definitely be one of the top 1's!
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69Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden Listen to sample

70Get Free - The Vines
my fist ever favourite song. that was 9 years ago and it still is now! such a catchy riff and oustanding vocals. this song needs to acknowledged!


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71Blurry - Puddle of Mudd

72Big Empty - Stone Temple Pilots Listen to sample

73Superunkown- Soundgarden
Alive in the Superunknown! First it steals your mind then it steals your soul. So awesome!
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74No Excuses - Alice In Chains Listen to sample

75River of Deceit - Mad Season
Far more unknown than the others on that list, but certainly a contender.
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76Rain When I Die - Alice In Chains
Possibly one of the most powerful songs Alice in Chains has ever written. The guitars, drums and vocals come together so well on this song. It is an example of Alice in Chains at their finest.
Such a masterpiece song as its was not place in top 10 lists but at least it should be under top 20 lists because its spell the blend of such melody
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77Dumb - Nirvana
Dumb isn't very grunge but quite amazing in my opinion
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78Do the Overreact - The Evil Queens

79Call Me a Dog - Temple of the Dog
A really powerful and meaningful song, that's vastly underrated it would seem.
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80Death of Me - Red Listen to sample

81Sunshine - Alice In Chains Listen to sample

82Illusion - Cierń
In my opinion its the greatest grunge song. Its not popular in other countries because its Polish song. Yes, Grunge was in Poland too. If you listen to this song you can feel old, good times, even at firs time.

83Jennifer's Body - Hole Listen to sample

84Long Gone Day - Mad Season
Layne Staley put such an emotion in this song.
"shout to god to bring my sunny day! " raises the hair from the back of my neck.
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85Grind - Alice In Chains Listen to sample

86Holy Roller - Mother Love Bone Listen to sample

87Mother Mother -Tracy Bonham Listen to sample

88Fade Into You - Mazzy Star Listen to sample

89Little Pink Stars - Radish

90Break - Three Days Grace Listen to sample

91Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers Listen to sample

92Say Hello 2 Heaven - Temple of the Dog Listen to sample

93Dead and Bloated - Stone Temple Pilots Listen to sample

94Freak - Silverchair

95Torn - Ednaswap
The song Natalie Imbruglia covers. This version is awesome because it exemplifies the raw essence of grunge yet is also interpreted as a love song. It really brings out the best of both worlds.
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96I Hate Everything About You - Three Days Grace Listen to sample

97Sappy - Nirvana
Sappy deserves a higher place on this list
Best song about a turtle
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98Carnival - Bikini Kill Listen to sample

99Tormenta - Gatostar

100Stardog Champion - Mother Love Bone Listen to sample

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