Best Grunge Songs of All Time

Like the 90s? Well here's a set of the greatest grunge songs ever.
The Top Ten
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

This is an amazing song! Right now, there's a band up in heaven formed from Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) on guitar and lead vocals, Paul Gray (Slipknot) bass, the REV (Drums, backing vocals) that is playing for God right now. We on earth love and miss all of you. May you all rest in peace, and may your music be played forever.

The song's gigantic influence ,the simple yet great riffs and Kurt Cobain's vocals gives this song a legendary status in not only Grunge, but western music in general

This song stands out beyond other grunge songs because, it is pure Grunge and nothing else. Kurt Cobain had really set the tone for what grunge sounded like with this song. And Kurt's vocals in this song fit so well no one else could sing it as good as Kurt sang it.

Kurt Cobain was destined to make this song, this music defines grunge and is the flagship representation of what epitomizes this genre. A three piece band with godly vocals forged this masterpiece, it's timeless, it's brilliant and it's a damn good song.

2 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains Man in the Box - Alice in Chains Cover Art

Come on, Smells like teen spirit? Those people don't know what alternative or even music in general is all about. Nirvana only got famous because of that song, if it was never written they would be pretty underground.

Every time I hear layne staleys voice I have an eargasm. He blows kurt out of the water! And I think even though most people think of AIC as a grunge band I see them more as sort of "alternative metal"

I personally love nirvana better, only because I heard them first and they hit me before any other band did, but ALICE in chains were just better instrumental, lyric, and performance wise. layne staley was just as troubled as kurt cobain was if not even more and he had a way better voice. Their music was put well way better ( just listen to would and rooster) and their songs were way darker. Man in the box put them on the map and that's why I voted for it. smells like teen spirit was an ok song but sliver and rape me were way more grungy. I mean kurt cobain didn't even like that song. layne staley was the forgotten kurt cobain and I think that's unfair considering he was a better singer and in a better band. Nirvana is still my favorite but I think alice in chains is better and I also think alice in chains were the best band of the 90's. well them and mudhoney.

Must be a USA thing as in Australia I don't even know this song..any of Alice in Chains... 100% Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Silverchair, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead..

Is this comment supposed to be taken seriously? Why did you even vote for it, then? Besides, try listening to it in that case, and you'll see why it's so high.

This song best displays Layne's vocal abilities. Going from high to low and high to low. His ability to do this makes the song epic. His vocal melody is great. Lyrics are great. Guitar work is great. One of my favorite grunge songs.

3 Would? - Alice in Chains Would? - Alice in Chains Cover Art

Would? Stands out in every facet of composition, it has a great off beat sound, one of the greatest bass riffs in history, a dark and haunting guitar part and Layne Staley's amazing vocals. Layne's scream/howl after the guitar solo is the most expressive vocal part I've come across and will make anyone empathetic to the disease he, and many of us, feel in he deepest parts of our hearts

This is literally the most perfect tune ever in the entire grunge era. This song is just pure perfection. Layne and Jerry's harmonised vocals, that killer bassline and the perfect drum beat. This song is a must listen for anyone who wants to know what grunge actually means. Smells like teen spirit, black hole sun etc are absolutely great too but just can't compete with this tune... It's absolutely perfect.

It truly blows my mind that people are still do hooked on "Smells Like Teen Spirit". It was a fad at best. I can not understand how people believe that song is terrific. It has no complexity whatsoever. Jerry Cantrell is the greatest song writer of any grunge band ever. And I don't even want to get started on Layne as a vocalist compared to Cobain.

This song embodies everything that is grunge--dark, gritty, real. Killer baseline, hardcore drums and beautiful melody. Throw in Layne's fantastic, unparalleled voice and you have a true masterpiece, regardless of genre.

4 Black - Pearl Jam Black - Pearl Jam Cover Art

Perhaps the greatest ballad ever written - Eddie Vedder brings you into his heart and allows the listener to understand just how much love can tear a man apart. Unreal songwriting.

I saw this on the mtv live show they did and to me this is absolutely the best ballad ever. Eddie puts so much emotion into the live performance you can almost feel his pain. I taped it on vhs to watch over and over and it moves me every time. The one on the cd is not so powerful though. Thank goodness for utube. Thank Eddie and Pearl Jam for giving us such powerful songs!

It hurts me to see this song so far back. I know it's not that grungy but honestly it's the best song ever (proven by science) Eddie Vedder wrote the perfect lyrics to the perfect ballad. Doesn't get any better than that.

