Best Grunge / Alternative Rock Bands
The Top Ten
Nirvana invented grunge,
Without them there would be not 30 Seconds to Mars and if there were there music would be nothing like it is now.
Nirvanas music means something. it has emotion, and kurt cobain expressed his depression through his music. 30 Seconds to Mars music means nothing, its just words that rhyme and music. although I do like 30 Seconds to Mars but there music has no soul. nirvana had great vocals, great guitars, and amazing drums. they were one of the greatest bands of all times. THEY WERE THE Beatles OF GRUNGE.
The best grunge band ever.30seconds to mars is good but can't compare to nirvana. Smells like teen spirit, breed, school etc best song ever made in 90's
Nirvana did great things for the genre. however from an objective perspective of nothing more than songwriting and ability I think one must yield to Pearl Jam. I get the whole teen angst thing, but some people don't want to listen to some upstart is his 20's whining about life, especially when there is a band who is actually writing about beautiful and meaningful things. Nirvana may make it to my number four slot. Nirvana did not invent grunge I would say that Green river was one of the first to start the grunge sound. Nirvana may have made it mainstream, but one cannot say they invented it with all of the grunge bands who were predecessors to Nirvana
I can never get over the fact that Kurt Donald Cobain committed suicide at such a young age, and just next month will be his death anniversary yet again. but still, nirvana INVENTED grunge and will always be the best band in my heart, although soundgarden and Foo Fighters are amazing bands too,
This list is ridiculous. Most of these bands aren't even grunge/alternative and Soundgarden isn't even in the top ten. And RHCP are surely one of the best alternative bands.
Horrible list, full of pop rock bands (Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, Muse) and post-grunge bands (Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Nickelback) and Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins haven't even made it to the top ten yet. Stone Temple Pilots was ruined by Chester Bennington.
Rant aside, these guys are legendary. They are pretty better than Nirvana with face melting guitar solos, deep vocals, emotional lyrics and catchy choruses you won't forget about. Their best album is Ten, buy that not Rearviewmmirror (their greatest hits) since it doesn't have their best on it.
My favorite along with nirvana and stone temple pilots. They should all be way above 30 seconds to mars, the most overrated band EVER!
To all of those dumb 30 second to mars fans out there... THEY SUCK! They don't have one good song. Plus their not even grunge or alternative! Pearl Jam was grunge and now is alternative 30 seconds to mars is wannabe pop rock! And Nirvana is good but over-rated. Pearl Jam has only one bad song! They win!
Half of these bands aren't even grunge. What idiot came up with this list? Hilarious. AIC definitely the best grunge of all. Layne... RIP
These lists are really really lame lame lame. Who votes here? Justin Bieber fans?
best voice, dramatic sound, force and tragedy of life
Whoever thinks that 30 sec to mars even qualifies to be on this list with #2-#6 has serious issues. Alice created the best music. Layne Staley has more talent in the tip of his pinky than Leto will ever have in a lifetime. ALICE IN CHAINS RULES - Layne will never die in our hearts.
The foo fighters are the best modern alternative band out there, hands down. I absolutely love their music and all of their songs, from the hard rock sound of all my life to the plain soft metal of everlong, they ROCK!
Best grunge band.. Yo foo's style is classic in every angle. Never compare everlong, rope, pretender, walk, these days... You like grunge, you like foo fighters
No one matches the Foo Fighters in quality. They make the best music.
They're not just the best alt-rock band. They are the best band of all genres.
This band's amazing music is chock full of powerful beats, catchy and simple riffs, and penetrative, heartfelt lyrics. The Foo Fighters are a true rock band that deserves much more credit then they are given.
Coldplay is practically the only "alternative rock" band and so should be in the top 10
How and why is it so below in the list?! It is THE best alt rock band ever!
Coldplay always be the best you know!? ;D
This result is invalid. Coldplay should be at least come up in the top 5
Just amazing guys, taught me how to dream and live your dream and guided with their songs through the hard times I had
Awesome energy on stage. Brilliant interaction with the public and song messages. Keep up the good work
This is a joke, right?
