Best Grunge Bands

Grunge 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

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.

The best grunge band by far. Layne staley's and Jerry Cantrell's vocals, lyrics and overall songs defined my love for grunge. AIC should have had the fame of Nirvana which is very sad but like me most grunge fans I come across agree with this the commercial world is sadly what I think pushes AIC aside to Nirvana who I also have a lot of love and respect for.

In other words AIC is my most listened to artist, hear them once every two days, says it all really.

Best. Rock band. Ever. Anyone can like their music because they go from sweet acoustic melodies (Nutshell, Got Me Wrong, Rotten Apple, etc) to raw heavy metal! (We Die Young, Them Bones, etc.) Layne Staley will always be my favorite singer. RIP.

Not many duos in rock EVER that can stack up to Layne and Jerry. Laynes vocals alone are incredible but when paired with Jerrys just brings them to a whole different level. Laynes distinctive voice and the emotion he's able to evoke through his raw talent is incredible, although not the best "technical"singer from the grunge era (Eddie Vedder(pearl Jam) Chris Cornell(Soundgarden)) Laynes voice is unmatched till this day. Paired with Jerrys songwriting and riff writing not to mention also being an incredible guitar player really puts AIC above everyone else in the grunge era(even though Nirvana saw more widespread popularity). Also AICs MTV live set is unmatched.

Alice In Chains first?!? They used to be a glam metal band for crying out loud! Posers to the "grunge" movement! "Grunge" was either punk, metal, or alternative anyways. They were called Alice N Chains, and all that hairspray and mascara was just embarrassing to watch, and sounded awful. Don't know why hipsters and millennials like them so much. Layne's vocals always sounded the same. I'll take pretty much any grunge band you name over these guys Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, STP, Bush, etc, etc. They aren't necessarily a bad band, but the hipsters could've picked a better band to rise to fame like Mudhoney.

Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

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.

THE definitive grunge band. if you're from the the State of Washington, I'm simply saying that Nirvana made the biggest impact on music on a worldwide scale.With their song 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Nirvana was the first to bring the grunge sound into the foredront. Checkm your dates and Billboards Top 100 lists if you any bit of doubt. They're may have been bands that shared a similar sound but that was the song that changed everything worldwide. If you disagree with this fact then you're denying the truth. Google can kiss my butt. Ask the Rolling Stone magazine. They have been the authority for a lot longer and they only print FACTS. I am a fan and I was there I can only tell the truth. I'll give time to anything that worthy of it. Do I think that AIC a better band? They make bigger, deeper music. I prefer their music right now. But I have consider that Nirvana's wide appealing simplistic sound didn't just start the grunge revolution, People don't realize that they started another ...more

Most grungest songs were only produced by Nirvana, simple. Kurt's songs define grunge song.
Yeh, I might vote AiC or Chris Cornell for overall rock and roll ish, but talking about pure grunge, Nirvana takes the Cake. Yep you can see Grunge as era or genre or that particular timeframe. Whatever you think, at the end you'll have to accept Nirvana defined the genre with it's songs and drama. (Also don't forget that particular down to earth dude's personality)

I've been sitting here for more than an hour trying to type several varied and intelligent paragraphs about why Nirvana is the best band ever and how the originality of most of their songs strongly competes with and surpasses that of Pink Floyd and The Beatles, but my flaming passion for Nirvana got a hold of me and told me to delete everything and simply tell you all about my fanaticism. There you go. (*cough cough* Kurt was killed)

Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Chris Cornell died on May 17th, 2017.

If Nirvana and Pearl Jam weren’t so overplayed, there would be no contest. Soundgarden knew what they were doing. Henry Wilson of Hit Parader said that the band’s music was : "a brilliant display of technical proficiency tempered by heart-felt emotion". Without Soundgarden, there is probably no Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, L7, Bush, Candlebox, etc

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.

