Best Grunge / Alternative Rock BandsJBrocker
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
Kurt Cobain enough said...V 53 Comments
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!
Pearl Jam is, in my opinion, the best rock band ever. This list has faults though. The top five make sense, although Soundgarden is number 13. Chris Cornell has one of the best voices ever RIP Chris. Bands like Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Coldplay have no place on this list, but RHCP is so amazing they should be higher up. Weezer is fine where it is, Green Day, REM, and Rage Against the Machine should be higher, that's how you improve this list.V 17 Comments
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
So sad what Layne did to himself R.I.PV 16 Comments
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.
Favorite band of all timeV 7 Comments
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.
Amazing.V 2 Comments
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...
Should be #3V 2 Comments
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
Thoe I like all these bands this this the bestV 6 Comments
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...
Not really grunge.V 7 Comments
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 might be my favorite band in the world, followed by green day and nirvanaV 19 Comments
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!
Well grunge is a sub-genre of alternative rock.but its pretty much different from each other.and Muse isn't grunge.but they are alternative rock band.so they deserve to be here.and their songs are good - zxmV 12 Comments
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!
Underrated...They are part of the Seattle Four!V 16 Comments
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.
They should be in top 5s. smh.. - subeein94V 7 Comments
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!
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
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!
Best rock band ever!
Sucks - Aicfanboy115V 2 Comments
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...
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
These dudes are pretty nice
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
How the Heck are they above than oasis and Radiohead? I mean HOW? - vskdharmasenaV 34 Comments
that low? - zxm
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
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
Coldplay is good but they shouldn't be so high on the list.not because they aren't good.but because they play soft music.soft music than average alternative rock.they are more of an alternative pop band.and they are very far from grunge.if they are high then other bands will lose their deserved credit - zxmV 6 Comments
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.
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
I don't know why they're on the list. Sure their music sounds good but all they ever talk about is drugs, sex, And strippers in their songs. I don't wanna listen to that.V 1 Comment
Great sound, great & catchy songs from the dirty post-grunge preachers from Kansas - soundwise and musically top rated in my opinion.
I know they may not be considered grunge, but for all of the modern bands on here, it should be way higher.
One of the best bands in the 90's to come out post nirvana, pearl jam etc...
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
They are in the blues category, but many people today can only name Icky Thump. I reccomend their self titled debut album. The White Stripes
Too good to be this far down the list
TWS behind Nickelback? LOL. Easily the biggest, best, and most influential band of the 2000's. Jack White is a guitar god and the noise these two produce is second to none - kilo
They sing TAKE A WALK
Songs For The Deaf is one of the greatest albums I've every heard.
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.
Away, backslider, Tyler, and you can't forget possum kingdom
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.V 1 Comment
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.
I really really love their songs especially BRANDON BOYD the super duper handsome vocalist..
... this low ranking of such a band makes me thinking about who's voting here ... excellent, maybe too intelligent alternative rock - definitely not position 56.
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..
I have heard Blaackbird for like 69 times. And I know that I am not alone.V 1 Comment
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