Amazing should be on the top 15 - Soulstealer
Truly one of the greatest bands I've ever heard. I recommend either the album Gish or Siamese Dream.
oohhh smashing pumpkins def. but I also LOVE seether, stp, bush, and nirvana this one was hard - a7xfan93
The fact that they aren't contending for 1st with Nirvana is ridiculous. They and Nirvana defined that era...
How is Linkin Park ahead of The Smashing Pumpkins? - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak
They are the best band ever... They brought me into alt rock and grunge.. Their lyrics, music everything pulls you towards it... Linkin Park ROCKS!
Linkin Park should be #1.
As far as history goes, they have the most experience, meaning, sold more records, and are the first alternative rock band to get over a billion hits on YouTube.
They are also the most sucessful.
Their song "The Catalyst" has won Best Song In A Video Game.
Overall, BEST BAND EVER.
How is Linkin Park ahead of Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden - LizardKing99
Common many of Linkin Park songs bring out such emotion... They have brought out their music so well and this is definitely not their position...
My opinion is that Three Days Grace is best grunge or post grunge band ever and Adam Gontier is the best grunge and post grunge vocalist.
TDG is a great post-grunge band that knows how to explore their musical ranges and talents without failing to deliver to their loyal fan base. They are not new to the music industry and know how to do all the right things. Kudos the Adam and the band for another great run in the post-grunge field and the release of their newest album, Transit to Venus.
Adam brings so much reality with his voice and band effort.
How ever those critics may be, but they are as fake as there comments.
They are jealous of TDG simplicity lyrics.
Music is tat where you can find yourself within... And TDG have
Everything to be in top of list... Rock means TDG
Three Days Grace, in my opinion along side with Breaking Benjamin is the best grunge/post grunge (alternative metal) band and its sad that they are not among top 10 at least.
So original, they don't just make their music for people to listen to it. They make it so you can feel the song deep inside you. No matter how you are feeling there is always a song from them to make you feel better. Just listen to some of their masterpieces like So Cold, Follow, Away, You Fight Me, Dance With The Devil, Until The End, Breath, Give Me a Sign, What Lies Beneath, Anthem of the Angels, Dear Agony and you'll know what I mean.
This is my favorite band of all time! These guys aren't really pure GRUNGE, they're more like REALLY heavy post-grunge, also known as Alternative Metal. Other Alternative metal bands would include Staind, Another Black Day, The Exies, Seether, Avenged Sevenfold, Trapt, Taproot, Shinedown, and Skillet.
If Benjamin Burnley did not have a mental illness, I trully believe this band would be the best in the world. You listen to his voice, and you hear a passion. Passion so immense that it takes you into the bands music. Get well soon Ben. The band should be #1 on any list.
Unrivaled. Period. Should be higher up on the list.
Not Grunge and not even elements of grunge. Thirty Seconds to Mars should be higher because they have some elements of grunge unlike Green Day. - Soulstealer
Just listen to their Insomniac album and you will understand. Green Day is a mix of Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, and some Progressive rock! They're awesome
The only reason why this isn't in the top 5 is because the people who vote on these things are a bunch of American idiots
You got to be kidding me! Huh?
Green day is not on the list of best Alternative bands? GOD!
They are the best! Listen to their music at least!
Amazing band, and how the hell is this band lower than Green Day! - Soulstealer
They have something different in their music. It's a band with nice music, lyrics. Moreover, they are inspired from many kinds of music. I admire that! Special and unique!
This band isn't my favourite (Alice in chains is) but they are very underrated and they really defined the 90's. Core is amazing
Great band that was late for its time
Anyone who doesn't have Soundgarden on his top 10 list don't listen to grunge, don't know anything about grunge and shouldn't spend time on this site.
The big four, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam should be 1-4 automaticlly.