Soundgarden defined grunge early 1984, with song "heretic" and precociously advanced technical and mature with "Blind Dogs" and give the elixir of grunge in 1988 with song "Incessant Mace"... "hunted down" and "nothing to say", and the last song where grunge die "Slaves & Bulldozer" 1991, if you find a song more grunge of this... I ll kill my self!, and if you never heard any of this list songs, you never know what's grunge mean! Thank you! Karim from Algeria.

Ever since I was a 2 or 3 year old, I've been listening to the right music. Soundgarden is the band that introduced me to grunge and ever since the day I was born, the intro to Rusty Cage was always and has been buried into my mind. Years later I find the song on YouTube. I am 16 now and I'm proud to say that Soundgarden is the best grunge band I've heard in my life. Credit to Nirvana, AIC, and Pearl Jam being other great grunge bands but it's good that Soundgarden made it to 4. Let's get this band to #3 if we can. For Chris Cornell..: Your voice and music has really cured me over the past 3 depressing years of my teen hood. Of course they say legends never die... Your soul and legend never dies. It lives but may you Rest In Peace beautiful one. ❤️

Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Alternative/Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

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.

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.

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?.

Pearl Jam have stood the test of time. They are dead against commercialisation and always do the right thing by their fans. Their live shows are awesome and still jump around, swinging from the rafters like teenagers even though they're in their 50's. They're also active in the conservation of our planet and social idiosyncrasies.

Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. ...read more.

Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana and Alice In Chains all had their own unique sounds, but Stone Temple Pilots takes this to a whole new level. They’re not just all 4 of those bands blended into one, but they’ve dabbled in so many different sounds and styles and perfected them. Once Core was released in 1992, grunge had effectively reached its peak; all of those amazing albums from 1991 (Ten, Nevermind, and Badmotorfinger) were building up to STP’s debut.

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 in the studio, one of the greatest on stage. Their catalogue was impressively diverse, spanned almost 20 years and truthfully sounds as contemporary today as it did upon release. Very underrated and should be a first ballot HOFer.

Mudhoney Mudhoney is an American alternative rock band. Formed in Seattle, Washington in 1988 following the demise of Green River, Mudhoney's members are singer and rhythm guitarist Mark Arm, lead guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Guy Maddison and drummer Dan Peters.

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.

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

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

Mudhoney is so underrated this band should have got a lot more attention I'll never understand why they didn't make it into the mainstream smh.

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.

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.

The smashing pumpkins are one of my favourite bands (considering I'm into meatal) now nirvana are probably the best grunge band on this list but I think the Smashing Pumpkins deserve more credit for songs like:
Bullet with butterfly wings
Today
1979
Perfect
Zero
Jusr a great band, just underrated.

The pumpkins had one of the best drummers in rock with Jimmy C. and one of the best frontman/songwriter/guitarist of all time in Billy Corgan. This band deserves the top 5 at least. STP are definitely about 50 spots from the pumpkins on this list.

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.

Temple Of The Dog Temple of the Dog is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. It was conceived by vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of the bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. The line-up included Stone Gossard on rhythm guitar, ...read more.

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.

How come there is no comments here? Chris Cornell's collaboration with Eddie Vedder is more than great!

Alice is the best grunge band in my opinion but temple should be higher so I had to vote for them

The Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

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

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

Melvins not only were influential in grunge, but they LITERALLY CREATED SLUDGE METAL!

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.

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.

Quite a different band but they make some decent tunes.

I Love Goo And Daydream Nation

The Contenders

Mother Love Bone Mother Love Bone was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987. The band was active from 1987 to 1990. Frontman Andrew Wood's personality and lyrics helped to catapult the group to the top of the burgeoning late 1980s/early 1990s Seattle music scene.

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

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.

Damn this band would have been awesome if it still existed and Andrew Wood didn't die.

I really mutch don't know who they are but I see Stone and Jeff from Pearl Jam

Screaming Trees Screaming Trees was an American rock band formed in Ellensburg, Washington in 1985 by vocalist Mark Lanegan, guitarist Gary Lee Conner, bass player Van Conner and drummer Mark Pickerel.

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.

