Best Grunge BandsGrunge was one of the most controversial types of music back in the day so let's see which band made it a legend!
The Top Ten Best Grunge Bands
Layne's voice was unique and like no other grunge singer. It sends a chill down your spine. Layne will never be forgotten. Jerry's riffs and songwriting add it up. I didn't know what kind of rock music I liked until I heard of Alice in Chains. They influenced me into the grunge era, and got me to like other grunge bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Plots and more.
Layne your Vocals in Pain, Remain in my head storm when I am going insane, I remind myself I am not alone. Neither you are, As you're still in our memory with your voice.
Nirvana will always be voted number one by this generation and it's not like that's bad nirvana kicked ass. However, alice in chains was insane I mean come on. Have you heard the song man in the box alice in chains is so beautifully dark they just embody grunge. Layne Staley's voice was perfect for what you would want in grunge but also so beautiful not to mention his harmonies with guitarist Jerry Cantrell. The power of Layne's voice just blows your mind and his sincerity and ability to turn his feeling's into sick imagery is unmatched.
AIC had the best talent of all the bands that came out at this time. They have been overshadowed by the media darlings that Nirvana became. But obviously their talent was a given. Between Layne's beautiful voice and Jerry's great guitar riffs, backed back Mike and Sean's talent, these guys were always ahead of the game whether the media saw it or not.
No band of this genre can compare to Nirvana. Not many bands in history can compare to Nirvana! Kurt Cobain invented Grunge with his distorted guitar and his angst-full lyrics.
Nirvana did not invent grunge, nobody really truly invented it. Have you even listened to other grunge bands? - NewAgeAnarchist
The top six bands on this list are absolutely the best grunge bands ever! But nirvana does deserve the number one song because kurt invented grunge rock! They will always be one of the best bands in history
R.I.P. Kurt Cobain33
Very very very epic band and just everything about it was amazing and I don't know how anybody can not like this band because it's just impossible not to be in love with this band no matter what.
Nirvana is objectively the best grunge band there, no comparison. There are plenty of great grunge bands, but even with the short time nirvana was around they had the greatest impact. Rightfully so, their music was hands down the most creative and infectious of the time. No one will ever replace them as the best, not even close.
By comparing what grunge really is, I think it's arguable to put Soundgarden at the top of the list. Pearl Jam makes a compelling argument to be at the top and Ten is, without doubt, one of the best albums of all time. However, when you consider what Soundgarden produced from album to album, and how they evolved and still presented their very own sound while Pearl Jam evolved away from Ten, they deserve the top spot. As a collective, they have the chemistry that every band from the time coveted and has rarely been duplicated.
When you really stop and define Grunge and work from that definition, it's a no-brainer to place Soundgarden at the top of the list.
Matt Cameron is the best grunge drummer out there, he does odd signatures as it is nothing, thayil is the God of drop D, his riffs and solos are unique, Ben is a great bassist, and Cornell has the best vocals. Nirvana is well known, but not even that good. And to all the people who claim that Cobain 'invented' grunge, that's bull. You've probably never heard of the deep six.
Soundgarden has been around since 1984. They have had an influence on Nirvana and Alice in Chains. Soundgarden is said to be the grandfathers of the Seattle grunge scene. Cornell's vocals blow everybody else out of the water (I'm only refering to the grunge scene, not Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, or The Who).
Soundgarden was the best band of the "grunge era". They were the first "big" band there influencing other bands that later became popular. Also the most skilled, versatile, and unique band. Some so amazing sounding songs! by the way, Nirvana is overrated in this "genre".