I can't stop thinking that Rusty Cage is kind of the best rock song ever written. Does a single song make a band one of the top bands? I don't know, but I would give up to the entire discography of STP for just that song.
Soundgarden is the most awesome, cool, and legit grunge band ever if this isn't in the top 1-5, these voters are deaf and they need 2 listen 2 grunge. Soundgarden is in my top 3 favorite bands ever and spoonman is the best song I've heard EVER!
How is Soundgarden not in the top ten list of Grunge and Alternative bands? Look at all of those bands on the list with the exceptions of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Without Soundgarden there would be no blue print for there music. Soungarden is one of the founding members of grunge! They should be in the top ten.
Come on guys. I think everyone has heard at least one song by Weezer. They have songs that are interesting, original, meaningful, fun, and all of them sound amazing. They deserve to be in top ten.
Wow, yeah.. weezer is WAY more grunge than most of these bands.
Great party rock. Sounds like guys you can hang with.
Top 5 for sure. this bands the best.
This is the best band that has ever sang the sad thing is that nowadays people that said to be good singers are just singing for money and not for they're soul like red hot chili peppers do! But its good that they're in the hits again!
I can't believe it's not in the top ten it's definitely one of the best you alternative band you can hear. Come on people this list definitely needs a checkup
RHCP at least at one point in time should qualify to be among the top 3. Technically or in their originality in lyrics, tunes and melody stand apart from any band I have ever heard. I adore Keidis as much as I hate him. I miss the magic of Frusciante and Flea so so badly...
Wow this list is so stupid. 1. Nirvana 2. Radiohead 3. Red Hot Chilli Peppers
How can Radiohead be this far down?! And with only 2%... Come on! This is truly an amazing band, with almost every album being an absolute masterpiece. And OK Computer is maybe the best album ever. EVERY SINGLE SONG is amazing. Each album brings new sounds, and a totally new experience. In Rainbows is simply awesome, with songs like Nude, 15 Step or Reckoner that are wonderful. Oh, and I forgot to mention Thom Yorke's voice is unbeatable.
Like Nirvana before they revolutionized music for the 00's. Reccomend the album The Bends
I think with a band like radiohead in the 14th place, it is now a proven fact, that the people who vote on this site are simply
This band is the pinnacle of alt rock. Comstantly reinventing themselves. They've churned out masterpiece after masterpiece. Can't understand why it's not the first
Muse are the best alternative rock band today along with Foo Fighters
Showbiz is AMAZING! Cave, Showbiz, Muscle Museum, Falling Down, Escape, Uno and Sunburn are Outstanding! All the songs on Origin Of Symmetry and Absolution are Masterpieces! Origin is My Favourite album of all time! BH^^R is filled with most of their "Mainstream" Stuff yet its still stays Alternative. The Resistance was Jaw-Dropping best song being: Uprising, Resistance, Undisclosed Desires, unnatural Selection, I Belong To You and MK Ultra. Matt is an amazing guitarist. He owns the Neck His Playing is ALIEN! The best Solos are New Born, Citizen Erased, (vocal solo)Muscleum Museum, Hysteria, Easily, Invincible and Eternally Missed Chris is an Amazing Bassist His best Bass lines have gotta be Cave, muscle museum, New Born, Bliss, Hyper Music, Hysteria and Exo politics and Uprising. Dom has some sick beats incl: Stockholm Syndrome, Showbiz, Assassin and Exo Politics. All Their B-sides are Amazing as well! Some are ...more
Matt os a great singer/guitarist.. The bass player and drum player are completely sick and combined with their multiple prizes for their performances, they are THE BEST alternative rock band EVER.
You can always here, when it is Muse playing on the radio! They are so innovative and unique!
My favourite band of all time. even if they made hip hop it would be unique
They don't really fit into the genre of music but they're still a amazing band. They defined British music in the 90's so check em out
Every single song is listenable over and over again. Their open lyrics with multiple hidden meaning are just awesome.
My favorite band of all time
Best grunge band!
