Top Ten Bands Influenced by Nirvana


The Top Ten

1 The Foo Fighters

Since they are first, and should be really I will comment here. AIC formed before Nirvana (3 years before). Pearl Jam was coming together at the same time as Nirvana and already had much of their influence set from Mother Love Bone, etc. Sonic Youth is on here and they formed nearly 10 years before Nirvana. Nirvana influenced quite a few in ways I am sure, but the 3 I mentioned and others no, and all of them were talented enough at the same time to not need said influence regardless.

Well obviously this is number one because this bands lead man is obviously in Nirvana and their music even sounds like nirvana in a way. But their both greatly epic bands

Got to be the foos because they are fronted by Grohl, who admired his former band.

Everlong sounds like it could've been a Nirvana song to be honest. - SomePersonYouHate

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2 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some more.

Green Day is a great band, whether you agree or not. Just look at all the popularity, all the haters, and most notably known as the best live band in the world.

I would like to vote for Green Day, Foo Fighters, rise against, and Alice and chains?

Alice In Chains wasn't influenced by Nirvana, they started literally the same year. - Gruunge

I would say that Green Day is more of a contemporary to Nirvana. I did some research and Green Day came out with their first recording a year after Nirvna did. But I love them both - BigBerry25


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3 Rise Against Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk.
4 Weezer Weezer Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.

Heart Songs off the Red Album discusses the moment things changed for Weezer front man - listened to an album - had a baby on it- things will never be the same again!

I'll bring home the Turkey if you'll bring home the bacon. Weezer is awesome! Blue album all the way!

Kuomo has stated himself that Cobain heavily influenced him and Weezer! At least according to Wiki

It easier to hear the influence on the Pinkerton album

5 Blink 182 Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.

Dude their logo is so similar to nirvana's

That log though

My top 1 band ever
And throughout my life

If you listen to songs like "adam's song" you can hear nirvana's influence in not only the sound of the music but also the lyrics - parts of "adam's song" and "come as you are" are extremely similar. ("i took my time, I hurried up, the choice was mine, I didn't think enough. " -adam's song + "take your time hurry up, the choice is yours, don't be late. " -come as you are)

Come as you are is direct ripoff from eighties from the band Killing Joke. Pooh on your Come as You Are.

6 3 Days Grace

It's Three Days Grace, not 3 Days Grace, but they are awesome! - Alpha101

7 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture more.

Nirvana didn't influence LP but I can hear the influence of Nirvana in Seether and Foo Fighters. - SomePersonYouHate


8 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Amy Lee always mentions how Nirvana inspired them and they even released a cover of "Heart Shaped Box"

9 Seether Seether Seether are a South African hard rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band originally performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they adopted the Seether name.

Seether are by far the closest thing I've heard to Nirvana, with the exclusion of Foo Fighters. Shaun Morgan and the rest of the band are fantastic. Not all of their album have been really great, but they always have a four or five songs that are really memorable from an album. Broken, Fine Again, Sympathetic, Love Her, Cigarettes, F*** It, Pig, Out of My Way, Rise Above This, Breakdown, Fake It, The Gift, Remedy, Words As Weapons, Here And Now, Country Song, Für Cue and No Resolution are the best songs from them and are all awesome.

It's an awesome band with Alice in Chains influences also, the voice sounds similar to Nickelback. But better.

I've seen Seether covers of Nirvana songs his voice is eerily similar to Kurt's. - SomePersonYouHate

Seether should be 1 or 2

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10 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. more.

This should be on the list for top 10 artists because of how similar the style of these groups are. Songs like "Dead and Bloated" and "Creep" definitely sound similar to Nirvana, Way more than Alice in Chains.

The Contenders

11 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

They sound nothing like Nirvana at all. They are more melodic. They have different style of lyrics and the vocals are different. Who put this on here? - Sabbath

Not really influenced by Nirvana, they started about the same time. - Gruunge

Actually, ALC's facelift came after nirvanas bleach. Nirvana was changing music way before Alice in chains did. Also, bleach had a bigger impact on music today than facelift did..


AIC formed about 3 years before Nirvana, and hit mainstream earlier to. Though they are grunge, they are more heavy metalish and have no style ties to Nirvana whatsoever - HYDRAflash

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12 Bush Bush Bush are a British rock band formed in London, England in 1992. The band found their immediate success with the release of their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994, which is certified 6× multi-platinum by the RIAA.

They are the British Nirvana, how the heck are they not on this list!? Listen to the song Swallowed, it's 100percent like Nirvana!

Bush is definitely the softer version of Nirvana.

Bush is one of the best grunge bands of all time. - Alpha101

They sound very much nirvana

13 30 Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević.

Jared leto had confessed in an interview that nirvana (esp. Kurt) had given him the "permission" to create.

Thank you Nirvana for bringing us 30 Seconds to Mars! There is a lot of Nirvana-ish themes in the second album, and even some similar lyrics.

The Story has Nirvanish sound guitar but the progression in Was It Dream and The Story is The Cure influence

14 The White Stripes The White Stripes The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they more.

Garage rock and actually influenced by Nirvana and not just a band of a similar style around the same time.

15 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, more.

Them throwing bunch of Nirvana riffs in their live shows should be enough to put them in the top 10 at least... While Matt's riffs is purely inspired by Tom Morello, Matt's (and the rest of the band) energy in live clearly comes from Kurt Cobain. Their debut songs has a lot similarities and energies of Nirvana songs.

16 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more.

Frontman Benjamin Burnley Cited That Nirvana As His Biggest Influence. However, During One Show, Ben Knocked Over A Microphone (Just Like Kurt Cobain Did Onstage) And Cracked It.

Breaking benjamin awesome

The best. heck ye

It's the best

17 Cage the Elephant

Its CAGE the elephant and yeah this band is so god not as good as nirvana. There first album amazing just like Nirvana. Ain't no rest for the wicked. TOPS!

18 Puddle of Mudd Puddle of Mudd Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band formed in 1991. To date, the band has sold over seven million albums and has had a string of No. 1 hits with their most famous hit being "Blurry".

The influence is unique, you can see the grunge escence exalating drom their sound's... Man such a damn noise... Her out Psicho, She Hates Me, Blurry, Control and Famous.

19 Feeder Feeder Feeder are a Welsh rock band formed in Newport, Wales. They have released ten studio albums, twelve compilations, four EPs, and 40 singles.

How are they not on here? Listen to Seven Days In The Sun, and anyway they cover Nirvana songs live as well.

20 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (vocals/drums), Todd Harrell (bass guitar) and Matt Roberts (guitar). They were soon joined by guitarist Chris Henderson, and later by drummer Richard Liles.
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