Pearl Jam is music I like to call Eargasm, or ear orgasm. They are amazing, and the best thing is, they're the only Grunge band to have never broken up or faded into obscurity. Instead, they have evolved, whether new direction is good or bad, and they have stuck with it. And although their early Grunge records, like Ten and Vs. Are still their best, I also appreciate how they tried new things instead of sticking with their Grunge sound because it's more comfortable. Forget best Grunge band; Pearl Jam is perhaps the greatest band in the history of music. - LoganRuckman
There consistency in creating legendary songs make them win this debate and by far. Yes I'm serious. BY FAR
Nirvana is the poster band of the Movement, and was the first successful grunge band, and no doubt with "Nevermind" had the best Grunge album, but Pearl Jam has more soul, and they are still around. Like all great bands their legend will only grow over time. They may seem second fiddle now to Nirvana (Grunge's Beatle's), but they will be at least a Grunge Rolling Stones, and their best album may yet lie ahead?.
They still release albums, and they're the only grunge band that's still alive and kicking. Eddie Vedder has one of the best voices in the music industry, and they seem to be the only grunge band that never lost a member(s) to heroin addiction. People credit Nirvana as the best grunge band ever, and they are good, but Pearl Jam is way better. Their music is great, and Vedder's voice is simply better than Cobain's.
Absolutely the most versatile of all of these bands...Weiland was the most charismatic singer of that era. Better live than studio
This band had amazing versatility, mixing grunge with multiple genres. I consider their grunge tone to soften on the third album but they still made great music afterwards. Scott's voice wasn't as unique as Cobains but he used many different styles throughout out STP's discography.
Amazing band with or without Scott Weiland.
Most versatile of all of these bands. More Alt sound than grunge. Core, Purple, and Tiny are masterpieces
Most of their songs are Hardcore Punk. The media labelled them "Grunge" because they're from Seattle and because they peaked during the grunge scene of early 90s. - Joeljohns249
I kinda feel like sonic youth, melvins, and mudhoney should be on the top ten instead of bush
I've always found bush and stone temple pilots to be post grunge bands. And Foo fighters, while they are a great band, are not grunge
This is the very definition of grunge its noisy and the instrumentals don't sound clean but it's great and if you don't believe me just listen to touch me I'm sick
Not really a Grunge Band but excellent, they are Alternative Rock. Maybe Grunge elements but not Grunge. - Soulstealer
Excellent combination of Psychedelic with Grunge on Siamese Dream - Joeljohns249
It's so hard to choose... So many fantastic grunge bands... Smashing Pumpkins has to be my favorite for one reason: they evolved over time. Now maybe that's blasphemous since they ventured into techno-ish music and lighter music and kind of left grunge behind after Mellon Collie but they stayed relevant (for the most part) and continued to put out fantastic music regardless of musical genre. The only album I would say was "bad" was Zeitgeist. Even that one deserves a listen from time to time. - evoxpisces
So many great songs with true meaning behind them such as Disarm, Thirty, Three, 1979, and many more. The sound is sad but hopeful really striking the true feeling that grunge strives for.
I Love Soundgarden and Pearl Jam and they together were cool
Temple Of The Dog consists of two of the best Grunge bands of all time, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Absolutely ever song on their self-entitled album and their only album at that are works of art! In my opinion, Temple Of The Dog is the best grunge band of all time.
This is amazing simply because it combines three great bands--Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and even Mother Love Bone to an extent.
You might as well just say Pearl Jam with Chris Cornell. - Songsta41
Bush and should not be in the top ten, they are a cheap post grunge band. Foo fighters are a good band but shouldn't be there either
Melvins not only were influential in grunge, but they LITERALLY CREATED SLUDGE METAL!
Grunge probably wouldn't exist without them, plus they invented Sludge Metal which is a awesome genre too
The Melvins are great, the guitar-drum synergy is really cool and the lyrics make no sense but are cool also
So many unique songs and albums. I definitely think more people should give them a listen. If you like Nirvana, I'm almost certain you'd like them. I'd recommend their albums Dirty, Daydream Nation, and the Eternal.
The most musically interesting band around. Thurston Moore is a Noise Rock legend, not many can compare.
I Love Goo And Daydream Nation
Daydream Nation. The end!
