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Popular Grunge Bands List That Will Rock You to the Core

Mrunal Belvalkar Jun 10, 2019
Grunge is a genre of music that few understand and appreciate; but those who do, love it to the core! Find out about some of the greatest, most popular grunge bands here.
Grunge is a genre that originated in Seattle, Washington in late 1980s. In its wake, it gave rise to a music that defined the youth of those times. Full of heavy and heavily-distorted music and angst-filled lyrics, grunge was popularized most by Nirvana and Pearl Jam - two grunge bands that enthusiasts all over rank as top 2 grunge bands that ever existed.
Though Nirvana came into existence in the 1980s (1987 to be precise) it attained cult status in the 1990s, with the release of their most popular and influential album Nevermind. This album introduced the world to grunge and transformed it from a local form of music to an international genre.
Pearl Jam followed closely - the band, formed in 1990, is one of the most definitive existing grunge bands. Pearl Jam aficionados sometimes say that Pearl Jam is a genre in itself - that they are in a league of their own. However, it is majorly classified as a grunge band.

Popular Grunge Bands

Here is a list of popular grunge genre bands according to the years in which they released albums.

Grunge Bands of the 80s

  • The U-Men
  • Green River
  • Screaming Trees
  • Melvins
  • Skin Yard
  • Soundgarden
  • L7
  • Mudhoney
  • Blood Circus
  • Mothe Love Bone
  • Nirvana
  • Tad

Grunge Bands of the 90s

  • Alice In Chains
  • Babes In Toyland
  • Gruntruck
  • Seaweed
  • Hammerbox
  • Hole
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Spin Doctors
  • Temple of the Dog
  • 7 Year Bitch
  • Failure
  • Love Battery
  • Sprinkler
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • X Japan
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Mad Season
  • Malfunkshun
  • Third Day
  • Truly
  • Jerry Cantrell

The Complete List

Here is a complete alphabetical list of all the grunge bands to have ever existed.
  • Ammonia
  • Angel's Perfect Dream
  • Another Dead Hero
  • Atticus Finch
  • Babes In Toyland
  • Bad Legacy
  • Battalion Of Flies
  • Beard Seeking Missile
  • Big Chief
  • Big Dismal
  • Billy Corgan
  • Black Market Radio
  • Blind Iris
  • Brain Danger
  • Bullets For Teeth
  • Bush
  • Candlebox
  • Candy Flesh
  • Causticum
  • Chokebore
  • Collective Soul
  • Courtney Love
  • Crash Palace
  • Creed
  • Cry Row
  • Dai Lo Days Of The New
  • Dead Mushroom
  • Descados
  • Dimusculated
  • Dry Can
  • Endorphins
  • Evil Adam
  • Fadeless
  • Far Plain
  • Fast Foolish Flies
  • Feuerzeug
  • Fire In The Asylum
  • Fis(ch)er
  • Flood
  • Flux
  • Foetus
  • Glomming
  • Geek
  • God Slaves
  • Green River
  • Grey Daze
  • Gruntruck
  • Guldin
  • Harmful
  • Hauk
  • Headquake
  • Helium
  • Hole
  • Honeytrap
  • Hopesfall
  • Illusion
  • Invain
  • Jehangir Aziz
  • Hayat
  • June Deville
  • Juxtaposed
  • Kandi Coded Kursed
  • L7
  • Lethargy
  • Live
  • Local H
  • Love Addiction
  • MAB
  • Mad Season
  • Maddame…
  • Mindfunk
  • Mother Love Bone
  • Mudhoney
  • Musicphobia
  • My Darkest Days
  • My Sister's Machine
  • Nirvana
  • Nisvanis
  • Noiseless
  • Novels
  • Nuno
  • Onesidezero
  • Pagoda
  • Pandora
  • Paradox
  • Paw
  • Pearl Jam
  • Puddle Of Mudd
  • Radioactif
  • Rapscallion
  • Rosemary
  • Scorching Bullets
  • Screaming Trees
  • Second Coming
  • Serial Joe
  • Skin Yard
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Smeer
  • Smile
  • Soul Asylum
  • Soundgarden
  • Sponge
  • Steal-No
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Stub Horn
  • Tad
  • Tantric
  • Temple Of The Dog
  • The Big F
  • The Half Bees
  • The Jesus Lizard
  • Toadies
  • Troubadour
  • Tumbleweed
  • Verdena
  • Violent Soho
  • We The Faceless
  • Witness
  • Zero Point
The popularity that grunge received kind of emphasizes an important point - whatever you do, if you do it with conviction, the world will accept and celebrate it. Grunge, and factors that stemmed it, are something not everybody gets. The wet weather of Seattle, constant downpours, made people stay indoors for most of the day; it made youth gloomy, restless.
They had no way to vent their feelings, their youthful energy that they were so full of. At such times, they went underground, to the basements, to the garages, and what came out of all the angst bursting underground was grunge.
They say you will never understand or appreciate grunge unless you have been in a situation like that - that desperate, that anxious as those kids were in their basements. But those rebels created a revolution and changed the face of music for years to come.
Disclaimer: The list of grunge bands given here is subject to change according to personal choice!