Their lyrics actually mean something other than darkness and depression. They made world issues into amazing music. If you say Tom Morello is overrated, You try making solos like he does
Too damn awesome should be in top 10
1. One of the greatest bands of all time...
One of the best bands in the 90's to come out post nirvana, pearl jam etc...
that low? - zxm
İ think papa roach best band ever. Their songs are very nice
Most people do not know they started in the 80's. They were also trailblazers like Sonic Youth. I recommend the album Your're living all over Me or their self entitled album.
Dino and Sonic Youth are both extremely underrated.
Grunge No! - Soulstealer
They are just perfect
System of a down has really spellbinding rhytms and lyrics, their music quality is one of the best for me. They should be in top 5 minimum
I don't really know how most people don't even know about Audioslave. I think that Chris Cornell as a vocalist and Morrelo on the guitar, they should at least be in the top 10.
Remeber these dudes from a long time ago
No man, this isn't right. at least they should be in top 10. Just listen to their songs like Radioactive, Bleeding out, Demons and many more.
Imagine Dragons and Linkin Park are my favourite bands. I love the music anf the lyrics!
I understand that Imagine Dragons are just Nr. 31, because they're not so long in the music buisness but I know for sure that in 10 years they will be in the top 5.
I personally think that Nickelback should without a doubt be in the top 10. Their music's main sound revolves around grunge music. I'm a guy who LOVES grunge music, and Nickelback! I base my music around a few main grunge bands. One being Nickelback, and the other who are and should be on this list: Daughtry, Theory of a Deadman, Art of Dying, and Three Days Grace. But that's just my oppinion.
Not exactly what I'd call grudge..
But anyways their pretty cool, by far its my 2nd favorite band (next to linkin park)
These guys deserve better
Should be in top 10 not down here in 19 :L it's a bit off a joke isn't is thoe they should be higher I ain't going to lie. Other good bands in my opinion are Breaking Benjamin, 3DG, crossfade, Adelitas way (not very popular but they are awesome), Daughtry, Downstait, Papa roach, sick puppies. Those are all I can think off that I like
Many of the bands on the top ten deserve the credit...
But personally... Chad Kroeger is a genius! And such genius comes maybe once in a decade...
Nickelbacks lyrics is far deeper and stronger than most of these other bands...
It's a shame that they haven't yet got the appreciation they deserve! They are my favourite band..! And that too without a second thought!
And please... Smashing pumkins¿... Weezer¿... The guy who compares these bands to nickelback must be deaf!
I think Seether is the most underrated music in the world. They have carried on what Nirvana and Pearl Jam started, and they are just so good. The metal, and the not metal, and Shaun Morgan has an amazing voice, so yeah they totally deserve to be on here
Seether is OBVIOUSLY the best here! There vocalist Shaun Morgan has the ABSOLUTE BEST voice outta all these chumps EXCEPT Kurt Cobain but Seether's instruments are the best 2!
Far and away the best post grunge band (nirvana, Pearl Jam, soundgarden considered grunge). Vastly overrated. Intelligent lyrics, emotional flexibility, soulful riffs, cathy beats. They're best songs are some of the hardest songs to burn out.
After 47 years finally found my favorite band... Nothing changed now at 50... I can't say they are the best out there, I'm just saying that whoever didn't listen to Seether misses awfully lot...
Should be higher than #41 on this list. One of the best groups of the 2000's. - Floxoll
Songs For The Deaf is one of the greatest albums I've every heard.
An amazing band that delivers such amazing sound, with breathtaking vocals, and deep lyrics. Red mixes in several different musical elements, and you won't get bored listening to them. The lead singer has amazing vocals, and the band delivers such an awesome sound. But the best thing about Red is the meanings of their songs. Every song, whether it be a slow paced song like "Not Alone" or a heavy song like "Feed the Machine", is packed with such a deep meaning, that all of us can realte to. Red DEFINITELY deserves more attention and a higher spot on this list. Oh, and if you haven't heard Red yet, then you're missing out! I guarantee if you like this type of music then you won't be dissapointed by Red. Just such an amazing band
If none of you have heard of Red you're all missing out! Their music is amazing with great lyrics along with amazing instruments... If any of you get the time look up at least one song from each of their albums- I swear to you... You won't regret it!