I really mutch don't know who they are but I see Stone and Jeff from Pearl Jam
Mother Love Bone was a great band and they were around when Grunge was first getting started. They greatly influenced the sound of grunge even though they never really sounded like other grunge bands. Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog would never have existed without Mother Love Bone. Tragically Mother Love Bone never got to be a part of the golden age of the music they helped to create. Their lead singer, Andrew Wood died in 1990. Wood was the David Lee Roth of Grunge, he was a great front-man and he had tremendous talent and charisma. His voice suited Mother Love Bone's funky sound perfectly. If he had not died MLB would probably have gone on to be as great and famous as Nirvana or Pearl Jam. According to Alice in Chains's lead singer the song "Would" is about Andrew Wood. "so I made a big mistake, try to see it once my way" is a reference to Wood's death by overdose. If anyone is interested in getting into Mother Love Bone, I recommend "This is Shrangila"and "Thru Fade Away" those ...more
Damn this band would have been awesome if it still existed and Andrew Wood didn't die. - Soulstealer
Grunge never would have gotten out of seattle if it weren't for mother love bone and their frontman andrew wood. They were the bridge between hair metal and grunge, and when andrew wood died, the grunge scene reeled and came back with a vengence. The only famous grunge band that would have continued afterwards would have been nirvana, and they would never have gotten famous.
Did you ever had the chance to listen to their album Sweet Oblivion? A masterpiece on the same page as Dirt, Ten, Vs, Superunknown or Nevermind.
They were not sexy: quite a stupid band name, the Conner brothers were fatties for rock-stars, and Mark Lannegan was a hard to handle type even compared to the other singers. So the media didn't liked them, but forget everything and just listen. Lannegans voice is recognizable right from the bat. The songs are well written, with a bluesy under-note.
You know this list was quickly done. They put this band on the list twice.
Very underrated band
One Word : Underrated
I love foo but I don't think they are grunge!
heard pretender, everlong? classic, divine... just plain brilliant
Amazing band but it have a lot of nirvana in it because their drummer is Foo Fighters vocalist, David Grohl.
There a good band but there not grunge :/
Come on people we're only talking about the sixth best grunge band ever - ianchambers
Everyone says they're post grunge, but I disagree.
Come on guys, they are the creators of "glycerine"
An awesome band that should be way before the no talent Melvins. - MANDIESUEJ
Very good band, but they influenced Grunge, but they aren't a Grunge themselves, they are Alternative Rock. - Soulstealer
Never listened to anything better than their song "Where is my mind". Every single time I get goosebumps! Love them
They don't sound like grunge that much, but they're very influential to many grunge bands!
Listen to smashing pumpkins "tonight" and any of Nirvana MTV unplugged. Ok, now listen to gouge away, gigantic, or monkeys gone to heaven by the pixies. Grunge, despite being a grunge genre, is still relatively broad genre to describe music and the pixies are apart of it. - PewPewAssassin
Candlebox was by Far my Favorite of the grunge Era. Kevin's voice is Amazing & their lyrics so empathized the struggles of that generation.
By far my favorite!
Since Nirvana is already number one I'll help out another great unknown band. Green river created the heavy sound that would inspire the rest of the other Seattle bands to start going down that road and when they broke up there members would go on to found Mudhoney, mother love bone, and Pearl Jam.
They created the genre for God's sake!
I think they deserve to be on top. Nirvana is an amazing band, but Green River pioneered the genre and gave it a great meaning. - nickolie
Great talented musicians who had a passion for music and were super talented and soulful and great songs that you can identify with
Breaking Benjamin is a band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Best song list :
- The Diary of Jane
- Give Me A Sign
And many more.
Amazing but not grunge or even gungecore breaking Benjamin (named after lead singer Benjamin Burnley) is heavy metal much like three days grace.
Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin aren't Heavy Metal at all ever. - Soulstealer
Why are they on here? Barely even Alternative
They are not grunge at all - Sabbath
L7 was all about real grunge! This isn't a real list if they're not on top 10... Come on people
L7 is probably the best Feminist band out there
They are grunge at its finest
L7 is great, Pretend We’re Dead is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard.
They used to be a band named Groundswell. They were borderline grunge.
