Top 10 Best Post Grunge Bands

The Top Ten
1 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American alternative 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... read more

Breaking Benjamin is a great band, I'll say that much, but Foo Fighters take the cake for best post-grunge band by a long shot. When Dave came off the Nirvana scene and headed to his own solo project, it was life-changing and revolutionary. He didn't realize he created a band with soon-to-be anthems such as Everlong, Monkey Wrench, Best of You, and Learn to Fly.

They have sold millions of outstanding records, have amazing shows, and great music. They have sold out Wembley for Christ's sake! A damn good band, 20 years strong, and still kicking serious ass and taking names today!

2 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal/rock 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

These guys have gotten me through a lot of tough times. They have made a great influence on my art and have been the subject of bonding between my girlfriend and me (we've been dating for one year and are going on two years as I type this).

I just gotta say Breaking Benjamin is the one band that will always hold a special place in my heart.

Ben, if you are reading this, thank you so much.

Definitely the greatest Post-Grunge band in my opinion! Breaking Benjamin has a great array of Nu-Metal/Grunge songs such as "Water" and "Home," but also surprises their fans with mellow, soft tunes such as "Forget It" and "Rain."

3 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian post-grunge/alternative 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... read more

Everyone who has been going through a tough time in their lives needed Three Days Grace (with Adam). Their songs are so touching, and Adam Gontier's voice is phenomenal. Not to forget that the instrumentalists are great as well.

The lyrics are relatable for everyone at a certain point in life and are interpretable in numerous ways.

The real Three Days Grace (it's not the same without Adam) is the best band ever! The lyrics of their songs touch your soul, and Adam's voice goes under your skin.

Wait, why are you still reading this? Go and listen to them. You won't regret it. Trust me.

4 Seether Seether are a South African post-grunge band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band originally performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they adopted the Seether name.

Seether is led by Shaun Morgan, who has one of the greatest voices I have ever heard. To add to that, Seether can shine as a band in many different ways, be it the heavy metal sound, the grunge sound, or the punk sound. They even have a few great acoustic songs, like Broken.

Also, for grunge, Fine Again has risen to the top of many lists, while Like Suicide remains great with metal, and Six Gun Quota is a nice punk song, a great change of pace for Seether.

Great band with consistency throughout their discography. Morgan is one of the most underrated writers of his generation and has an infectious way of combining heavy music with melodic hooks that no one else in the genre has captured.

5 Shinedown Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch.

I've listened to every song on their six albums. To me, half their songs are hits that I love listening to over and over again, and the rest, besides maybe two, are all good songs that I thoroughly enjoy.

Whenever I don't know what to listen to on a long car ride, I just shuffle all of Shinedown's songs with no complaints. By far my favorite complete band.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love Seether and Three Days Grace, but this band plays music better than any other. Not to mention, they do great cover songs such as Times Like These and One.

6 Puddle Of Mudd Puddle of Mudd is an American post-grunge band formed in 1991. To date, the band has sold over seven million albums and has had a string of No. 1 hits, with their most famous hit being "Blurry"... read more

Should be in the top 2. They're one of the most underrated bands around.

7 Silverchair Silverchair were an Australian rock band, which formed in 1992 as Innocent Criminals in Merewether, Newcastle with the line-up of Ben Gillies on drums, Daniel Johns on vocals and guitars, and Chris Joannou on bass guitar.

I'm sorry, but there is no way in HELL Nickelback is better than Silverchair. They made a masterpiece of an album at age 14. Their hit song "Tomorrow" had a demo version from when they were 12/13 years old. "Freak Show" and "Neon Ballroom" are complete works of art, and "Diorama" is amazing.

"Young Modern" showcases their huge style change, and it is not very well liked. However, it can easily be appreciated when you understand that they're older now, and so is their music. It shows how much Daniel's health has improved. Best band ever.

8 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American hard rock/alternative metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

All those who are not voting for them are fools. They have one of the best vocalists and this generation's greatest guitarist in the world! Listen to any of their songs.

They should be higher, and Creed as well. If you deep dive with Creed, they have some really good songs outside of their hits.

I'm not really sure if Alter Bridge is Rock, Metal, or Post-Grunge. All I know is it's the best band there is.

9 Chevelle Chevelle is an American alternative metal band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.

Better than nearly all of the bands on this list. This band has some meaningful songs with a variety of melodies. Their songs don't sound all the same. They somehow manage to be fresh to your ear without changing the sound drastically.

They've been consistent with their music and fans. I recommend everyone to take a listen. You'll be addicted within a couple of minutes. Should be in the top three in my opinion.

Meaningful songs and untouchable aggression pour out from this band. They need to be higher.

10 Bush Bush are a British post-grunge/alternative 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.

What is our fanbase doing down here? Seriously, this is as grunge as post-grunge can be. I have but one word for this band: "Glorious."

Bush is the band that shaped Post-Grunge, so they should be ranked higher.

Bush is amazing, definitely should be at least number four.

The Contenders
11 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian post-grunge band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

Are you kidding me with Seether being at number 1?! I don't disagree that they are a good band, but come on. They got success by copying Nirvana. They didn't bring anything new to the table, unlike Nickelback, who is a game-changing band. There is a reason they are the most successful post-grunge band ever!

If everyone cared, and nobody cried, if everyone loved, and nobody lied...

Nickelback is awesome! Far Away, How You Remind Me, and Gotta Be Somebody are just great!

