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.

Dave Grohl! - Userguy44

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.

2 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 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 currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.


8 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.

Seether should be 1 or 2

How is 30 seconds to mars on here but not seether!? Shaun morgan is way better than jered leto.

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9 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"

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 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

12 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 different. And better to be honest. - Userguy44

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..

13 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.

14 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 currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.

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

30 Seconds To Mars soundwise is mix of U2 (Third Album), and The Cure (Seconds Album) Was It Dream sounds same as prayers for rain... Nirvana

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 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 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 Cage the Elephant Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006 and relocated to London, England, in 2008 before their first album was released.

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".

Awesome Band but they got a bad reputation, which is sad.

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.
21 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.
22 Incubus Incubus Incubus is an American rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while enrolled in Calabasas High School and later expanded to include bassist Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich, and Gavin "DJ Lyfe" Koppell; more.
23 Silverchair Silverchair Silverchair were an Australian rock band, which formed in 1992 as Innocent Criminals in Merewether, Newcastle with the line-up of Ben Gillies on drums, Daniel Johns on vocals and guitars, and Chris Joannou on bass guitar.

Silverchair should be number 2

24 Kid Rock Kid Rock Robert James Ritchie Sr., known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, activist, minister and actor.
25 Dinosaur Jr Dinosaur Jr Dinosaur Jr. is an American rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1984, originally simply called Dinosaur until legal issues forced a change in name.

How is Dino jr. Here if they formed before NIRVANA?!

Dinosaur jr created nirvana. Nirvana ripped off then along with many other bands

26 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop-rock band from Sydney, Australia, that formed in 2011. The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists during 2011 and early 2012. They rose to international fame while touring with One Direction more.


27 The Strokes The Strokes The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998. They consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocalist), Nick Valensi (guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Nikolai Fraiture (bassist) and Fabrizio Moretti more.

They were created because of smells like teen spirit

28 Interpol
29 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.
30 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.
31 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.
32 Ten Years
33 Ok Go
34 Tim Armstrong

The guy in rancid and OP ivy? Really I had no idea.

35 Fuel

Have that grungy sound

36 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.

Sonic Youth was before Nirvana

37 My Darkest Days My Darkest Days My Darkest Days is a Canadian rock band based in Peterborough, Ontario consisting of lead singer Matt Walst, bassist Brendan McMillan, drummer Doug Oliver, and keyboardist Reid Henry.
38 Train Train Train is an American roots rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. The band currently consists of Patrick Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Jerry Becker, Luis Maldonaldo, Hector Maldonado, Drew Shoals, Nikita Houston and Sakai Smith.

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Please vote for them
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39 Sick Puppies Sick Puppies Sick Puppies is an Australian rock band, formed in 1997. Sick Puppies rose to prominence in 2006 when their song "All the Same" was uploaded along with a video to YouTube.

Have you heard their heavy base lines?

40 Socotra

This is a new band that totally has the nirvana vibe.

These guys are awesome

41 Stoned Sour
42 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
43 Social Distortion Social Distortion Social Distortion is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. The band currently consists of Mike Ness, Jonny Wickersham, Brent Harding, David Hidalgo, Jr., and David Kalish.

How can anybody say that nirvana influenced social distortion, they formed WAY before nirvana... And released albums WAY before bleach...

44 Breeders
45 Staind Staind Staind was a Alternative Metal band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. more.
46 Biffy Clyro

Not a very well known band but if you listen to their album only revolutions you'll fall in love with them

47 The Vines

How did everyone miss this? Crazy ass front man in the post grunge era, three peice band, whacked out riffs and power chords. Although I will say I'm more partial to the early stuff, and the slower songs are offsetting but fitting of their sound.

48 Jet
49 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Are you kidding me?

50 Wranglers
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