I don't care they are a Christian Band, as an atheist, I could only say they are PERFECT! Your really have to listen "Feed The Machine", "Death Of Me", "Let It Burn." You will not regret it, I promise!
The best band I have heard of.
Really good music, awesome lyrics and nice vocalist voice.
All of the three albums they made were good and until now I haven't listened to a bad song they made.
Evanesces and 115 place? Are you guys kidding me?!
I think you are under estimating Amy Lee's voice.
Strong, and deep lyric
She's a great interpreter and performer one of the best I've ever seen and heard.
By default she should be in one of the top 10 list.
Not Grunge at all. - Soulstealer
The ultimate success story - three teens from Australia playing in a garage get big. The heavy riffs and dark, emotive lyrics (Especially in Frogstomp and Freak Show) should place them at least in the top ten!
Frogstomp was an amazing album. Their music sadly degraded gradually from there... although many still enjoyed their later albums, there just wasn't enough support to keep the band thriving. "Young Modern" was their final album in 2007 and it was absolutely horrible... proving they've strayed so far from their original sound that they just weren't the same band anymore.
But Frogstomp alone is enough reason to mention them as quintessential 90's alternative rock.
The band has some cool music. - explodingpineapple
Away, backslider, Tyler, and you can't forget possum kingdom
How in the bloody hell they are on no.43 They are number 1 kinda stuff. Myles is an angel... They deserve much more than this
This band is awesome in every field of their music... So this should be in the top tens..
Must be a lot above
I have heard Blaackbird for like 69 times. And I know that I am not alone.
Without the Pixies, no Nirvana. Listen to "Smells like Teen Spirit" for Pixies influence: the Loud Quiet Loud structure, the four-note 4/4 bass line and two-note guitar in the quiet parts, the screaming vocals - and some Nirvana songs are complete Pixie rips. The founders should be much higher on this list!
Way ahead of their time and still the best. If you have respect for David Bowie and his taste and innovations in music, remember he called Black Francis THE greatest American songwriter. Millions of people have yet to discover this amazing and underrated band. Pioneers one and all. Please vote them higher up the list!
Nirvana did not invent grunge. The Pixies did, and in doing so inspired bands like Nirvana and Radio-head.
Pixies, (not THE pixies) are Alternative Rock. Full Stop.
Without them... No:
Even David Bowie said they were his favourite band.
Great sound, great & catchy songs from the dirty post-grunge preachers from Kansas - soundwise and musically top rated in my opinion.
Post-Grunge / Alternative band. Only had two hits in their career, neither of which I am a big fan of-- however, they have so many incredible songs nobody has heard about such as "Famous" and "My Carousel". - rbndelrio
They kind of sound whiny in their songs. Not my favorite band.
It is one of the most unusual alternative band I have ever heard. Their compositions are just unique filled with amazing variations. They make real music. Listen their songs like scarecrow, under heaven's skies, summertime, disenchanted etc. You will definitely say that they are the best. They deserve to be in top 5... Come on frank. Think and vote
I am disgusted that such a life-changing band is number 90! Without a doubt, My Chemical Romance deserve a spot up there next to Nirvana, godamnit! My Chemical Romance saved LIVES. They have given people purpose and given themselves purpose and affected the world we live in today and I am angered that they have been so dismissed as to have been placed so low down the list. The music is amazing, meaningful and moving. I can't say that about any other band other that Nirvana. For shame!
94th?!?! My Chemical Romance is absolutely amazing, and they have give strong emotional feelings in their songs that a lot of people can relate to.
"I know it's been told hundreds of times before, but it's true. " My Chemical Romance SAVED MY LIFE.