12 Staind Staind is a post-grunge/alternative metal band that was formed in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1995.

The band members of Staind are Aaron Lewis (vocalist and guitarist), Jon Wysocki (drummer, who left in 2011), Johnny April (bassist), and Mike Mushok (guitarist). After Jon's departure, Sal... read more

Why is Nickelback at number 2? All of these bands suck apart from Staind, Foo Fighters, Bush, and Them Crooked Vultures. Aaron Lewis is a talented person. He has not only been inspired by the legendary Pearl Jam, but he also plays country music, unlike Chad Kroeger who looks like a goat and thinks that stuff is either too old for him or is not mainstream enough.

Staind is the only band I know that can do heavy metal, and you can still understand them. Aaron Lewis has a very unique and beautiful voice.

But the guy from Breaking Benjamin sounds the same as many other post-grunge and alternative bands.

13 Creed Creed is an American post-grunge band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

The sales, popularity, and emotional balladry of this band are unmatched, even compared to 3 Doors Down. The lyrics and musical quality of this band are more than enough to surpass Staind, Nickelback, and Puddle of Mudd. However, Nickelback is still a better band in terms of success and popularity, especially with songs that are almost not post-grunge like Rockstar and This Afternoon.

There's something about Creed and its resemblance to Eddie Vedder (slightly) vocally, and musically to The Doors and Led Zeppelin. Although their success was short-term, they deserve to at least be #8.

14 Candlebox

Candlebox's first album alone beats all the other bands on this list. However, I consider Candlebox grunge. They came out of Seattle and released their first album (self-titled) in 1993, not even a full year after the release of Stone Temple Pilots' Core and Alice in Chains' Dirt.

Practically invented Post-Grunge until Alanis Morissette and Creed came along. "Far Behind" is good enough to make them at least #15.

Still active in the 2020s. Early '90s stuff was gold.

15 Live Live is an American alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, composed of Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey, and Chris Shinn. Live's original lead singer Ed Kowalczyk left the band in November 2009, but returned in December 2016.
16 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down is an American post-grunge band from Escatawpa, Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (vocals/drums), Todd Harrell (bass guitar) and Matt Roberts (guitar). They were soon joined by guitarist Chris Henderson, and later by drummer Richard Liles.

I'm shocked they're not higher on the list. I used to hear their songs on the radio all the time throughout the 2000s, and I always thought they were such a big name in post-grunge.

They have the musical talent of Nickelback, if not more, and Brad is a better singer than Kroeger. Also, 3 Doors Down has better lyrical content than Nickelback and has a more clean-cut, distinguished sound. Listen to songs like Not My Time, When I'm Gone, Here Without You, etc., and you'll hear the difference.

Highly underestimated band, mostly known for their hit Kryptonite, but nobody knows about the other good songs like Time of My Life and When I'm Gone.

17 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

Easily one of the best Post-Grunge bands of all time. Chris Cornell's vocals are unchallenged, even by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl. Deserves #1, with Foo Fighters #2.

How are they 33?! They deserve better than that.

What!? Number 40? This is an outrage.

18 Fuel

They have consistently churned out some of the best post-grunge albums since they first hit the scene. The deep cuts on every album could be singles. Listen to These Things and tell me that isn't a great song, or Bittersweet, Sunburn, or Mary Pretends before judging them solely off Shimmer, Falls on Me, and of course Hemorrhage, which are all great songs as well.

They also have some good heavier songs, such as Untitled, Empty Spaces, Last Time, Jesus or a Gun. They definitely seem to have a strong Stone Temple Pilots influence in my opinion.

19 Collective Soul Collective Soul is an American rock band originally from Stockbridge, Georgia. Now based in Atlanta, the group consists of lead vocalist Ed Roland, rhythm guitarist Dean Roland, bassist Will Turpin, drummer Johnny Rabb and lead guitarist Jesse Triplett.

Collective Soul deserves to be a lot higher on this list. Their ability to successfully vary dynamics, from true ballads to hard rock, and to expand beyond basic post-grunge sounds is very underappreciated whenever great bands of the '90s are considered. They've kept making music since then.

Foo Fighters may have maintained commercial success, but musically I've always been a bigger fan of Collective Soul.

Like literally, "gotta let your light shine down" is the best line I've ever heard in music. The music's meshing with lyrics is amazing. #16 is deserving.

20 Godsmack Godsmack is an American alternative metal/hard rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.

Godsmack should be number one, hands down. They cut their teeth on the greats of grunge and improved it, making it their own. Erna is legit! Even his solo albums blow this list away!

I don't understand people. One of the main reasons people didn't like them is they thought they were a rip-off of AIC, which is, hands down, the best grunge band ever. But now everyone's questioning if they're post-grunge? Makes sense. And by the way, Hetfield blows anyway. He's a money-hungry d-bag.

21 Stone Sour Stone Sour is an American rock band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1992, performing for five years, before disbanding in 1997. They reunited in 2000 and since 2006, the group has consisted of Corey Taylor, Josh Rand and Roy Mayorga.
22 Toadies

I don't know the band well, but Possum Kingdom is a great song, so I'll vote for the Toadies.

23 Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
24 Them Cooked Vultures
25 Goo Goo Dolls The Goo Goo Dolls are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, by vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik, vocalist and bassist Robby Takac, and drummer George Tutuska.

Are you kidding? These guys should be on the top!

They have the song Iris. That's better than any garbage band Garbage.

And I don't want the world to see me, because I don't think that they'd understand.

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