Screaming Trees is a very good band. Very succesful. Mark s voice is very good.
Compatible to grunge music. Witness, Traveler, Black Sun Morning, Who Lies in Darkness... The songs are very good. If you like Grunge style you should listen to this band. If you like Mark too much you can listen Mark Lanegan s musics. These musics are alternative.

You know this list was quickly done. They put this band on the list twice.

I'm not into them all that much, but Nearly lost you. What a great song.

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 ...read more.

Great band. Monkey Wrench, Hero, and Everlong are great songs. by the way, how are U2, Linkin Park, Green Day, and Thirty Seconds to Mars not in top 20. The person who made this list should listen to the songs of the bands and not just rank them because of their poularity

Amazing band but it have a lot of nirvana in it because their drummer is Foo Fighters vocalist, David Grohl.

I love Dave Grohl, and I loved this bands earlier stuff, but I just find this band too commercial.

They are good. But that doesn't make them a top ten band, in fact that doesn't even make them grunge!

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.

GET THIS HIGHER! Really underrated band. The only reason why they’re this low is that they’re often labeled as post-grunge. But to be honest, I disagree. They mirror Nirvana a lot in plenty of their songs, including some of their biggest hits like Glycerine and Swallowed. Post-grunge in my opinion started with the Foo Fighters and transformed into bands like 3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd, Creed, and (gulp), Nickelback. The riffs of Bush are much harder than all those bands except FF maybe, but Gavin Rossdale’s vocals are delivered in a more “lazy” tone than Dave Grohl, which gives the classic grunge sound.

Band higher in this list are undeniable great bands, but they're no grunge bands per se. Therefore, and because Bush is awesome, Bush should be higher on this list.

Come on people we're only talking about the sixth best grunge band ever

An awesome band that should be way before the no talent Melvins.

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.

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.

Never listened to anything better than their song "Where is my mind". Every single time I get goosebumps! Love them

Very good band, but they influenced Grunge, but they aren't a Grunge themselves, they are Alternative Rock.

They don't sound like grunge that much, but they're very influential to many grunge bands!

Candlebox

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!

Green River

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.

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.

They created the genre for God's sake!

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). ...read more.

Breaking Benjamin is a band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Best song list :
- The Diary of Jane
- Breath
- Give Me A Sign
- Crawl
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.

Great talented musicians who had a passion for music and were super talented and soulful and great songs that you can identify with

Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.

Why are they on here? Barely even Alternative

They are not grunge at all

Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

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.

Should have been Top 5 at least. This band is fantastic, and even though Adam left, their music will always be better than half the bands on here

This band isn't Grunge, though? Just because you're a 90's band doesn't mean you're Grunge, people.

They used to be a band named Groundswell. They were borderline grunge.

L7 L7 is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, first active from 1985 to 2001 and reformed since 2014. Due to their sound and image, they are often associated with the grunge movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s,.

Soundgarden are my fave but L7 are an amazing band who should be higher. While there roots are rock (pun)hard in my personal fave genre, punk rock(riot grrrl if we gonna go specifcs, I prefer ska punk but all punk is sick), there grunge stuff is some of the best grunge music out there.

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

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

Sweet Staley, Jane's Addiction aren't they list but Three Days Grace and Nickelback are? ' peasants, man.

Great band. But not the greatest.

Not a grunge band.

Mad Season

Like its been said, Layne Staley on the vocals (from alice in chains) and there is two songs in wich Mark Lenegan (from screaming trees) sings too, Mike McCready (guitarist from pearl jam). can't go wrong.

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...

I think it should be close to first place but because it's a one album / one season band I'd be happy seeing Mad season in 15th-ish place. Layne Staley, Mark Lenegan. etc...

Fantastic and innovative band for it's time. Definitely should be top 10 material

Audioslave Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2001 and disbanded in 2007. The four-piece band consisted of then-former Soundgarden lead singer/rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, and then-former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk. ...read more.

Frekin amazing, his songs inpsire so much tension.

Audioslave is better than temple of a dog but soundgarden is still the best of the chris kornell bands

Seven Mary Three

Post-Grunge isn't REAL GRUNGE, PEOPLE.

Rockcrown best album ever

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