This band isn't Grunge, though? Just because you're a 90's band doesn't mean you're Grunge, people.
This is nowhere near grunge I have no idea why it's on this list but I have to admit they're an amazing band
They are a good grunge band. They deserve a higher position into the first 10 bands. Very good lyrics and their singer is good enough. I believe that, they are better than others.
Not a grunge band.
Great band. But not the greatest.
Sweet Staley, Jane's Addiction aren't they list but Three Days Grace and Nickelback are? ' peasants, man.
Audioslave is better than temple of a dog but soundgarden is still the best of the chris kornell bands
Frekin amazing, his songs inpsire so much tension.
I Love Layne Staley and I love everything his bands witch he had, and one of my favorite is Mad Season
You can't go wrong with layne staley
Christ seeing this so far down is like a sharp knife cutting in to my heart. It's Layne Staley people! This deserves so much more...
Fantastic and innovative band for it's time. Definitely should be top 10 material
Post-Grunge isn't REAL GRUNGE, PEOPLE.
Rockcrown best album ever
They were grunge. After the first two albums, they just kind of dropped the sound.
One of my favourite bands ever. But doesn't get my vote, because although they are dark, murky and depressing, that doesn't make them a grunge band.
One of the best alt bands ever, but not grunge
Radiohead is more alternative I think. And no, not everybody who listens to this band are pretentious
Come on this deserves a better place! Ever heard blurry? Control? Psycho?
This is not Grunge by any means.
Very underrated band! Thank goodness for Road Rash lest I might have missed them completely! - Xean45
Definitely the one of the most underrated bands m/
When grunge meets southern rock. Check out their cover of Simple Man. It made me cry the first time! ^u^
It’s cold outside!
This Band is formed with ex members of Creed but now the singer is Myles Kennedy andfor me is a good singer.My favorite song is Ties That Bind
Nirvana is the obvious pick for this list and for good reason but, we have to mention Kurt's wife's band. Hole is one of the most underrated bands I have ever seen! Courtney Love is an amazing singer as well! - micdanchris
I do like Hole and Courtney Love is a great songwriter I never found her to be a great singer but that is just my opinion. - PewPewAssassin
I hate Courtney Love she doesn't deserve to be on this list
Never in a million years should this band have been added to this list! I'm so disappointed that it is here!
The definition of grunge along side nirvana
One of the most underrated bands of all time.
Really,I know just maby 3-4 songs from Silverchair but I love they style and many,many other things
So underrated freak show was the heaviest grunge album in my opinion
These guys should be higher
Needs to be in top ten.
Tad was such an underrated grunge band
Underrated. I'd vote for them if I hadn't voted for Green River. - Solariser
Insanely underrated, their 1992 album Dayglo is one of the standouts of the genre, and it's really sad to see the band behind many that aren't even remotely related to grunge. Definitely check them out if you haven't already.
My favorite band
67? Should have been in top 20, easy.
'Wax Ecstatic' is so good!
Layne Staley said it himself, it was his favorite band out of Seattle. - Gruunge
My personal favorite. Too bad there wasn't more than 2 albums
This is a far better contender than most of the bands above it. Smart writing, great riffs, and a better live show these days then any of the other bands still operating on this list.
Much overlooked, deserves to be up there amongst the better known.
Some of the best live music I've ever experienced. - Air4
Very very underrated group. Lyrically they were ahead of their time if you listen to the song "Skins In My Closet" he talks about skins in his closet in which he's referring to the different clothes he has in his closet and comparing to his different personalities or moods depending on what he wears for that particular day.. You have to be a musical genius to orchestrate this into a song... Just look up the lyrics for this song on Google and you will see this genius poetry word for word..
I don't know if they'll get on the list due to their name, but they are a great all female Grunge band that you should really listen to. - LoganRuckman
Runaway Train anyone? This great band should be a lot higher on the list than most of the bands that are not even grunge.
I Love so, so, so much song Runwaytrain
Muse is the polar opposite of grunge