This song should be in top 10 because it's one of the best songs I have ever heard... I am a big Grunge fan, I love Kurt, Con and Eddie but this song is the real deal... Eddie poured his feelings into this... Epic

5 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden Cover Art

Yes, this song is very much metal-influenced. Anyone who thinks otherwise got their definition of metal completely wrong.
That's not what makes it grunge, though.
Anyone who thinks metal influence is necessary for a song to be grunge is vastly mistaken. Proof? Pearl Jam.
My point being; grunge is defined in a completely different way than just "mixing punk and metal influences together".

I can't believe this is the only Soundgarden song on this list, did anyone here take the time to listen to other Nirvana, PJ, AIC and Soundgarden songs from the albums?
This song is amazing and deserved its spot on the top 5! But two other grunge songs I think is just as great is Jesus Christ Pose or The Day I Tried To Live

Chris Cornell, Layne Stayley, Kurt Kobain and Eddie Vedder were gods of music and the voices of grunge. Vedder's amazing wails and cornells soothing voice Are simply amazing, Kobains musicl genius was one of the best in music history and layne stayleys voice was that of a gods. This song defined grune in the best way possible besides man in the box and smells like teen spirit.

I don't think you people are thinking straight. Every time this song played back in the 90s everyone would just sit there stunned, thinking WHAT IS GOING ON! This song changed my life and the 90s.

6 Rooster - Alice in Chains Rooster - Alice in Chains Cover Art

Oh come on people let's vote for this song, this song should be in the top five if not the top three, after "smells like teen spirit" and "Would".

Chilling to the bone. Best song about the Vietnam war in my opinion. No sugar coating, just raw feelings about how gruesome it was.

Still spin this song often: Layne Staley with his singular voice could convey emotion with the best.R.I.P.

Best Alice in Chains song, in my opinion. One of my favorite songs of all time.

7 Jeremy - Pearl Jam Jeremy - Pearl Jam Cover Art

The only reason Pearl Jam is less famous than Nirvana is because no one in Pearl Jam is dead. If Cobain was still alive, they wouldn't be as popular.

This is simply an amazing song. I'm 13 and I couldn't believe how dynamic the vocals were it's simply beautiful.

I love almost all grunge songs but the story and power of jeremy I think makes it the best.

Great song yet where the heq is Alive or Black or so many others.. Anywho's not to demirit the song it's a great one with a impacting story behind LONG LIVE Pearl Jam

8 Lithium - Nirvana Lithium - Nirvana Cover Art

Any song by nirvana could be in first.. But if this is top ten "grunge" songs then this song should be number 1. Lithium = grunge in every way from the song name to the lyrics to the instrumentals.. It was made to.

Lithium is literally the BEST song ever. Smells Like Teen Spirit is the only Nirvana song people know, so that's the only reason it's on top. Lithium is way better! Smells like the only Nirvana song you know.

Sorry but in my humble opinion this is THE best Grunge song of all time, smells like teen spirit is good but definitively not the best, not even in the top three for sure. My top 3 1. Lithium 2. About a Girl 3. Evenflow.

Not just one of my favourite grunge songs but one of my favourite songs ever. Can totally relate to the lyrics.
Amazing! :, )

9 Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana Cover Art

This song really uses the Nirvana soft/loud style to perfection. Nirvana doesn't really get better than this except maybe "In Bloom" or "Serve the Servants". Anyone who has spent the time to listen to Nirvana music would know that there isn't only great song they have produced. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a great song, no doubt, but it isn't the only good song by Nirvana.

Amazing song. Everybody says that there favourite song is smells like teen spirit but its not there best. It's just there most known. This is song is what nirvana is really about

This song is great. what else is their to say. Beats the rest on this list for sure no doubt. But "you know your right" by Nirvana should be one here.

This is my favorite song its full of emotions it always makes me cry it's so great!

10 Come as You Are - Nirvana Come as You Are - Nirvana Cover Art

I'd vote for smells like teen spirit, but everyone does. This is tied for my favorite though. Followed by man in the box and black hole sun probably. But this is such a great song. Perfect bass, great guitar and drums and of course cobain is singing and that just automatically brings it to the top of the list

Nirvana is the best and this is simply an amazing song. It stands out for many reasons it has a great melody and one of kurts best guitar solos.

Dudes this song is the embodiment of grunge. Deep lyrics, killer sound, and something to jam to.

Soothing intro, great chorus, in all legit song. All hail kurt cobain.

