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
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.
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.
The bestV 117 Comments
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 wasn’t just music, it was a generation. Their music spoke to teenagers on so many levels, in a way that Alice in chains could never hope to reach. This isn’t even a discussionV 102 Comments
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
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.
Underrated - Userguy44V 34 Comments
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).
Haven't heard any bad songs of them. Overall an amazing band. - Userguy44V 30 Comments
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
This band was the best Grunge band in my opinion they also played other genres on there albums they have so many great songs and Scott Weiland was a great vocalist.RIP Scott.definitely number one with Alice In Chains,Nirvana,Soundgarden,Foo Fighters,Jane's Addiction,Hole,The Smashing Pumpkins,The Pixies,and Pearl Jam following for my top ten Grunge bands.V 7 Comments
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
Highly underrated grunge band.V 6 Comments
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.
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
Jusr a great band, just underrated.
Friend: Watcha Hearin'?
Me: Smashing Pumpkins
Friend: Why don't you hear music?
Me: (controll yourself, you can kill him later...) - waldo
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
They're the best grunge bandV 2 Comments
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
Cornell and Vedder! Orgasm!V 5 Comments
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.
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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
Still one of my favourites.V 2 Comments
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.
They are the kings of grungeV 10 Comments
Come on people we're only talking about the sixth best grunge band ever - ianchambers
Come on guys, they are the creators of "glycerine"
An awesome band that should be way before the no talent Melvins. - MANDIESUEJ
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. - mhroblakV 3 Comments
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.
Very underrated band
They're what got me into grunge - Solariser
One Word : UnderratedV 2 Comments
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
My Favorite Band. Influential to grudge, but not grudge. I hate when people call them indie.
Not grunge, but still one of the greatest bands of all time. - SolariserV 4 Comments
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!
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.
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
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.
Great band forgot to include their badass lead guitaristV 4 Comments
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
Radiohead's 1st and 2nd album have strong grunge elements.V 5 Comments
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.
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.
L7 was all about real grunge! This isn't a real list if they're not on top 10... Come on people
They are grunge at its finest
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.
Post-Grunge isn't REAL GRUNGE, PEOPLE.
Rockcrown best album ever
Tad deserves to be farther up - Kfox101
Tad was such an underrated grunge band
Underrated. I'd vote for them if I hadn't voted for Green River. - Solariser
Why are they on here? Barely even Alternative
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 nirvanaV 1 Comment
Very underrated band! Thank goodness for Road Rash lest I might have missed them completely! - Xean45
When grunge meets southern rock. Check out their cover of Simple Man. It made me cry the first time! ^u^
Frekin amazing, his songs inpsire so much tension.
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
You have to be kidding maybe I'd roll in on his grave.V 3 Comments
Muse is the polar opposite of grunge
What? Muse is the last band I expected to be on this list. - Kfox101
Come on this deserves a better place! Ever heard blurry? Control? Psycho?
This is not Grunge by any means.
Totally Awesome for it's time but I believe it was post-grunge.
My friends dad was in creed
NOT GRUNGE, GET IT TOGETHER PEOPLE!
CREED IS NOT GRUNGE! - Kfox101V 1 Comment
They're more punk rock than grunge. - Gruunge
These guys should be higher
Needs to be in top ten.
How is this not top 10
People said daniel sounded like eddie vedder and kurt cobain in my opinion he always sounded original its just so sad people always compared them to nirvana and other seatlle bands rather than appreaciating themV 4 Comments
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.
'Wax Ecstatic' is so good!
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..
RIP Ben McMillan... :( - Kfox101
One of the most underrated bands of all time.
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
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
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