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

Kurt Cobain, the one guy that truly changed the face of the music industry... if only he could see what has become of this world thanks to his passion... :'(

Yes, he changed the face of the music industry, only because he died... - somekindofaguy

Ha! Dead obvious Smells Like Teen spirit is on top, the others don't stand a chance! (although Black Hole Sun's cool too) This is THE greatest rock song... NIRVANA rocks! Miss you Kurt!

I am truly obsessed with kurt cobain, the only thing I have to argue with is that kurt cobain didn't want to be a legacy he just wanted his words to be let out to the world and he did succeed, this song is a legend written by a legacy

One of the best songs of all time

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2 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

Laynes voice is my own drug..
Alice in Chains is totally grunge & Man in the Box is the best song ever

Pure voice of grunge w/ cantrell's improvisation distortion - danrev

Even though AIC has been labeled as Grunge; they are more hard rock and metal to me. Definitely my favorite band on this list.

Why isn't it #1

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3 Would? - Alice in Chains

this song is just way too amazing, lyrics, guitar and His voice, it's Hard to reDo like this composition.

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.

I like Would, Laynes vocals are better then Jerrys though. - Lucretia

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4 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

my friend thinks its stupid and repetitive its not it's awesome -

Just voted for black hole sun because smells like teen spirit was already winning. This deserve second

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.

Simply awesome!

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5 Black - Pearl Jam

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

It's a near perfect if not perfect power ballad. No matter how many times I hear it the emotion I feel when I hear the pain in Eddies voice is always there. Powerful song

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!

There should be more Pearl Jam songs like Black, Jeremy, and Even Flow above Alice in Chains. Black is the best though.

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6 Rooster - Alice in Chains

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.

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".

Hautingly beautiful in a dark way. Layne sounds like he is their watching it - Lucretia

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7 Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana

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 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

Less overrated then smells like teen spirit at least. - Lucretia

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8 Lithium - Nirvana

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.

The lyrics are beautiful, one of my favourite songs. 'i'm so ugly, but that's okay cause so are you'
Love you Kurt

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.

I think its to repetitive and boring. But it's better then Smells Like Teen Spirit I guess and maybe my favorite Nirvana song, I don't like Nirvana. - Lucretia

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9 Jeremy - Pearl Jam

best bass line ever and best vocals and guitar and drums. best song ever. besides black by P J

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.

Should be first, Come As You Are is second for me, Smells Like Teen Spirit third.

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10 Even Flow - Pearl Jam

It should be at least in the top 15 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

I'm voting for this because nirvana you know your right isn't here... But this is awesome

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.

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The Newcomers

? Deep - Quorthon

The Contenders

11 Come as You Are - Nirvana

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

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

As it's Nirvana's best song, it is the best grunge song. - nic1997ps3

One of the like two Nirvana songs I actually care for. Amazing song. - Lucretia

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12 Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog

listen to the simplicity of the song, its perfect

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!

It has one of if not the most pioneer of grundge named chris cornell. (kurt cobain was the first.) It also has the sweet voice of eddie vetter

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13 Nutshell - Alice in Chains

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'

Very good, I like the lyrics and vocals. - Lucretia

We cross miss printed lines...

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

14 You Know You're Right - Nirvana

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! - Mousike

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

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

This is so good, you can hear all the emotion in kurts voice

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15 Plush - Stone Temple Pilots

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

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

Plush is easily in the top 10. Are you people high?!

Easily one of the most played and recognized song of the 90s

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16 Dive - Nirvana

Pick me

Pick me

Pick me yeah

(Referring to the song as to being higher)

17 Alive - Pearl Jam

The best song by the best grunge band ever

Might not be a headbanger but drawing half of this amazing song from his own experiences with his fathers identity Eddie Vader has made this one of the best songs of the 90s if not ever!

Very nice song, should be at the top 5 at least.

Alright. One of the only Pearl Jam songs I find okay, - Lucretia

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18 Rotten Apple - Alice In Chains V 2 Comments
19 Oh, Me - Meat Puppets V 2 Comments
20 Creep - Radiohead

Such a powerful song.
Great alternation between the heavy chorus and the lighter contemplative verses.
Great Song

Not grunge but still the best 90s alt rock song besides anything and everything Foo Fighters

Best song. Lyrics, vocals, emotion, drums, guitar and bass.

Terrible and overrated. - Lucretia

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Top Remixes (36)

1. Nutshell - Alice in Chains
2. Rotten Apple - Alice In Chains
3. Black - Pearl Jam
1. Dive - Nirvana
2. You Know You're Right - Nirvana
3. Oh, Me - Meat Puppets
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
3. Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

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