Top Ten Bands that People Think are Grunge Bands but Aren't

Once grunge exploded (and sometimes even after), many rock Bands That weren't grunge became associated with the grunge movement. These are the bands that you think are grunge, but really aren't.

The Top Ten

1 Smashing Pumpkins Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation.

Billy Corgan himself said that the Smashing Pumpkins were part of the 90s alternative movement, not the grunge movement. - Kfox101

2 Pixies Pixies The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.

They were a big influence on grunge, but not a grunge band themselves. - Kfox101

3 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.

Also a grunge influence, but not a grunge band themselves. - Kfox101

4 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

I'm not sure why some people think Radiohead is grunge, but they're not; they're alternative. - Kfox101

5 Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney.
6 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.

Part of the 90s California punk scene, not the grunge scene. - Kfox101

This list is great but who calls green day grunge - Gruunge

7 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.

Post-grunge, not real grunge. There's a difference! - Kfox101

8 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.
9 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.

Yes, I kid you not, some people think that MUSE is a grunge band. - Kfox101

People called them grunge? Lol. They never listened good to their music. - Userguy44

Seriously? Muse is not Grunge they are Alternative Rock with Electronic and Progressive Rock elements.Plus they formed in the late 90s when Grunge was basically dead.

10 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2013 Gontier left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced with Brad's more.

Also post-Grunge, not grunge. Not sure why they're on the "Best Grunge Bands" list on this website. - Kfox101

The Contenders

11 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate more.

Only their first album was grunge, but still people think they're grunge - Gruunge

Post-grunge. They don't sound like a grunge band though. - Userguy44

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.

Um Alice in Chains counts as grunge. They aren't metal at all despite having a noticeable metal influence to their sound. - CaptainMowzker

Grunge with metal influences. - Userguy44

I love Alice in Chains, but they don't sound grungey. They sound metally. - 445956

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