The Contenders
11 Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog Cover Art

It's And Cornell continuously Proves that he is the best vocalist ever throughout the song, and the lyrics are great too and it's Pearl Jam and soundgarden in the same band it's just breaks the limit to awesomeness!

It's my favourite song - ever. Just love it. I just love chris cornell's voice. Was reminded of it the other day and have to listen to it all the time now!

This is the best song from one of the best albums ever made. The lyrics have meaning and the tune is great.

This song is amazing because combines Eddie Vedder with Chris Cornell which was amazing.

12 Even Flow - Pearl Jam Even Flow - Pearl Jam Cover Art

Depends on the mix, honestly. The rearviewmirror Greatest Hits remix of Even Flow is superior to the original Ten version, in my opinion, since it sounds less produced. Eddie Vedder's voice is less tame and the reverb isn't as apparent.

Even still, this is probably my favorite song from the early '90s, not just in the grunge subgenre. Better than any track Nirvana ever made, in my opinion.

I think even flow is one of the best songs of pearl jam no matter what you say. it's a perfect song that symbolizes the band and the grunge revolution. For me it's better than the ones listed above

Best riff of the 90's ; best singer and best energy in grunge history; nothing more to say, deserve easily the first place.

This should be at least in the top 5, but personally I think it should be 2nd after Smells like teen spirit.

13 Plush - Stone Temple Pilots Plush - Stone Temple Pilots Cover Art

33? You gotta be kidding? This song WAS grunge! ! Top 5 easy. One the songs that ushered in the 90s. Like it or not pj fans. Once again stp gets no respect for being one of the best bands of the not just the nineties but the last 20 years. Don't forget they're still pumping out great music

Why is Plush so low? Even if they sound like Pearl Jam- and I don't think they do' Plush is one of the most iconic grunge songs ever. RIP Scott

How is this so low? STP was one of the best grunge bands and their highest rated song is at 27? They're way underrepresented

It is a disgrace to see this song so low. Plush is easily better than a decent amount of the songs higher than it.

14 Nutshell - Alice in Chains Nutshell - Alice in Chains Cover Art

This is raw beauty. Layne's voice in the chorus sounds as if he is howling for help and has one of the coolest bass lines in grunge.
'If I could be myself, I'd feel better dead'

Great song. Hits close to home. Powerful. Epic and raw.

This song is so sad! The voice and the fuitar are amazing.

We cross miss printed lines...

15 You Know You're Right - Nirvana You Know You're Right - Nirvana Cover Art

This is one of Nirvana's best songs of all time, (FAR better than 'Teen Spirit') even though it only has three chords, the quiet-to-loud and loud-to-quiet effect resonates in your ears like nothing else, and it just gets you pumped!

I love everything about this song. The raw vocals, the painful and heart-wrenching lyrics, the perfection in the drums, the guitar, just... EVERYTHING!

Saw Kurt do a rough version of this at the Aragon ballroom in 93' that was one of the best shows I had ever seen.

This is the best song of the most amazing band ever.

16 Dive - Nirvana Dive - Nirvana Cover Art

Pick me

Pick me

Pick me yeah

(Referring to the song as to being higher)

17 Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns - Mother Love Bone

An iconic song by the band that arguably started it all (ok Green River fans, it really wouldn't have happened without Andy Wood). Deserves top ranking.

Masterpiece! As all the rest of the songs here are brilliant, this is with no doubt my favorite of all times!

RIP Andrew

Hands down one of the best grunge songs ever written. It should at least be in the Top 10!

This song is the Stairway to Heaven of grunge

18 Rotten Apple - Alice In Chains Rotten Apple - Alice In Chains Cover Art

Best bassline ever

19 Oh, Me - Meat Puppets Oh, Me - Meat Puppets Cover Art

Litteraly the best song next to Seasons in the Sun

Good song, but Nirvana does a way better version of it on MTV Unplugged :(

20 Blow Up the Outside World - Soundgarden Blow Up the Outside World - Soundgarden Cover Art
21 Creep - Stone Temple Pilots Creep - Stone Temple Pilots Cover Art
22 In Bloom - Nirvana In Bloom - Nirvana Cover Art

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This is really great. Espesially with the Dave Grohl overdub.

Why the hell isn't this song the 1?

23 Like Suicide - Soundgarden Like Suicide - Soundgarden Cover Art
24 Dumb - Nirvana Dumb - Nirvana Cover Art

Dumb isn't very grunge but quite amazing in my opinion
KURT COME BACK WE LOVE YOU

25 Bodies - Smashing Pumpkins Bodies - Smashing Pumpkins Cover Art
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